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Target Markets

Competitive Analysis

Another place to research your target market is to talk to your competition. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Many successful business owners are quite happy to talk to new entrepreneurs.

The key here is to approach businesses that will not see you as a threat. Visit businesses that sell to different customers and won’t be competing for directly for the same sells as you. For example, go to a different neighborhood, or across town.

Here are some of the questions you might ask:

    -    If you were starting my business today, who would be your customers? Why?

    -    Where would you go to find those customers?

    -    What have you tried in your business that was successful? What made it successful?

    -    What have you tried that was not successful? Why do you think it failed?

    -    Do you have or know of clients (or former clients) that you cannot serve? If so, do you think my business would be a good fit for that client? (For example, a music teacher who may not want adult students or a pet sitter who won’t care for exotic animals). 



Examples of target markets

Take a look at the following list of businesses. Then look at the list of target markets. Identify which might be a good target market for each business. Some businesses may have more than one. Explain your answer.

Daycare for infants to preschool age kids

Parents of teenagers

Subway sandwich shop

Homeowners in a historic neighborhood

Video rental store

Senior citizens

Hairstyling salon

Single males with above average incomes

Massage therapist

Working parents of very young children 

Health food store

Two income families

Drywall contractor

Parents who home school their children

Coffee shop

Males and females, ages 18-29

Residential/commercial cleaning service

Middle aged women


Single women with above average incomes

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