We love reviewing the Greenbook Research Innovation Trends Report each time it comes out because it is an in-depth look at the Market Research industry. It’s one of the few research-on-research pieces that are publicly available. One thing that stood out to us this year was the question of how folks in the Market Research industry (both suppliers and clients) stay up-to-date on the industry. We imagine these numbers are also quite common across a number of different functions as well.
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Based on what we see in the data, less than half of market research professionals are giving themselves the opportunity to seek out information or analogs outside of their own industry. There is a heavy reliance on seminars, conferences and industry specific websites, but much less of a habit to connect to social media or other channels to learn and get inspired.
We believe that the most breakthrough innovation is inspired by things going on outside of an industry or category. Looking for analogs that solve a business or industry challenge in a new way opens up our thinking. We shared some of this thinking earlier this year at the MRMW conference in Chicago.
Here, though, we thought we’d share a few channels we use to ensure we stay inspired and build a catalog of analog inspiration — applicable not just for Market Research, but really any industry or business.
It’s important to set a few focus areas for your learning. So, maybe you want to learn more about omnichannel shopping or wearable technology or corporate innovation processes or cooking and restaurant trends. Then, focus your efforts on those prioritized topics. In addition to the list above, seek out podcasts, books, blogs, conferences, and LinkedIn groups. These types of sources can often point you in the direction of other resources.
Your ability to impact your business as well as your own growth and development will expand exponentially when you go beyond traditional sources and open up your consumption of inspiration beyond your industry or category.
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