The specific category is tenant screening, which is a a specific use of credit reporting or might be considered an aspect of identity protection services and background check services. It is always best to use market and industry reports that most closely align with your precise category, but when relying on secondary research a broader encompassing category may be the next best thing. Search the market research and industry report databases listed below.
Update industry reports by browsing an searching trade journals and association web sites. This is where you will find the latest trends, news about regulatory developments and hot topics
General business article databases such as ABI Inform and Business Source Premier bring together relevant articles from a wide range of publishers too.ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Much of the qualitative assessment of the brand will come from searching the trade news sources. Of course the brand's web site social media presence and advertising are rich sources for inferring brand positioning.
You may also want to look at how the brands stack up against each other in terms of advertising spending, consumer surveys and web metrics.
Social Bakers Get analytics on facebook, YouTube & Twitter presence by brand
Alexa Get web analytics
AppAnnie Get app analytics
Quantcast Get web analytics
SimilarWeb Get web analytics
MarketShare Reporter Short cut to market share reported in various publications
Business Ranking Annual Short cut to business rankings reported in various publicationsAd$pender (Kantar Media)
The first step in the competitor analysis is to choose relevant competitors. The industry reports and news you've accessed in the category analysis should provide insight into firms competing in your defined market. Business Directories may also be useful for identifying competitors.
Once you have identified potential competitors reading company profiles and reports (see this of databases below) will be helpful. Don't neglect looking over 10K's or annual reports for public companies.
Just as you updated industry reports with news, do so for the competitor analysis.D&B Global Business Browser
Access limited to 4 simultaneous users.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)
MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
Market research reports are rich sources for understanding consumer behavior around product categories. Mintel and Marketresearch.com are particularly useful for understanding target customers such as millennials or Gen Y and renters.
MRI+ National Consumer Survey is not strong on psychographic data but it does provide reliable demographic and media consumption attributes for consumers.
Scholarly research (discoverable through ABI Inform, Business Source Premier & PsycInfo) on "consumer behavior" "consumer attitudes" purchasing or "decision making" may not always be timely but it is typically reliable.
If you use market research found on the free web, do due diligence to make sure the research is high quality. You can use some well recognized social science research organizations such as Pew as a model.
ESRI (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access) offers demographic data and a proprietary market segmentation scheme called Tapestry.
You may find some very interesting results by googling such as this Renter Profile Insights Survey Be discriminating about using reports that don't source data presented. Whenever appropriate seek out underlying source data. See Business Sources: How to Evaluate ThemMintel Reports Limitations on Use
Limitations on Use:
Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff.
MRI University Internet Reporter
It provides data for recent survey years for a range of geographies, including by Census tract, Zip Code Tabulation Area, Metropolitan Statistical Area, county, and state.
ESRI Business Analyst Online
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Access courtesy of the Department of Geography & the Environment.
Pew Research Center
American Housing Survey
Joint Center for Housing Studies from Harvard University
Crafting an integrated marketing plan is primarily a creative project. Nontheless, expect to be able to defend your marketing recommendations by referring to studies and cases evaluating similar techniques. You can find "how to", practitioner advice and rigerous reseach on marketing topics in books and articles discoverable in the following databases
Creates custom reports on advertising expenditures across twelve media channels including TV, cable, magazines, newspapers, radio, and outdoor and internet displays on the level of industries, categories, brands, products, and advertisers going back to 2007.
This is the online home for Advertising Age. The site requires a free registration to view fulltext articles. Articles pertain to advertising and marketing efforts.
Falvey Book Search
Offers information on global advertising and marketing trends including case studies, articles, reports, opinion pieces, and expenditure data. Formerly known as World Advertising Research Center.
Offers data and reports related to digital marketing. Topics include advertising spending, digital marketing, social media, media usage, e-commerce, email marketing, and device usage. Coverage is global.