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Go-To-Market Strategy Template – Foundational Building Blocks

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Go-To-Market Foundational Building Blocks Template

Marketing analysis is the core to building a go-to-market plan with a strong foundation to successfully support the go-to-market strategy.

The Go-to-Market Foundational Building Blocks Template has been specifically created to focus the organization on creating a winning go-to-market strategy. The marketing planning process documented in the PowerPoint template has been explicitly designed for an organization to:

  • Document a thorough understanding of the market and the specific use cases that the solution is best suited to address
  • Articulate the unique differentiation that resonates with customers
  • Summarize the value drivers that align with the economic value desired for each persona in the buying process

Marketing Plan Format

An effective marketing plan format should include a marketing planning process to formally address:

  • Market Landscape – the framing of the market to understand the macro and specific micro markets
  • Use Cases – the identification of specific business problems the solution is precisely designed to solve
  • Differentiation – the unique, comparative and holistic differentiation that resonates with the target audience
  • Value Drivers – the value statements crafted for each persona in the buying process

Marketing Communications Strategy

The marketing communications strategy needs to be developed in the context of the company and the overall market. However, the marketing communications strategy also needs to go beyond corporate positioning to provide sales messaging that will guide prospect and customer conversations. Specific deliverables that need to be produced for the B2B sales teams include:

  • Two Minute Messaging
  • Value Drivers
  • Insight Led Customer Conversations
  • Differentiation
  • Internal Cheat Sheet

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  • 25 professionally designed PowerPoint marketing presentations (editable)
  • proven marketing planning process, compelling graphics and go-to-market examples
  • Download the Go-to-Market Foundational PowerPoint Template for creating an effective go-to-market strategy to drive flawless execution.

The marketing processes for developing a Go-to-Market Foundational Building Blocks Template have been tested and proven at Fortune 1000 companies and start-ups, and are used in an advanced marketing class taught at the executive MBA level.

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Go-To-Market Strategy Template – Foundational Building Blocks will set the organization up for success by nailing the essential foundational building blocks required to build an efficient and effective go-to-market strategy.

As part of the marketing planning process, it’s essential to:

  • Define the market opportunity(beyond a broad brush stroke)
  • Identify the specific use cases best suited for one’s solution
  • Clearly articulate the unique differentiation
  • Clearly articulate the quantitative value for those in the buying process as part of the marketing communications strategy

Specifically, the Go-To-Market Strategy Template – Foundational Building Blocks addresses four key building blocks: market sizing, the business problem, differentiation and economic value.

Marketing Analysis – Market Sizing

First, market sizing should be something more than regurgitating a slide from the analyst community as these market sizes are typically macro in nature.  It’s critical to realistically size the market and that requires the macro market estimates to be reduced by four questions:

  • What specific business problem does the organization solve (this should eliminate many market segments)?
  • What are the functional organizations and the roles/titles of the individuals we solve business problems for?
  • How much economic impact or value does the solution provide for the customer?
  • Why does the organization’s solution solve this problem better than any other competitor or in-house solution?

Marketing Analysis – The Business Problem

Second, an organization needs to be disciplined in clearly identifying the business problem the solution is best designed to solve and provide customer value.  In short, this exercise requires the organization to say NO a lot. This is because there are many business problems that a solution could solve with additional services, tweaks to the product or a customer willing to throw cycles at it.  However, this is not the use case that will allow an organization to optimize a customer acquisition process that can be nailed and scaled.

Marketing Communication Strategy – Differentiation

Third, because most organizations believe their solution is different, they will go to great lengths to document their differentiation.  The issue is that the only differentiation that matters to a customer is what they perceive to be important and different.  Studies show that approximately 75% of the time customers do not believe a vendor’s claim of unique differentiation.  Spend the time to work through unique, comparative and holistic differentiation and document it in a format that the sales and marketing organization can use.

Marketing Communication Strategy – Economic Value

Finally, it is imperative to communicate the economic value the solution provides to an organization.  In doing so, the value needs to be correlated to business objectives and more importantly, the functional objective of the individuals in the buying process.  Building out the Value Driver framework will empower one’s organization to demonstrate this value.

Marketing analysis is the foundation for a successful marketing proposal. And, the Go-to-Market Foundational Building Blocks Template provides a marketing plan format to facilitate the development of an optimal go-to-market plan.

