96 Questions That Help Identify The Problems, Challenges, Complex Business Issues & Untapped Opportunities Your Company Is Facing Right Now

96 Questions That Help Identify The Problems, Challenges, Complex Business Issues & Untapped Opportunities Your Company Is Facing Right Now

These 96 thought provoking, mind-numbing questions come from our associate Jay Abraham. The world’s leading expert in business building.

The following list of questions is designed to help you gain clarity and focus. By carefully reviewing them all you’ll develop a keen awareness and deeper understanding of the issues and factors negatively impacting your business.

  • How can I keep up with and catch up to competitive technological and market threats?
  • We have a high market demand. How can we answer the challenge posed by established niche players and major consolidators?
  • How can we fully harness our marketing and innovation opportunities?
  • Our market and our industry are changing dramatically in a manner we can no longer ignore. What can we do to turn things around?
  • We’ve thought about being a category killer, but don’t think we’re big enough to pull it off. How can we?
  • How can we successfully fight the battle against better-established, stronger competitors, while fending off the e-commerce upstarts?
  • Our company is not as well known as we’d like, but how can we use our brains to find new breakthroughs the market will respect and embrace?
  • How can we reinvent our company and be able to far better control our market’s entire buying experience, by employing practically every strategically meaningful marketing and innovation advantage possible?
  • How can we be the first to seize the remaining overlooked opportunities in our market, industry or online environment – and at the same time ensure that our critical path to get there will not be too costly or time consuming?
  • What’s the best way for us to structure powerful strategic alliances with influential companies while avoiding tepid relationships that don’t deliver maximum results?
  • How can we effectively use our long-standing reputation for trust, dependability and solid value to acquire more market share or penetrate new markets?
  • What’s the most effective way for us to remain (or become) a driving force in our field?
  • How can we turn our weak, erratic selling system around so that we can “slam dunk” more deals, transactions, and purchases?
  • How can we differentiate our company by taking a more fully active, “hands-on” approach to our clients and give extra assistance and effort to them all?
  • What’s the best way to combine the best of an Internet pure play and “brick and mortar” crossover strategy to maximize our own Internet marketing approach?
  • How can we overcome some formidable obstacles and resistance to get firmly established?
  • Our traditional methods no longer deliver the results we’re after — how can we initiate a radical new way of doing business that breaks the old rules, and breaks new ground and sales records in the process?
  • How can we assemble a dynamic array of strategic partnerships in a very short time?
  • How do we join forces with a more powerful, larger company in order to maximize our asset value and wealth?
  • How can we start consistently beating our competition in the market with new products and propositions? Several rivals have (of late) been doing exactly that to us!
  • How do we to tap into all the potential of more personalized selling opportunities and benefit from proven approaches?
  • How can we outright “own” our category if we’re not afraid to take “well hedged,” well reasoned risks to do it?
  • We don’t understand all the esoteric niches out there, but we know they represent a real business opportunity with huge growth potential — How can we uncover, then master, marketing to them?
  • We’re rapaciously attempting to extend our dominance into more sectors of our market. How can we deploy all the offensive “combat tools” needed to pull this off successfully?
  • We’re ready to mount a “monster” acquisition initiative. How can we find strategies that get target companies to buy themselves on an earn-out basis?
  • We want to aggressively and ambitiously diversify into new products, services or complementary businesses. How can we find an expert with the knack or ability to pick likely winners and help us do it right?
  • What are the steps to reinvent our business or industry and create an entirely new type or category of opportunistic company?
  • How can we find more powerful and strategic methods for creating market demand for our products and services?
  • How can we “ratchet up” our opportunities by many levels, and make the nation or the entire world our marketing playground by establishing “first mover advantage”?
  • How can we drive quality traffic to our web site or e-commerce operation?
  • How can we get our business to market more effectively, despite a relatively small marketing or advertising budget?
  • We’ve been content for years to follow the herd, but now we want to lead with new applications and make all the right innovative moves and connections. How do we do it?
  • We’re tired of the restrictions that our limited capital places on our marketing and selling efforts. How can we have plenty of cash to generate tons of market place buzz?
  • How do we properly position our business to pick up a hefty valuation buy-out and IPO?
  • How can we improve the effectiveness, efficiency, profitability and superiority of our marketing and selling strategy?
  • We want to form a number of partnerships with bigger name companies that can land big customers – how can we beat competition from upstarts who want to do it too?
  • How can we marry the world of marketing, strategy, and innovation to the world of what we do – by developing unique methods to deliver preemptive results?
  • How can we make our marketing unique again and tame our ruthless competitors who have already started to take aim at our turf?
  • How can we navigate the Herculean challenge that the next few years pose and ensure the “all-or-nothing” success that such a proposition entails?
  • What is the Internet marketing strategy and business model which guarantees that we’ll triumph, on or off line?
  • How can we obtain key industry or marketing intelligence and actionable, profit-useful breaking news before anyone else knows it?
  • We know there is no shortage of good deals out there for our company, but how can we develop the deal-making skill, know-how or the chutzpah to go after them – fast?
  • We’re worried about market risks and competitive threats. How can we turn our marketing vulnerability around overnight so that we safeguard our income stream?
