[Video] Business Planning: The Market Analysis


Before you’re given any money, investors or lenders will want to know the size of your market. Market size is an important factor in the long-term success of a business.

The main issue is how many potential customers are out there who might be interested in buying your product or service. Not everyone is a potential customer for every product, so you have to determine who will be a viable candidate for your product or service. Once you have studied and measured the size of your current market, you are then able to segment your market and identify target prospects, the people who are most likely to purchase what you are selling.

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When discussing the size of your market, it is important to have credible sources backing up your data. You might go to studies by government agencies or well-known pollsters. That way, when you say that there are so many people who have a problem that your business can solve, you can point potential investors to your sources and get immediate acceptance of your data. You don’t want investors challenging you and debating you over your market analysis. Your data should tell the story itself and lead you into your target market.

Finding this information and establishing the size of your market will help you determine realistic marketing and sales goals. Once you know the total number of potential customers in your market, you should then segment that group so that you can determine who is most likely to purchase from you.

When discussing the size of your market with potential investors, also remember that you are not going to win everyone in that group at one time. To account for this, your marketing and sales plans should discuss how you plan to gain market penetration and the anticipated time frame for this.

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Having this fundamental background on your customers is an important part of your business plan. It builds the case for how big your business could become in the next five years. After all, if you don’t have a certain number of people in your market, how can you ever hope to sell that number of products?

Measuring the size of your market gives potential investors an idea of the size of the idea.

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Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes is the Director of Business Development at Tarkenton Companies. Chris has an extensive sales and marketing background, including being part of the product launch for Propel Fitness Water for Gatorade, a promotions and marketing specialist for 94 WYSP in Philadelphia, and part of the Fran Tarkenton Show on SiriusXM. Chris is actively involved in the insurance marketing world, where he recruits for and works with Tarkenton Financial, a nation-wide group of financial agents.