How strategic partnering can fuel better business growth

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As expenses rise, sales teams are making more efficient decisions to stay competitive. One effective strategy is to identify and collaborate with productive channel partners. These partners can enhance your presence in non-focus markets or customer segments, ensuring a high quality of service across the board. This approach allows you to deliver more efficiently while maintaining customer satisfaction.

By leveraging channel partners, your company can focus internally on highly strategic areas, driving growth even when internal resources are limited.

Read our latest article to unlock the secrets to successful strategic partnering. Discover how to select the right partners, optimize your strategies, and achieve long-term growth through strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Advantages of strategic partnering

Strategic partnering can be a powerful tool for growth, innovation, and competitiveness. It provides your business with the means to achieve your objectives more effectively and efficiently. There are numerous benefits, including:

  • Access to new markets and customers. No need for extensive investments in market entry strategies. An established business in your desired market can provide immediate access to new customer bases and regions.
  • Resource sharing. Achieve goals that are unattainable independently. By pooling resources, such as technology, expertise, and capital, you reduce costs and enhance the capabilities of both parties.
  • Enhanced innovation. Collaborating with partners can spur innovation by combining different perspectives, skills, and technologies. This can lead to developing new products, services, or processes that neither company might have achieved alone.
  • Risk mitigation. Sharing the risks associated with new ventures, product development, or market entry can make these endeavors more feasible. Partners can distribute the financial, operational, and reputational risks involved.
  • Improved competitive position. Strengthen your company's competitive position by combining strengths and addressing weaknesses. Gain a stronger market presence and a more robust response to competitive threats.
  • Access to new technologies. Partnering with companies that have advanced technological capabilities provides access to cutting-edge technologies and innovations, keeping your company competitive in rapidly evolving markets.
  • Regulatory and compliance advantages. Local partners can help navigate regulatory environments and compliance issues more effectively, ensuring smoother operations in different regions.
  • Focus on core competencies. Strategic partnerships allow you to focus on your core competencies. Relying on partners to handle other aspects of the business can improve performance and productivity in your key areas.
  • Expanding into global markets. One of the fastest ways to reach potentially relevant customers in international markets is through channel partners. Local partners have people in the areas where they are required and are in a superior position to leverage local knowledge. Consequently, unknown markets become known. Moreover, procedures are handled in a manner that is suitable for each region, resulting in improved expansion.

Four key pillars for successful partnerships

Recognizing the importance of enhancing channel partner collaborations is one aspect. But how can your organization truly utilize channel partnerships for improved business expansion? How do you identify, inspire, and compensate channel partners?

Channel partners should align with your objectives and your market. Moreover, you need to manage the continuous relationship as effectively as possible.

We have identified four key pillars for successful strategic partnering. These pillars can shift the focus from "Why" to "How." By implementing these pillars, you can increase growth for both your company and your channel partners.

  1. Establish your partner approach. Whether you're guiding current channel partners or seeking new ones, it's crucial to have your internal guidelines. Reflect on your strategic objectives for sales. Next, determine which clients your internal teams will cater to, and which ones to engage via a channel partner.
    This could be as straightforward as assigning different colors to customers and establishing distinct procedures for direct, indirect, and jointly served customers. Concentrate on the rules you must formulate to avoid channel disputes over customer service responsibilities.
  2. Encourage and incentivize appropriate channel partners. It's essential to prioritize quality over quantity when choosing channel partners. Instead of collaborating with a vast number of partners who might demand more effort than they contribute, it's more beneficial to engage with a select group of meticulously selected partners.

    Establish eligibility based on competencies, financial aspects, and strategic alignment. Seek out businesses that align with your market orientation and your customers' needs.

    Is it possible for prospective partners to address the stages in the customer journey where you require the most assistance? It might be beneficial to enumerate these standards and then evaluate them against current channel partners before expanding your search. Can they fulfil all the necessities? Or is there a need to seek fresh partnership alliances?

    Your channel partners should be in harmony with your business objectives. However, remember that the opportunity must also be feasible for them. Establish rewards for meeting your goals and well-organized KPIs. The model for sharing benefits may differ based on the partner to guarantee a mutually beneficial situation and acknowledge their business inputs.

    Nonetheless, it's vital to carefully handle these models to prevent the risk of cannibalization. For instance, partners purchasing in large quantities and underselling suppliers while aiming at the same customers.

  3. Jointly create your value proposition. When you incorporate a new channel partner, fully integrate them and co-create your value proposition. Mirror this in your collective customer offer.
  4. Equip your channel partner with the necessary tools for now and the future. When initiating new channel partnerships, preparing your own team is vital. Establish clear strategic goals for cooperation and ensure your team and procedures are ready.

    Think about the processes, understand when to engage who, and internally organize task distribution. You'll probably require a specialized internal group to oversee the relationship with your channel partners and guarantee success.

    The difficulty is that this specialized group isn't directly connected to your primary business. Make sure your core teams don't treat your channel team as competition. Provide the team with ample resources and backing. Incorporate this team smoothly into the broader organization, leveraging existing infrastructure, content, and resources.

    Don't forget to strategize for future cooperation and alliance as well as immediate objectives. Keep your channel partners informed about product enhancements and features as they occur, just as you would with your team. Consider channel partners as your own sales force and establish strong systems for tracking and evaluating results.

Strategic partnering examples

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How Simon-Kucher can help

At Simon-Kucher, we specialize in helping companies select the right strategic partners and optimize their strategic partnering strategy. We understand the importance of forging strategic alliances and joint ventures that lead to long-term success.

Our expertise lies in identifying partner companies that complement your products or services, enhancing your business relationships, and fostering mutually beneficial business partnerships. By leveraging our deep industry knowledge and experience in business development, we guide you in expanding your customer base and achieving sustainable growth. Let us help you create and nurture strategic partnerships that drive value.

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