SWOT analysis is a valuable tool in the kitty of a market research company. The company provides detailed market research reports for their clients in a particular industry. It employs various methods and techniques to collect, gather and analyze the information about different companies in a particular market and a particular sector. This analysis determines where a particular company fits between its internal and distinctive capabilities and external opportunities and threats. SWOT stands for Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization.
The SWOT analysis is performed for each organization to assess its strengths and weaknesses and to get required insight in the potential and critical issues that can affect a venture. These processes are comprised of three important phases where it determines the strategic issues, the strategy and the implementation and monitor of the strategies.
Determining the Strategic issues relevant to a firm
A market research company starts this analysis by determining the firms position in the relevant industry. It also determines the companys position in the general environment. They also determine the internal issues, external issues, opportunities and threats that affect companys prospects. They analyze and rank the external issues according to probability. It also lists other strategic factors, external or internal that can affect the competitive position of the company in the long-term.
Identifying the Strategy
Next important step is the identifying the capability of the firm to fit into its internal capabilities and external environment. In addition, this process also requires designing alternative strategies for addressing vital issues. The market research company makes use of critical SWOT matrix to identify the strategies.
Implementing and monitoring strategies
After identifying the strategies, the next job is to implement and monitor the strategies. It includes assigning responsibilities, allocating budget and then monitoring progress and reviewing the process from the beginning.
Market research offers the great insight about the market and the consumers. In addition, keeps the company updated of changing tastes of the consumers to help it cater to the changing consumer tastes. The market research companies make use of SWOT analysis to develop corporate, product and marketing strategies.
With the help of this analytical tool, the company can work towards improving the strengths of the clients company and reducing the weaknesses. It can help increases strengths by making targeted efforts such as building strong brand name, increase market share and improve the skills. Though the company does not have any control over the external opportunities and threats, by increasing the companys strengths, it can help them grab opportunities.
SWOT analysis helps in situational analysis and can help in analyzing the present situation and make best use of it. The firm can use the forecast given by the market research company in its report to devise the strategies to counteract the problems and exploit the opportunities. Lucintel is among the leading market research companies providing their valuable services to global clients.