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As the FreePint Topic Series "News, and Other Commodities" reaches its conclusion, co-producer Anja Thygesen looks back over the series and highlights some of the key articles, market landscapes and reviews on subjects from increasing use of video to sources in emerging economies and how best to switch from one essential news product to another. She also considers research findings in areas from news preferences, to private company information, and usage of web content for business decisions.
FreePint's recently-concluded 2015 research into news needs and preferences indicated that Factiva and Nexis remain the most-used single preferred suppliers of news. We delve into the results to find out more about customer satisfaction with technology and features, how these premium products fit organisations' strategies around purchasing news, and what customers wish the suppliers would change.
Irene Koren and Anja Thygesen provide detailed guidance and useful tool for evaluating sources. They identify five criteria which should be carefully examined in order to rate a source for factors such as quality, currency and bias.
FreePint's Annual Survey of News Needs and Preferences shows Factiva and Nexis consistently dominate the market for news. Business research consultant Andrew Grave takes an in-depth look at each product and highlights the use-cases where each is strongest, USPs, search strengths and source coverage.
Rachael Elliott explains why video should be an increasing part of your research focus - and provides some useful tips for specialist sources such as Storyful and Vevo, insight into how mainstream news databases such as Factiva are embracing video, and her views on the extra dimensions that video can bring to your research.
News is essential to the strategy and success of an organisation but the number of sources which need to be monitored is increasing exponentially whilst budgets decrease or remain static. Investments in tools need to be carefully scrutinised in terms of objectives, perceived risk and needs assessment. This article highlights key findings from a recent FreePint Webinar on DIY content aggregation and provides useful models so that you can more easily identify your own objectives for aggregation - and ways to measure success.
Business information consultant Colin Smith shares his knowledge of researching West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, and Togo. He focuses on resources that researchers can use to find economic, business and trade information and also covers areas ranging from internet penetration to corruption and dominant local languages.
In the fifth part of our analysis of FreePint's 8th Annual Survey on News Needs and Preferences, FreePint's director of research, Robin Neidorf dissects responses around newsletters and alerting options, as well as options to integrate news into workflow systems and intranets, and the use of aggregation platforms.
As part of FreePint's Topic Series, "News, and Other Commodities", Eileen Steer evaluates eight of the key subscription sources for financial information: Alacra Premium, BvD Orbis, Dow Jones Factiva, D&B Hoover's, S&P Capital IQ, Nexis from LexisNexis, PrivCo, and Eikon from Thomson Reuters.
Preferences for primary and secondary news products, including comprehensive platforms which cover more than news, and specialist industry-specific tools are analysed in the fourth part of our analysis of FreePint's 8th Annual Survey on News Needs and Preferences. Robin Neidorf examines which products remain consistently popular, which product features are trending or becoming less popular, and how satisfied respondents are with elements of their news providers - such as content, features and service levels.
The market for "people information" is diverse, ranging from premium databases to free or freemium services. Choosing which solution to rely on involves a set of complex decisions and considerable internal and external research into use-cases and vendors. Shimrit Janes looks at seven different vendors which have specialist "people information" offers: Avention/OneSource, Boardroom Insiders, Factiva, Leadership Directories, LinkedIn, Nexis, and ZoomInfo.
In the third part of her analysis of FreePint's 8th Annual Survey on News Needs and Preferences, director of research, Robin Neidorf, reports on the purchasing environment for news. She reports on changes respondents have made to their licensing of news databases and key suppliers, the key factors in contract decisions, purchase decision factors, and purchasing philosophies.
Continuing her analysis of FreePint's 8th Annual Survey on News Needs and Preferences, director of research Robin Neidorf, reports on content priorities. Features of premium news products are rated according to importance and compared across previous years. Frequency of carrying out news-related tasks such as searching for deep archive news or using a news visualisation tool are covered, and users of news products for in-depth research, and for current awareness are highlighted by department and level of product access.
In the final part of his review of Dun & Bradstreet's First Research, provider of industry market research reports for sales and marketing professionals, Andrew Grave sums up its competitors Avention, IBISWorld and Vertical IQ. He identifies what differentiates First Research and explains how it is being expanded in response to client requests, and the company's innovative vision for its Support Centre.
Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2586
In the first part of the analysis of FreePint's 8th Annual Survey on News Needs and Preferences, director of research Robin Neidorf, reports on survey participants, budget levels and increases/decreases since 2014, and who holds responsibility for decisions on news acquisition and licensing. She also highlights questions added to this year's survey.
Andrew Grave continues his product review of Dun & Bradstreet's First Research, provider of industry market research reports for sales and marketing professionals. He tests the technology on a variety of devices and assesses ease of use and deployment across an organisation. He also looks at personalisation and help & support resources and materials.
Professional business researcher Anja Thygesen describes the most common macroeconomic figures and briefly explains why we work with them. She highlights her preferred options from the wealth of sources for macroeconomic figures, as well as identifying the macroeconomic figures she uses most often. Sources covered include national banks, regional sources, and subscription databases - such as EIU, Consensus Economics, Oxford Economics and IHS Global Insights.
Andrew Grave continues his product review of Dun & Bradstreet's First Research, provider of industry market research reports for sales and marketing professionals. In the second part he examines how it provides content, including industry profiles and daily news and social alerts from news provider FirstRain.
FreePint's Sophie Alexander recently spoke to Patrick Baume, group communications manager of Isentia, to find out more about the media monitoring and intelligence agency, what makes them stand out from other providers, the challenges they anticipate over the coming years and their clients in countries such as Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and New Zealand.
Andrew Grave begins his product review of Dun & Bradstreet's First Research, provider of industry market research reports for sales and marketing professionals. He introduces the company, with contact details, outlining the scope of its US-focused industry profiles and how it adds value by helping users improve relationships with customers.
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