When it comes to marketing your small to mid-sized business, one of the most overlooked facets of your marketing strategy is the need to monitor the competition. No matter how small the niche market on which your business is focused, there is competition out there–and there are a number of benefits to monitoring what they’re doing.
It gives you new ideas for your own marketing strategies.
That doesn’t mean that you should simply copy the marketing strategies of the other companies in your field, but their marketing ideas may give you fresh new ideas for your own. Use their strategies as a jumping off point and see how your own ideas flourish when you use theirs as the basis.
It keeps you from getting edged out of the market.
Is your competition doing something that you’ve completely missed? Have you forgotten about an event or ignored a venue where you should be marketing? By monitoring your competition, you know where they are that you aren’t–and that means that you can get a step ahead.
Monitoring the competition keeps you from having identical campaigns.
You don’t want to do exactly the same thing they’re doing. You want to set your company apart. That means that you don’t want to come out with a campaign identical to theirs–no matter how effective it might have been.
It helps you stay one step ahead.
Sometimes, it’s easier to see what your competitor is missing than it is to see what you’re missing. That makes it easier to take a step forward and move into a new area that you might have missed before–and that means that you’ll be that much further ahead of the competition.
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