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The Importance of Business Research

| August 07, 2022, 08:00 AM

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When people talk about business research, they often use it to specifically mean market research, including learning about potential and current customers and the competition. While this is one important element of business research, there are several others as well. Understanding the various facets of research in this context and why it is important is crucial to your success.


Periodically, you may have to identify the tools that you need in a certain area of your business, or you may need to work with staff to choose the best ones. Fleet management is one area where having the right tools is critical for maintaining safety and compliance, even if your company has only a small fleet of drivers. You can review a guide on getting a GPS tracking system for trucks, which can help with optimized routing, location identification, lower costs, and more.

Threat Assessment

As an entrepreneur, there is something to be said about running toward risks. However, those risks should also be calculated, and research will be an important factor in helping you determine which risks are worthwhile. An example might be if you are considering renting or buying a larger storefront. You might discover that the nearby competition could be potentially damaging to sales. Taking the time to look at all the elements involved can help you avoid costly errors. Keep in mind as well when assessing risk that there are different aspects to look at. You should also consider the potential cost of failure as well as the benefits. A proposition that is high risk but that also potentially offers big benefits might be worth pursuing in certain circumstances.

The Customer

This is one place where research is vital. Some firms can help you with market research, which can be more useful than the information you get from designing your own surveys. With the information gathered, you can create buyer personas based on demographics. Customer information can also help you determine such things as what their expectations are, what they are willing to pay, and what solutions you may have for their problems. Qualitative and quantitative are two terms you may encounter a lot during this research. The latter is about numbers and data, while the former is more about opinions and emotions. Both types can offer valuable insight.

Your Brand

You might wonder why you need to look into your own brand. The answer is reputation. Especially if you want to increase your business’s value, if your brand is tarnished or might be tarnished, you need to know it. A smear on your reputation is not necessarily a disaster, but it’s good to know when it might be time to take action and put out any fires before they get worse. However, one aspect of brand management to keep in mind is that some issues that spring up on social media may go away more quickly if left unaddressed. You may want to work with a social media consultant or company specializing in reputation management if you believe you have a real problem brewing.

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Stefanie is a local blogger and social media content marketer from Maryland and most recently a wife and a mother. She has an unhealthy obsession with puns, sarcasm and caffeinated beverages.

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