How can you use market research for better marketing?

Use Market Research for:

All of the following marketing activities listed will benefit from in-depth market research, as long as you don’t ignore the data or the evidence.

Uses of Market Researchmarket-research-directions2-e1298523434297

Advertising Effectiveness
Segmentation
Industry Analysis
Brand Awareness
Price Elasticity
Demand
Interviewing
Product Development
Lead Generation
Tracking Trends
Benchmarks
Forecasting
Demographics
Cross Tabs
Data Collection
Census Data
Surveys
Focus Groups
Qualitative
Quantitative
Employee Surveys
Reporting
Customer Satisfaction Analysis

Wow! That’s a long list. By listing the individual components of market research you can clearly see the multitude of steps and variety of approaches. Market Directions can help you make sense of all of this and focus in on what will get you the most reliable results.

Why do marketers ignore evidence? Research findings indicate:

Three reasons why most marketers neglect to harness vast amounts of customer data to create a real impact on their marketing strategies and programs:

Many marketing managers ignore evidence—
relying instead on ideology. The result? Poor-quality decisions that waste time, money and, risks your company’s and your career’s future.

Data arrogance of leading marketing analysts—
Most statistically driven marketers appear unwilling to translate their data findings into understandable insights.

Ugliness of data insights—
Many CMOs and most marketers still believe spreadsheets, rather than graphically appealing visuals, are the natural environment of numbers.