Thursday, November 21, 2019

Why Market Research is important for business?

  • Any business which tries to enter a market with a product or service has competition. For a business to be successful, it’s products or services have to satisfy the current customers and must stand out in a crowded place i.e. its competitors. A business that has a new product or service in the current can save time, money and energy If they have a new market strategy in hand in order to approach the current market.
  • Market Research is an important aspect for every business and many successful new businesses enjoy longevity because their owners conduct regular market research to understand their target market, identify consumer problems and pinpoint realistic competitors. Market Research is a continuous process for collecting, investigating and interpreting information about a particular market a business operates in or a product/service the business offers for selling in that market, and also about potential and existing competitors and the past, present and potential customers who purchase and consume the offered product/service.
  • Market research can provide insights into several factors for a business and they can be successful in achieving the goal of the business: Most of the factors are mentioned below:
    • By conducting market research, a business can learn about the problems their ideal customer is experiencing in general or with a specific product or service and use that insight to demonstrate how their product or service is a solution to those problems in their marketing efforts.
    • Market Research can identify both the internal and external problems of a business. Market Research also provides valuable insights about problem areas and creates an opportunity for the business for improvements resulting in the return of steady revenue growth of the business.
    • Through market research, businesses can come to thorough understandings of the Current Customers.
    • Identifying new customers’ needs and wants through market research leads to increasing the customer base of the business.
    • Insights from the market research can make sure that a business can set practical targets for its business for efficiency.
    • Businesses can also develop new developing strategies for improving productivity and also for customer satisfaction.
    • Identifying new business opportunities for business can also be an ideal insight from market research.
  • Market research is an essential and critical component for business success when thinking about the millions of businesses offering a wide variety of products and services. Competition is at an all-time high for all the businesses, and new products and services are being launched daily. Market research can help your business stand out in a crowded marketplace by identifying problem areas, providing valuable insight about your ideal customer, and increasing brand awareness, as well as providing exact wording to inject into successful marketing campaigns.

  • Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Things you need to know before selling your Business

  • There are several factors that are needed to be considered when one is thinking of selling their business to other parties. Before considering everything the first thing one must do is evaluate their business accordingly. This is the process of due diligence where research and analysis are initiated before an acquisition, investment, business partnership or bank loan, in order to determine the current value of the business.
  • Due Diligence might be considered as an audit for the business to confirm all the facts that are included in the financial statements of the business that is being evaluated. The due diligence process consists of the following:
    • Analyzing the total value of the business: A business total value can indicate the total stock price of the business, how broad the ownership might be, and the potential size of the company's target markets.
    • Revenue & Profits: The income statements of the business must also be thoroughly analyzed so that the net income, net profit, business’s revenue, operating expenses, return on equity are calculated and the business bottom line is also analyzed.
    • Competitors & Industries: The major competitors for the business must also be analyzed and found so that the one who is evaluating the business can get a clear view of where their business stands on the current market when compared with the businesses in the same industry.
    • Business Management & Ownership: The Directors, owners, and management team of the business must be stated clearly in the due diligence. The number of shares owners by all the shareholders must also be clearly stated accordingly.
    • Business Balance Sheet: The balance sheet of the company can shed light clearly on what’s happening in the company in every financial year. They contain most of the information like business assets, business financials, business board meetings and decisions, total liabilities, stockholder’s equity, etc.
    • Stock Price History if available: The business owners must also mention about the stocks of the company if it's available in the due diligence process. They must also include the short-term and long-term price movement of the stock and whether the stock has been volatile or steady.
    • Risks involved in the Business: There’s a statement ‘Every business involves risk’. Likewise, business owners must also understand all the industry-wide risks and company-specific risks that exist.
    • Business Valuations: The final valuations of the company is done with the corresponding valuation method that is suitable for the business.
  • Scrutinysoft offers the due diligence process for all types of industries across various sectors. We do due diligence for mergers, acquisitions, startup investments, Investments and researching hedge funds.

