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How to Conduct a Marketing Analysis

A marketing analysis is a process that helps you understand the various demographics and segments of your target audience, effective engagement strategies, the customer journey, and ways to improve conversions. Conducting a marketing analysis can help you improve your marketing campaigns, driving a better return on investment for your marketing budget, building brand awareness and customer loyalty, and boosting your lead generation.

"Marketing analysis determines the success and failure of marketing campaigns," said Esther Poulsen, CEO of Raare Solutions. "It is necessary to build customer engagement programs with the expectation of what the results should be, and then conducting a detailed analysis to determine if results were achieved, exceeded or failed."

What is the importance of a marketing analysis in a business plan?

The biggest benefit of a marketing analysis is that it shows you how to spend your marketing budget in a more targeted, effective manner. You'll gain a better understanding of where your audience is active and what type of messaging resonates with them. By establishing this information through a comprehensive analysis of your audience – and the shortcomings of your current marketing efforts – you'll understand how to improve your marketing ROI.

"It has been said that a big portion of marketing is wasted due to not understanding how well it performs and why," Poulsen said. "The more analysis and insights obtained, the better the opportunity for future funding of marketing vision, and higher return on investment."

What insights can a marketing analysis provide?

The following are important insights a marketing analysis can provide for your business, helping you optimize your future marketing efforts by understanding what works and what doesn't in your current marketing campaigns.

Understanding ROI

Every facet of a marketing analysis ties back into return on investment. For every dollar you spend on marketing, how many sales are you driving? Though not every marketing activity is directly tied to sales, it should all relate to bringing new leads into your conversion funnel and pushing existing leads closer to a purchasing decision.

"It is essential to determine the ROI of a campaign," Poulsen said. "The most important ROI to a company is conversion. This is determined by people that participated in a campaign by a pull list, receiving or responding to a message over a channel (direct mail, email, social, digital, media), and determining if the strategy is resulting in an expected conversion or outcome, whether they be leads, sales or other criteria."

Understanding your audience

Your knowledge of your audience – the channels they are most active on, their likes and dislikes, their pain points – should drive all your marketing efforts. A marketing analysis can help you better understand your audience and the demographics of its various segments, allowing you to target customers with more effective brand messaging on the right channels.

"In simple words, you want to describe who your ideal client is," said Anthony Money, digital marketing specialist at Qualified Online Traffic. "What is his/her demographic? What are their interests, their wants, hopes, needs [and] dreams? Where are they (geographically and online through groups, websites, etc.)? This is how we are able to strategically target them."

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