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3 Organizations That Can See the Future with Predictive Analytics

July 26, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Predictive analytics.

The ability to foresee the future would certainly be the ultimate competitive advantage. In reality though, no business has a crystal ball for making critical decisions. That’s why all critical business decisions have always carried a certain amount of risk. This risk has always and will always be part of the competitive game.[read more]

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The Amazing Ways Big Data Is Now Used in HR

July 22, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Employees are a both a business’s greatest asset and its greatest expense. One company offering unique solutions to help others tackle this challenge is Evolv, and in this post I will have a look at what they do, and why it’s an important – but controversial - example of big data analysis driving business growth.[read more]

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3 Ways Big Data Is Changing Financial Institutions Forever

July 15, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

Big data and financial services are natural match – after all, with nothing to manufacture, and no physical product to sell, data is the bedrock the industry is built on. On top of that, most of their business is quantitative – they mainly deal in good old-fashioned numbers – the simplest data to record and analyse.[read more]

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Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

July 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

For a business, the ability to have its production, stock control, distribution and security systems all connected and talking to each other will mean greater efficiency and less waste. Every area of industry is learning to reap the benefits of big data analysis, and it looks certain that finding innovative methods of gathering, recording and analyzing data is going to play a big part of business in the foreseeable future.[read more]

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How Big Data Will Change Marketing Forever

June 17, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

Companies have been collecting data on us for decades, but since we all went online - and in particular since we got social online - the amount we give away about ourselves and the number of ways a business can exploit that information, have exploded.[read more]

What Facebook's Audience Insights Really Gets At

May 29, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Facebook’s audience insights.

For the past three years, Facebook has made enormous strides in targeting specific groups of users across the Facebook ecosystem. Marketers from all industries have taken advantage of these new offerings so much so that other social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest) often tout the richness of targeting available on their own platforms.[read more]

Why Text Analytics Is Important in Search

May 28, 2014 by Mekkin Bjarnadottir

Text analytics and search.

Choosing the right keywords for search is the most important component of getting the results you’re looking for. Everyone knows this, but it’s easier said than done. Even with the most well thought out keywords, search results don’t always deliver what you’re expecting.[read more]

Clarabridge Gets Engaged: A Report from the Customer Connections Conference

May 20, 2014 by Seth Grimes

The Customer Connections Conference.

The Clarabridge Customer Connections (C3) conference has gotten to be a thing for me. There can't be more than a handful of people, beyond company co-founder and CEO Sid Banerjee and me, who have attended all six C3s, dating back to the fall of 2008. 2014's Clarabridge C3 conference showcased the customer-experience evolution from measurement to engagement.[read more]

Mobile Advertising, Clustering Algorithms, and Your Ticket for a Free Ride

May 4, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Mobile advertising and clustering algorithms.

Because of some pretty bad-ass data science and Google’s ever-increasing awesomeness, it looks like one day in the not too distant future, we will all be able to get a free (or heavily-discounted) ride. A taxi ride, that is.[read more]

Analytics, Semantics & Sense: Q&A with Marie Wallace, IBM

May 2, 2014 by Seth Grimes
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Marie Wallace, IBM.

IBM analytics strategist Marie Wallace on about natural language processing, sentiment, machine learning, and opportunity. "Having spent the last several years focused on social analytics, its not going to be surprising when I suggest that the biggest piece of missing information isn't the content itself but the meta-data that connects various pieces of content into a cohesive story."[read more]

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The Billboard Problem: Why Intelligent Ads Only Live Online, for Now

April 18, 2014 by Samantha Meckler

Billboard.

For centuries, billboard ads have been an ambiguous but undoubtedly treasured way to convert eyeballs into customers. Data-driven business decisions are becoming the way of the world -- and no longer just in theory, so 'guessing as proof' metrics will continue to be exactly what they always have been -- ambiguous and nostalgic.[read more]

How Text Mining Can Help Your Business Dig For Gold

April 5, 2014 by Seth Redmore

Text mining.

Your customers want to communicate with you. Humans communicate in a wide variety of ways – body language, eye movement, intonation of speech, hand gestures, use of color and clothing. There is no system on earth that can yet capture all of the wide bandwidth of communication that we all use, as we go through our days.[read more]

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Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

April 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can deliver mouthwatering value to companies and society, but the NSA revelations about spying on people as well as allegations that large corporations are snooping on customers has tainted the reputation of big data analytics. A growing number of people are now calling for a new Magna Carta for big data, but would that spell the end of the big data movement or a new beginning?[read more]

Marketing Metrics HR Vendors Will Soon Be Paying a Lot of Attention To

March 28, 2014 by Mark Willaman

Marketing metrics and HR.

In a few weeks HRmarketer will be introducing a business and competitive intelligence suite in our HRmarketer Insight software that will provide this information and a whole lot more. We’re excited because it will begin to remove the subjectivity of “influence” and bring a more accurate, scientific and disciplined approach to your content and social marketing.[read more]

The Gladness and Sadness of March Madness

March 20, 2014 by Dan Grady

An analysis of March Madness.

Using Sentiment Analysis of social media, the public’s emotions around the brackets and teams for this year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament are analyzed to try to determine the most confident fanbases in order to predict the champion.[read more]