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1 5.1Discuss the importance of defining a prospective business by writing a clear and concise business concept.Describe how a feasibility study can be used to test a concept in the marketplace.Section 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
2 Developing a Business Concept Once you have a idea for a new business, define it by writing a clear and concise business concept.business concept a clear and concise description of a business opportunity; it contains four elements: the product or service, the customer, the benefit, and the distributionSection 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
3 Developing a Business Concept In developing a business concept, consider the features and benefits your product or service offers.features distinctive aspects, qualities, or characteristics of a product or servicebenefits things that promote or enhance the value of a product or a service to the customerSection 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
4 Developing a Business Concept When developing a business concept an entrepreneur must ask the following questions:What is the product or service being offeredWho is the customer?What is the benefit that is being provided?How will the benefit be delivered to thecustomer?Section 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
5 Testing the Concept in the Market An entrepreneur can use a feasibility analysis in order to decide if there is enough demand for a product or service.feasibility analysis the process that tests a business concept; it allows the entrepreneur to decide whether a new business concept has potentialA feasibility analysis can help an entrepreneur determine whether business conditions are appropriate to go forward with starting a business.Should I proceed with this business?Section 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
6 Testing the IndustryThe broadest level of feasibility analysis looks at the industry in which the business will operate.industry a group of businesses with a common interestSection 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
7 Testing Product or Service Requirements To consider all the requirements of a product or service, you may opt to create a prototype.prototype a working model used by entrepreneurs to determine what it takes to develop their products or servicesSection 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
8 This procedure helps because it: A business can analyze its: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats in the marketplace using a process called a SWOT analysis.This procedure helps because it:prepares a company for competition or a changing marketplace.provides guidance and direction for future business strategies.SWOT analysisAn assessment of a company’s strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities and threats that surround it; SWOT: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.
9 Internal Strengths and Weaknesses Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors that affect a business operation. The analysis centers around three Cs:CompanyCustomersCompetition
10 Internal Strengths and Weaknesses CompanyWhen evaluating itself, a company must analyze these areas:Company staffFinancial situationProduction capabilities
11 Talking to Customers Customers target customers people most likely to buy a business’s products and servicesThe most important part of the feasibility analysis is testing customers to measure interest and identify the target customers.Companies study customer buying patterns using surveys or conducting interviews with people in their target markets.Section 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
12 Competition Studying the Competition A company may find that it has certain strengths and weaknesses when compared to its competitors. Questions that help a business to analyze its competitive position are:What market share does the company have?What advantages does the company have over its competitors?What core competencies does the company possess?
13 Studying the Competition An easy way to evaluate the competition is to create a competitive grid.competitive grid a tool for organizing important information about a business venture’s competitionCompetitorCustomerBenefitsDistributionStrengthsWeaknessSection 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
14 External Opportunities and Threats Businesses must always look for opportunities to create competitive advantage if they are to succeed in the marketplace.Marketing Essentials Chapter 2, Section 2.1
15 CompetitionCompanies need to know what their competitors are doing at all times. Changes in other companies’ financial situations affect the marketplace, and conducting a SWOT analysis helps a business react and adjust to these shifts.
16 Environmental Scanenvironmental scanAn analysis of outside influences that may have an impact on an organization.Often, a business will conduct an environmental scan to methodically examine four main areas of the marketplace. The acronym PEST refers to each of the four factors evaluated in the scan:PoliticalEconomicSocio-culturalTechnological
17 PoliticalPolitical issues center around government involvement in business operations, such as:LawsRegulationsGlobal companies need to know the political structure and regulations of each foreign country in which they conduct business.
18 The economy is affected by factors such as: Unemployment rate EconomicBusinesses are always interested in the economy because if it is healthy, people will be more likely to invest in products and markets. If the economy is in recession, companies need to be more cautious in their decisions.The economy is affected by factors such as:Unemployment rateInflationRetail sales figuresProductivityConsumer confidence
19 Socio-CulturalA socio-cultural analysis is based on customers and potential customers. It focuses on their:AttitudesLifestylesOpinionsAnd also considers:AgeIncomeOccupationEducation levelMarital status
20 TechnologicalChanging technology may be a threat for one industry, but an opportunity for others. Companies develop completely new products or capitalize on new developments by making products to support them.
21 Looking at Start-Up Resources A strong business model is important to investors.business model a description of how entrepreneurs plan to make money with their business conceptsFeasibility planning helps to determine the potential profitability of a business idea.Section 5.1 Feasibility Analysis: Testing an Opportunity
22 Let’s PracticeWrite a compelling, clear & concise business concept statement for your proposed business. Be sure to refer back to your notes on questions to address. Here is a sample of one: “Eastside Sports offers sporting equipment and apparel to local teams and people who play sports. It provides the convenience of one-stop shopping at a retail outlet in the customer’s own neighborhood.”