Secondary market research is made up of information, data, and more that has been collected by someone else and analyzed to various extents. This research can come from educational, institutional, or commercial sources so it is imperative that you understand how the information was collected and analyzed, who is sharing the information now, and why they are sharing this information. Secondary market research can often be broken down further into information about the company, information about the market (which, when used this way, means the world or environment in which business is done), and information about the customer or consumer. When combined with your own knowledge and insight - whether from primary research and/or experience - secondary market research can help further inform and inspire your own original analysis into a specific problem or situation.
Don't forget to check the company's website or review the company's web presence!
Article databases can be used in all areas of market research. Use these article databases to search trends, strategies, current news, brands, products, consumers, and more. Key search terms will include company names, industry name, and target market characteristics. Suggested search strategies include: