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June 2009

Robin NeidorfHow do you add value to information projects? What are three ways you can use social media for competitive intelligence? Is the free news resource, Newser, really free? Where can you get quality government information from UK and European entities, easily online without paying for it?

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494031: Re: Media Monitoring Agencies (Alex Mason)
493773: Re: Photo storage / photolibrary systems (Catherine Johnson)
493565: Re: Corporate Debt by sector (Tom)
493567: Re: Water cooler dealers in Europe & MidEast (marc willems)
493531: Internet Resources Newsletter: June issue (Roddy MacLeod)
493976: Mobile phones (Georgy)
494006: Media Monitoring Agencies (Esther Odiase)
494008: Re: Media Monitoring Agencies (Tom)

[494031] Re: Media Monitoring Agencies

Author:Alex Mason
Date:29/05/2009 01:01 pm
Category:Company, Industry, Country and Product Research

Reply To:(#470771) Media Monitoring Agencies
Author:Phil Caisley
Date:17/03/2009 10:12 am

Dow Jones provide a bespoke media evaluation and analysis service, check out

[493773] Re: Photo storage / photolibrary systems

Author:Catherine Johnson
Date:28/05/2009 11:36 am
Category:Computers and Software

Reply To:(#488431) Photo storage / photolibrary systems
Date:05/05/2009 05:20 am

Hopefully you can get some money to preserve this archive.

I used to work in a photo archive for a charity and we reviewed picture management systems a few years ago. Based in the Netherlands these guys are great, really helpful and will advise you. Flexible pricing too.

Good luck!

[493565] Re: Corporate Debt by sector

Date:27/05/2009 02:32 pm
Category:Company, Industry, Country and Product Research

Reply To:(#490682) Corporate Debt by sector
Author:Jennifer townsend
Date:13/05/2009 01:56 pm

If you have access to Bloomberg you could do this for listed companies. Quite a bit of fiddling around though.

[493567] Re: Water cooler dealers in Europe & MidEast

Author:marc willems
Date:27/05/2009 02:39 pm
Category:Company, Industry, Country and Product Research

Reply To:(#492370) Water cooler dealers in Europe & MidEast
Author:Andrew Denny
Date:21/05/2009 11:13 am

Hi Andrew,

Not much of a list of dealers, however a list of names in the UK of water cooler producers/ as a starting point? At the bottom of the page it says, "view a full list of" and that is even printable.

kr, marc
sr information officer

[493531] Internet Resources Newsletter: June issue

Author:Roddy MacLeod
Date:27/05/2009 11:16 am
Category:Information Issues

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[493976] Mobile phones

Date:29/05/2009 06:46 am
Category:Communications and Publishing

I am looking at mobile phones /SMS for specific health purposes and in particular if there have been any reviews of the literature that are recent ? There is also the bigger picture of SMS and related social networks such as facebook and its been hard to find any critical takes on the increasing interest for cost reasons rather than proven efficacy...Bit heavy first thing but can anyone refer me on?

[494006] Media Monitoring Agencies

Author:Esther Odiase
Date:29/05/2009 10:26 am
Category:Company, Industry, Country and Product Research

Hi. I'm new on this site. I'm a Nigerian conducting a research on media monitoring agencies. I'd like to know how the organization functions, how they foster the relationship between advertising agencies and media organizations and if the monitoring results are always accurate. I'd also like to know if controversies arise through these results. An immediate reply will be appreciated.

[494008] Re: Media Monitoring Agencies

Date:29/05/2009 10:33 am
Category:Company, Industry, Country and Product Research

Reply To:(#494006) Media Monitoring Agencies
Author:Esther Odiase
Date:29/05/2009 10:26 am

hi there - i guess you are just interested in the ad spend side of media monitoring?

no service is 100% accurate. they can't be because they do not have access to commercially sensitive deal information (ie when procter and gamble do a big ad deal with media owner x).

however, these services all run on the same principles. they count the number of incidences of ads appearing (either manually or with TV by taking broadcast logs) multiplying this by media rates (the cost of an ad) and often incorporating a discount to produce a value.

its in the interests of these services to talk regularly with media owners and buyers so these both give a good steer on who accurate their information is.

hope this helps!


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