How to Penetrate a Crowded Market

| September 25, 2015

How to Penetrate a Crowded Market

When you have a business idea, it is likely that someone else is already there, running their successful business.

Today’s society and economy is encouraging people to take up entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately, this means that most ideas already have crowded markets; if you have a business idea, it’s likely that someone else is already there, running their successful business.

If you’re willing to work hard, ready to find unique ways to stand out, and strong enough to endure disappointments, you can still establish yourself in a crowded market. Here are few ways to do it.

Be simple

Sometimes, in the bid to outdo competition, you overreach and strain beyond all limit. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help you gain success. Some entrepreneurs don’t know how to start out simple. They offer a wide variety of products or services hoping to attract more customers and eventually end up spreading themselves thin.

It’s better to focus on a few things and do them well. For example, if you’re starting an apparel design company, don’t start designing for men, women, teenage boys and girls, kids, toddlers, and babies all together. You’ll definitely spread yourself too thin when you do that.

Focus on what you’re good at. For example, if you love the cut and design of a well made gentleman’s suit, focus on menswear. Remember that this product is scalable. You have business, casual, sport, leisure, formal, seasonal, etc. By focusing on something that you do well and like, you’re making sure that you stay true to yourself. You’ll eventually find success if you do.

Build your own product

Building your own product, in-house, through your own efforts is the best way to reach success. If you have a unique product that other people in the industry don’t have, it’s a sure shot way to success. Of course, creating and developing your own product isn’t easy. You also need to be careful and observe your potential market carefully.

See if your product addresses a particular need successfully and effectively. You also need to see if your competitors have a better product. If they do, you need to go back to the drawing board instead of delivering an inferior product to your customers.

Don’t be intimidated

It’s inevitable that your market would have industry giants. Just because Starbucks makes excellent coffee doesn’t mean that you can’t open your own coffee house. In fact, you might even choose to take the challenge head on and try different types of coffee and offer exotic flavors that one might not find at Starbucks.

The presence of industry giants shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dream. Just make sure that you’re not copying them and have a way to distinguish yourself from their product or service.

Be a smart employer

Your employees are the backbone of your company. You might have noticed how bigwigs like Google and Facebook frequently get into arguments over potential and current high performers. You need to be smart and employ great people off the bat. That will help your company grow stronger and withstand high competition.

If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be able to penetrate a crowded market and still find some success.