A competitive analysis is a way of establishing your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses, to provide you with an advantage. This is vital in your marketing plan, as it can help you identify what makes your products and services unique and how you differentiate from your competition. It’s a great way of discovering opportunities and threats, and how to overcome both.
Many new business owners struggle to know what their marketing strategy is; they often have a blurry plan to ‘sell more products/services to customers’. Without having a specific strategy, it isn’t going to be measurable and achievable. It includes short-term and long-term activities in your marketing that hugely contribute to the goals in your company.
A marketing plan is a guide for you to promote and grow your products and services successfully. It can enable you to analyse and reach your target audience, boost your customer base and ultimately increase profits. It can also help you be different from your competitors.
Your marketing strategy is how you are going to market your products and services to customers, and how you are going to reach your prospects. But just like a game of chess, it is important that your strategy is flexible able to adapt to surrounding changes, so you can still achieve your goals.
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