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How To Perform a Swot Analysis

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How To Perform a Swot Analysis A SWOT Analysis is an integral part of a marketing plan and can also be part of a business plan. Knowing what a SWOT Analysis is and how to perform one is very important. What is a SWOT Analysis? A SWOT analysis stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats and is a simple and powerful way to analyze your company's present marketing situation. The best way to understand SWOT is to look at an actual example: AMT is a computer store in a medium-sized market in the United States. Lately it has suffered through a steady business decline caused mainly by increasing competition from larger office products stores with national brand names. ...read more.

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Their per-unit costs of selling are quite low. They aren't offering what we offer in terms of knowledgeable selling, but their cost per square foot and per dollar of sales are much lower. 2. Price and volume. The major stores pushing boxes can afford to sell for less. Their component costs are less and they have volume buying with the main vendors. 3. Brand power. Take one look at their full page advertising, in color, in the Sunday paper. We can't match that. We don't have the national name that flows into national advertising. Opportunities 1. Local area networks. ...read more.

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3. Training. The major stores don't provide training, but as systems become more complicated, with LAN and Internet usage, training is more in demand. This is particularly true of our main target markets. 4. Service. As our target market needs more service, our competitors are less likely than ever to provide it. Their business model doesn't include service, just selling the boxes. Threats 1. The computer as appliance. Volume buying and selling of computers as products in boxes, supposedly not needing support, training, connectivity services, etc. As people think of the computer in those terms, they think they need our service orientation less. 2. The larger price-oriented store. When we have huge advertisements of low prices in the newspaper, our customers think we are not giving them good value. ...read more.

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