Here is a list of over 200 web sites to help you research your clients, prospects and-competitors while helping you keep up with important industry trends. This page is updated regularly, so please check back often for new links, or bookmark it for quick reference.


Advertising and Press Release Research Resources

Advertising Resources – Print Advertising, Broadcast Advertising, Online Advertising, Personal Advertising and Marketing, Other Advertising and Marketing Resources.


17 Simple Habits That Make You Look More Professional.
How to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Midnight to 5 am is best. Southern Skies.

A List of What Top Executives are Reading

Associated Press
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Chicago Tribune
CNN Interactive
The Huffington Post
Internet News
IT World
Marketing VOX
PC World
Washington Post

Area Code Look-ups

All Area Codes – North American Area Code Directory.

How to Call Abroad – Provides comprehensive & up to date information on how to dial internationally from the USA, Canada or from any other country.

Auctions and Purchasing Related

Amazon – Seeking to be Earth-s most customer-centric company for four primary customer sets: consumers, sellers, enterprises, and content creators.

eBay – eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. – An online discount retailer selling a broad range of products including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, jewelry, travel, cars, and insurance.

Purchasing Network – Resources for professionals in the purchasing industry – Information on purchasing management, transportation services, e-commerce, on-line buying and materials.

uBid – The go-to online marketplace for new, overstock, closeout and re-certified products in more than 25 categories.

Big Data

Big Data, Analytics and Healthcare: IBM Opens a New Frontier

Books on Tape and Online

BooksOnTape – Creates audio tapes of entire books, from cover to appendix every single word. Over 4500 choices. Buy or rent. Great way to handle a commute.

Books Online – One more reason not to make that drive to the library -The On-Line Books Page provides an index to more than 7,000 books that can be FREELY read on the Web.

Business Building Tools

Action Plan Marketing – Authentic Marketing that Attracts More of Your Ideal Clients. How you can market your professional services with integrity and without hype.

Business Plan Software Review – Top 10 Reviews of Business Plan Software.

Electronic Fax Service – Electronic Fax Service.

PayPal – PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online, via mobile devices and in store.

Selling Power Magazine in the Cloud – You can read Selling Power Magazine anytime, from any device – mobile phone, tablet or PC. [Disclaimer: I am associated with SPITC and receive remuneration.]

Buyer Personas

How Buyer Personas Shape Your Content Marketing.


Help Feed the Hungry with a FREE CLICK

Help Fund Child Health Care with a FREE CLICK.

Help Fund Food for Animals with a FREE CLICK.

Help Fund Free Books for Kids with a FREE CLICK.

Help Fund Mammograms with a FREE CLICK.

Help Fund Endangered Land with a FREE CLICK.

Coaching for Executives

Corporate Coaching International – Business and Career Coaching – Our firm is unique in its approach and scope and our vision is simple: to facilitate significant and enduring change in the lives of those we-re privileged to serve by providing competent, courageous, compassionate, and creative coaching.

Cold Calling

7 Tips for Cold Calling Success.

Perfect Your Cold Calling Skills In 7 Steps.

The Lost Art Of Cold Calling And Why CEOs Should Do It Every Day.

Content Marketing

11 Types of Content You Need For Content Marketing.

25 Must Have Tools In A Social Media And Content Marketer’s Stack.

4 Uplifting Content Marketing Takeaways from Upworthy’s New Strategy.

A Simple (But Often Overlooked) Source of Content Marketing Insight.

Content Marketing Roadmap to the Buyer’s Journey.

From opt out to customer relevance five essential B2B content tactics.

Hate Writing- How to Still Leverage Content Marketing.

How ‘Human’ Content Marketing Connects Brands With Customers.

How To Build A Successful Content Marketing Strategy – Forbes.

How to Make Your Outdated Content Outstanding Again.

How to Use Visual Maps for a Balanced Content Marketing Strategy.

Look at Loyalty: Three Ways to Recycle Content Marketing.

Six psychology principles that can help your content marketing.

The Art and Craft of Content.

The Only 6 Content Marketing Steps You Need This Year.

