How to do competitive intelligence properly: Navigating the Competitive Intelligence Landscape

This is an image of a speed boat navigating in the sea for an article called How to do competitive intelligence properly Navigating the Competitive Intelligence Landscape by octopus competitive intelligence agency octopus competitive intelligence providers

How to do competitive intelligence properly: Navigating the Competitive Intelligence Landscape

In today’s dynamic and fiercely competitive business landscape, knowledge is power. To thrive in this environment, we must arm ourselves with the most potent weapon in our arsenal—competitive intelligence. This intelligence isn’t just about knowing your competitors. It’s about understanding the competitive landscape and recognising the nuances. It’s about staying ahead of the curve. 

Comprehensive Approach to a Competitive Intelligence Project

Our latest white paper is called Comprehensive Approach to a Competitive Intelligence Project. It had a working title of “Doing Competitive Intelligence Properly”. It’s your guide to prepare for and execute successful competitive intelligence projects.

You can download it here:

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

The Foundation of Effective Competitive Intelligence

Competitive intelligence is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s a strategic journey that begins with a strong foundation. We discuss the elements that lay the groundwork for successful competitive intelligence. It underscores the importance of strategic planning, asking the right questions and defining drivers, creating a clear Statement of Work (SOW), and fostering open communication.

But it doesn’t stop there. Competitive intelligence is a strategic tool that extends beyond competitor research. It involves gaining a deep understanding of market dynamics trends and then identifying potential risks and opportunities.

Setting Clear Objectives

To embark on a successful competitive intelligence journey, we must set clear objectives for our programs. We delve into these objectives. We highlight the three primary goals: 

  • Informing decision-making
  • Identifying opportunities and threats
  • Benchmarking performance against competitors

Understanding the Tools and Their Limitations

While competitive intelligence platforms are valuable tools, they are not magic bullets. We emphasise that harnessing the power of these tools requires learning and analysis. We ask how to define your goals and set realistic expectations to make the most out of these platforms.

The Art of Asking the Right Questions

A practical competitive intelligence project starts with well-defined questions. Questions designed to extract relevant information. To provide a comprehensive understanding of your competitors and the market landscape. How Do I Know Who My Competitors Are today?

Collaboration and Communication

Collaboration is essential in competitive intelligence projects. We highlight the importance of open and consistent communication. To ensure alignment, clarify objectives, and provide updates on progress.

The Role of Technology

Technology is crucial in enhancing efficiency and accuracy. But we emphasise that people-powered competitive intelligence remains essential for gaining deep insights. We introduce the various data collection methods to help gather the information needed.

Crafting an Effective End Product

A well-defined end-product report is the culmination of a successful competitive intelligence project. We introduce you to creating a report that is clear, structured, and visually appealing. It emphasises the importance of data visualisation. Presenting key findings and insights, actionable recommendations, and customisation for different stakeholders.

How to do competitive intelligence properly: Navigating the Competitive Intelligence Landscape

Doing competitive intelligence properly is your guide to navigating competitive intelligence. It is not just a document; it is a roadmap to success in a competitive business world. By following the principles and insights outlined in this white paper, you can: 

  • Make informed decisions
  • Stay ahead of competitors
  • Chart a course to competitive advantage

Our latest white paper is called Comprehensive Approach to a Competitive Intelligence Project. It had a working title of “Doing Competitive Intelligence Properly”. It’s your guide to prepare for and execute successful competitive intelligence projects.

You can download it here:

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Let’s talk…

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Home » Blog » Understanding Competitive Intelligence » How to do competitive intelligence properly: Navigating the Competitive Intelligence Landscape

What is competitive intelligence?

Competitive intelligence is the finding & critical analysis of information to make sense of what’s happening & why. Predict what’s going to happen & give the options to control the outcome. The insight to create more certainty & competitive advantage.

This is a drawing of the Octopus Intelligence Logo By Octopus Competitive Intelligence, Due Diligence, Competitor Analysls, Market Analysis, Competitor Research and Strategic Business Development to beat your competitors, increase sales and reduce risk


We Find The Answers To Beat Your Competitors

Bespoke, people-powered competitive intelligence to create insight you can do something with. We help you be more competitive, beat your competitors and win more business.

But enough about us, let's here about you:

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.