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Anna McCollum
Subject:
Marketing
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High School, Community College / Lower Division
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Marketing Data Sources

Marketing Data Sources

Overview

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Outcome: Marketing Data Sources

What you’ll learn to do: Identify major sources of available marketing data

Marketing information and research are powerful tools to improve your understanding of your customers, competitors, and the industry and market in which you work. In today’s information-rich world, many great sources of marketing data are already available. Knowing what they are and how to find them is a great skill for any marketer.

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include the following:

  • Reading: Marketing Data Sources
  • Self Check: Marketing Data Sources

 

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Reading: Marketing Data Sources

Marketing Information: Where the Data Is

Photo of a woman's hands on a laptop keyboard; the word GOOGLE is on the screen.Earlier sections of this module alluded to excellent sources of marketing data, many of which are freely available or carry minimal cost. Others are well-respected commercial sources of marketing data and customer insights. This reading provides an overview of useful go-to data sources that marketers should know about, should the occasion arise to use them. The data sources recommended below are a representative sampling, rather than a complete list.

It is also worth noting that the marketing information landscape is continually changing. Marketers would be well served to continually scan for new developments and information sources that may be beneficial to improve their understanding of customers and ways of serving them.

Publicly Available Data Sources

Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations often publish freely available data that may inform marketers’ understanding of consumers, customers, the geographies, and industry sectors where they operate. Great information sources include the following:

Publicly Available Data Sources
SourceDescription
Data.govA centralized portal for open data available from the U.S. government on a wide variety of topics. Helpful for finding government data that you know exist somewhere, but you aren’t sure which agency maintains it.
FedStatsA U.S. government-maintained Web site that provides access to a wide variety of statistical data published by the federal government. Also helpful for finding data that you know exist somewhere, but you aren’t sure which agency maintains it.
Google Public Data DirectoryA directory of publicly-available data sources from around the world.
Google TrendsA search tool for exploring search volume for any term used in a Google search.
Pew Research CenterPublic opinion and research reports from a non-partisan, American think tank. Freely available research covers social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world
U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisData published by the federal government about economic indicators for the economy as a whole, as well as specific industries and economic sectors.
U.S. Census Bureau DataDemographic and geographic information about the population of the United States.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) General Business Data and StatisticsA collection of data about the U.S. economy, industries, businesses and the general population, developed with business users in mind.
United Nations UNdataA data service of the United Nations that provides centralized access to a wide variety of U.N.-maintained data sets such as demographics, socioeconomic status and development indicators for nations around the world.
World Bank DataEconomic data and economic development indicators for 100+ countries around the world.
World Trade Organization (WTO) DataInformation about international trade and tariffs and the regulatory environment for 100+ WTO member countries.

Syndicated Marketing Research Data

A number of commercial companies provide syndicated marketing research that is well respected and often well used by organizations that subscribe to their services. A sampling of these services is provided below:

Syndicated Marketing Research Data
SourceDescription
AcxiomExtensive consumer datasets containing demographic, purchasing, credit, and other information companies can map to their own customer and prospect data for research, marketing analytics, and marketing campaign execution.
ExperianExtensive consumer datasets containing demographic, purchasing, credit, and other information that companies can map to their own consumer and prospect data for research, marketing analytics, and marketing campaign execution.
IpsosThe Affluent Survey USA is an annual survey tracking media and consumer spending habits of U.S. households in the top 20% income level.
IRIPoint-of-sale data linked to household panel purchasing data, providing detail around sales, pricing, promotion and market share for a variety of consumer products.
Media AuditAudience demographics and media consumption profiles for 100+ media markets in the U.S.
MRI Simmons (formerly GfK MRI and MediaMark)Extensive datasets around multimedia audience research and measurement.
NielsenPoint-of-sale data linked to household panel purchasing data, providing detail around sales, pricing, promotion and market share for a variety of consumer products. Datasets to support popular lifestyle and behavioral segmentation systems such as PRIZM.
Roper Center for Public Opinion ResearchDatabase of public opinion and polling questions exploring many aspects of American life, including contemporary data as well as polling data dating back to the 1930s.
YankelovichMONITOR provides long-running syndicated research about consumer values, attitudes, and trends.

Other Useful Sources for Marketing Data

These additional sources for other types of marketing information are also warrant attention. Whether or not marketers use them, they should be aware of these tools and how they can be useful for a variety of marketing purposes. 

Other Useful Sources for Marketing Data
SourceDescription
Google AnalyticsDetailed analytics, statistics and insights about Web site traffic, usability and sales effectiveness. Free and premium services available.
LexisNexisSearchable source for full-text articles from regional, national and international newspapers, government documents, and many legal, medical and business publications.
StatistaA subscription-based statistics portal, providing searchable access to many original sources of market, industry, and business data.

 

 

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Self Check: Marketing Data Sources

Check Your Understanding

Answer the question(s) below to see how well you understand the topics covered in the previous section. This short quiz does not count toward your grade in the class, and you can retake it an unlimited number of times.

Use this quiz to check your understanding and decide whether to (1) study the previous section further or (2) move on to the next section.

 

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