What is market research?

Market research provides information about:

  • the market itself (size and make-up – i.e. age, gender, income, tastes)
  • customer feedback
  • promotional methods
  • sales data
  • competitors
  • effect of price on market

Businesses use the information they gather to design new products and modify existing ones. This approach helps to maximise the potential success of products and services.

There are two main types of market research:

Different market research - Field (hall test, online survey, face to face, focus group) and desk (sales figures, newspapers, websites, government reports)