Posts tagged with Data

Context is king: especially in marketing metrics

Marketing metrics are so often delivered as raw numbers. They do not help. Gleaning meaning is the art of the analyst and it's not done nearly enough.

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Data strategies: brands need to focus on customer behaviour

Brands are collecting lots of information about their customers, yet many brands are still sending out generic marketing, which fails to make use of this data. 

When devising data strategies, we need to think about what’s important and what will really make a difference, and to use only the data we need...

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Can government agencies become Yelps online?

When you want to know whether the restaurant down the street is worth eating at, there's a decent chance you'll turn to online services like Yelp to see what other diners in your area have to say about it.

This is despite the fact that local government agencies, such as those that enforce health rules, probably have data that's more interesting to you than John Doe's angry rant about a rude waiter.

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20+ stats you might not know about user search behaviour

One of the major trends explored in Econsultany’s new SEO Agencies Buyer’s Guide is that user search behaviour is changing.

In this industry, there’s no shortage of information around how and why marketers are using SEO, but to me, there seems to be a distinct lack of research which looks from the other side of the fence at how we use search as internet users.

Best practice is extremely important, but so is understanding how people are actually using search engines.

So I jumped at the chance to check out some recent research out by Performics and ROI Research, where they had surveyed people’s motivations and behaviour when using search engines. The data is US-based, but in my opinion reflect trends that are globally applicable.

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Facebook's new registration tool: the good, the bad, and the ugly

In Facebook's non-stop push to dominate the world by making its service the social fabric of the web, it has courted developers and publishers with a platform and suite of tools.

Most of these tools give developers and publishers the ability to tap into Facebook's vast audience and its social graph, which is attractive for obvious reasons. In return, Facebook's footprint on the web grows as users are exposed to its functionality almost everywhere they go.

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Five lessons from the Gawker, McDonald's data breaches

What does online gossip rag Gawker have in common with fast food restaurant chain McDonald's? In the past several days, both have fallen victim to hackers who gained access to user databases.

The Gawker hack, in particular, has garnered a lot of attention because the hackers seem most interested in humiliating the popular blog. They have released the emails and passwords of more than 1m of Gakwer's registered users.

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Five rules for the data-driven business

What is the most valuable asset a business has? There are a number of potential answers, but for most businesses today, one of them is 'data'.

Thank technology for that. Most businesses, no matter what industry they're in passively collect data that can be analyzed to provide deep insight. From point of sale systems to computerized record keeping software to web analytics solutions, businesses have a wide range of tools that collect data on a 24/7 basis.

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Want your own Twitter firehose? You can now buy it...for a price

What would you do if you had access to Twitter's firehose?

Major companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have struck data deals with Twitter, but outside of limited and black market channels, a Twitter firehose hasn't been available to mere mortals. Until now.

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Companies aren't making the most of multichannel marketing data

In the run up to the JUMP Conference on 13 October, we decided to commission some research to get some insight into how modern marketers are embracing multichannel marketing.

The research reveals that whilst the majority are using at least three marketing channels (98%), many are not maximising the potential value of this multichannel approach with over half still storing the data gathered from each channel separately. 

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Why data is important three times over in our multichannel world: a #JUMPchallenge post

This guest post by Luke Richards is part of the #JUMPchallenge, a blogging competition designed to raise awareness of how to join up online and offline marketing, launched to support Econsultancy’s JUMP event.

This was published on the gotripod blog, and looks at how data is especially valuable in a multichannel world... 

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Will Apple's stingy data sharing hurt iPad ad sales?

Can Apple have its high prices and hold on to marketing data too? The success of the iPad — and its ability to get users to pay for newspaper and magazine subscriptions — has kept publishers beholden to the terms Apple sets for iPad apps. But advertisers want more data from their digital ads than they are getting, according to AdAge.

And unlike publishers, advertisers have a little more freedom on where they spend their money.

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Half of site searches are unsuccessful: report

Users have just a 50-50 chance of finding what they want from a website's site search function, which suggests that there is much room for improvement. 

Econsultancy's Site Search Report, published in association with Funnelback, also finds that the majority (57%) of firms are planning to increase their investment in this area as they appreciate the value and benefits of effective site search. 

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