While it is a tool used quite commonly in the marketing mix by many businesses, there surprisingly isn’t a uniform understand of what market research is. The most common understanding of market research is as follows: Marketing research is where a company/business gathers information and researches markets for acceptance of a specific product or service. Market research can be online or offline and can include different types of social and opinion research about individuals and organizations using a variety of methods and techniques to gain insight.
As mentioned above, there are different definitions of market research and this can result in a business seeing only one aspect of this rather vast field and limiting the scope of market research. Below are some of the more popular definitions of market research:
Marketing research is “the function that links the consumers, customers, and public to the marketer through information — information used to identify and define marketing opportunities and problems; generate, refine, and evaluate marketing actions; monitor marketing performance; and improve understanding of marketing as a process. Marketing research specifies the information required to address these issues, designs the method for collecting information, manages and implements the data collection process, analyzes the results, and communicates the findings and their implications.”
“The process of gathering, analyzing and interpreting information about a market, about a product or service to be offered for sale in that market, and about the past, present and potential customers for the product or service; research into the characteristics, spending habits, location and needs of your business’s target market, the industry as a whole, and the particular competitors you face.”
Marketing research is the function that links the consumer, customer, and public to the marketer through information–information used to identify and define marketing opportunities and problems; generate, refine, and evaluate marketing actions; monitor marketing performance; and improve understanding of marketing as a process. Marketing research specifies the information required to address these issues, designs the method for collecting information, manages and implements the data collection process, analyzes the results, and communicates the findings and their implications.
Market research: identification of a specific market and measurement of its size and other characteristics.
The gathering and evaluation of data regarding consumers’ preferences for products and services.
Market Research is a systematic, objective collection and analysis of data about a particular target market, competition, and/or environment. It always incorporates some form of data collection whether it be secondary research (often referred to as desk research) or primary research which is collected direct from a respondent.
The purpose of any market research project is to achieve an increased understanding of the subject matter. With markets throughout the world becoming increasingly more competitive, market research is now on the agenda of many organizations, whether they be large or small.
The process of assessing the viability of a new product or service through techniques such as surveys, product testing and focus groups. Market research allows a company to discover who their target market is and what these consumers think about a product or service before it becomes available to the public. Market research may be conducted by the company itself or by a third-party company that specializes in market research. Test subjects are usually compensated with product samples and/or paid a small stipend for their time.
Whatever definition you choose to adopt, there are many common thoughts contained in most definitions of market research center around:
Market research is an extremely powerful marketing tool. When done in a scientific and structured way, without assumptions and bias, it can provide a number of benefits to an organization. For it to be meaningful, market research should include the following steps:
Market research can be vital to many aspects of a business. Good market research can help a business develop products and services that the target audience needs; develop marketing plans based on the information and insights gathered in order to reach all potential customers effectively. Well executed market research can provide key information that can help a business gain advantage over competitors and ensure customer delight. It is a field of specialization — and an area in which HMS has many years’ experience and expertise.
A business can conduct market research using a variety of methods and the outcome can often rest on these decisions. This is where it makes sense to work with specialists. Our experienced team of marketing and research analysts will provide relevant results to help you assess your specific needs with research beginning with the specific and moving toward the general.
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