You must know your competition in and out. Keep your friends close, but keep your competitors closer. You need to know all the things that you learned about your customers except fill in the blank for each competitor on all of those above items. Learn how you are the same/ different. Learn the similarities/differences about each product and service you offer. Learn how they sell or promote their products /services.
So in order to bring success to your business, you need a strategic marketing plan. Strategic plans are classified according to their time frame to long, medium and short_ term plans. Usually long_term plans tend to be between 5┦ years at corporate level, medium_term plans 2λ years and short_term consists of a time period ranging from 6 months to 1 year.