Primary vs. Secondary Research Essay

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Primary vs. Secondary Research When conducting research, when is it conducive to use primary research over secondary research and vice versa? Both research techniques are viable and beneficial. They each have purpose and can be used as a marketing research template when conducting research. Both techniques are equipped with tools that can be used to guide a researcher through the research process. If these tools are properly adhered to, the research process can be seamless and quite effective. Moreover, market research can assist a researcher in making accurate decisions and improve the chance of success. This paper will explain the difference among research tools used in primary and secondary research. It will also depict the…show more content…
Surveys (segregated technique designed to test perceptions regarding a product or service) depict quantitative data that will help in the developmental stage of a product or service. This tool is most often used regarding sensitive data. It is relatively inexpensive. Observation is primarily used at the point of sale of a product or service. This tool depicts emotional reactions to products or services. Secondary Research Tools Secondary marketing research is based on information previously gathered by an individual, the government, and other agencies. “Secondary sources are those sources of information that have been collected previously by other individuals or organizations. Secondary sources of information can help you to identify other sources of information, it can help you to get an overall picture of your market or it may provide more detailed information on a specific segment of the market” (Karen Paiyo). There are also various research tools used when conducting secondary research. Secondary research can be acquired from previous reports, public sources, newspapers, magazines, commercials, educational sources, and websites. Secondary research is often easy to find and generally free. It is much more inexpensive than primary research. An example of secondary research is a general manager, of a professional baseball team, gathering a summation of statistical information (of a player whose contract is expiring) from previous
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