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Market Explorer Market List

Market Explorer’s custom Market List gives you all of the functionality of the tool but goes one step further by allowing you to set the list of domains you’re comparing. 

With custom Market Lists you are able to:

  • Research when launching a new product or entering new territories.
  • Analyze your market position and identify growth areas.
  • Be aware of dangerous competitors quickly gaining momentum.
  • Identify successful competitor practices.
  • Save your list of custom markets (up to 20 companies in a list)

Getting Started

In Market Explorer, you can work with two types of report: 

  • Create List: Manually select and report on up to 20 competitors in a Market list
  • Find Competitors: Automatically report on competitors surrounding one domain; competitors suggestion is based on organic search results.

Market Explorer getting started

Market Lists can be saved and viewed again later, so this option can be useful if you want to examine specific market segments, while the Find Competitors option allows you to gain a better understanding of where you’re positioned within the niche.

How does Market list work?

Enter your list of domains on the main page of the tool by clicking the Create list button. You can save this list of domains for future reference when you click the button Create and analyze. If you have lists saved you will see all of them just below the search bar under All lists.

Market Explorer create custom list

You can toggle between your industry competitors report [for your selected domain] and your saved Market Lists:

Market Explorer toggle

What can you discover using the Market Lists?

1. Competitive Landscape

With Semrush Market's Growth Quadrant on the Overview report, you not only get the competitive landscape for top industry players, but you also get answers to your questions regarding a custom list of competitors:

  • Who actively grows and becomes a Leader or a Game Changer.
  • What small companies or new competitors are considered the Niche Players
  • Who is the Established Player in the market, i.e. has long been in the market, has a huge amount of total traffic that is growing slowly? 

If your product or brand is already present in the market, then you can include it in the list of analyzed domains. This will allow you to compare your growth and your tactics with your competitors, find out gaps, strengths, and weaknesses, and optimize your marketing and business development strategy. 

We recommend you return to the report at least once a month in order to see the important changes over time.

Market Explorer Growth quadrant

2. Market Audience

The Demographics report analyzes the audience in your industry, providing you with actionable insights into who you (and your competitors!) are marketing to, and how they behave online. Here you will see the ratio of men and women of different ages that visited the entered websites. You can also analyze the audience's social media preferences and interests.

Market Explorer demographics

Using this data, you can target your marketing strategy to the right age groups with specific interests.

GEO Distribution

On the Overview tab of the report, you can see the global GEO Distribution of your custom market list. This tells you the percentage breakdown of the top countries that contribute traffic to these sites. Next to the country percentage, you can see the total traffic gain from that country for the entire custom market, as well as the percentage of change in the analyzed month (green for positive, red for negative).

Market Explorer geo distribution

If you want to see the Growth Quadrant & Custom Market Dynamics for a specific country, you can change the region at the top of the report and these widgets will update with region-specific data. 
However, please note that the Market Audience and GEO Distribution always represent the custom market’s global audience. 

3. Gaps and Opportunities

In the Market Dynamics section of the Overview report, you can analyze the marketing strategies of the market list players. This will help you benefit from the successful tactics of the market’s Leaders and quickly learn from the rapid growth of the market’s Game Changers.

Domain vs Market Dynamics

Suggested workflow:

  1. Select up to 5 domains at the same time (you can later change them).
  2. The widget will present its Total, Direct, Referral, Search, Social, and Paid traffic trends.
  3. Find insights about your competitors' strategies
  4. Сompare the companies’ trends with the Market Traffic trend. 

Market Explorer Domain vs Market Dynamics

For example, you can pay attention to cases such as:

  • The entire market goes down in total or any specific source of traffic, while one of the companies is growing. You should definitely do a  deep analysis of that company’s current strategy.
  • There are companies that increase sharply during a seasonal change. Do they launch specific marketing campaigns  or what is their secret? Identify these companies and then figure out exactly what they do using Traffic Analytics, Organic ResearchAdvertising Research and Social Media Tracker.

Traffic Generation Strategy

The widget represents a breakdown of traffic by acquisition channels.

Suggested workflow:

  1. Take a look at the Market line — with its help, you can determine through which channels all the analyzed companies attract traffic on average.
  2. Compare the traffic mix between companies and analyze the gaps.
  3. Think about the perspective to build on these gaps.

Market Explorer traffic generation strategy

Take a look at the referral traffic of booking.com. The amount of referral traffic that the website receives is 2 times higher than the average market value. 

You can go even deeper and analyze which of the competitors is best in getting referral traffic, and then dive into the Traffic Analytics tool to understand who their best referral partners are.

Share of Visits by Channel

Share of Visits by Channel makes it easy to find and compare market leaders. The Share of Visits by Channel table ranks competitors by Total Traffic share. 

Do look at this data simply switch to the All Domains tab. Here you can see the traffic of your market list broken down by:

  • Total Traffic
  • Direct Traffic
  • Referral Traffic
  • Search Traffic
  • Social Traffic
  • Paid Traffic
  • Share of Visits (%)

Market Explorer all domains