Reading industry and market research reports are an efficient way to understand business activities, operating conditions, and the competitive environment.
Note that secondary market research may not be available on your precise category. You may need to glean what you can from reports on broader or narrower categories. If you can't find reports on eye care, reports on OTC pharmaceuticals or personal care may be useful.
Trade and professional associations are another good way to learn about developments in a particular category. Some limit access to members, but almost all provide publically facing analysis about the advocacy work they do. Industry reports often list important associations. You can also find them by doing a google search for the keywords + association site:.org.
Business news databases should be searched for current developments.
The health and medical literature should also be consulted to understand eye conditions and eye health products.
Mintel Insights & Analytics Limitations on Use
Offers product and industry market research reports covering U.S. and international marketplaces. Each report combines data and analysis of the competitive landscape, supply chain, market-share size and trends, and consumer profiles. Analytics advance search monitors new product activity in consumer packaged goods markets worldwide.
Limitations on Use:
Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff.
Provides access to U.S. and global industry market research reports.
Compilation of statistics.
MEDLINE (Web of Science, Clarivate)
Search the Medline portion of PubMed. Citations export easily to EndNote.
National Eye Institute
Market research reports published on categories or customer groups are a great place to begin the customer analysis. Census data and commercial surveys are also information rich.
Catalyst MRI Simmons
Provides access to the results of a National Consumer Study (most recent studies embargoed) encompassing demographics, lifestyle statements, and consumer behaviors. Supports the creation of custom cross tabulations or quick reports.
Explore Census Data
ESRI Business Analyst Online Tutorial Access Instructions
Provides geographic analysis tools. Includes demographic, consumer spending, and business data.
Access courtesy of the Department of Geography & the Environment.
To create your Villanova SSO account, click on the option Your ArcGIS organization’s URL and type villanova (right before .maps.arcgis.com), then Continue. On the next page, click Villanova SSO. The familiar Villanova log in page will appear.
Statista Global Consumer Survey Guide
Offers step by step instructions for querying the Global Consumer Survey.
Competitors will be identified via market research and company profiles. Company databases listed below can be used to screen for companies similar to Johnson & Johnson. Scanning shelves to find brands and their companies competing with Visine may also be effective. Minte's Product Analysis search provides information on new entrants.
MarketLine and D&B Hoovers often include SWOT analysis of companies. Customize your SWOT analysis by gathering information about competing brands by reviewing their web sites, social media, SEC filings where available and from the business news.
MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
Offers detailed reports on U.S. and foreign companies in a wide range of industries. These reports provide a description of the business, company history, key personnel, products, services, and competitors. MarketLine Industry Reports are available from the D&B Global Business Browser database.
Offers public and private company and industry information including company profiles, market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor, and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles, and analyst reports.
Mergent Online Limitations on Use
Provides detailed financial statements for U.S. and international public and private companies, including SEC filings and current and historical annual reports for U.S. and international public companies. Data can be downloaded in a variety of formats. Also includes country profiles.
Access limited to 4 simultaneous users.
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)
Offers market information, company quotes, equity index information, industry information (including the S&P Industry Surveys), and economic data.
Morningstar Investing Center
Contains information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools, and web-based educational tutorials.
Use the databases listed below to find best practices and cases to support your plan.
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.
Falvey Book Search
Search for practice oriented marketing ebooks.
Advertising Insights (Kantar Media) Tutorial
Creates custom reports on advertising expenditures across media channels including TV, magazines, newspapers, radio, outdoor and internet displays on the level of industries, categories, brands, products, and advertisers going back to 2017. Formerly known as Ad$pender.
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.
Catalyst MRI Simmons
Find out which media your target customer frequents in order to better reach them.
ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country- and industry-focused reports.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. Topics include management, marketing, finance, economics, and management information systems. Full text access may be embargoed for up to three years. Coverage goes back to 1965.
Factiva (Dow Jones)
Trail ends 9/30/2021