  • How can we find a fresh, new “power approach” that could become the engine that fuels robust growth and prosperity for the next decade?
  • How can we get the major accounts and key prospects to accept our company as the top choice?
  • How can we turn our Internet presence into “first mover advantage” in this strange, entirely new business sector?
  • How can we work our way around the major challenges facing our company?
  • How can we eliminate the looming threat that smaller, more agile and innovative-minded competitors are posing and remain a leader in our market?
  • What strategy can we follow and position should we paint to go public?
  • How can we effectively maximize and convey our distinct advantages to compete “toe-to-toe” with our competitors and win?
  • How can we forge millions of dollars in fresh, new “profit centers” and income streams?
  • Our brand is weak. How can develop an effective/viable “bullet proof strategy” to get all the press, market and customers to adore our company?
  • How can we use the Internet to revolutionize the way our industry sells its products or services?
  • How can we engineer groundbreaking new processes that attract far more customers?
  • What do we need to tailor our web presence for a global market?
  • How can we convince prospective customers that we’re still the best choice over our competitors?
  • What’s the best way for us to discreetly explore a merger or acquisition? We don’t know how to do it without showing our hand, compromising our market strength…or wasting energy, time, money and opportunity cost.
  • We know our business is our biggest investment asset, but how can we fully maximize or manage its value?
  • We have no exit strategy. How can we get help to cultivate one?
  • How can you help lead us out of a period of declining profits and stimulate record-setting revenues and earnings?
  • Our industry is facing a shake-out. How can we insure that our company comes out on top?
  • Our business should be public. We have a great story – and actual profits to back up the hype. Where can we get help navigating all the obstacles to get us there?
  • How do we solve ongoing competitive and sales strategy problems?
  • We’re positioned badly and may face insurmountable challenges from giants and mid-sized competitors alike. How can we turn this around?
  • Locking up market share and our competitive space is our strength. How can we achieve results faster?
  • We’re tired of making miniscule margins. How can we gain better access to “consistently large” gains and profit windfalls?
  • We have a unique technology for an increasingly demanding world. How can we get help marketing it well?
  • We’ve been battling the giants for market share and winning. How can we get marketing reinforcement very, very soon?
  • Our business approach can revolutionize our industry. How can we brilliantly execute and implement it?
  • How can we meet industry competitive challenges in a timely manner and at the same time meet the overwhelming day-to-day demands of running a business?
  • Our enterprise is well respected, as solid as they come. How can we maximize its assets, activities and opportunities?
  • Our company is the most recognized name in our category. How can we become the most successful?
  • How can we better capitalize on our reputation for quality and great customer service?
  • We own tremendous intellectual property assets that we don’t mine. How can we develop fresh applications and enter new markets to exploit them?
  • We’ve established ambitious expansion goals. How can we meet them?
  • Where can we get assistance steering our company to become a major force in our overcrowded industry?
  • We’re no longer content being one of the top companies in our market. How can we go after market domination and absolute leadership?
  • We’ve been quietly building a solid company. How can we receive significantly favorable press and industry buzz?
  • We want to attack every sector of our industry—one segment at a time. How can we get help developing a strategy and implementation plan worthy of the goal?
  • Competitors have popped up everywhere. How can we develop more than a strong “pitch” and a charismatic leader to vault our performance and position us in our industry?
  • Our company has its foot in many industries. Yet, the majority of its revenue and earnings still comes from only one. How can we change that, soon?
  • We were the runaway leader, but not anymore. How can we become the fastest growing company in our industry again?
  • We need to become a leading force in our market. How can we get help making it happen?
  • We’re gunning to bring better strategic thinking and market planning to all areas of our business. Can you give us expert direction and assistance to make it happen?
  • We’re involved in an emerging technology that has the chance to become a potentially huge market. How can we execute our strategies masterfully?
  • Our own name is the brand. Can you tell us how to maximize its worth?
  • We’re the “first mover” in a future “hot market,” but its very, very cold right now. How can we help turn up the heat and profit?
  • Our challenge is to maintain our dominance in a market becoming more and more glutted with aggressive competition. How can we do this?
  • How can we leverage up our operations to gain more buying power and upgrade our selling and marketing systems?
  • How can we thwart the efforts of direct and indirect competitors who are taking aim at our turf?
  • We’re short on national recognition and will have to spend further to become a major name, but our marketing capital is severely limited. What can we do?
  • We’ve focused all our past efforts right and made many good decisions. How can we whip competitors who are well-financed and a tough group of corporate attackers?
  • Landing our market’s big prospects is our new focus. We’re facing strong competition from large formidable foes, and we’ve made impressive inroads into undercutting their captive hold. How can we maximize this trend?
  • We have a formidable presence in more than 100 markets and have enjoyed wildly successful growth and profitability. Now we’re planning to transfer that presence and skill into a variety of new markets and applications, initially by entering those markets with acquisitions, joint ventures or strategic partnerships. How can we find a masterful collaborator/strategist to go about it right?
  • Our challenge is transforming our profitable company from second-class status into a massive, highly successful leading contender. But succeeding where so many others have failed requires a mentor to face the challenges with us. Where can we find one?

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