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Relying on Experts Is Vital in the Era of Big Data

Posted by Jack W. Plunkett

Jan 18, 2017 8:45:00 AM

At Plunkett Research, we believe that today’s “big data” requires a big human effort to edit, standardize, and evaluate information before it is usable in a reliable manner.

Corporate and government leaders are keenly aware that advancing technologies are creating vast new opportunities for competitive intelligence, operating benchmarks, market analysis, and other vital data. At the same time, these end-users probably don’t have the departmental skill sets or budgets needed to develop analytical software to take advantage of this trend.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Market Research Provider, Big Data

Top 21 Blog Posts by The Freedonia Group in 2016

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jan 17, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Since joining MarketResearch.com, Freedonia’s analysts have produced a huge number of blog posts to give readers an inside look at the latest market research. The Freedonia Group’s large crew of in-house analysts write about 120 Industry Studies and 600 Freedonia Focus Reports per year.

The blogs not only give us a chance to show our creative side, but also share some interesting tidbits we learned while writing our studies and reports. Read on for a list of the most-viewed blog posts by our analysts in 2016.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

The U.S. Frozen Food Industry: New Analysis & Forecasts

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 16, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The U.S. frozen food market is forecast to reach $72.98 billion by 2024, according to a recent study by Grand View Research.

Despite overall market growth, sales have remained tepid in recent years. Frozen food brands face ongoing challenges, as consumer preferences shift and competition increases.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Industry Insights

Internet Market Research: Using Paid vs. Free Information

Posted by Robert Kaminsky

Jan 11, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The internet remains a great source of free information for people to use on a daily basis. You can find the answers you need on a wide variety of topics, and you don’t even need to leave your desk or make a phone call to get it.

In the current environment where fake news sites are popping up all over, it is more important than ever to decide what business information you can reliably obtain from the web and what you are better off purchasing from a professional publisher of market research.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, How To's

Projected 2017 Trends in the Pet Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 10, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before, and expenditures continue to rise. By 2020, the U.S. pet industry is expected to reach $96 billion in sales, according to Packaged Facts, a leading market research firm.

Approximately 56% of U.S. households own pets, and the close emotional bonds people share with their furry friends is a major driver of industry growth. To learn more about this and other trends, check out the article below, which highlights several key findings from the report U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2016-2017.

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Topics: Pets, Packaged Facts

Infographic: The Gift Card and Prepaid Card Market

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 9, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Gift cards are a popular go-to option for shoppers of all ages. Not surprisingly, Christmas and birthdays are top occasions for purchasing gift cards. The most widely purchased gift cards are for coffee shops and restaurants, according to Packaged Facts, a leading consumer research firm.

Gift cards are a massive, multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., but not all prepaid cards are purchased as gifts and stocking stuffers. A variety of prepaid cards are also used for government-administered benefits, employee rewards and incentives, and tax refunds. In addition, millions of consumers use prepaid cards as an alternative to traditional bank accounts.

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Topics: Financial Services, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

Top 20 Industry Articles on MarketResearch.com in 2016

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 5, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Here's a look back at the top industry analysis pieces published on the MarketResearch.com blog in 2016.

Drawing on data from a variety of leading market research publishers, our most-read articles covered everything from telemedicine and genetic testing, to meal kits and food trends. 

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Topics: Industry Insights

16 Leading Companies in the Global CRISPR Market

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 4, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The field of gene editing is expanding rapidly. A team of scientists in China recently injected CRISPR-edited cells into a human patient for the first time — potentially setting off a biomedical race between China and the United States, as reported in the international scientific journal Nature.

More significant developments are expected in the years to come. The global CRISPR market is forecast to grow at an astonishing compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35% from 2016 to 2022, according to Inkwood Research, a market intelligence firm. The number of scientific papers published on CRISPR continues to soar, from below 200 papers in 2012 to more than 1,200 papers in 2015.

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Topics: Biotechnology, Industry Insights

Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers Take Off

Posted by Leon Mengri

Jan 3, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The US airline industry features three types of carriers in terms of operating model: traditional carriers, low-cost carriers (LCCs), and ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs). ULCCs – largely represented by Spirit Airlines (Spirit), Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant) – experienced impressive revenue growth over the 2010-2015 period.

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Topics: Energy & Resources, Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

What Makes Superplasticizers Super?

Posted by Aaron Hackle

Dec 28, 2016 8:45:00 AM

In concrete production, water and cement react to bind together fine aggregates (primarily sand) and coarse aggregates such as crushed stone or natural gravel. A relatively small amount of water is needed to initiate this chemical reaction (hydration) to transform the ingredients into concrete. 

However, additional water is often required to make the mix workable enough to be poured and finished, and the addition of too much extra water can decrease the strength of finished concrete. Reduced durability in concrete can lead to a premature need for repairs or replacement in the residential and nonresidential building sectors, as well as in such public projects as highways, streets, bridges, and dams.

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

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