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Crayon Competitive Intelligence Blog

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 possible, and help protect the most vulnerable in our society. We sincerely wish you and your families health and safety during this challenging time.

When a global market event takes hold and catches everyone by surprise, executives are left scrambling to get a handle on how their industry is...

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How to Practice Ethical Competitive Intelligence

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Emily Dumas on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Competitive Intelligence (CI) is a critical part of a smart business strategy. Even still, Competitive Intelligence is questioned by those unfamiliar with the process. In particular, we often hear...

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3 Ways to Get Intel & Feedback for Your Competitive Intelligence Efforts

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Alicia Thomas on Wed, Mar 4, 2020

Baking a cake and crafting your competitive intelligence (CI) program surprisingly have a lot of overlap. If you’ve ever watched an episode of the Great British Baking Show, you’ll know there’s no...

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25+ [Mostly] Free Competitive Intelligence Resources to Learn Best Practices

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Emily Dumas on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Competitive intelligence (CI) skills need to be honed and sharpened regularly. The field of competitive intelligence changes constantly, with new tactics, strategies, and technologies popping up and,...

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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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3 Unique, Tactical Applications of Competitive Intelligence

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Ben Cope on Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Most marketers and competitive intelligence (CI) pros would agree that gathering competitive insights is only a valuable activity if those insights are used to further key business goals. Almost...

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Top 5 Competitive Intelligence Challenges and What You Can Do About Them

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Emily Dumas on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

With every new initiative comes its own set of challenges. Creating and executing a competitive intelligence (CI) program isn’t always easy, no matter how experienced the professional or how robust...

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How to Share Competitive Intelligence Across Your Organization [New Data]

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Emily Dumas on Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The Competitive Intelligence (CI) process can be time-consuming. Whether or not you’re a full-time CI professional, researching, analyzing, and communicating competitive intelligence information can...

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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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KPIs for Competitive Intelligence: What to Measure & How to Drive Impact

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Alicia Thomas on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

One of the hardest problems for many competitive intelligence (CI) professionals is how to measure the impact of programs that they put into place. In fact, less than half (44%) of CI teams have...

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