Conduct a Market Analysis Overview Whether you are starting a new business or launching a new product, conducting a marketing analysis is the first step in determining if there is a need or audience for your idea. Knowing the market's needs and how it is currently serviced provides you with key information that is essential in developing your product/service and marketing plan. Too often, businesses spend thousands of dollars launching a "new" idea with a limited market because of competition. The owner is forced to reevaluate his strategy and determine if there is room for another player.
Starting a new business can be overwhelming, exciting and confusing all at once. No matter the industry, all new businesses have to deal with financing, advertising, organization, ownership structure, etc. One area that is neglected by many is ensuring that the name of the business is truly available. There are 16+ million trade names in use in the United States. Similar names matter, if close in sound, appearance or meaning.