10 Useful Tricks for Researching
Search Engine Watch recently posted a great article called "10 Tricks to Research Anything", which outlined a number of very useful steps for finding information most especially in startups and online marketing.
- Use HighTable, a closed network of seasoned professionals willing to help, network, and mentor each other. This is especially great for specific business questions on the startup scene.
- Think with Google is where Google produces and collates a large collection of publicly accessible research. Their research library, in particular, is a great place to start any digging depending on what you’re looking for.
- Research Librarian. Public libraries frequently have access to a lot of databases and research that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to buy.
- Skillshare or General Assembly classes-- one is online, the other is offline. Both are a new brand of peer-to-peer education companies that focus especially on startups and online marketing.
- EMarketer has a great set of authoritative charts that have repackaged popular research reports into easily digestible chunks.
- Industry reports can be purchased on Shop.org or from Econsultancy.
- Marketing Charts, like EMarketer, pulls the data from existing research into easy-to-read charts.
- SlideShare has a great set of presentations, especially conference presentations.
- Nonprofit associations exist for most industries for the purpose of educating and promoting information about those industries.
- LinkedIn and Quora are great forums for asking questions.