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Competitor Analysis - Is your marketing above benchmark?


Peter Drucker, who many consider to be the single most important thought leader in the world of management is quoted as saying;

Being at least as good as the leader is a prerequisite to being competitive.

It follows that, to adopt successful marketing strategies, it is necessary to not only develop marketing insights of your own performance but to also undergo competitor analysis and take an objective view on your competitor’s performance; which is not easy.

Performance data for competitor analysis is rare in the public domain. For the last decade fastmap have been building up a set of marketing insights across a wide range of sectors, brands and campaigns. This data has been gathered through quantitative research. Questions to consumers have been asked in a consistent way and then retained as anonymous, aggregated data to feed into powerful industry benchmarks.

These marketing insights, based on competitor analysis, such as these provide brands with not only a measurement of their own performance but also allows them to understand strengths and weaknesses relative to others. These are some of the areas this data has been used in:

This DRTV creative performance analysis below for three insurance adverts shows how different adverts are perceived by consumers relative to each other and the important industry averages. No advert is strong across all areas, but using this competitor analysis and the benchmarks marketers can discover their advert’s strengths and weaknesses.

insurance marketing competitor analysis marketing insights for drtv creative performance

Another discipline that has benefited from benchmarked marketing insights is preparation for the GDPR. Increasingly brands are using marketing insights to guide the development and then communication of requests for customers to consent to receive marketing.

HomeServe, leaders within the home emergency repairs business used comparative marketing insights to dramatically improve the performance of their consent statement. Richard Merrygold discussed this at the recent Privacy Laws and Business conference held at Cambridge University. Comparison within industry benchmarks allowed HomeServe to identify weaknesses in the earliest statement around ‘Trustworthiness’, ‘Data Security’ and ‘Data sharing’. As you can see in the table below the final statement excelled in most areas which lead to not only more consent but also creates a positive impression for the customer.

marketing consent permissions statement optimisation through competitor analysis

This article was written by David Cole, Managing Director at fastmap. To find out how fastmap can help you with your competitor analysis, consent marketing optimisation, DRTV creative optimisationand help provide you with marketing insights to benchmark your performance in other areas visit or get in touch with David Cole on +44 (0) 20 7242 0702 or

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