Advertising, Media & Social Media
Internet Advertising Bureau
The IAB offers research on interactive advertising and advocates for all things digital marketing, including developing technical standards in affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab. Founded in 1996, IAB is headquartered in New York City.
Nielsen Media Reports
Free, downloadable, and comprehensive reports about the state of media.
Local advertising data, SMB spending trends, political advertising outlook and more.
SRDS Media Planning Platform is the industry standard for search for media opportunities. But it doesn't come cheap.
Gallup: media use and evaluation
Mondo Times: The Worldwide News Media Guide
Look up newspapers, radio stations and more to create your own media lists for a relatively reasonable fee.
What people watch and what they buy.
The blog of the well-known media measurement company shares information on how people use media.
Blog Search Engine
Blogs may be used for research or for promotional purposes. They can be a wealth of information, but finding them can sometimes be a challenge.
Around for a long time, you can search for blogs by categories of all types.
Social Media Usage
Global Web Index 2014
Social networking behaviors and engagement across 30+ global markets.
PEW Internet: Internet, Science and Tech
Publications, key indicators, data sets and more on Internet usage, social media, privacy and security...
Online Personals Watch
All about the online dating scene.
Look under topics for customer engagement for insights about consumer behavior. You could also use the general search box to find related information.
Learn more about the Internet
Keywords & Blogs
Conversations & Buzz
Track how often your information is shared.
Automates tracking and research. Seems like you need to call to get pricing, which makes me think it's expensive.
Track your RSS feeds.
"See what people are talking about" with this social media search engine.
One of the coolest freebies I've found so far. They find specific mentions, but also try to make sense of the data by providing analytics.
A comprehensive monitoring tool, starting at a low price for one word. To make it truly valuable, you could end up spending a lot more.
The data offered by these Twitter tools is open to interpretation and may have little relation to the impact of your marketing efforts.
Monitors Tweets to see who the key influencers are by topic.
See if you're being mentioned on Twitter. Set up email alerts too.
(Down as of 3/5/12) Uses Twitter and Google data to create a handy chart showing counts for words and phrases as they appear on Twitter. Also useful if you’re a marketer and want to share with your clients.
Measures influence of Twitterers and their followers, combined “with a few social network statistics thrown in as bonus.” Simply type in your twitter account name and password, and voila, get information about velocity, social capital and more.
Simply type in your Twitter user name and you’ll get rank and grade.
Twitter search engine.