Just as a frontal assault requires 3 to 5 times more resource to succeed, a defend strategy requires 3 to 5 times less resource to succeed. In business, overcoming a defended position is challenging for many reasons; the defender’s customer relationships and channel are already established, their brand name is already known, their customers’ buying processes and contracts are already established and all the support and service mechanics are in place. That’s a lot of bonds for the attacking competitor to break.
Where does one begin the search to find new markets? The good news is: new high-potential market opportunities are typically discovered closer-in than you would imagine. Some await discovery hidden in the clutter of your current customer list. Others find you, not the other way around. In either case, your task is to recognize and quickly assess their viability.