Biznar and CI

Do It Yourself – Biznar Business Search

Biznar simultaneously searches across a collection of selected business sources including trade literature, blogs, newspapers, business magazines, and market research publications.

Search results appear in a list that you can sort by rank, date, title, or author.  You can also limit the results to specific sources using a drop down menu.

Biznar automatically categorizes the results into “buckets” by topic, author, publication, publisher, and date.  Each category is a hot link, so you can click on it to see the hits contained there.

While no single source can meet all information needs, this one provides a good start for a wide range of business research questions.

A search on “Windows 8”, placed in quotation marks to force the phrase search, illustrates the categorized results next to the ranked results.

Did You Know? – Sometimes You Need a Third Party to Help with Competitive Intelligence

We all like to know what’s up with the competition.  Having a handle on their plans, products, advertising claims, corporate strategy, or any number of other business programs can give your company an edge.

Often business managers want to keep a low profile, minimizing the chance that the target company will notice that their competition is paying attention.  A third party researcher can help facilitate this.

Experienced business researchers provide a measure of anonymity while delivering valuable intelligence for informed decisions.

For more information please contact Shamel Information Services.

Information Databases for Small Businesses

Very small businesses (one or two employees) need information just as much as any large corporation.  Start ups and home-based businesses require market intelligence, the lastest news, and company overviews in order to position their operation to compete and succeed.

Factiva.com offers a world class product at affordable prices.  News and business content comes from more than 35,000 sources in over 200 countries with The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Le Monde among them.  Factiva includes thousands of sources not available on the free Web providing a global view along with the local perspective.   Factiva fills the bill for the wide, landscape view of what’s going on in an industry or company along with the more granular look as reported by local and regional sources.

As I write this Factiva offers a pay-as-you-go option ideal for the one or two person company.

Lots More Options at the Library

For more databases, visit your local library.  Most city and county library systems subscribe to valuable business information sources such as EBSCO’s Business Source CorporateHoover’s Company Records from ProQuest, or Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage for financial information.  Depending upon the library, these sources can often be searched from the home or office.

Tools to Format an Electronic Newsletter

Response to the new Information Update has been gratifying, and your feedback is much appreciated.  One reader asked, how did you do it?  Here at Shamel Information Services we have found that specialized software delivers the look and functionality we need.  We’ll point out two options here – one free and one fee.

MailChimp has really taken off as a free option for creating great looking newsletters and emails.  Deb Hunt over at Information Edge uses MailChimp for InSight Enewsletter.   MailChimp offers good tutorials and customer support for the do-it-yourselfer.

We use Campaign Monitor.  This tool comes at a small price that includes access to enhanced technical support and awesome analytical tools.  This is our second issue of Information Update using Campaign Monitor.  We really like it.

Let Us Hear From You

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about information databases, electronic newsletter tools, or your specific information requirements.

Shamel Information Services or 858-673-4673

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