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Basics of Computer Networking

    The meaning of network in a dictionary is web, organization, structure, grid, system, web, net, interconnections and so on. Networking or computer networking has several definitions, but it all constitutes one meaning which is connecting two or more computers or systems through a medium so that they can share data with wired or wireless technology. This ‘medium’ might be a collection of computers, servers, mainframes, network devices, peripherals, or other devices. The types of computer networks are mentioned below:

  • Local Area Network (LAN): A Local Area Network is a network that is confined to a relatively small area. It is generally limited to a geographic area such as a writing lab, school, or building. Computers connected to a network are broadly categorized as servers or workstations. Servers are run continuously to provide "services" to the other computers or users on the network. Services provided might include printing and faxing, software hosting, file storage and sharing, messaging, data storage and retrieval, complete access control (security) for the network's resources, and many others.
  • Wide Area Network (WAN): WAN or Wide Area Network is a computer network that extends over a large geographical area, although it might be confined within the bounds of a state or country. A WAN could be a connection of LAN connecting to other LAN’s via telephone lines and radio waves and may be limited to an enterprise (a corporation or an organization) or accessible to the public.
  • Metropolitan Area Network (MAN): Metropolitan area Network covers a larger area than that of a LAN and smaller area as compared to WAN. It connects two or more computers that are apart but resides in the same or different cities. It covers a large geographical area and may serve as an ISP (Internet Service Provider). MAN is designed for customers who need high-speed connectivity.
  • Home Area Network (HAN): A home area network connects devices within a home environment. It might include personal computers, tablets, smartphones, printers, TVs and other devices. A home area network (HAN) is a network that is deployed and operated within a small boundary, typically a house or small office/home office.

  • Components of a Computer Network:

    Computer networks components comprise both physical parts as well as the software required for installing computer networks, both at organizations and at home. The hardware components are the server, client, peer, transmission medium, and connecting devices. The software components are operating system and protocols.

  • Servers: Servers are computers with a high configuration that manage the resources of the network. The network operating system is typically installed in the server and so they give user accesses to the network resources. Servers can be of various kinds: file servers, database servers, print servers, etc.
  • Clients: Clients are computers that request and receive service from the servers to access and use the network resources.
  • Peers: Peers are computers that provide services as well as receive services from other peers in a workgroup network.
  • Transmission Media: Transmission media are the channels through which data is transferred from one device to another in a network. Transmission media may be guided media like coaxial cable, fiber optic cables, etc.; or maybe unguided media like microwaves, infra-red waves, etc.
  • Connecting Devices: Connecting devices act as middleware between networks or computers, by binding the network media together. Some of the common connecting devices are:
    • Routers
    • Bridges
    • Hubs
    • Repeaters
    • Gateways
    • Switches

    Friday, August 23, 2019

    Importance Of Digital Marketing For Business

    Every business is trying to keep up with the current market trend and technology by expanding its business and services to all those who are in need of them. Even though many steps are being taken by the businesses, their reach mostly remains within local reach of their establishment. To reach to more areas and for expansion, the marketing teams of the businesses tend to move to the digital platform and channels for recognition and for sales. These businesses are using many digital marketing techniques and tools for their survival, for competition and also for business growth.

    Most of the small and medium scale businesses are changing their business models to an online one to keep up with the evolution of modern technology using various digital marketing strategies. Digital marketing is the use of various digital tactics and channels to connect with the customers who spend most of their time online i.e. the internet. The most commonly used digital marketing tactics and channels are mentioned below:

    • Content Marketing (Through blogs, eBooks, Infographics)
    • Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.)
    • Search Engine Optimization (Optimizing business website ranking)
    • Pay Per Click (Paid ads on social media)
    • Affiliate Marketing (Promoting others’ products or services)
    • Email Marketing (Running Email Campaign about business products or services)
    • Online Public Relations (online coverage with digital publications, blogs, etc.)

