Monday, 5 April 2010

Info Gathering

Fashion Monitor - A fashion and Trend based website.

"Established in 1989, Fashion Monitor is the UK's leading source of industry information for media, PR and communications professionals working in fashion and beauty. "

They cover news about:
  • brand and product launches and repositioning
  • retail openings and expansion plans
  • communication campaigns and celebrity endorsements
  • PR agency account wins, launches and personnel appointments
  • online and print media title launches, and editorial and commercial team changes
  • stylists and photographers movements, and new agencies

Mintel-Market based research website.

"Mintel is an independent award-winning provider of world-leading market intelligence, delivering robust information, analysis and critical recommendations. Mintel's trusted portfolio of proprietary industry solutions and products has been supporting high profile clients in key sectors such as FMCG, financial services, media, retail, leisure and education for over 38 years.

Our ability to connect the dots means you receive more than just points on a chart or words on a page.We provide you with the Intelligence you need, in time to stay ahead of the market. The result? You will not only make informed decisions, but the right ones, at the right time."

Mintel is aimed at companies within media, retail and leisure industries to seek out intelligence on their competitors.

Companies House - A company research website

"The main functions of Companies House are to:

  • incorporate and dissolve limited companies;
  • examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and
  • make this information available to the public.

Drapers Online - a Fashion and Business Website, focusing on businesses, companies and breaking news in fashion.

"Drapers is your key to the UK fashion business. Every week Drapers features the finest news, trends, catwalks, top fashion jobs, exclusive sales data and insightful viewpoints.

Drapers finds out what’s going on in the business and how it affects yours with the finest collection of news, views and interviews, as well as eight special trend forecasting editions."

A first look into who is doing what, and whats happening where.

These websites are all useful aids to help me get an insight into breaking fashion news as and when it happens! Not only that but information on companies and marketing which is useful for employment, as well as key fashion and trend knowledge which is Very useful for blogging, and trend researching. Companies house and Mintel are most useful for when setting up your own business, and seeking intelligence on competitors in your field. At the moment the websites i am more likely to use are Drapers online and Fashion Monitor.

You can also follow all websites on twitter. For news updates as and when they happen!

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