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Competitive Intelligence and
Market Research

Important Tools in the Strategy-developing Process

One of the most important elements in the marketing mix is competitive intelligence and market research. Keeping abreast of your target markets and the players in each one is critically important to your overall success. This information might suggest what new products you should consider developing, ways you can improve existing products, what new products are trending, and can even suggest improved approaches to promoting them. In addition, earnings, revenue, product features and performance, new technologies, new markets, M&A activity, are just a few of the marketing components that could yield strategic information.

Creating and Sustaining a Competitive Edge

When used effectively, market research can help you create and sustain a competitive advantage. Ultimately it can affect areas such as pricing, distribution, promotion, targeting of specific audiences.  In fact, it can affect your entire decision-making process when it comes to future planning. It is an important component in developing a business strategy since it provides an insight into market dynamics and challenges.

Defining Knowledge and Direction

Remember when Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “Which way should I go?”

The cat answered, “That depends on where you want to get to.”

For competitive intelligence to be effective, you must determine exactly what it is that you need to know and where you want to get to. It is also important to build in measurable milestones to gauge the progress of the program and help keep it on track.

FH Cooper’s Role

We will provide actionable, market-driven data and analyses
that will allow for greatly improved responsiveness. Remember, your marketing plan defines specific marketing objectives that you want to accomplish at the end of your journey-your endgame. Strategy is the means to get you there.

Competitive Intelligence and Market Research can define that strategy in bold, effective terms.