    By using digital marketing channels, many businesses target new customers and expand according to their goals and objectives. There are many reasons to know the importance of digital marketing for business and some of them are mentioned below:

    • Creating growth options for small and medium businesses
    • Trending the businesses in the social media platform for expansion and targeting new customers
    • Customers preferring businesses reach them on a personal level
    • Easy to adapt and market when compared to traditional marketing
    • Can get good suggestions directly from customers for improvement
    • Creating trust between the business brand and the customers through personalization
    • Aligns with how customers shop today i.e. through online
    • Can support customers directly and build rapport with them
    • Better Return of Investment through digital marketing
    • Digital marketing is cost-effective and potential to earn higher revenues

    Businesses in the current trend and economy need digital marketing strategies and channels for both competitions and for expansion to reach customer both locally and globally. Digital Marketing with correct strategies and techniques may attract more traffic delivers results accordingly. Digital Marketing is all about targeting the right kind of people that delivers the right kind of results so that one can ensure the survival for their business


    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Scrutinysoft Due Diligence Services

    Due Diligence is the research and analysis process that is actually done before an acquisition, investment, business partnership or bank loan takes place in order to determine the value of the business or company of the due diligence or whether there are any major issues or potential issues related to the same. Due diligence is a legal investigation done to confirm that an investment or purchase of a business is beneficial to the buyer. It can be an exhaustive, tedious process with multiple timelines and intricacies, depending on the complexity of the merger or acquisition.

    The due diligence is one of the lengthy processes in the Merger and Acquisition deals. The process of due diligence is something which the buyer conducts to confirm the accuracy of the seller’s claims. The due diligence involved in a potential M&A involves several types. They are mentioned below:

    • Administrative Due Diligence is the process of due diligence involving the verification of admin-related items such as facilities, occupancy rate, number of workstations, etc. Administrative due diligence is to verify the various facilities owned or occupied by the seller and determine whether all operational costs are captured in the financials or not.
    • Financial Due Diligence is an important type of due diligence that seeks the verification of whether the financials showcased in the Confidentiality Information Memorandum (CIM) of the company is accurate or not. The financial due diligence process also involves analysis of major customer accounts, fixed and variable cost analysis, analysis of profit margins, and examination of internal control procedures. Financial DD additionally examines the company’s order book and sales pipeline, in order to create more accurate projections.
    • Asset due diligence reports typically include a detailed schedule of fixed assets and their locations, all lease agreements for equipment, a schedule of sales and purchases of major capital equipment during the last three to five years, real estate deeds, mortgages, title policies, and use permits.
    • Human resources due diligence involves the analysis of total employees, including current positions, vacancies, due for retirement, and serving the notice period. It also involves the analysis of their current salaries, bonuses paid during the last three years, and years of service.
    • Tax Liability Due diligence includes a review of all taxes the company is required to pay and ensuring their proper calculation with no intention of under-reporting of taxes. Documentation of tax compliance and potential issues typically includes verification and review of copies of all tax returns – including income tax, withholding, and sales tax – for the past three to five years along with the Information relating to any past or pending tax audits of the company.
    • Intellectual Property Due Diligence is the process of assessing the intellectual property assets of a company. Most companies have intellectual property assets that they can use to monetize their business. These intangible assets are something that differentiates their product and service from their competitors and may often comprise some of the company’s most valuable assets. These include a schedule of patents and patent applications; schedule of copyrights, trademarks, and brand names; Pending patents clearance documents.
    • Legal due diligence is, of course, extremely important and typically includes examination and review of copy of memorandum and articles of association; minutes of board meetings for the last three years; minutes of board meetings for the last three years; copy of share certificates issued to Key Management Personnel; copy of all guarantees to which the company is a party; licensing or franchise agreements; copies of all loan agreements, bank financing agreements, and lines of credit to which company is a party.

    Scrutinysoft has a dedicated due diligence team that can assist the clients with financial, tax, legal, environmental due diligence and business analysis for organizations that are contemplating investments, strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions.


    Monday, August 5, 2019

    Challenges Faced By Startup Companies

    Becoming an Entrepreneur is a dream for many people in the world. But in order to start a new company, he/she need many factors like money, time, endurance, sacrifice and a lot of effort. The driving force and penetration of the startups are due to the large population of the middle-income group, educated people with technical background, IT domination, high internet, and mobile penetration. Infrastructure, government regulations and the availability of finance at various stages of growth could be some of the challenges for startups. Some startup companies use the fund properly and rise up to shine while some fail to keep up with the market and eventually fail towards the end. The below factors mainly contribute to the rise of a startup company.

