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Estimating market size and projecting revenue

BigDBigD subscriber Posts: 1
edited August 2006 in Business Planning
We are considering starting an on-line store for a particular target
market.  This is a well defined market.  We know that there
are 10 million people in the U.S. with a particular medical condition
that are potential users for the store.   There are many
individual manufacture sites out there but no 1 stop shop for this
niche. We are users of the products, so I can estimate annual purchase

My question is this... how do I estimate how much of the market we can
capture?  I don`t want to just say... well, 1 percent of 10
million users = 100,000 customers.

What is a good method for estimating number of customers?


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    AronAron subscriber Posts: 3
    I`ve always been taught to use comparables. Can you identify someone who utilizes the same business model? For example diabetics need many different types of medical supplies i.e. testing strips, testing equipment, insulin, etc. If you could find a comparable that is public you could determine their conversion numbers. Total sales/total transactions and then look at repeat purchase rate.An absolute gem would be a comparable that recently had an IPO. When they file for an IPO all sorts of information must become public. You could look at that data and extrapolate your users.Closing thought - knowing your audience is critical. If they are less computer savvy then the likelihood of internet purchase is lower. Good luck!
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    NicoleCNicoleC subscriber Posts: 18
    I don`t know if this will produce the information you are seeking but if your comparable companies are publically traded then you might be able to glean information from their SEC filings at Edgar Reports: http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml</A>  Plus you can always contact the company`s investor relations department to request a copy of their last annual report.
    To research IPO`s try http://www.hoovers.com/global/ipoc/</A>
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    jimjim subscriber Posts: 0
    When starting up, I always prefer the "ground up" method of building your projections. Attach a budget to specific marketing and sales strategies, then project the number of units sold each month.
    If you scale this carefully for 12 months, it`ll give you a good idea of the cash you`ll need and give you a better chance of hitting your projections. Then, you can ramp marekting costs and market share in more general terms for subsequent years.
    It`s not as sexy as the percentage of market projections, but it`s often more effective in the short term.
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    infinique1infinique1 subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    You can use the Google Adwords tool to find out how many people are querying the product. However, there's no way you will know how many customers are actually buying it.
    https://adwords.google.com/select/Keywo ... egacy=true
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