If you’re looking for market research report examples, you’re in the right place.
Even in B2B tech, it’s no secret market research is a key component to businesses seeking long-term viability and brand success. From better understanding consumer segments to creating powerful research-backed content, and even developing future-proof product roadmaps, market research is the cornerstone of strategic decision-making.
In fact, 89% of marketers surveyed by Hubspot reported that leveraging the market research they performed had a positive quantitative impact on their business.
But, creating a piece of valuable research for your tech company can feel… a little hard to imagine.
What are the best market research topics for my B2B tech industry? What is the larger story to tell to subtly reinforce my company’s positioning?
What questions should I ask? Who should I ask? What about… how long should a research report be? How do I present my findings? You probably have a million questions. And I’d love to answer them all by showing you some of the best market research report examples that we’ve gathered along the way.
Market research report examples to get inspo from
As a leading market research vendor in the B2B tech space, we’ve helped a ton of B2B tech marketers like you with:
- Full-service third-party market research projects
- Respondent recruiting, data collection, and data analysis
- Creation of market research reports in each client’s brand
- Generating demand using research-backed content
Sounds similar to your goals?
Whether you’re here for some inspo, or want to evaluate our work, let’s dig into some market research report examples we could all learn a thing or two from.👇
1 - Snyk: Infrastructure as code security
Snyk is a developer security platform that enables application and cloud developers to secure their whole application.
They recently conducted the Infrastructure as Code Security Insights report to provide insights on the state of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) deployment and the challenges faced by developers in securing their code, infrastructure configuration, and containers.
The goal of the report? To help organizations understand the benefits of automated security testing for IaC definitions, the roadblocks to the widespread use of IaC, and how organizations differ in their approaches to using IaC.
With that, we helped Snyk form a story around IaC and recruited hundreds of IT professionals across industries and company sizes.
That gave us a clear, comprehensive understanding of the need for organizations to prioritize IaC security and implement best practices to ensure the reliability and security of their infrastructure.
Some findings that helped position them as a valuable player in their industry include👇
- 63% of companies are just beginning to explore IaC technology, while only 7% have implemented IaC to the best of current industry capabilities.
- 71% of companies would prefer to standardize on a common toolset/workflow across all IaC configuration types and formats.
- A lack of standardized workflow and practices was the leading reason respondents chose to remediate a security issue manually.
- 61% of respondents pointed to speed-related issues as a reason for remediating a security issue manually.
💡 Tip: Incorporate your branding
What I also love about Snyk’s report is its strong branding, alongside objective results obtained through an independent survey through our team at ViB.
That’s major because typically, most marketing teams have one or the other.
- Strong branding through a survey conducted in-house that’s potentially perceived as biased
- Or an independent survey conducted by an external research vendor, but without any individual branding because of limitations in ownership and usage.
If you ask me, having the best of both worlds helps Snyk reinforce its brand leadership and credibility at the same time. Win-win!
Moving on, let’s take a look at some other great market research report examples.
2 - Illumio: Security segmentation report
Illumio is a cybersecurity company that specializes in providing solutions for micro-segmentation and security.
The first platform for breach containment, Illumio recently published a report, The State of Security Segmentation, which dives into the ways organizations can protect against the lateral movement that leads to breaches.
The goal of the report? To get a better understanding of how companies segment today and what difficulties they face.
Likewise, with the help of ViB Research, Illumio surveyed over 300+ IT professionals in their specialized cybersecurity industry. They were then able to highlight the critical role of segmentation in enhancing network security, and the shift away from traditional firewalls in favor of more agile and cost-effective solutions.
Some of the biggest takeaways for tech professionals from Illumio’s report are:
- More than half of the respondents do not have and are not planning segmentation in the next six months.
- Two-thirds of respondents think the firewall is an over-the-hill gold digger when it comes to segmentation.
- Today’s IT norm is hybrid: on-prem data centers and multiple clouds.
- Security incidents are inevitable.
💡Tip: Repurpose your report into derivative content
In this market research report example, what Illumio did brilliantly was repurposing.
Illumio repurposed a single market report into a range of thought leadership content and used it across demand generation channels.
For example, using insights from the report they created with ViB, Illumio developed the whitepaper — Decoupling Security from the Network: The Evolution of Segmentation.
The lesson here: while a single research report feels like a big investment, it can function as a launch pad for repurposing value-added content that’s easily shareable across all segments of your target audience.
Get an exclusive look into the State of Segmentation Report and a copy of Illumio’s topical whitepaper, Decoupling Security from the Network: The Evolution of Segmentation, which builds on their market research report.
3 - Split: Feature management and experimentation
Split is “a feature delivery platform that pairs speed and reliability of feature flags with data to measure the impact of every feature.”
This year, Split conducted its Feature Management & Experimentation Impact Report which examined the challenges and areas for improvement in these practices, as well as the adoption and impact of feature releases on business and user experience.
This report was based on a survey of over 300 software professionals who came from a variety of backgrounds (engineering, development, product management, etc.).
Some highlights from the survey are below 👇
- 92% of respondents either agree or completely agree that software feature management is critical to developing and releasing successful digital experiences.
- 50% feel that easily pinpointing unexpected issues during a feature rollout is an important priority.
- 60% felt that their top area for improvement involved software feature release quality and reliability.
- 14% have implemented a feature experiment platform; 39% are investigating, 29% plan to implement.
Organizations that roll out software features on demand often show lower levels of involvement in feature management and experimentation compared to their more deliberate counterparts.
The data does show strong moves toward adopting feature management and experimentation. It’s clear that the industry is moving in this direction, and now is the right time to take action if you want to stay competitive with digital industry leaders.
