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Industry and Marketplace Analysis. Stephen Lawrence and Frank Moyes Graduate School of Business University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80309-0419. Industry and Marketplace Analysis. Overview of industry and marketplace Trends, dynamics, problems, opportunities

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industry and marketplace analysis

Industry and Marketplace Analysis

Stephen Lawrence and Frank Moyes

Graduate School of Business

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO 80309-0419

industry and marketplace analysis5
Industry and Marketplace Analysis
  • Overview of industry and marketplace
    • Trends, dynamics, problems, opportunities
    • Demonstrate need or hole in marketplace
    • Show how trends lead inevitably to your concept
  • Tone of dispassionate analysis
    • Arms-length viewpoint, outsider looking in
  • Not the place to describe your concept or firm
    • This is not where you present your market strategy
organization of analysis section
Organization of Analysis Section
  • Industry Analysis
  • Marketplace Analysis
  • Customer Analysis
  • Competitor Analysis
conceptual picture
Conceptual Picture

Save for

Marketing Plan

Your Industry

Your Marketplace





industry analysis
-- Industry analysis
  • Overview of industry organization
    • Pure competition, oligopoly, …
  • Focus on major and important trends
  • Identify disruptive technologies (if any)
  • Porter analysis is a good exercise
    • May or may not include in plan
porter analysis
Porter Analysis

Ease ofSubstitution

Power ofCustomers

Power ofSuppliers



Barriers toEntry

industry questions
Industry Questions
  • How do we define our industry?  
  • How is the industry segmented?  
  • What are current trends and important developments?
  • Who are the largest and most important players?
  • What problems is the industry experiencing?
  • What national and int’l events influence our industry?
  • What are growth forecasts?
marketplace analysis
-- Marketplace Analysis
  • Define and describe yourmarketplace
    • Niche, geographic area, subset of larger industry
  • What’s happening in your market?
  • Network! – talk with the marketplace
    • Customers, competitors, vendors, suppliers, salespeople, …
    • Chambers of commerce
    • Industry trade groups
marketplace questions
Marketplace Questions
  • How do we define our marketplace?
  • How large is it and how fast is it growing?
  • How is our marketplace segmented?
  • What companies currently service this market?
  • What trends are important in our marketplace?
customer analysis
-- Customer Analysis
  • Identify current buyers in your marketplace
    • Segment these customers
    • What “problems” are not being solved?
    • What needs are not being met?
    • Which customer segments are currently ignored?
  • Talk with current buyers!
customer questions
Customer Questions
  • Who are the traditional customers in this market?
  • How is the market segmented?
  • What motivates buying decisions?
  • What channels of distribution are used?  What channels are being ignored
  • In what ways are customers dissatisfied with current offerings in the marketplace?
  • What customer needs are currently unmet by the market?
  • What emerging customer groups are being ignored?
competitor analysis
-- Competitor Analysis
  • Identify current sellers in your marketplace
    • Niche and focus
    • Target customers
    • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Talk with current marketplace sellers!
    • Sellers themselves
    • Vendors
    • Customers
  • Competitive Matrix Comparison
competitor questions
Competitor Questions
  • Who are current sellers in the marketplace?  
  • What are the attributes and characteristics of these sellers and their products/services?  
  • What is there size, location, target market, and other important characteristics?
  • For their products or services, identify price, quality, features, distribution, and other important attributes.
  • What problems and concerns to customers have with these sellers?
suggested references
Suggested References
  • Encyclopedia of Associations, Business Library reference section
  • 1997 U.S. NAICS Codes and Titles,
  • 1997 NAICS and 1987 SIC Correspondence Tables,
  • Researching an Industry (Babson College)
  • Finding statistics (Babson College)
product service description
Product/Service Description
  • Introduction
  • Description
    • What is your product or service? Describe carefully.
  • Market comparison
    • Why is our product or service unique or better?
    • What problems does it solve for customers?
  • Proprietary rights (if any)
  • Stage of development (brief)
  • Use this section to sell your concept
product service summary introduction
Product/Service SummaryIntroduction
  • Write an evocative paragraph that attractively presents your product or service

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