Top 8 Content Marketing Trends for the Year 2015.

Demand Generation

5 Components of a Successful Demand Generation Strategy.


Fanchimp connects directly to an online store and lets businesses automate Twitter and Facebook selling by enabling them to schedule posts and promotions.


9 Proven Tips For The Best Email Subject Lines.
Help With Email Headlines A Short Guide.

Environment and Utilities Related

Pollution Online
Safety Online
Water Online
Emerging Markets

Executive and Personnel Research

GoogleAlerts – Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Hoovers – A D&B Company – D&B is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses.

LinkedIn – LinkedIn operates the world-s largest professional network on the Internet in over 200 countries and territories.

NetProspex – NetProspex is a leading data company focused on helping B2B marketers improve their program results, reduce costs associated with bad data and realize greater business value from their contact data.

Southern California Directory – Resource for finding useful business information and service such as business, directory, health, shopping, economy, travel, culture, real estate, transport, finance and much more in Southern California.

Yahoo Finance – Resource for Publicly Traded Company and Competitive Research.


Beetailer lets online merchants import their store into Facebook.”
Easy Social Shop enables businesses to create a free, customizable “Facebook shop” to reach customers on Facebook.
Facebook for Business lets you create Facebook pages and purchase Facebook ads plus integrate Facebook into your website or mobile app. You can create buzz, find new customers and drive sales, using one centralized hub plus analytics are included to provide insights & measure performance.
Heyo simplifies the process of designing Facebook page campaigns with a drag-and-drop campaign builder that anyone can use.
Soldsie is a Facebook app turning the social network’s comments section into an e-commerce powerhouse.

7 Tactics for Writing the Best Facebook Posts Every Time.

Financial Services Related

Property and

The Kaplan Group – The Kaplan Group – Commercial Collection Agency providing debt collection services. No cost unless we collect! Experts with 35 years of superior collection results.


Government Contracting

All of the Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available.

Database of Governments on the Web

Database of Governments on the WWW
Worldwide Governments on the WWW
European Governments on the WWW
African Governments on the WWW
American Governments on the WWW
Asian Governments on the WWW
Oceania Governments on the WWW


Free Patent Searching Site
US Patents
US Applications
US Design Patents

The U.S. Census Bureau

Census Results from the USA
Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers’ Shipments
Inventories and Orders
Construction Spending
Housing Vacancies and Homeownership
Manufacturers’ Shipments
Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories
New Residential Sales
Quarterly Financial Report (QFR)
Manufacturing, Mining, Trade, and Selected Service Industries

Quarterly Financial Report – Retail Trade
Quarterly Services Survey
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR) – All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements (Such as Annual Reports), periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free.

The U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office – Provides expert and impartial leadership and advice on copyright law and policy to Congress, federal agencies, the courts, and the general public.


Hashtag search engine.

inSelly, for Instagram marketplace, aggregates Instagram listings (using hashtags) and makes them searchable to anyone around the world.

Healthcare Related
Home Health
Long Term Care
Medical Design Online

High Technology Related

IDG Connect
IDG Knowledge Hub
IDG TechNetwork
IDG Ventures
Network World
PC World
Technology Briefcase
The Leading Encyclopedia Provider – Definitions and Explanations of Computer and Internet terminology.

Industrial Related

CR4 – The Engineer-s Place for News and Discussion.
EC Online


Infographics: Are They Still Effective-


Hashbag is another Instagram selling tool that provides a centralized place to showcase Instagram listings.

International Trade

Information about International Trade
Business Directories and Trade Information
Business Management
Business Publications
Export Credit and Trade Insurance” target=”_blank”
Cultural Issues
Direct Investment
Glossaries of World Trade Terms
Governments & Multi-National Organizations
Government Procurement
Import & Export Consulting & Resources
International Finance
International Franchising
International Market Research
International Trade Associations including Chambers of Commerce
International Trade Blogs
Podcasts and Forums
International Transportation & Logistics
Language & Translations
Legal Resources for International Business
Multi-National Trading Areas
Other International Trade Portals
Product Licensing
Software for International Trade Business Operations
Standards Codes and Miscellaneous
Starting in Importing and Exporting
Supplier Evaluation
Trade and Economic Statistics
Trade Issues
Trade Compliance and Security
Trade Shows and Events


5 Tips For Using LinkedIn For Your Business | Online Sales Guide Tips.

7 Tips to Clean Up Your LinkedIn Profile.

8 Ways to grow your LinkedIn network.

Engaging on LinkedIn: Five Strategies for Sales and Marketing Leaders.

