I wanted to know what are some market research tactics, tools, techniques etc. that you have employed in the past and which gave you results. I have read some what about this but I am still not sure about the exact processes involved. Can there be any case study? Can you give your personal experience. Thank you very much for your time.
Know your customer and identify what is most effective channels or modes used by customer to buy the product. Assuming your product meets the quality standards and pricing with best available products in the market. If, it does not meet, you may need to focus on improving your product in terms of quality and pricing. Assuming your product meets the requirement. Use the same channel for advertisement used by customer to buy the products.
It isn't possible to teach you marketing research skills in a discussion board. Research is strategy, not tactics. What results are you looking for? If you're focusing on tactics, you're missing the motivations. Why will anyone participate in your research? What does there participation say about them, and are they still representative?
Anyway, if you want a great example of how market research is conducted, I invite you to check out MEC Labs because they do some of the most impressive and detailed research for marketers, and they show you how it's done.
If you're not talking about research to show what marketing methods will be effective for you, and instead you are looking for research about your industry, that's work you should be doing by getting directly involved with people in each area (supply and demand) yourself. There's nothing better than understanding how the fashion industry works and what's really going on than by getting a job in that industry working for someone else who is established (for example).
It all matters what you are looking for. Get specific as there are lots of channels to do research. If you are trying to learn an industry it's best to be in the game like Paul said by working for someone.