Bring yourself up to speed by starting with a market or industry report. These secondary research tools define catagories (sometimes not precisely as you would wish), estimate market size and growth potential, describe the competitive forces impacting the industry and identify key players.
Don't forget to take advantage of the links to trade news and associations to learn about the most recent developments.
For this project you may need to search OTC medicines, digestive health, or cold & flu.MarketResearch.com Academic
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Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff.
Global New Products Database (Mintel)
Passport (Euromonitor International)
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Update industry reports by browsing and 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.
AlexaRankViz Web site visits in context.
AppAnnie Register for download counts, reviews, ranks, ratings on apps
Social Bakers Get Facebook and Twitter statistics
Quantcast Web site traffic reports
Similar Web Web site and mobile app traffic
AdForum See creative content for advertising across multiple media
Ads of the World See creative content for advertising across multiple media
America's Greatest Brands Profiles of iconic brands
Interbrand Best brand reportsAd$pender (Kantar Media)
The first step in the competitor analysis is to choose relevant competitors. The industry reports, news you've gathered in the category analysis and the case itself should provides insight into firms competing in your defined market.
Once you have identified potential competitors reading company profiles and reports (see the list of databases below) will be helpful. Don't neglect looking over 10K's or annual reports for public companies. Note that reports and data on private companies my be sparse, so you may need to place greater reliance on news and analysis of their web sites. Company profiles for private label competitors will focus on the firms primary business.
Just as you updated industry reports with news, do so for the competitor analysis.Passport (Euromonitor International)
D&B Global Business Browser
MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
Access limited to 4 simultaneous users.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
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 cold, flu & digestive health sufferers.
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 email@example.com for access) offers demographic data and a proprietary market segmentation scheme called Tapestry.
You may find some very interesting results by googling. Be discriminating about using reports that don't source data presented. Whenever appropriate seek out underlying source data. See Business Sources: How to Evaluate ThemUpToDate
MEDLINE (Thomson Scientific / ISI Web Services)
ESRI Business Analyst Online
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MRI University Internet Reporter
Practice advanced search features with the interactive PsycINFO Tutorial.
Crafting an integrated marketing plan is primarily a creative project. Nevernheless, 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 rigorous 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, outdoor and internet display on the level of industries, categories, brands, products and advertisers going back to 2007.
Advertising Age Datacenter (AdAge)
Features news, reports and statistics about the advertising industry. For off campus access follow these instructions.
Catalog at Falvey
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.
Encyclopedia of Global Brands
Model articles that provide comprehensive brand analyses covering brand origin, elements, identity, strategy, equity & outlook.
Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns
Offers information on global advertising and marketing trends including case studies, articles, reports, opinion pieces, and expenditure data. (Previous title: World Advertising Research Center)
Offers data and reports related to digital marketing. Topics include advertising spending, digital marketing, social media, media usage, e-commerce, e-mail marketing, and device usage. Coverage is global.