This is designed to help find needed resources for the information to answer the questions for developing a marketing plan.
In order to do this project well, you need to keep up with daily world and local events and weather as they happen, as well as, looking to the past 5 years for additional information on the background to these events. Some events have roots and court cases going back 20-50 years. If so, search for those specific events or court cases by name and date.
Keep track of your search strategies and the databases you use! Articles may work for more than one part of this marketing plan. It is very difficult to re-look up something you vaguely remember reading.
Use the company name and any nicknames (3M was Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing until 2002 when it officially changed its name. GM is still General Motors). You may need to use all the names including any name changes in the last 5 years.
Also search for any parent company names and subsidiaries - These can make a BIG difference in the outcome of events! (Boycotts can impact all products of the company.)
Personal Names of the CEO, CFO, COO, President, and Chairman of the Board. - These are the top people. A change in these usually signals a change in direction of the company. Interviews of these people often reveal information on the company direction and future before it in widely known. Also watch for news of these people selling off or buyng stock in the company (insider trading).
There is more than one way to define an industry. The airline industry has sub-industries of commuter airlines and regional airlines. They also have package services in addition to the passenger services. You need to keep up with the larger industry and the subsectors. This is also where you should watch for articles on whether this industry leads, lags, or is counter cyclic to the economy. Few industries are neutral, but some are under certain economic conditions. Few industries are insensitive to fuel prices, although we may see certain sectors of the intellectual services on the internet with very little impact.
There are rarely specific names to go with the new trends until they are well under way. The best way to keep up is to watch or read daily and weekly news items along with the popular magazine for the trend that interests you. Also look to your own extended family and how they are reacting to what is going on in the world. Some examples are