💡 Tip: Actively promote your research report
Similar to how Illumio created a range of repurposed content, Split is taking an active step toward promoting its market research report.
Spot this feature of the research report live on Split’s home page for example.
By commissioning ViB to do their research, Split was able to use and promote the content on any channel without any need for further licensing fees or permissions.
Often, research vendors have a pretty strict list of recirculation restrictions, or an additional price tag of a few grand just to reuse and reshare the published materials.
4 - Siemplify: Remote security operations
Siemplify recently acquired by Google, is an intuitive workbench that enables security teams to both manage risk and reduce the cost of addressing threats.
Launched in early 2021, Siemplify conducted a Remote Security Operations study that looked at how COVID-19 and the need to work from home affected the ability of SecOps professionals to do their security work.
The report delves into key findings on the threat impact, people impact, and the path forward.
It was based on a survey of hundreds of IT professionals in leadership positions. Respondents also worked at organizations with over 1,000 employees on average.
Let’s take a look at some of their most notable findings👇
- 51% of respondents said investigating suspicious activities became more difficult due to balancing security and corporate demand.
- 47% of respondents said collaboration and communication suffered naturally, making everyday tasks more challenging.
- Roughly one-third of respondents reported seeing an increase in network intrusions, malware, ransomware, and vulnerabilities.
Incidents of phishing have increased for 57% of respondents, topping the list.
💡 Tip: Be the first to capture an emerging trend
With Siemplify, the key takeaway was their smart choice of topic.
This report was conducted immediately after the lockdown and released shortly after.
Within a year of the onset of the pandemic, they leveraged an ongoing and developing issue, tailored it to their industry. They were able to launch original data about a hot topic, standing out against the content their competitors were pushing.
And then by working with ViB, they were able to push for a specific story (some vendors will only commission research for a predetermined list of topics that they’ve set).
Within weeks, we collaboratively produced a completed report, allowing the company to quickly respond to an emerging trend.
Now, let’s move on to the rest of our B2B market research report examples.
5 - Softchoice: Cloud Enabled AI
Softchoice is a software-focused IT solutions provider that equips organizations to be efficient, agile, and innovative.
The Cloud Enabled AI report explores the potential of AI and ML (machine learning) in the cloud, revealing opportunities and barriers to their implementation.
Some of the most impactful takeaways are 👇
- Despite understanding that analytics, AI, and ML will have a transformative impact on industries in the coming five years, many organizations are falling behind in integrating them.
- 46% of respondents believe that a multi-cloud approach is very important, with 14% considering it extremely important.
- The most common barriers to leveraging the full benefits of analytics, AI, and ML are a lack of in-house expertise (38%) and difficulty implementing AI and ML solutions (22%).
💡 Tip: How to recruit targeted respondent from niche industries
This report was based on a survey of over 200 IT professionals across 18 different industries.
What was great about Softchoice’s report example is their specificity in targeting.
Together with ViB’s help in respondent recruiting, Softchoice was able to connect with IT professionals in:
- Business intelligence
- Data analytics
- Product development
- Cloud architecture and operations
Their ability to reach these specific profiles? The ViB Community, a network of millions of precisely segmented IT professionals.
By reaching out to our expansive community, ViB is able to find hundreds of targeted respondents to be the backbone of each client’s research, even if it’s a niche topic.
🚀 See how Softchoice explores the the impact AI and ML on the cloud.
Let’s now proceed to the last of our market research report examples.
6 - Palo Alto Networks: SOAR
Palo Alto Networks is a multi-national cybersecurity company aimed at offering next-gen firewall solutions.
Their SOAR (security orchestration, automation, and response) report examined incident response and the use of SOAR technology.
This report focused on the challenges, tools used, and desired capabilities of security professionals whose incident response functions were mostly in-house.
Some of their most notable findings👇
- SOAR tools are becoming increasingly popular across the incident response lifecycle, with a healthy and growing percentage of common tools used for every lifecycle stage.
- Respondents desired a common platform for cross-team investigation and automated remote execution of actions across security tools.
- Over 80% of respondents either performed incident response in-house or augmented an in-house team with consultants.
- Respondents identified an ‘evidence board’ and ‘attack reconstruction’ as abilities they needed but currently lacked.
Conducted by ViB, the survey methodology incorporated extensive quality control systems at three levels: targeting, in-survey behavior, and post-survey analysis. Over 500 respondents participated across security job functions and industries.
What’s even better, was Palo Alto’s ability to leverage their report to generate demand and improve sales pipeline.
💡 Tip: Use your research for lead generation
The client first built a full library of over 10 content assets, all stemming from the market research report, through a range of lead generation campaigns and industry events, the team was then able to attract new prospects and boost conversions
For example, Palo Alto presented their findings in C-level events, along with multiple media interviews.
Content campaigns built on the ViB research and the resulting materials generated a whopping $3M in pipeline and led to $2M closed/won revenue for the company — all attributed to this report and the corresponding assets created.
What can we take away from these market research report examples?
Now, each of these reports used real-time consumer feedback, giving the company a slew of notable takeaways and data that could easily be repurposed across channels.
The differentiating factor?
Each worked with a B2B market research company that had the tools, resources, and expertise to effectively and comprehensively perform the research needed to get the information desired.
I’m talking about ViB Research, the custom B2B market research service powering these 6 incredible market research report examples we just saw.
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There’s no denying the sheer magnitude of information available in each of these reports– and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
With the use of consumer data and resources to repurpose value-add content, your business and bottom line will make worries about strategic decision-making and business growth a thing of the past.
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