Market Research & Consumer Data
What is Secondary Research?
This guide focuses on secondary research: reports and analyses completed by third-party companies, researchers, and analysts.
In addition to researching competitors, your industry, and potential consumers, you’ll want to explore articles and books about advertising and marketing for your specific product or service. Consider both recent (last 6 months) and long-term trends (last 5-10 years).
RKMA Handbooks provide a summary of market data for a specific industry.
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Books and websites about consumer behavior, spending, and attitudes.
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- Generation & Age (Pew): find the latest news and trends
- American Generations: Who They Are & How They Live
- Consumer Behavior: Generational Focus: book chapter comparing generations
- Pew Research Center: public attitudes and economic trends
- Nielsen Newswire (Markets and Finances): business trends
- International Market Analyses: international sales trends
- Small Business Snapshots: Research reports on popular U.S. small business ideas
Recent and historical data will help you identify potential customers and competitors.
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- Consumer Expenditure Survey: Annual survey of American consumer spending, income, and characteristics.
- American Time Use Survey: Annual survey of daily time spent in work, play, family, hobbies, and more.
- Small Business Data and Trends: Recent government data on credit use, spending, and employment,
These databases aggregate articles from press releases, trade publications, and scholarly journals. Search for specific trends, business and product ideas, consumer attitudes, and markets.
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|Tip||Use the Peer reviewed and publication type filters|