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The Secret to Success in a Down Economy: Market Intelligence

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Especially in a down economy, it's important to understand where the opportunities are—and how to capitalize on them. Luckily, today's companies have many avenues for gathering such information.

Still, marketing research and analysis are expensive—especially today when marketing resources are at a premium. So, the questions arise: "What is the role of market intelligence in today's company—and where should one focus?"

One Company's Approach to Market Intelligence

To get an answer, I turned to the head of market intelligence at a medium-sized corporation. I was interested in speaking with him for three reasons:

  1. Like many of my clients, his company markets software solutions to other businesses.
  2. His company has dedicated an entire department to market intelligence and therefore must value this function
  3. Learning where companies that value market intelligence devote their resources, and why, may prove valuable for other organizations.

His department has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Collecting, mining, and leveraging customer and prospect data
  2. Managing the company's market-research activities
  3. Leading the strategic planning process

1. Collecting, mining, and leveraging customer and prospect data


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Barbara Bix is managing principal of BB Marketing Plus, where she helps companies enhance their brands by capturing and enhancing the customer experience.

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