Posts in Data & Analytics

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What are first-, second- and third-party data?

I’m not trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs here. Perish the thought.

But let’s face it: some of you probably just smile and nod when somebody starts going on about the merits of ‘second-party data’. 

Sure, everyone knows what these terms mean in principle, but in this post I’m going to break down three key types of data – first-party, second-party and third-party – and explain what they all mean, where the different data sets come from and the pros and cons of each.

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Why marketers must move from data to insight to action

More data is not necessarily a good thing.

It needs to be actionable, providing marketers with insight. If it's not, then perhaps now is the time to invest in new technology.

Google courts enterprise marketers with launch of Analytics 360 Suite

Google has unveiled Analytics 360 Suite, "a complete measurement platform" targeted at enterprise marketers.

According to Google VP of Analytics, Display and Video Products, Paul Muret, Google Analytics 360 Suite is designed to give marketers "a complete view of the consumer journey and then make sense of it all."

Once they have insight, Google aims to help marketers drive results.

Forget AO.com, does Benefit Cosmetics offer the best ecommerce experience?

In a previous post I asked the question “Is AO.com the best ecommerce experience online?

In my opinion there are four areas in which the brand excels and that are the foundation of a market-leading online experience.

These are:

Why chasing after 100% viewability makes no sense for advertisers

Over the last couple of years, viewability has been a key rallying point for advertisers looking to get more value from their programmatic spend.

The IAB announced a standard of 70% viewability, but some advertisers say anything under 100% is not acceptable.

Nine delightful digital marketing stats from the past week

It was International Women’s Day this week, so you probably think I’m going to take an inspiring quote from a woman and replace part of it with ‘the weekly Econsultancy digital marketing stats round-up’ because that’s basically the only joke I’ve got.

Is Twitter getting too noisy for high-profile users?

Celebrities and athletes often turn to Twitter to interact with their fans, but for one of the National Basketball Association's biggest stars the popular platform became too noisy.

As his following grew into the millions, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors started using Twitter less and less, something his former university roommate, Bryant Barr, noticed.

What does the future hold for Data Management Platforms?

Data Management Platforms (DMPs) are, despite still being on the cutting edge of technology, beginning to move beyond the early adopter stage and are now showing real and serious business benefits.

Oracle/Econsultancy’s report ‘The Role of DMPs in The Era of Data-Driven Advertising’ highlights found that 20% of those surveyed have been using a DMP for four years, however despite this length of time DMPs are ever-evolving and growing ever more sophisticated.

This blog post examines how DMPs have changed and what the future holds for them.

How O2 achieves creativity through data

Some people seem slightly alarmed by the rise of automation in marketing.

Is it the first step towards all of us being replaced by robots that will eventually enslave humankind and force us to oil their joints until the end of time?

While that might have been a lame attempt at a joke, it is actually very relevant to the Creative Programmatic event I attended yesterday, which was all about how this largely automated channel needn’t spell the end of human creativity in marketing. 

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Key stats from Facebook's State of Connectivity report

Facebook recently released its second annual State of Connectivity report on global internet access.

The tech giant has long pushed for increased global internet connectivity and this report is designed to increase the sharing of data around this issue.

You can see all the data by downloading the report, but here are a few of the stats that spoke to me.

2016: the year of programmatic creative?

As we know, programmatic technology has created a new industry and, consequently, had a major impact on the entire value chain between advertiser, agency, tech provider and media owner.

No one has been immune to this disruption – where attention has been almost solely focused on the automation of buying and selling, and how data and analytics are utilised.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): what we know & what's coming next

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – an EU-wide overhaul of consumer data laws aimed at strengthening the protection of people’s data privacy – was announced at the tail end of 2015.  

The new laws won’t be finalised until later this year, and won’t take effect for another two years after that.

But in a talk I attended at Data Protection 2016 on Friday, two leading government figures did their best to tell the audience what to expect and explain why the reform is happening.