If you manage task that involve marketing, understanding who to target will require identifying your target audience or audiences.
Keep in mind when targeting multiple audiences, the funnels to drive traffic will likely vary.
This essential step is overlooked by a large percentage of small businesses which leads to the staggering statistic… 75% of businesses fail within the first year due to a lack of market research? Astonishing, isn’t it? Don’t become a part of that statistic – be a smart entrepreneur!
In this blog you will gain insights on:
- How to conduct regular market research to better understand your target customers/clients.
- Since needs and preferences change often, we recommend an annual market audit which includes market research and consumer insights.
What is Market Research?
Simply put, market research involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting relevant data about a specific market, potential customers, and competitors.
Market research provides valuable insights that can positively shape marketing strategies, service development, and overall business decisions.
So for example, if you run a business that offers one service and your targeting commercial businesses and residential homeowners with the same content, you should reconsider and separate your marketing plans and create a funnels for each audience.
The Process Of Market Research
The key to this process being successful is to identify consumer problems and pinpoint realistic opportunities.
Market research should not be underestimated and should be considered before executing new marketing campaigns. To keep it simple, you need the right data to grow your business, period.
It’s the simplest way for entrepreneurs to keep up with market trends and maintain a competitive edge by carefully reviewing the market.
To fully understand a business opportunity, requires an evaluation of your market position and resources compared to the overall market and your competition in a swot analysis.
The Execution Of Market Research
Market research can be carried out at various stages of a business life cycle, but should start at the beginning of each year.
- For small businesses with limited resources, consider a survey.
- For small businesses with larger budgets, consider obtaining data from a marketing agency or research firm.
- Consider, local, regional and national market data as three parameters when possible. In many cases comparing different markets can help with predictive market analysis.
- Having a greater understanding of the total market share is the foundation for sound business planning.
In this ever-evolving business world, understanding your clients/customers needs is crucial for staying ahead of the game.
- Market research is the tool to drive your business towards greater heights.
Identifying Target Market & Consumer Needs
Market research helps identify the individuals most likely to be interested in your service. By understanding their preferences, desires, and challenges, you can tailor your offerings to meet their needs effectively.
- Take a deep dive by building customer personas.
- Armed with this knowledge, you can fine-tune your and gain a competitive edge.
Service Development & Innovation
Another significant aspect of market research is its power to drive service development and innovation.
By understanding your audiences you are best equipped to provide the a customer centric experiences since you have know them well. This also allows you to refine your services as needed and even create new ones that align with their expectations. By thinking outside the box you are able to consider complimentary services for your target clients.
Maximizing Marketing Efforts
Moreover, market research helps you maximize the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.
- Market research guides messages, which results in cost savings, improved conversions, and increased client/customer satisfaction.
Lastly, market research acts as a shield against potential risks. By identifying emerging trends, customer preferences, or disruptive technologies, you can adapt your business strategy accordingly, minimizing risks and seizing opportunities.
To sum it all up, market research is not just an option; it’s a necessity for every business that wants to operate efficiently. Understanding your target market, analyzing your competitors, driving innovation, maximizing marketing efforts, and mitigating risks are all achievable goals through proper market research.
Remember, being informed is the key to success. So, invest in market research today and watch your business thrive!
To learn more about effective ways to grow your business using market research, schedule a call with Nia Pearson.
Nia is Founder, and senior consultant at Marketing 4 Real Results, a full-service consulting agency that acts as an outsourced marketing team for small businesses.
This blog was supported by Bard, a large language model from Google AI.