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Crayon Competitive Intelligence Blog

Ellie Mirman

Ellie Mirman
Ellie Mirman is CMO at Crayon, the market and competitive intelligence company that enables businesses to track, analyze, and act on everything happening outside their four walls. Prior to Crayon, she was VP Marketing at Toast, where she built and led the marketing function across demand gen, content marketing, product marketing, branding, and customer advocacy. Previously, she held multiple marketing leadership positions at HubSpot during its growth from 100 customers to IPO. Ellie loves working at the intersection between Marketing, Sales, and Product, and building marketing from startup to scale-up.
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8 Stats to Reference When Starting a Competitive Intelligence Program

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Aug 18, 2020

Just took a new role in competitive intelligence? Congrats! Forming a new competitive intelligence (CI) initiative for your organization? Fantastic! It’s great to see the business investing in this critical area. There’s so much to do, so where do you start? What are the resources you need, how do you go about analyzing the competitive landscape, and how do you focus your efforts for maximum impact? These eight key stats and graphs from the 2020 State of Competitive Intelligence Report will...

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How to Avoid the Dreaded Feature Comparison Checklist

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Every product marketer has been asked by a sales rep, somewhere between one and a million times, for a feature comparison checklist. “I need to see how we stack up. Does our competitor have X...

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How to Do Competitor Monitoring in 10 Minutes a Day

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Ellie Mirman on Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Competitive intelligence (CI) done right is a big commitment. But one of the biggest misconceptions is that competitive intelligence only consists of big research projects done monthly, quarterly, or...

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6 Strategies for Partnering with Sales for Better Battlecards

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jun 23, 2020

You’ve crafted amazing battlecards. They have the latest intelligence, crisp messaging, and deep information on each competitor. And yet the sales team doesn’t adopt them. They have their own...

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How to Prioritize the Never-Ending List of Product Marketing Initiatives

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, May 19, 2020

Product marketing job descriptions can vary significantly from one company to the next… and sometimes even seem like they vary from one day to the next. That’s because product marketers wear many...

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How to Deliver Competitive Intelligence to Executive Leadership

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Ellie Mirman on Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Executive leadership makes critical business-directing decisions every day. In order for those decisions to be sound, executives need a clear view of the competitive landscape and how the company...

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10 Online Events & Resources for Product Marketing & Competitive Intelligence Pros

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Apr 14, 2020

The entire tech world, and many other industries, are suddenly grounded at home, working remotely. Events have been postponed or canceled, but we’re all still hungry to learn and develop. On top of...

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How to Brief Executive Leadership on Major Market Events

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Mar 24, 2020

First, a PSA: The coronavirus is having a massive impact on every community across the globe due to its novel and highly contagious nature. Please practice social distancing, staying home whenever...

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Benchmark Your CI Investment: Differences Between Small Businesses and Enterprises

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Ellie Mirman on Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Sophisticated competitive intelligence (CI) programs are not built overnight. They require investment - in the form of people, budget, and time - that likely isn’t available on day one. Effective CI...

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CI Experts Weigh In: How to Drive Engagement on CI Deliverables

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Ellie Mirman on Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Competitive landscapes are fast-moving and complex. Professionals specialized in this field learn the best practices in capturing and analyzing competitor moves and translating that into effective...

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2020 State of CI Report: New Data Shows 94% of Businesses Are Now Investing in Competitive Intelligence

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Today, we’re excited to share the results of the third annual market and competitive intelligence research study, the 2020 State of Competitive Intelligence report. This is the largest study on the...

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How to Leverage the Top 10 Types of Competitive Intelligence

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Ellie Mirman on Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Competitive intelligence (CI) is hardly new—heck, it’s been around as long as businesses have had competitors. However, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s any easier. In our current age, ...

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Benchmark Your Competitive Win Rate [New Data]

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Ellie Mirman on Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Every business has competitors, whether that be status quo or a laundry list of similar companies. How effective we are at winning deals against our competitors is one of the key measures of a...

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Independent Research Firm Names Crayon A “Leader” in Market and Competitive Intelligence

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Oct 22, 2019

I am thrilled to announce that Forrester Research has named Crayon a “Leader” in The Forrester New Wave™: Market and Competitive Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2019 report. We believe this designation is...

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Competitor Tiers: How to Break Down Your Competitive Landscape

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Ellie Mirman on Fri, Oct 18, 2019

“Who are your competitors?” is a seemingly simple question that can be surprisingly difficult to answer. Do you answer with your most common competitors from a sales perspective? Or, the leaders in...

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How to do a Comprehensive Competitor Analysis [+Free Template]

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Ellie Mirman on Wed, Oct 2, 2019

87% of companies say that their market has become more competitive in the last three years, according to the 2019 State of Competitive Intelligence Report. With markets becoming more competitive, ...

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How to Do a Market Analysis in 5 Steps

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Ellie Mirman on Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Becoming a market expert is a big undertaking. Markets are large, complex, and constantly changing. But if you’re tasked with tackling a market analysis, here are the steps you can take to get an...

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7 Tips for Conducting a Competitive Product Analysis

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Ellie Mirman on Wed, Sep 18, 2019

There are many dimensions to a competitive analysis - market and leadership evaluations, sales and marketing assessments, and, of course, in-depth reviews of competitors’ products. A competitive...

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The Secret to Product Launch Success: 12 KPIs You Should Be Tracking

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Ellie Mirman on Thu, Aug 29, 2019

According to Harvard Business School, of the approximately 30,000 new products launched each year, about 95% fail. Of course, the product failure rate varies from one industry to another—for example,

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How to Do a Competitor Messaging Analysis

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Ellie Mirman on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

How you communicate your company’s unique solutions to the market is critical to attract and engage potential buyers. Great messaging requires both a deep understanding of your target personas as...

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Three Strategies for Product Marketers to Gain Influence Within Their Organization

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Ellie Mirman on Wed, Jul 31, 2019

Product marketers sit at the intersection of every team in the organization - between Marketing, Product, Sales, Services, and Executive Leadership. They affect, and are affected by, every area of...

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10 Dynamic Tiles to Integrate Into Your Sales Battlecards

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Ellie Mirman on Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Battlecards have historically lived in static PDFs delivered via email to sales reps’ computers. And by historically, I mean most battlecards today are static documents that are always out-of-date,...

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What’s the Difference Between a Competitive Comparison and a Battlecard?

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jul 9, 2019

Competitive comparisons and battlecards are two key components of an effective competitive intelligence (CI) program. While these two assets have overlapping characteristics, and some companies may...

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How to Avoid Being Reactive with Your Competitive Intelligence

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jul 2, 2019

When your competitive landscape is constantly changing - with new competitors, new products, mergers, marketing campaigns, and more - it can be easy to fall into a reactive mode. An event happens,...

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Competitive Intelligence Self-Assessment: Evaluate Your CI Effectiveness Across These 5 Dimensions [+ Template]

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Ellie Mirman on Fri, Jun 14, 2019

Competitive intelligence (CI) surfaces insights that can - and should - be leveraged across the business. Competitive intelligence can be translated into tactical activities as well as strategic...

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