There are a huge number of different ways of defining market research, none of which is standard. Here's one good one, which we'll use throughout this section:
A good market researcher analyses the information needs of a business or organisation; gathers or locates that information; analyses and interprets it; and helps the business or organisation to make the best use of it.
If we use this broad definition, market research is thriving and will continue to thrive. Within it, particular methodologies and sub-professions rise and fall, are invented and (very occasionally) disappear, which explains why navel-gazing commentators often consider it to be facing an 'existential crisis'. Like any other industry, it changes rapidly as the technology available to business changes. More so than most other businesses, technological change opens up ever-greater opportunities for market research.
A comprehensive guide to what we do, how it's changing, and who else does similar stuff.
The supply side: revenues, rankings and company info, full listings.