Reviews (1-5 of 5)
- News filters. It has a very effective news filtering system that is a lot better compared to free search databases like Google.
- It contains private company information that is usually not available elsewhere.
- It is very easy to use and understand.
- There are times when search strategies are not enough to filter well advertised news.
- Duplicate filters are not very effective.
- Factiva has some quality news sources within its database. You know it's a robust, reliable and trustworthy source of content.
- The Boolean logic search engine can seem a little daunting at first, but it is a very powerful tool to help you get the most out of running searches. The syntax and query structure generally follows the same as most 'keyword search' engines, but it has some quirks that you need to be aware of - operators in lower case, or running multi word / phrase searches outside of quote marks.
- The filtering capability is simplistic but highly sophisticated. Filter content by source, region, language, company, industry and subject matter to really help hone results. The amount of back data readily available in the tool is impressive too meaning that running historical searches over large a timeframe is quick and easy.
- Results shown include a highlighted section to indicate where keywords have matched - a nice addition to help you quickly identify the relevant bits of content you need.
- You have the option to further tailor searches, and the ability to save individual searches for quick recall is a nice feature.
- The tool is fast. It can handle complex searches and mine data going back years very very quickly. Most impressive
- While the source list available is strong, there is limited if next to no social media in the tool. OK, it's Factiva, we know it doesn't do social media, but if it ran social media searches in the same way it handled news searches this would be a formidable tool for anyone to use.
- Export functionality is good but a little restrictive. While the tool exports a multitude of formats (headlines only, headlines and full text etc) the number of records you can export in one hit is relatively small if your initial search returns 1,000s of items. This is a shame given how powerful the tool is in running queries and building a deck of results.
- Factiva offers excellent search builders so that I am able to narrow my search to specific companies or topics very easily.
- Factiva combines a large number of credible sources into one place and allows me to search all of these sources.
- Factiva's use of timestamps helps me understand when the news was known by the market which allows me to analyze how (if at all) that particular piece of news impacted the company's stock price.
- Provides an excellent starting place for learning about a company and/or industry.
- While timestamps are available on some news events, it is not available on all. For my purposes, timestamps are crucial and if they're not available on Factiva, we often have to search out the internet to see if this information is available elsewhere.
- Sometimes when narrowing news by the "Company" search function, Factiva can remove news that is still relevant to the company.
- Often times we may work for an international company so it becomes crucial to not only review English articles, but also foreign articles as well. It would be nice to have the ability to automatically translate (even if it is a rough translation) these non-English articles for ease of use.
- Strong overall search capabilities
- Intuitive basis by which to refine a search
- Frequently updated
- Lengthy setup for searches
- Repeated articles appear frequently
- Unannounced interface changes were unpleasant surprises
Factiva Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
Spark strategic decisions with a global news database and powerful research platform.
Every day and in every industry, there is an intensifying demand for the latest news, contextual content, rich data and powerful research tools that deliver insights and inform strategy. Power strategic business decisions with Factiva’s global news database, deep archives and research platform. Factiva’s premium sources—74% of which are not available on the free web—include exclusive access to The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and Reuters, plus licensed publications, influential websites, trade magazines and regional papers from around the world. The vendor promises that, with robust search, filtering, smart indexing and sharing tools, you’ll have the power to cut through complexity to the solution.
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