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In March 2012, Arthur Weiss, AWARE's CEO, was elected to serve as Membership Development Director of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) for 2012-March 2014. (Press Release). Michelle Rawl of Rawl Research Inc. will succeed Arthur from April 2014. AIIP is the organisation for independent information specialists and has a global membership with expertise covering all aspects of the information profession. Visit the AIIP web-site to find out more and to join us.


Publications / Presentations

Booking is now open for the ICI-4 workshop on Competitive Intelligence Secondary Research taking place on March 17-18 in London and the Institute of Competitive Intelligence's conference in Bad Nauheim, Germany, 8-11 April 2014 where Arthur Weiss will be leading 2 workshops and giving a conference presentation on the impact of communication style and culture on effective CI.

Other forthcoming events include the Casablanca Competitive and Market Intelligence Forum 2014.

Recent events included training workshops held in Mauritius, China and Malaysia and a War Gaming workshop held in Dublin, Ireland.


If you are interested in competitive intelligence training and workshops contact us, or visit our training pages. We offer custom training looking at all aspects of marketing & competitive intelligence including online research, marketing research, competitor analysis, scenario planning, war-gaming and much more.

See also our presentation & papers pages for more information and downloads.


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Books - Co-opertition

Recommended Book

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Co-opetition : 1. a revolutionary mindset that redefines competition and cooperation; 2. the game theory strategy that's changing the game of business
Adam M Brandenburger & Barry J Nalebuff
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Michael Porter described this book as "the most important single contribution" in taking his original ideas on ways of achieving competitive advantage forward. The book is easy to read, inexpensive and contains numerous ideas to help reshape and challenge thought processes. The writers develop Porter's 5 forces model, and introduce a sixth force. They emphasise the strategic advantages of co-operation and look at game theory as a way of approaching business strategy.

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Institute of Competitive Intelligence


ICI holds regular public training courses & workshops on a range of competitive intelligence related topics. Courses take place across Europe, the USA, India and elsewhere - and are offered in English, German, French and Spanish.

The next UK based ICI courses will take place in March 2012 in central London with further courses in Autumn 2012.

Course Schedule
If you register 40 days in advance, deduct 5% from total fees.

Further information on the Institute of Competitive Intelligence.

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Finding Competitive Intelligence using Online Sources

AWARE consultants are experts at discovering competitor information online and have developed a market-leading course on Finding Competitive Intelligence using Online Sources. This course has been given as an in-house course to numerous companies across industries (IT, publishing, telecoms, chemicals....) and countries, as well as publicly at SCIP annual and European conferences, the London International Online Information Conferences and other similar events.

The workshop has received high praise for its unique approach to finding competitive intelligence on the Internet. The workshop - available as a half-day summary, full day or 2-day in-depth training course with extensive practical online sessions - teaches attendees how to find actionable competitive intelligence rather than just present a list of sources that quickly date. Like all AWARE's in-house training, the course can be customised to focus on industry or competitive area.

For more information on this workshop and how it can help you become a more effective Internet researcher check out our Competitive Intelligence Training and ask us about our courses on finding CI information.

Competitive Intelligence on a budget

Many businesses think that competitive intelligence research is expensive and hard to do. This is not true. It is quite possible to uncover crucial competitive intelligence without spending large sums.

One technique that works is Win-loss analysis. This is perhaps the single most overlooked, yet valuable, technique in the competitive intelligence arsenal.

When you lose a client find out the reason why - not just what the salesperson says, but the real reason. Follow up with the lost client to find out why they switched, to whom and how their new supplier compares. Do the same when you win a customer - why did they choose you in preference to other options in the market. The information gathered can show what you are doing well and where you are failing. It can help you understand competitor strategies and tactics - how they sell, what their targets are, their pricing, and so on. The only drawback is that it can be difficult for a company to call up lost clients themselves - and that's where AWARE can help.

For more information on Win-Loss analysis, and how to do competitive intelligence on a budget, contact us today on +44 20 8954 9121 or .

 

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How is your customer service? Are you risking sales and customer dissatisfaction because the staff you have do not focus sufficiently on your customers? We can all recognise the department store or shoe shop with sales agents busy talking to each other about what they were doing the night before, rather than helping us make a purchase. The same applies to non-retail businesses. Rather than hire new staff, make sure that the staff you have focus on the customers you need.

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