Intelligence. Intelligently Delivered.
Meridian Venture Services helps clients use numbers to understand the world around them so that they can make better strategic decisions, manage their organizations more successfully and communicate more effectively with their most important audiences. We bring the power of quantitative research and analytics to progressive leaders of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), local governments and non-profits.
By combining a client’s internal information with specialized data from a wide range of external sources, our analysts can offer new fact-based perspectives on markets, finances and operations as well as valuable insights into customers, suppliers and employees. At the same time, we also work closely with clients to build and support their own intelligence, measurement and planning capabilities. Whatever form our interactions with them take, our goal is to foster a culture of data-driven decision making within clients’ organizations.
Over the years, we’ve developed six distinct ways to work with our clients. These alternatives give them the flexibility to build relationships tailored to their unique goals and priorities as well as their existing internal resources.
Decision Support Projects help clients define specific point-in-time planning or performance questions, collect and analyze relevant data, and integrate this information into their decision making. These projects can be particularly valuable for management teams, private investors, and entrepreneurs who are developing or evaluating assumptions or building models. Common examples include:
- Market Mapping
- Customer Profiling and Segmentation
- Prospect Scoring
- Win/Loss Analysis
- Satisfaction Studies
- Sentiment Analysis
- Product and Service Portfolio Analysis
- Site Assessments and Traffic Studies
- Financial Performance Analysis
- Business Valuation Perspectives
Process and System Design.
Process and System Design Projects help clients generate a reliable flow of high-value strategic management information within their own organizations. From executive dashboards, financial reporting, customer relationship management (CRM) and web analytics to supplier evaluations and employee surveys, these projects focus on building the information infrastructure that helps managers do their jobs more effectively.
Strategic Planning and Performance Review.
Strategic Planning and Performance Review Programs help clients get better results through directed planning sessions and monthly or quarterly executive team briefings. By designing high-performance processes and participating directly as a trusted adviser to senior management, we encourage greater focus, objectivity and accountability as well as more productive feedback and follow-up.
Structured Communications Programs help clients share their vision and tell their stories in ways that are more timely, informative and engaging for their stakeholders. Using the right data to highlight key messages and provide critical context improves management’s communication of important developments, opportunities and challenges and enhances credibility with sophisticated audiences.
Industry Data and Analytics Platforms.
Industry Data and Analytics Platforms help clients identify critical business trends and patterns as well as exceptions, gaps and discontinuities that may signal market changes. Development of long-term “Watch List” scenarios and sophisticated approaches to monitoring, including “Tripwires” and “Rate of Approach” analysis gives senior executives and board members a solid basis for assessing strategic opportunities and threats.
Benchmarking and Advisory Networks.
Benchmarking and Advisory Networks help groups of clients confronting similar challenges understand their own performance, identify specific areas for improvement and develop their executive management playbook. These actively managed networks allow individual organizations with limited resources to have shared-cost access to extremely valuable management information and a growing database of best practices without revealing sensitive internal data directly to competitors. Depending on their charter, they may also offer unique opportunities for interaction through special events and professional exchanges.