The strategy on the Internet is incredibly important. A marketing communication strategy is even more crucial. How a brand presents itself, describes its services or products can lead to success or failure. Nowadays, establishing a presence in the market is challenging, but the right strategy offers a chance for success.

What is a marketing communication strategy?

A strategy is associated with a well-thought-out plan of action for a reason. In the case of marketing communication, a strategy is a way for a brand to communicate with its customers. The way a company tells its story and presents its products can impact its recognition and profits. A good communication strategy allows for the acquisition of loyal customers for years to come. It is based on setting certain goals and utilizing the resources available to the company. Based on these, plans can be developed and projects can be implemented. Above all, an effective marketing communication strategy should include efficient methods, communication channels with current and potential customers, as well as ways to measure the effects of actions.

What does a marketing communication strategy facilitate?

A well-planned communication strategy positively influences the promoted brand by enabling effective management of the company. It also accelerates its growth, as it establishes goals and evaluates resources that provide an advantage over the competition. Additionally, a prepared plan eases the transition from one point (goal) to another and monitors progress at each stage. This allows customers to see consistent actions, thereby positively impacting the brand image, portraying it as reliable and engaging. This is a way to attract new customers to the brand. The less the brand appears solely profit-oriented, the more people will be interested and willing to spread the word. A communication strategy that involves users in marketing helps reduce advertising expenses. Word-of-mouth recommendation is one of the best promotion methods. Furthermore, a well-planned strategy facilitates anticipating or detecting threats at an early stage. Quickly identified issues won’t harm the brand as much as unforeseen events.

Should you analyze the competition?

The answer is: yes. Analyzing competition in a marketing strategy helps develop and refine your own methods. Competitive analysis involves gathering information about competitors and analyzing the results obtained. This includes collecting information about brands operating in the same market or offering similar products/services. It also means staying updated on competitors’ marketing activities. This facilitates assessing what works, what is worth incorporating into your strategy, and what to avoid as it yields no results. In competitive analysis, you can either focus on a portion of competitors’ actions or broaden the scope. Opting for the latter takes into account the company’s model, marketing actions, and target audience. This is one possibility, as the analysis scope depends on the information available about competitive brands. Nevertheless, regardless of the amount of data, examining competitors’ actions is essential for effectively building your strategy – based on understanding competitors’ strengths and weaknesses.

How to start analyzing the competition?

When deciding on competitive analysis, it’s important to clearly define who and what to consider. The most important steps include:

  • Defining your market of operation.
  • Identifying competitors in that market.
  • Determining criteria for analysis.
  • Evaluating competitive brands based on selected criteria.
  • Drawing conclusions and analyzing them for usefulness in your own strategy.

Starting the analysis, it’s worth considering both larger and smaller competitors. Even a small brand, through a good strategy, can become a formidable rival. With each competitor, the goal is to find out why customers choose their products, how the competition gained better recognition, and why it has better sales.

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How to stand out from the competition?

Analyzing competitors’ strategies doesn’t provide an easy answer to „how.” However, reflecting on others’ actions and answering the above questions can serve as a basis for modifying your own marketing communication strategy. This reveals what to avoid in communication with specific customer groups and what resonates with them, allowing you to leverage that. If the analysis indicates that the competition reaches the target audience, for example, through Instagram, it’s essential to consider developing that communication channel for your brand. This provides an opportunity for new projects, capturing the attention of new users who were previously outside the brand’s scope. Observing competitors’ actions facilitates planning short-term and long-term marketing efforts, developing campaigns, and staying ahead of the competition. Importantly, don’t hesitate to utilize acquired data for the benefit of your brand.