Downloading the Go-to-Market Strategy Foundational Building Block PowerPoint Template facilitates building a Go-to-Market plan that will serve as the backbone for your organization to successfully organize resources and creates deliverables that are in line with your core competence.

27 reviews for Go-To-Market Strategy Template – Foundational Building Blocks

  1. Texas Dan

    As we began using the template it was clear that we did not do enough due diligence defining the market. The template helped us identify the total market, but to drill down to the served and target market. And, we were able to get down to a few specific use cases that provided us with tremendous focus and the confidence to say no to opportunities that were outside of this target.

  2. marshall

    The target account profile was a really useful exercise for our sales and marketing to go through together. the collective knowledge of the group provided real insights that we were able to leverage in lead scoring and routing.

  3. Jenn Morris

    By using the template, the sales and marketing team were able to mutually agree on the two primary functions involved in the purchase decision and from there we were able to separate each function into a strategic and tactical group.

  4. Larry D

    We used the template to facilitate a discussion and breakout session on identifying what factors drove value for each quadrant in the value driver framework. We build a spreadsheet with a number of factors, assumptions and ranges for each variable. The end result was something that was much more concrete than we have ever had before.

  5. avangel

    The PowerPoints in the template are well done and it was easy to follow and use as it includes a number of examples.

  6. Jackson

    Over the years, our target market widened as we felt we could do a little more each time. We eventually got to a point where it was less and less clear who we were selling to and why someone would buy our solution. This was not a good situation as we were trying to ramp up a sales force so we went back the basics of defining the thing we do best and develop the discipline to say no.

  7. Bridgette39

    Our sales team is less than 10 direct sales people and there are a couple that could sell anything to anyone, but most struggle. By focusing the sales team on a specific market with real differentiators and a way to communicate value to each audience, we are seeing more sales reps contribute to adding new logos.

  8. Yvonne

    The template helped us focus on the differentiation discussion. The team used the framework to separate unique, holistic and comparative differentiation. But, we went further to identify what was really important to customers.

  9. James Tucker

    The template help the management team focus on the specific business problem or more specifically, the specifically, the use cases our solution was best positioned to solve.

  10. Tifflee

    From a sales & marketing point of view, we were each trying to do what we could and at the end of the day it was a real mixed message to the market. The template helped us to focus and we built a messaging path right through the market, use case differentiation and value drivers. Now, the story may not be perfect but it is one story.

  11. Patrick John

    We went through a positioning exercise last year and then again this year and still we were struggling to develop any traction in the market. After reviewing this template with the team, it was clear that we had not completed and aligned the tasks of market sizing, use case identification, documenting unique differentiation nor creating value drivers for the different buyer types.

  12. Jennifer Fenters

    The PowerPoint template is something that is obvious, in hindsight, but something you just never have the time to pull together yourself.

  13. Samantha Carter

    The template made us think through the titles and roles of the individuals that we sell to

  14. Jones H.

    I would recommend this deck to anyone that is developing messaging for sales and marketing to use with customers and prospects.

  15. Larry McFarlen

    The template is thorough and well done.

  16. Tom Sellers

    The slide on market sizing and the adoption curve where helpful.

  17. Lindsey James

    The inside sales team and demand generation teams use the internal cheat sheet on a daily basis.

  18. Leonard Thompson

    The 2 Minute Messaging frame work is particularly useful.

  19. Quincy Snow

    Completing the deck has helped solidify our marketing communications strategy.

  20. Benjamin T

    It’s a great deck.

  21. Alicia Reese

    We never thought about differentiation as unique, comparative and holistic before viewing the deck.

  22. Bridgette Tisdale

    The market landscape slide forced us to segment the overall market into specific sub-markets that are best suited for our solution.

  23. Billy Creamens

    The PowerPoint template is well done.

  24. Brian Seymour

    The framework for value drivers served as a good template for us to refine our value proposition to specific buyers.

  25. Viki Sanders

    The outline helped us refine our targeted use cases.

  26. Frank Dargon

    The template was useful for us to develop our go-to-market strategy.

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    Then there’s the content, and what we’ve been summoned by fourquadrant to test: The content is the way.

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