After the most attractive segments are selected, a company should not directly start targeting all these segments -- other important factors come into play in defining a target market. Four sub activities form the basis for deciding on which segments will actually be targeted.
The four sub activities within targeting are:
1. defining the abilities of the company and resources needed to enter a market
2. analyzing competitors on their resources and skills
4. deciding on the actual target markets.
The first three sub activities are described as the topic competitor analysis. The last sub activity of deciding on the actual target market is an analysis of the company's abilities to those of its competitors. The results of this analysis leads to a list of segments which are most attractive to target and have a good chance of leading to a profitable market share.
Obviously, targeting can only be done when segments have been defined, as these segments allow firms to analyze the competitors in this market. When the process of targeting is ended, the markets to target are selected, but the way to use marketing in these markets is not yet defined. To decide on the actual marketing strategy, knowledge of the differential advantages of each segment is needed.
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Targeting is to make a thing or group of things a target, to select it or them to be acted upon.
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- Targeting pods, in warfare
- Targeting tower, a radio frequency antenna
- Behavioral targeting, in marketing
- Gene targeting, in genetics
- Geo targeting, in internet marketing
- Geographic targeting, in geography
- Inflation targeting, in economics
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