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Go-to-market strategy for tech startups

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The building blocks you need to create your sales and marketing plan for your technology startup. Presented at FastTrac program, Quebec City, Canada.

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Go-to-market strategy for tech startups

  1. 1. Go-to-Market Strategy for Tech Startups FastTrac program, Quebec City
  2. 2. Why we’re here today Traction Photo Credit: GrejGuide.dk via Compfight cc
  3. 3. Why should you listen to me? •Entrepreneur. Started when I was 26. •Been in the big company and startup trenches. •I’m not from around here. So I’ve never been able to afford to make market assumptions.
  4. 4. Everybody thinks go-to-market is this…
  5. 5. Marketing is fun and easy, right? •Killer slogans •Slick tradeshow booths and swag •Cool website (get that Bootstrap framework and flat design, baby)
  6. 6. Nope. Go-to-market… Starts with your buyer Photo Credit: underwhelmer via Compfight cc
  7. 7. Go-to-market strategy Initial target segment Who they are How they buy Buyer profile Buyer journey
  8. 8. Why target (and limit) segments? •Crossing the chasm •Limited resources (not IBM resources) •Courir plusieurs lièvres à la fois : spend your time and money most effectively
  9. 9. What’s a good segment? It’s not the whole pie. Photo Credit: atomicShed via Compfight cc
  10. 10. Good vs. bad segmentation DON’T DO THIS “We target physician practices.” DO THIS “Our initial target market is physician practices with 20 or more physicians, in the United States, located in zip codes with >$75k household income and median population over 55.”
  11. 11. But won’t this limit ourmarket reach? Remember: Target Addressable Market (TAM) =/ Initial Target Segment •Drill down to be effective. •Get your revenue (or other proxy metric). •Get your ROI/benefits. •Once you’re successful in that segment, then start moving on.
  12. 12. Skrillex is the product…What is the market?
  13. 13. Go-to-market strategy Initial target segment Who they are How they buy Buyer profile Buyer journey
  14. 14. In this segment, who are the buyers?
  15. 15. Create a Buyer Profile Need a template? Ask me. sovita@sovitachander.com
  16. 16. Homework: more customer validation •Over the next few weeks, validate your Buyer Profile information •Call folks you know in this segment. •Don’t sell. •Keep it conversational.
  17. 17. What they tell you is golden. Mine it. Pay attention and you will craft your messaging, your copy, your pitch, everything.
  18. 18. Go-to-market strategy Initial target segment Who they are How they buy Buyer profile Buyer journey
  19. 19. Buyer’s Journey: marketing and sales Awareness • Do I have a problem? • How painful? • Impact? • What are others doing? Consideration • Can I ignore it? • Do I need help? • What should I look for? Engagement • How long? • How much? • How disruptive? • Impact on business / performance?
  20. 20. Go-to-market strategies and tactics
  21. 21. Go-to-market ingredients Target Buyer Profile Offering & Value Buying Process Tactics Based on Above Hat-tip: April Dunford
  22. 22. How to pick the right tactics? Test!
  23. 23. Go-to-market success
  24. 24. How to pick the tactics to test? Segmentation: focus. Narrow down. Match to buying process. Match to your resources.
  25. 25. BEFORE: Go-to-Market Excerpt from Client Business Plan 4 step strategy to capture early adopters: a. Next 6 months: gain traction and visibility with paid / discounted software. b. Direct sales for physicians. c. Starting April 2015: Demo our solution at HIMSS, other industry events, Free HTML5 and App available d. Starting June 2015: Self-provisioning app online
  26. 26. AFTER: Aim for go-to-market that looks like this… Goal Activity Budget Outcome (drivers, metrics) What do you need to do, business-wise? What specifically are you going to? How much can you spend? How much will it really take? What does success look like? Get early adopters to pay attention Build a demo video Ballpark it - $1000 1000 views in first month (So how will you drive traffic? That becomes a series of tactics.)
  27. 27. ….for each phase of the Buyer Journey Awareness • Do I have a problem? • How painful? • Impact? • What are others doing? Consideration • Can I ignore it? • Do I need help? • What should I look for? Engagement • How long? • How much? • How disruptive? • Impact on business / performance?
  28. 28. Thank you! Sovita Chander (418) 802-2435 sovita@sovitachander.com

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