Ongoing Competitive Analysis a Must
Good competitive analysis is essential. And that applies to large AND small firms. This post covers addressing competitive analysis questions. But first, let us begin with three observations by us.
- Detailed, accurate information helps firms make better decisions. And firms then enact better tactics. Yet, getting comprehensive, targeted data is not always simple. (1)
- In the competitive global marketplace, marketers face a tough balancing act. On one hand, they must promote their products as superior to other offerings. But, customers may become unhappy because they buy something not meeting expectations. Then, they may be lost to the firm that over-promises forever. (2)
- Entrepreneurship can be both exhilarating and scary. It gives a person a chance to carry out a vision for a business. However, it may also entail risk. Motivation and an innovative business concept are great building blocks. Yet, they are not sufficient to prosper in a competitive market. Success as an entrepreneur — and growing over a long horizon — requires diverse skills and a solid approach. After starting up, entrepreneurs may look back and ask “what if”? What if I picked a different opportunity? And what if I listened to advice I got? Also, what if I better planned my cash flow? etc. etc. (3)
Addressing Competitive Analysis Questions
With the preceding in mind, ask competitive analysis questions. And address them.
“When was the last time you ran a competitive analysis? If you’re not sure, or if the last ‘analysis’ you ran was brief, you are missing important intelligence. And it could help you grow. Yes, each firm can benefit from regular competitor analysis. By performing a competitor analysis, you’ll be able to: (1) Identify gaps in the market. (2) Develop new goods and services. (3) Uncover market trends. (4) Market and sell more effectively. By learning any of these four skills, you will go down the path of achievement. But don’t get too excited to start. We need to nail down a few important basics.”
White offers 57 different questions to consider in a competitive analysis.
And by clicking the image, you can access a FREE competitive analysis toolkit: “HubSpot and Alexa.com teamed up to give you our competitive analysis campaign kit. Don’t know where to start? We have a guide to walk you through it. Ready to dive in? Check out the template.”
From the download link, save the zip file. Then open it in the folder where it is saved. You will find two resources: a guide and an interactive toolkit template.