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The Go-to-Market Plan Checklist – Guide To An Effective GTM Strategy

Introducing New Business Offerings

The event of releasing new products is an exciting opportunity for business leaders that want to continue to grow their companies within their respective industries. Unless you offer new products, your competition will continue to come out with innovative offerings that will put your company’s inventory to shame. In addition to offering new products, you need to implement a marketing plan that will get attention from the people who will need your product when it is unveiled.

Go-To-Market Checklist

In order to keep up revenue and meet the demand for new products, your company should create an effective go-to-market (GTM) plan. Take time to familiarize yourself with each item on this checklist:

  • Understanding the Benefit of a GTM Strategy
  • Deciding Between Product or Service Offering
  • Distinguishing Between GTM Strategies and Other Marketing Tactics
  • Timing GTM Strategies
  • Using Tools to Implement GTM Strategies
  • Finding Your Target Audience
  • Researching Buying Habits of Shoppers
  • Using Distribution Networks to Market GTM Strategies

Understanding the Benefit of a GTM Strategy

Finding an audience that will follow along with your product’s development and release is the goal behind every effective go-to-market (GTM) plan. A GTM plan consists of a few thoughtful marketing techniques called GTM strategies. Each GTM strategy should be designed to bring new consumers to your company.

Your team has been working hard behind the scenes, developing new products. It’s your job to make sure that someone is thinking about marketing these new product offerings. You might have time to create a GTM plan on your own, or you might need to pay someone on your team to work on strategies to help bring your new product to the market.

Deciding Between Product or Service Offering

The type of product or service that your business develops will depend upon the type of clients that frequently visit your company to satisfy their needs. Although GTM plans are essential for launching new products into any industry, they are equally vital when offering new services within your industry.

When your company is offering new services that have never been offered before, your marketing team needs to reach out to current clients to let them know about the new services being offered. Additionally, the new service should be marketed to gain the interest of new clients that will need the new service offering. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll primarily refer to new product offerings. However, this information may be applied to new service offerings with great success in making an impact on your target market.

Distinguishing Between GTM Strategy and Other Marketing Tactics

It’s important that your team understands the distinction of GTM strategies before launching new products. These types of strategies are designed to create buzz around products that are yet to be released to the public. Your marketing team should be figuring out ways to release information about new products without spoiling the launch for consumers. In addition to slowly releasing new information about new products, your marketing team should be aware of the competition that might want to copy new product ideas. If your company is popular in its industry, the annoyance of competitors stealing ideas will become another issue that will require security measures.

Timing Your GTM Strategy

When your company has already decided to manufacture a new product, GTM strategies should already be in place. While these types of strategies are not necessary during the research and development phases of new products, your team might be coming up with marketing ideas before the marketing team gets involved, so it’s a good idea to encourage your researchers and developers to present their own marketing ideas about new products.

When the idea is taken from research and development to manufacturing, the marketing team should be involved in creating a serious GTM plan to address all marketing concerns for launching the product. GTM strategies don’t need to cover the entire life of selling the product to the public. However, they should be designed to get the product offering through the initial launch period in order to have a successful transition into your respective market.

Using Tools to Implement Your GTM Strategy

Tool #1: Google Keyword Planner When you release content about new product offerings, you need to make sure that the information presented is optimized for the best results. In order to help search engines direct the right people to your content, you need to use the right keywords on all the webpages that you publish. Google Keyword Planner will help you find the most competitive keywords among companies in your industry.

Tool #2: Mail Chimp One of the easiest ways to send out newsletters to people is through email. However, setting up your own system for sending out newsletters to clients is a difficult task. Luckily, Mail Chimp offers an easy solution for businesses of every size and variety.

Finding Your Target Audience

There are some vital steps to take before beginning to market your new product with a GTM strategy. It’s important to conduct this research in order to place your product in your market. Finding the right target audience for the product will dictate how well it performs during its initial launch.

If you are marketing the product to the wrong people, the money being spent on advertising efforts will go to waste. Be sure to spend time conducting this research before settling upon GTM strategies to market your product to the world.

Researching Buying Habits of Shoppers

Don’t waste your money on marketing your products before doing quality research on the shopping habits of consumers within your industry. Understanding the trends of your target audience will help you figure out which channels to use for distributing information regarding the release of new products. You’ll need to incorporate the demographics of your typical customers to find out the best channels to use to send out product specs, articles concerning your new product offerings, and other important information. Make the most out of your new product launch by conducting enough research to reach your target audience with specifically designed GTM strategies.

Using Distribution Networks to Market GTM Strategies

There are three main types of distribution channels for all content that you’ll create for your new product offerings. You’ll be able to reach the most consumers by finding your target audience and releasing relevant information about your new product offerings to multiple distribution channels. Conduct research on the best owned, earned, and paid distribution channels within your industry. There are some channels that will work for nearly every industry, such as relying upon social media. However, industry specific networks will offer a better opportunity to reach your target audience with your GTM strategies.

Paid Advertising

When you need to increase the traffic to your website, you might want to build some paid advertising efforts into your GTM plan. If your company is gaining a lot of attention on social media and industry-specific blogs, then you might not need much paid advertising to get the word out about your new product offerings. However, most companies will use some form of paid advertising to boost the effectiveness of their GTM plans. Paid advertising includes pay-per-click ad campaigns, Facebook Ads, and several other traditional and digital marketing techniques. Figure out which ones your competition is using successfully to find out the best ways to reach your target audience before setting up a paid advertising campaign.

Earned Distribution Networks

This type of distribution channel will reach consumers that have expressed interest in your industry. To get involved, you’ll need to connect with businesses and media outlets that focus on your company’s industry. Many companies will create guest blogs to find an audience for their new products. The individuals running the blog should want to work with your company to help launch your new product if their readers will find the new product interesting.

Distribution Networks That Are Owned

Since many of the distribution channels for distributing information about your new product offerings are controlled by other companies or individuals, it becomes necessary to optimize your own distribution channels. Using search engine optimization techniques to gain interest for your own website, blog, social media, search engine optimization, and other owned channels allows your company to control the messages that others receive.

Promotional Marketing GTM Strategies

One of the most innovative ways to market a new product offering is by creating a GTM strategy that introduces the new offering directly to consumers through promotional marketing. During a promotional campaign, consumers will be interacting with products, and valuable insights into the shopping habits of the general public shall be revealed. Examples of promotional marketing techniques that should work as a GTM strategy for your company include trade shows, guerilla marketing, and canvassing.

Getting Ready to Launch

Getting ready to launch a new product to the general public is an exciting time for every company, so be sure to celebrate with your team. While your team is celebrating, it’s important to learn about the next steps that need to be done to successfully launch a product. The future marketing strategies your company implements after this GTM plan will help create a buzz among consumers that should reflect in sales of the new offering. The momentum from the GTM plan could be lost in the shuffle of other companies offering similar products. It’s incredibly important to envision long-term goals for each product offering by creating marketing strategies that will continue to drive consumers to your company to check out your entire catalogue of products.

Your entire team needs to know exactly what this new product or service will do for consumers in order to confidently research, develop, manufacture, and market each new offering. Reminding your team members about the value that is being created in your industry will create a cohesive attitude that should transfer into the launch of your product.