What Is Industry Value Chain Analysis?

Generally speaking, value chain analysis typically includes two types of ventures:

  • Firm value chain analysis (often referred to as Porter Value Chain Analysis) examines internal company practices and their optimization relative to creating value for customers.
  • Industry value chain analysis involves examining the various stages of a product’s production, from raw material procurement all the way through the final purchase by end-users.
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6 Key Resources for Company Information

Tracking down corporate information can feel like searching for a needle in a large haystack, especially if you're dealing with a small private firm with no history of public disclosures.

Market research publishers like The Freedonia Group, Packaged Facts, and Simba Information – all divisions of MarketResearch.com – employ business intelligence analysts that are trained to source and verify high-level company research, dedicating weeks of time and effort to ensuring their competitor data is top notch.

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What Is a Market Analysis?

When it comes time to make an important business decision or implement a strategic plan, companies often turn to a toolbox of resources to help determine the best possible course of action. One of the most important tools in this box is the market analysis – an assessment that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative data in order to paint a clear picture of the tangible and intangible factors at play in an industry.

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3 Tips for Using Industry Research to Your Advantage

One of the many challenges of running a successful business is that markets change. It’s natural: Tastes shift, technology advances, and the consumers you target today may look and behave differently from those in the market tomorrow.

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Imports and Exports: The Benefits of Utilizing Trade Data

Note: The following is an excerpt from the white paper "Trade Analysis: Using Trade Data in Strategic Decision Making" published by Freedonia Custom Research. To read the entire white paper, download it here for free

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25 Useful Market Research Resources to Check Out

Conducting market research requires the right tools, resources, and strategies. Whether you are looking for information on how to do market research online, or you are searching for the right market research sources for your next project, you’ve come to the right place.

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5 Keys to Conducting a Market Opportunity Analysis

You and your team may be considering a variety of new business ideas and market opportunities, but not all of them are worth pursuing. It's important to narrow down your options and make sure you focus on the ones that have the highest potential for success. 

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6 Tips for Understanding Your Customer and Your Business Competition

There are many different sources for new business opportunities, but according to Raffi Amit, a professor of management at the Wharton School, perhaps the most promising ideas come from fully understanding customer needs.

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How to Identify a Market Opportunity Using Syndicated Research

Identifying “the next big thing” is no easy task, but companies must constantly seek out new market opportunities in order to sustain long-term growth in an increasingly competitive environment.

Finding ways to generate additional revenue is at the cornerstone of any successful organization, and it’s particularly important now, as disruptive innovation, shifting trade policies, and rapidly evolving technologies force companies to adapt quickly.

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How This MIT Student Conducted Market Research for a Startup Idea

Is there a real market for my product or service? If so, how big is the need? Will customers actually buy what I plan to offer? Entrepreneurs face these critical questions every day.

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