Posts tagged with Data

Social search comes of age with Google's '+1' button

It had to happen. The search behemoth has revealed plans to roll out ‘+1’, the Google equivalent of Facebook's ‘Like’ button.

Google’s intentions are clear. It wants to work social signals into its algorithm to a) reduce spam, and b) deliver increasingly personalised results.

The +1 button will appear alongside search results and – in time - on websites. 

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What to do if your ESP gets hacked

A couple of major online brands have had to send communications informing users that their data had been comprised, and in one instance it has been confirmed it was a breach at their email marketing service provider.

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20+ Mind-blowing social media statistics: One year later

It's been more than twelve months since I rounded up some of the more impressive social media stats and pieces of data. But what's happened since then? 

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Too much data, not enough insight

At Digital Cream earlier this month, I took part in some intriguing roundtable discussions on ‘joining up online and offline channels’. 

Of course, the issue of aligning individuals and the data associated with them from different channels, in-store, e-commerce, social media, etc, has been plaguing marketers for some time now.

One of the biggest challenges is making usable sense of the vast swathes of digital data available...

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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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