Research and Markets: 2012 Report on the $17 Billion US Market Research & Polling Services Market Featuring Forrester Research, Gartner, IMS Health, SymphonyIRI, and Westat

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Market Research & Polling Services" report to their offering.

The US market research services industry includes about 4,800 companies with combined annual revenue of about $17 billion. Major companies include Forrester Research, Gartner, IMS Health, SymphonyIRI, and Westat. The industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 55 percent of industry revenue.

Global market research industry revenue totals about $48 billion per year. The US and EU dominate the global market research industry. Major companies outside the US include Nielsen Holdings (headquartered in the Netherlands); GfK (Germany); Ipsos (France); and INTAGE (Japan).


Demand is driven primarily by the health of the US economy and corporate profits. The profitability of individual companies depends on managing costs and maintaining a steady flow of work. Large companies have advantages in providing a variety of research and ancillary services to large customers, and in achieving economies of scale in marketing and computerized operations. Small companies can compete successfully by specializing in a research methodology or in emerging niche knowledge areas.


Major services are marketing research, which accounts for over 90 percent of industry revenue, and public opinion polling. Other services include media monitoring and analytic services. Many research firms specialize in 1) a discipline, such as customer satisfaction, human resources, or advertising tracking; 2) an industry segment, such as technology or pharmaceuticals; or 3) marketing services, such as focus groups, polling, or psychographics.

Key Topics Covered:

Industry Overview

Quarterly Industry Update

Business Challenges

Business Trends

Industry Opportunities

Call Preparation Questions

Financial Information

Industry Forecast

Web Links and Acronyms

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