When doing market research, you are looking at the consumers. e.g. Who is buying, how much, from what firm, et cetera.
When doing industry research you are looking at who is operating in that industry. e.g. Who is manufacturing the product, how large are they, et cetera.
In order to see if there is room for you to enter the market you need to find out how big the market is, is it currently saturated with competition, what void would your product fill, who is already selling in the market, how strong are the current players in the market, and what does the industry look like overall.
Sometimes there is no data or established market research covering a specific industry. This is often the case when a industry is fairly new--such as with technology related markets. It can also be difficult or impossible to find much data where an industry is very specialized or very secretive.
In these situations sources such as trade journals, industry associations, interviews, and articles may be your best source for information.
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Examine other products on the market and how competitor's products are packaged, promoted, and what groups they target.
Use the following resources to find target consumer profile, usage behavior, attitudes, and other consumer-related information.