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    Business Plan Research Gathering
    I'm currently developing a business plan and I need to find statistics, facts and market research but my industry is quite new and I'm unsure where to start. Of course there is plenty of data and facts available but knowing where to start is the problem. I'm not keen on paying hefty fees to research companies etc so would hope to find free advice. My target market is the USA.

    I have a number of websites online or been developed offering affiliate links to merchants and they cover several industries. I also obtain income from advertising like Google Adsense etc as well.

    If you have any ideas, links or suggestions it would help. I have to produce the business plan and show it to a board where I will obtain some funding plus it will be great to have the plan in place for my own benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glinted
    my industry is quite new ... My target market is the USA.
    Would you like to give a hint as to what industry it is?

    Try:

    http://www.hoovers.com/free/
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    Yes sure Rhia, I have shoe websites, coupon sites, apparel, consumer, travel, you name it... I think that is part of my problem as I have difficulty narrowing my market down.

    Here is a tiny example of what the business plan guide I have says:

    Market Research:

    Research Results from the Market Place

    Have you:

    - summarised the research findings to answer the following questions:
    What products/services do the customers want?
    Who are the customers most interested in your products?
    How do the customers wish to access your products/services?
    When do customers wish to access your products/services?
    How much are the customers willing to pay for your products and services?
    etc etc...

    I guess the industry is not that new but finding answers for the above is difficult.
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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by glinted
    I guess the industry is not that new but finding answers for the above is difficult.
    It's beddy-by time for me, but did you try:

    http://www.hoovers.com/free/tools/bcl/
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    ok Rhia, thanks & have a good sleep, i will check it out now....

    look forward to hearing any other ideas & suggestions too.
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    I just want to clarify that I'm looking for facts & stats on the affiliate marketing industry mainly and not the industry for the products like Shoes, apparel, electronics etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    Would you like to give a hint as to what industry it is?

    Try:

    http://www.hoovers.com/free/
    HA! I was just on this site this afternoon before seeing this. Have to pay for most of the things

    glinted,

    Try
    http://www.internetretailer.com/

    Dig through...

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    thanks Eric, I'm looking through that site now and have already found the sort of thing I'm looking for as here
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    Alan,

    Anytime!

    InternetRetailer is like a who's who among e-commerce companies. They have the top500 guide which gives a e-commerce co great PR and publish lots of articles.

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