LinkedIn Tips: 5 Big Mistakes You Must Stop Doing On LinkedIn.

When to Remove a Connection.


12 Marketing Techniques to Increase Your Firm’s Visibility.

6 common traits of successful marketers.

How Emotion Drives Customer Action in Startup Marketing.

Inbound Marketing: Sales & Marketing Alignment Is Critical To Success.

Marketing to the Millennial Generation. 4Hoteliers.


How To Be On Win Win #Negotiation: Great Tips.

Office Related

Hello Direct, Inc. – Hello Direct has been the leading developer and direct marketer of desktop telephony products since 1987.

Office Depot – Office Depot, Inc. is a global supplier of office products and services.

Staples – Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions.


Ink Turns Textiles into Stretchable Electronics

Mexican Energy Industry Opening Drives Infrastructure Investment

NASA Funds Solid State Battery Research


Pinterest for Business, which lets businesses create Pinterest accounts as a brand plus you can add the Pin It button wherever your items appear on the Web.

11 Pinterest Marketing Growth Hacks For Every Business.”

Postal Rates

USA Postal Calculator – Postage Price Calculator Domestic and International Retail Prices.


Presentation Skills Tip – Signposting.

Public Sector Related

Schools Buyers Online

Sales and Selling

Free Report: 42 Sales Tips You Can Use Right Now When Selling to Big Companies.
Accelerate Your Sales Results Live Call Sales Acceleration Training(tm).
Sales Productivity Advice from 6 Experts.
Why Salespeople Need To Master Inbound Marketing.

Science Related

Bio-Research Online
Drug Discovery Online

Services Related



How to Get Started with Lead Generation on SlideShare

Social Analytics, Social Conversation and Social_Listening

Social Listening
Social Analytics
Social Conversation

A Guide to Social Listening for Better Marketing Content.

Social Media and Social Marketing

12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy.
44 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros
How Social Media Can Be Your Best Source For Leads.

Social Marketing
Yodle provides Social media automation by allowing clients to establish business profile pages on Facebook as well as automatically update those pages.

Social Selling

3 Real World Strategies Companies Are Using to Make Social Selling Stick.

4 Key Trends in Social Business as of Right Now.

6 Tips & Tactics for Social Selling

8 Big Social Media Marketing Mistakes Businesses Make (and How to Avoid Them).

Fifteen tips to get the most out of #LinkedIn, #Facebook and #Twitter.

From likes to leads: The new metrics for B2B social selling.

In Social Selling, It’s NOT About LinkedIn vs. Twitter.

Taking A Programmatic Approach To Social Selling.

What’s Your Social Selling Index-


How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling.

Transportation and Logistics

Logistics Online
All About Freight – Freightgate – new dimensions in e-logistics.

Travel Related

7 Secrets of Road Warriors.

Access Place Transportation
Car Rentals
Alternate Airport Finder
Comparison Of Online Travel Pricing Sites
Currency Converter – Latest currency exchange rates. – More than 80,000 restaurant reviews submitted by net users.
MapQuest – Door to door driving directions and maps in North America.
Frixo— A-road travel reporting website, that provides users with the most up-to-date road traffic information.


10 Twitter Tips From Twitter Experts.
14 tips for getting the most out of Twitter Audience Platform.

Website SEO

Search Engine Reviews – Compare Best Search Engine Marketing Services.


4 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Business Writing Better.
How to Double Your Writing Speed Without Lowering Its Quality.
How To Hire Writers For Content Marketing: Reviewing The Options For Startups.

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