Why You Should Consider DaaS

You’ve probably heard the term SaaS. SaaS, or Software as a Service, combines the services of a software provider with a self-service approach. For a monthly or yearly subscription fee, customers can utilize software themselves, no hardware required. As the Internet became faster and as virtualization and big data tools developed, SaaS became more available, setting a precedent for other user-friendly tech products and services.

One of the byproducts of SaaS is DaaS, or Data as a Service. “In the last few years many businesses have sprung up offering cloud-based Big Data services to help other companies and organizations solve their data dilemmas,” says Big Data expert and writer Bernard Marr. And with more and more businesses utilizing data, it only makes sense that companies are offering “data on demand.”

But not all DaaS services are created equal. With BDEX’s data services, businesses can get the combined benefits of a data marketplace and data services without the upfront cost. For a fixed monthly fee, retailers, brands, and marketers can receive services like:

  • Email Retargeting

This service gives businesses the ability to automatically email users that have visited their website, even if a visitor leaves and never registers with the site. It is an opportunity to reach an otherwise completely lost website visitor.

  • Access to In-Market and Real-Time Data

Companies receive up-to-the-minute, real-time data about consumers looking for a product or service. This data can enhance current marketing and lead generation efforts.

  • Geofencing

Businesses can better target prospective buyers within a pre-defined geographic area.

  • Direct Mail Targeting

While digital marketing tends to be the primary focus in the use of online data, combining digital with more traditional forms of advertising, like direct mail targeting, is now possible.

With over 5,500 data categories, including finance and retail, the BDEX DXP has data for businesses big and small. Email us at info@bdex.com to learn more.

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New Year, New Data

With the new year comes resolutions, and though vowing to exercise more regularly or cut down on carbs is a worthy personal resolution, it’s important to make professional promises as well. The BDEX teams believes now is the time to take advantage of Big Data.

But it’s not just us. Experts believe 2017 will be a pivotal year for Big Data as well.

“2016 was an exciting year for big data, as finally, Big data is no longer a hype or a buzzword. This means that organisations are actually developing real world solutions and applications with big data analytics that have a big impact on their bottom line,” Mark van Rijmenam of Datafloq tells KDnuggets. As marketers take Big Data more seriously, the doors open for more Big Data projects and Big Data solutions.

The BDEX Data Exchange Platform (DXP) has steadily grown to offer our customers the most comprehensive collection of timely, third-party data on the market. We’re happy to announce that our marketplace is more robust than ever. Look at a few of our updated marketplace statistics below:

 

Shopping Cart Retargeting, or targeting customers who have shown interest in a product on a retailers’ website, is a common data service. The BDEX Shopping Cart Engine, or C2E service, takes this retargeting to the next level by linking retailers with the email addresses of customers who did not even register or purchase on the website. Retailers can connect with potential customers who have shown an interest in their products, whether or not they wanted to purchase merchandise at that particular time.

 

Want to learn more about Big Data or BDEX? Visit our website, bdex.com, or email us at info@bdex.com.

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Consider These 3 Factors When Selling Data

Big Data’s incredible economic and social influences are evidenced in the variety of industries it’s revolutionizing. For example, healthcare providers can better “predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths” (Forbes). Brands can better serve their existing customers while attracting new ones, and retailers can predict what trends will resonate with their shoppers.

However, those new to the data monetization side of the Big Data industry may feel a little overwhelmed since there are thousands of companies ready and willing to utilize their data. Before you take the plunge and decide where and how you should sell your data, consider these important data factors: location, price, and privacy.

Where You Sell Your Data Matters

You’re probably wondering, “Where do I sell my data?” After all, the “personal data economy is fairly new.” While you can sell data to a variety of websites, the process can be time-consuming, as tech blogger Chris Hoffman points out. And if you’re selling a limited amount of information, weighing the amount of time spent selling versus the value of the actual data is important.

But as the data monetization industry grows, more and more options become available. Data marketplaces, or online stores where people can buy and/or sell data, are alternatives to the traditional DMP. Data marketplaces allow a wider range of businesses to take advantage of data monetization. Some marketplaces, like BDEX’s, don’t even require revenue sharing.

The Price Must Be Right

Determining the value of your data is perhaps the most difficult part of monetizing data. If you set the price too high, buyers will choose other providers, but if the price is too low, your chances of creating a decent margin are squashed. In a marketplace environment, data sellers can determine the price of their data based on that of the competition. BDEX even shows their data sellers the optimal price point of their data so they raise or decrease the price when necessary.

Customer Privacy is Essential

Sharing data should be a mutually beneficial experience for all involved, including the consumers. To ensure that your consumers’ information is protected, you should encrypt the data or hire a third party to do it for you. You should also be sure that the website or marketplace that buys your data is doing their part to protect the data as well. Data sellers who take advantage of the BDEX marketplace can rest assured that their customers’ information is anonymized and protected.

BDEX is changing data monetization. Sellers can enable activation and monitor their data, while buyers can access tremendous scale and even integrate the BDEX DXP into their own DSP. When they utilize BDEX’s data monetization services, data sellers have complete control of what data they sell and its individual price point. For more information, email us at info@bdex.com.

