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BUS 389(EMP) Marketing Management: Find Company Web Sites

Did You Know?

Trade Associations are a good way to find competitor websites.
Most of them have public member lists.

Using Google, search "trade association" and the words from the NAICS codes.

Evaluating Websites

How do you know if the web sites you have found are any good? Are they credible? Are they scholarly?

Effective Internet Searching

  • Make sure you know if the company has a parent company or not.

  • Use the most precise name for the company (ex., "gap inc" instead of "the gap" or gap).  This helps eliminate "garbage results".

  • Spelling counts.

WARNING: Keep in mind that all of the information that you want may not be found at the company web site. Big corporations pay fancy consultants lots of money to complete market research; often, companies aren't willing to share the information that has cost so much to obtain.