    Financing

    No entrepreneur going into business does so with a plan to fail, but inadequate access to working capital and other financing options is a huge contributor to a business’s lack of success and ultimate failure. Many factors go into a business owner’s lack of working capital, from a low credit score and inability to borrow from traditional financing sources to operational issues affecting cash flow. It is important for a business owner to understand the root of the problem with respect to the lack of financial capability and alternatives to traditional funding, including working capital loans.

    Marketing

    A startup may definitely suffer if they don’t have sufficient information and knowledge about the marketing systems. Effective marketing doesn’t cost a lot of money to startup entrepreneurs. Higher-budget marketing strategies might bring more visibility and consistency in their eventual returns, but there are plenty of highly effective, low-cost marketing strategies one can use to help their startup grow. Some are mentioned below:

  • Content Marketing
  • Referrals
  • Press Release & News
  • SEO
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Forums & Groups
  • Personal Branding

  • Guidance or Mentoring

    One of the main reasons for the failure of startups is the lack of experience and competency of new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial mentoring can be viewed as a business development process for owners/managers. This is based on the premise that there is a direct link between entrepreneurs’ actions and capabilities and the performance of their businesses. A good mentorship can amplify an entrepreneur’s chances of success in life and in business alike. The valuable connections, timely advice, occasional checks, and their supervision will provide more spiritual and moral guidance to the entrepreneurs. So, undergoing a mentorship program can help the entrepreneurs gain a valuable jumpstart towards success.

    Correct Team

    It’s important that the team that has been recruited for the startup must be united with a common vision and has agreed upon the startup’s long-term goals so that everyone remains on the same page as the startup grows. The investors of the startup need to feel confident that the team the entrepreneur hired is the right one to take the company from a small, great idea and turn it into a high-yielding investment. The goal here is to convince an investor or financier that the hired team is prepared to face all the challenges and criticisms that come with running a business.

    A startup company has to face many initial challenges in order to stabilize and operate under optimum conditions. The success of the startup company entirely depends on the entrepreneur along with their goal and vision for the business.


    Monday, July 29, 2019

    Research Service Providers In India

  • When you are trying to buy a new car, what do u do before u decide to buy? Ask others of their opinions, search for the best new car that is on sale on the internet and their reviews, the company makes car’s performance, mileage, style, design, maintenance service, diesel or petrol engine, price range, safety measures, any new technology used and so on. One has to do extensive analysis and explore all possible solutions and critical information before choosing the right car. All the above come under the pretext of searching, knowing all the product or service, which is Research.
  • Why do we even do research? Without even knowing anything about a product or service or how useful it is to you; it might certainly lead to complications in the future without proper analysis. One of the most important aspects of research is the statistics associated with it, resulting in the collection of data and documenting the critical information. It is about the “thought” that goes behind the research. Research is conducted with a purpose to understand:
    • What do organizations or businesses really want to find out?
    • What are the processes that need to be followed to chase the idea?
    • What are the arguments that need to be built around a concept?
    • What is the evidence that will be required that people believe in the idea or concept?
  • An organized approach must be followed in order for research to succeed. Research is based on logical reasoning and involves both inductive and deductive methods. The data or knowledge that is derived is in real-time, actual observations in the natural settings. There is an in-depth analysis of all the data collected from research so that there are no anomalies associated with it. Research creates a path for generating new questions. More research opportunity can be generated from existing research.
  • Basic research is conducted to enhance knowledge and it is fundamental in nature. Whereas applied research focuses on analyzing and solving real-life problems that can help to solve practical problems using scientific methods. problem-oriented research is conducted to understand the exact nature of the problem to find out relevant solutions.
  • With vast experience across industry segments, top-notch researchers and high-end technologies, Scrutinysoft Strategy team is well-positioned to support the client’s organization research effectively and at optimized cost. Scrutinysoft Strategy leverages past experiences and best practices to achieve the desired goal of the client’s business. Scrutinysoft Strategy performs various researches to address the client’s needs and they are Market Research, Product Research, Company Research, Industry Research, Global Trends Research and Geography Based Research.