Confronting the crisis of the middle-sized market research firms
By Simon Chadwick
Between 2005 and 2015, the traditional market research industry posted a Cumulative Average Growth Rate of (CAGR) of 3.82%. Organically, the larger companies kept pace with a CAGR of 3.6%, feeding their actual (i.e. organic and non-organic) growth with a spate of acquisitions from the middle and smaller ranks of their competitors. Smaller firms (US$ 10 million – US$ 30 million annual revenues) saw an attrition rate in their ranks of one third over the decade, some being acquired but many selling off their assets in fire sales or purely closing down. Those left standing, however, did well, posting a CAGR of 4.33%.