Imagine you are working in the marketing department of Zest Bars, a fictitious, medium-size company that makes energy bars.

Imagine you are working in the marketing department of Zest Bars, a fictitious, medium-size company that makes energy bars. Your manager would like you to lead the process to define the company’s brand positioning strategy. When you review her proposal for how you should lead this process, there is no mention of performing a competitive analysis.

Prompt: Write a short paragraph responding to your manager’s suggested brand positioning strategy. Your response should include:

A rationale for why the marketing team should analyze the competition.
The specific value a competitive analysis can bring to the energy bar company.
Three specific steps the marketing team could take to begin the process of completing a competitive analysis.
Feel free to include specific names of energy bar competitors in your response to illustrate your argument to your manager.

Read: Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.