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Reference USA Video Tutorials
View the videos linked below to learn about the Chester County Library System's premier business research database ReferenceUSA and how to use its modules. Each video is given a heading indicating what the video demonstrates and why you would view it.

Recommended to view: before you get started, view this video to learn what ReferenceUSA is and how to use it.
 
Introduction to ReferenceUSA
This video includes:
  • The type of database ReferenceUSA is
  • Description and content of each module
  • Data sources and quality
  • Introduction of U.S. Businesses’ Quick and Custom search tabs
  • Demonstration of each search tab
Recommended to view: if you’re a business or person serving businesses (B2B) and are in need of a list of businesses for various needs (competition, client base, vendors, suppliers, etc.).

Build and Download a List of Businesses

This video includes:
  • Customer Search tab in U.S. Businesses
  • Overview of criteria
  • Producing a list of businesses
  • What the U.S. Consumer/Lifestyle module is
  • How to build a targeted marketing list of consumers based on purchase behavior
  • How to download targeted marketing list into Excel
  • How to do a market analysis of a population and analyze results
Recommended to view: if you’re a business or person serving consumers (B2B) and are in need of residential demographics, targeted marketing lists, and/or a market analysis of a population.

Consumer Lifestyle Module
This video includes:
  • What the U.S. Consumer/Lifestyle module is
  • How to build a targeted marketing list of consumers based on purchase behavior
  • How to download targeted marketing list into Excel
  • How to do a market analysis of a population and analyze results