Top 50 Research, Information & Strategy Web Sites Worth Checking Out

Sometimes we need to be reminded that there are many ways to reduce and limit expensive Research costs by using the wide range of available online resources that offer information, research and tools at no cost.  We have compiled a list of the top web sites that are worth checking out.

Ad Flip – Large archive of classic print ads from the past showcases best of the best ads for inspiration.

Ad Forum – Information provider focused on the global advertising industry.  The site is frequently used by advertisers when they are in the process of selecting a new agency or for other agency research needs. They have a creative library for to help you with any creative research and monitoring needs.

Ad Week – Part of the Nielsen Company, AdWeek Magazine online offers inside stories on creativity, client/agency relationships, successful global advertising strategies and much more.

Advertising Age  -  We all are familiar with Advertising Age. offers the latest news and information in the Advertising Industry.

All About Branding  – is exactly as it sounds.  The site is dedicated towards analyzing and examining all issues related to branding to assist you in any initiatives.

– American Law Sources Online provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada. - Web site allows you to view thousands of online annual reports or 10-K Reports.

Association of Coupon Professionals  – The Association of Coupon Professionals publishes a list of guidelines to assist you in implementing better coupon programs.  You can download  a free copy on their web site.  

BitLaw – BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology and intellectual property law. In this site, you will find complete copies of the United States Patent, Copyright, and Trademark statutes, as well as the relevant regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations.

BizMove (Business Resources) – is a comprehensive Resource of Small Business Information and offers dozens of guides, tools and techniques.

BizStats – Resource for Industry Statistics and Financial Ratios.

– Part of the Nielsen Company, BrandWeek Magazine online offers the latest breaking marketing industry news and analysis.

BrandChannel – Online exchange about branding; Share and read brand and marketing related articles, papers and case studies.

Business Plan Resources – The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Business offers Business and Feasibility Plan resources and Market & Industry Research Guidelines.

Census Bureau (Economic Surveys) – Census Bureau’s Economic Surveys offers an overview of economical statistical programs and provides statistics about U.S. Businesses and governments. – News, Advise and Information for the Interactive Marketer.

Direct Marketing News  – DMNews provides comprehensive coverage of direct, database and online marketing and advertising.

ERsys Demographics – Ersys covers over 2600 US cities with detailed information on demographics, environmental factors, economic indicators, housing stats, media (newspaper, television, and radio), schools, transportation, local contacts, and much more.

EconData – EconData offers socioeconomic data sources, arranged by subject and provider.

eMarketer – eMarketer offers market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.

EntreWorld – Entrepreneur resources offers assistance to all nations in developing the environment to allow entrepreneurs to organize and operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people.  –   Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by specialists working in overseas posts.

Fed Forms – provides individuals and businesses with a common access point to federal agency forms.

FedStats – Statistical data is offered on a variety of subjects by more 100 agencies.

Federal Reserve Economic Data – Economic Research and Data from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis.

Global Edge by Michigan State University – Michigan State University offers a collection of thousands of international business resources selected based on content and usability. Also, includes proprietary Market Potential Indicators and the Database of International Business Statistics.

Inc. Guides – guide contains best resources, handpicked by editors, on specific business-management issues.

Internet News – Internet Related News and Resources.

Internet World Stats – Internet World Stats is an International website that features up to date world Internet Usage, Population Statistics and Internet Market Research Data, for over 233 individual countries and world regions.  - is a Knowledge Network for Thought Leaders on Business Strategy, Innovation and Futures.  Get insights and share knowledge through Business social networking.

Marketing Experiments – Marketing Experiments is a research organization that focuses on experimentation of optimizing marketing communications. All test results are made available in published reports at no charge.

Marketing Profs  – Authoritative resource made up of Entrepreneurs, Small-business owners and marketers that share their insights through articles, newsletters, conferences, seminars, forums and much more. 

Marketing Sherpa – MarketingSherpa specializes in researching what works in all aspects of marketing.  The site offers practical cases studies, interviews, surveys and much more to help you with your marketing initiatives.

NVCA – National Venture Capital Association is a source for advocacy, networking, professional development and reliable and timely information for the Venture Capital Industry.

NVST – NVST offers research reports, market intelligence, deal flow, intermediary services and other helpful resources to the professional investor, advisor and entrepreneur.

Nation Master – is one of the best web sites for finding statistics on countries around the world.  The site is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN and OECD.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends -  The Pew Research Center”s Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.

Population Reference Bureau – Population Reference Bureau offers datafinder, a database with hundreds of variables for the U.S. and the World.

Portals to the World - Links to electronic resources from around the world.

Quick MBA - QuickMBA is an online knowledge resource for Business Administration. Topics are presented as frameworks and summaries in various subjects of business administration.

Score – Score is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide and is a premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

Social Science Research – Web Site offers research resources for the social sciences.  Find resource links to Geography, Economics, Demography, Psychology, News/Journalism, and more.

Stat-USA  – STAT-USA/Internet, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a single point of access to authoritative business, trade, and economic information from across the Federal Government.

State Resource Center – State Resource Center by LexisOne is online community and research resource for finding information on legal, state and local governments. – Strategic Advantage provides self-assessment tools that offer expert advice on improving your company”s strategic position.

US Government FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of the U.S. Government on official information and services. – is a resource guide to business valuation resources, industry and company information, economic data, and more.

Venture Capital Journal – Venture Capital Journal is a source of US and international intelligence for the venture capital community.

Yahoo Industry Center –  Yahoo Industry Center provides performance information for over 210 industries.

Do you have a favorite web site that you use for finding research and information? Please comment below.

About Ankush Agarwal

Ankush Agarwal is a Senior Search Marketing Analyst for MarketNet, Inc. a Dallas-based Interactive Marketing, Web Design & Development Company. He has experience working with clients in a wide range of Industries that include: Travel, Pharmaceutical, Luxury Retail, Food, Trucking, Legal, Real Estate, Health Care, Senior Living and many others. In addition to his expertise in Search Marketing, he has other areas of expertise that include: Strategic Development, Paid Search Marketing & Management, Email Marketing, Social Media and Affiliate Programs. Ankush holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA degree in Global Business from the University of Dallas in Irving and has been in the Interactive Marketing field since 1997. View all posts by Ankush Agarwal
  • Jim Sarton

    wow. great list! thanks for providing us with this list.

  • Jim Sarton

    wow. great list! thanks for providing us with this list.

  • Mary K

    I trust Pew like no other. They’ve been providing valuable statistics and polls for as long as I can remember.

  • Mary K

    I trust Pew like no other. They’ve been providing valuable statistics and polls for as long as I can remember.

  • Jim Lutz

    DUDE. I’m SO SICK of Ad Week. Not one more article from them in my lifetime, please!

  • Jim Lutz

    DUDE. I’m SO SICK of Ad Week. Not one more article from them in my lifetime, please!

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  • indepthresearch1

    Great article. Thanks for such nice information…..

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