Donors and Prospect Research

BestBizWeb Newsletter for January 2015 has a gem of a find for the how-to of prospect research  in Donor ID Techniques.

Purpose is described as “A collection of documents and advisories on sources and strategies for finding donors and other individuals who could contribute to non-profits, universities, and other institutions that need to identify prospects and donors.”

Guide to Eurostat

Excellent guide to obtaining international statistics on economic and social activity through Eurostat – describes types of reports, how to search, aspects of the databases.

Eurostat’s Statistical Treasure Trove By Anja Chemnitz Thygesen, Online Searcher (Sep/Oct 2014)

As an excellent entry point to data on European matters, Eurostat ( contains an enormous amount of information and statistics from across the European Union membership countries, plus a few other nations. In this article I use the example of researching the elderly population in the EU to illustrate some of the highlights of the Eurostat pages.

Information Today – August sampler

Information Today is offering a sampler of articles from its August publications for download.. Among them is one about researching for competitive intelligence.

In Online Searcher, DuPont’s Peter M. Murphy talks about his company’s competitive intelligence (CI) news delivery practices, how his team seeks ways to improve news harvesting, his curation techniques, and DuPont’s goals for meeting customer needs.

Researching people and companies

Finding information about people online is often difficult. Law librarians, Bridget Gilhool and Jennifer McMahan, name the databases they use in the United States to get information about people and companies.

Searching Secrets of Professional Cyber-Sleuths  By Bridget Gilhool, Jennifer McMahan, Online Searcher (May 2014)

This article outlines our top 10 tips for creative searching on people and companies. It provides sites and search strategies we have found to be critical for people and company research.

Presentation on cost-effective searching

This presentation by Marcy Phelps at Internet  Librarian 2013 goes through the steps and approaches the information professional will want to employ to search quickly and effectively.

Cost-Effective Searching: Online strategies and practices to get the most for your search dollar and your time.

Has a couple of tips on using Google.  I wouldn’t use OR to the extent mentioned here. Google does more semantic interpretation of words and less keyword matching. Therefore, expanding a concept with OR may muddy results too much.

Greatest value is the reminder to use specialty sites – find them, collect them, know them, use them.

Marcy Phelps has other presentations at Slideshare – would be good to follow her for tools and techniques.

Spotlight on Yahoo Finance

Yahoo, lest we forget, is very strong in finance. As we learn in this Bloomberg video- Yahoo’s Big Business, people in the finance community use it  as well as their Bloomberg terminals, and  individual investors both sophisticated and novice go to it..

The Head of Yahoo Finance, Aaron Task, described features and future for Yahoo Finance. He summarized that Yahoo Finance does well at aggregating information for news and research, providing own analysis, personalizing the selection and presentation, and providing mobile access.  It has much more than stock quotes.

Zoominfo adds profiles

ZoomInfo Expands Coverage, Develops New Technologies, Newsbreaks (Sept 6)

ZoomInfo announced that it now offers “detailed, just-verified profiles of 65 million businesspeople and 6 million businesses. The new totals represent annual growth of more than 20% in the company’s comprehensive coverage. The increase in its B2B data gives ZoomInfo’s customers—marketers, sales professionals, and recruiters at companies such as Google, Oracle, and Ranstad—a constant source of up-to-date, deep information about prospects, including middle managers and other decision makers and small- to medium-sized companies, both public and private.”

Updated Resource Guide

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Completely Updated – July 2012, Sabrina Pacifici,
Hats off to Sabrina Pacifici for annually updating this terrific resource guide to search tools on the web. The collection is aimed at business research and competitive intelligence, but serves well for general research. Topics include in addition to web search engines, news, countries, media, people search, US legislation, tracking tools and aggregators