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Welcome to the August issue of ValueNotes Connect.

India is vulnerable… The rupee hit a record low against the dollar, and continues to struggle. The financial markets had one of its most turbulent days in many years. Revenues are slowing, meeting the fiscal deficit target will be difficult, and consumer price inflation continues to hover around 10%. Growth has slowed to 5%, half the rate seen during the boom. RBI has restricted foreign exchange outflows by resident Indians and the US is scaling back quantitative easing.

As we wait for the government and central bank to find the right answers, what can corporate India do to ride these turbulent times?

– Are you tracking your competitors effectively? What about all the information that is out there, and not getting recorded? Varsha Chitale tells us how news monitoring, an undervalued tool, can help you keep the bigger picture in eternal focus.
– India’s unorganized sector cannot be ignored… it contributes to more than 50% of the country’s GDP and employs 90% of the total workforce. Any market research that doesn’t account for this sector is inaccurate. In his blog, Rohan Shevate tells us how to tackle the difficulties of doing research in this sector.
– A company’s sales team has long been accepted as a key source of collecting and analyzing market intelligence. They work with customers every day, so who could be better for the job? But are they really qualified for this? Rohan Jain tells us why not.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter, and as always, we look forward to your comments.

Warm regards.

News monitoring for competitive intelligence
– by Varsha Chitale
News monitoring for CI One of the key misconceptions about competitive intelligence is that it involves spying and other clandestine operations like going through a competitor’s garbage. We sometimes overlook an essential part of it – news monitoring – looking at easily available data and putting it together to see the big picture. News monitoring enables you to spot market trends and patterns to gain rich insights. This blog explains the how and why of it…
Research in unorganized and fragmented markets
– by Rohan Shevate
unorganised markets The Indian unorganized sector is much larger than the organized sector in terms of employment and share of GDP. Any research study which does not include the former will depict an inaccurate picture. This is why knowledge of India’s informal economy is a must to understand the country’s business environment. This brings into focus the myriad of challenges that researchers face with the unorganized sector.
Market Intelligence: Why the sales force isn’t enough
– by Rohan Jain
market intelligence sales force One of the biggest challenges for companies is to create a way of collecting, analyzing and archiving market intelligence. A sales team has long been recognized as one of the key sources of acquiring this kind of knowledge. Therein lies the fundamental issue. Are they the right people for the job?
Using Financial Statements
knowledge center
White paper: Opportunities in the Saudi Arabian education sector
Case study: Regular market intelligence helps engineering MNC stay ahead of its peers
Case study: how we helped an auto component manufacturer re-design their product strategy
Commissioned research
Some client problems we have solved:
Ongoing CSR news monitoring for a wealth manager
Customer perception survey of EFI systems in two-wheelers in India
Price benchmarking for paints
Focus group discussions for an agricultural multinational company
CI on the global marine P&C insurance segment
Monitoring new projects across industries for an integrated automation & software solutions provider
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Mint: Financial prowess of wisdom investors
The Star: Outsourcing industry poised to enhance Iskandar Malaysia development
RIND Survey: Can we use social media for research in India?
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