Competitor Matrix Templates

Visualize your Competitive Landscape

When a sports team steps out onto the field, what do they see? The opposing team, the goal, the scoreboard, the audience, the weather…

Understanding your competition goes beyond just looking at another business; you need to know what the rest of the playing field looks like.

A competitive matrix is a simple visualization of the key players in a market. Once you know who is participating in your industry, the competitor matrix can help you see your own positioning as well as that of your opponents.

Famous examples of a competitive matrix include the Gartner Magic Quadrant:

Gartner Magic Quadrant

Or the Forrester Wave, which takes a radially different approach to showing how competitors rank. The X and Y axes are unique in that they allow for businesses to also be graded on their maturity. 

Forrester Wave

Knowing where you stand relative to others is critical. Investing in the people, process and technology of strategic CI enables you with a confident and defensible edge.

David Mahdi, Chief Strategy Officer – Sectigo

Examples of Competitor Matrix Templates

Generating your own competitive matrix can help you understand how your company fits into the landscape and beyond.

Here are some of the commonly used competitor matrix examples that we’ve seen. 

Competitor Landscape Template: 2 Feature Chart

The 2-feature axis is a simple way of visualizing competitors.

Competitive Landscape Chart
Competitive Landscape Chart

Competitor Analysis Model: SWOT

The SWOT analysis is a classic framework that evaluates a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

SWOT is used to better understand a company’s competitive position in the market and define the best strategy moving forward. It combined an internal and external view of the company to provide a realistic, multi-dimensional view of the organization. Companies use SWOT analyses to guide them through strategic planning sessions, QBRs, and to help define their go-to-market.

SWOT Analysis Template

FAQ

Is a competitor matrix intended for Internal or external use?

A competitor matrix is generally used for internal strategy and landscape analysis. It’s not uncommon for these charts to be shared with customers, for example, as part of an RFP or vendor assessment process. The important thing is if you’re planning to share these publicly just make sure they are accurate. What might the competitor say about it if they saw the same visual? Always be ready to defend your methodology for the matrix. 

How is a competitor landscape analysis different from a battlecard?

A battlecard is used for direct competition within customer accounts and for specific use cases. Battlecards help answer the question of “How do we compete in the arena.” In contrast, a competitor landscape is more about “how do we fit into this arena.” It is used to help teammates, partners, and prospects understand where your product belongs in their own story.