Dave Taylor has been involved with the online world since 1980 and
is recognized globally as an expert on both technical and business
issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related
startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
He's a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and
Linux Journal and frequently appears
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Additionally, Dave maintains four weblogs:
The Business Blog at Intuitive.com,
Ask Dave Taylor,
Dave On Film,
Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and
frequent guest on radio and podcast programs, as well as active member of
his community and busy single father to three children.
Are you blogging for market research?
As an avid follower of Profnet through the terrific PR Leads service (see my article The secret to being an expert source in the media to learn what I'm talking about) I constantly see queries from writers and journalists about technology pieces they're writing. Sometimes they're about blogs and blogging, but often it's more general business questions.
Today, however, journalist Paul Gillin, working with BtoB Magazine, sent out a query looking for companies that are using their weblogs for market research, and I'm hoping that getting him some wider exposure through my reposting will help him find some good sources for his upcoming story.
Please read on for details...
"I'm looking for stories of companies that have successfully used blogs to gather research about their customers and markets. I need concrete examples, not punditry. If your company has augmented its research efforts or replaced them by tapping the blogosphere, I want to speak to you for a column in BtoB Magazine. No tech companies, please."
When I emailed Paul and asked him if I could help spread the word a bit more in the blogosphere, his response was amusing:
"Dave: Sure, I'd appreciate that. Not surprisingly, I've had several offers of pundits but practitioners are rare as hen's teeth!"
So, fellow bloggers, let's prove him wrong about those pesky hen's teeth!
If you have a great example of a company using a blog specifically for market research, please contact Paul directly at:
And why not post a brief note about it here while you're at it?
Posted by Dave Taylor at February 15, 2006 11:49 PM
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