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Why You Shouldn’t Limit Retargeting to Lost Customers

According to retailnext.net, at least four trillion dollars’ worth of merchandise was abandoned in online shopping carts in 2014 and over half of that amount is likely recoverable. So how do you turn those losses into gains? By retargeting—but not just any type of retargeting.

Modern consumers know they have the world at their fingertips—literally. They browse online stores, compare prices, read reviews, and more on their desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. In short, consumers hold the power; they can either choose to boost a brand’s sales or purchase a different, and possibly cheaper, option. That’s why retargeting should be an essential step in every marketer’s strategy.

What is Retargeting?

Founder at AdProfs, a digital advertising consultancy in Canada, Ratko Vidakovic describes retargeting as a way “to show ads directly to visitors after they’ve left a site or landing page, providing multiple shots at the conversion.” Once a consumer visits a particular website, a piece of code is added to the landing page. A cookie is then placed in the shopper’s browser and she is added to a specific audience list and targeted with ads customized to meet her needs and interests.

Retargeting is not a new concept, however. Brands, retailers, and agencies have been taking advantage of this marketing tool for years. But why limit retargeting to only your lost customers? By taking advantage of the breadth of information in a data marketplace, like BDEX’s, you can retarget customers who not only visited your website but those who are shopping for your products or services elsewhere.

Why Retarget?


“It’s not uncommon to see amazing CTRs [click-through rates] with retargeting, anywhere from 0.30-0.95% – which is 3-10x higher than the industry average,” according to Vidakovic. In short, retargeting is a proven way to increase conversions and is more effective than regular targeting alone.


By courting consumers who have previously purchased or currently show interest in a product or service, marketers have a much better chance of increasing conversion rates. Retargeting potential consumers who have shopped for the same or similar items on other sites or apps increases the chances of boosting sales even more.


How Can I Retarget Better?


Most DMPs offer retargeting solutions in some form or another, but with an ever-changing marketplace to consider and new technological innovations being introduced constantly, taking advantage of the most advanced retargeting solutions can be difficult. A DXP like BDEX tracks millions of users across every channel, making it easy to target campaigns geared toward particular consumers. For example, if your business sells garden equipment, you can retarget ads to people who have either been to your website or recently bought garden equipment on another website or are in the market for new garden equipment. When you add a real-time element from outside your system to the scenario, you can find the most recent, relevant data possible. You can retarget with even greater specificity, leading to more sales.


Retarget better with BDEX. With over 20 billion new data signals on U.S. consumers every month, the BDEX marketplace is the most comprehensive data source of its kind. Whether you want to target—or retarget—consumers, the BDEX Data Exchange Platform offers in-depth insights perfect for any marketing campaign. To learn more about BDEX’s unique services, click here.

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Using Too Many Data Sources? We Need a Centralized Marketplace

Data sourcing has never been a piece of cake. Brands, retailers, and agencies are always looking for the newest, most relevant data, but since the information first-party data provides is single-sourced, companies need to rely on third-party data for most of their campaigns.


Between managing each provider individually, overseeing numerous contracts, trying to match mobile IDs with email addresses, and weeding through the data, marketers hardly have the time to merge these disparate data sources let alone use the learned analytics effectively. With the advent of true data marketplaces, obtaining quality, real-time data pre-merged to a single unified ID is now as simple as shopping online.


Marketers have been reaping the benefits of third-party data for years, but the process of obtaining that information is easier said than done. While using third-party data allows brands and retailers to better understand their consumers, seemingly boundless intelligence can also be overwhelming. From hiring data scientists to dissect every statistic to creating an infrastructure to save every fact and figure, multisourcing is not only complicated but incredibly expensive.


A common challenge faced by marketers employing third-party data is knowing how to source, organize, and manage that abundance of information.


“The more variables you have, the more complex data gathering and consistent reporting becomes. Endless combinations of inputs and outputs can soon become unwieldy and hard to manage,” according to Greenstone, a leading provider of non-financial reporting software in the UK.


But sorting the information isn’t the only difficulty marketers face. They have to screen vendors, establish guidelines for data retrieval, address contract security and privacy issues, and manage the business relationship. In other words, utilizing a variety of analytics companies makes the data management process more complicated, more expensive, and more time-consuming. Often, after going through the trouble of obtaining the information, marketers find the acquired data to be too similar, stale, and, ultimately, not worth the trouble.


Another issue brands, retailers, and agencies face is linking IDs across multiple sites and platforms. Connecting users is especially important since mobile is “the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for 62 percent of digital media time spent, and apps alone now representing the majority of digital media time at 54 percent,” according to the 2015 US Mobile App Report.


Keith Sayewitz, Chief Marketing Officer at BDEX, believes that having a breadth of data that connects patterns and trends among consumers is essential to creating a successful campaign.


“When you get all of your data from a marketplace like BDEX’s, you’re not only receiving information from companies like Neustar but thousands of mobile devices and clicks in real time,” says Sayewitz. “The ability to link customers’ mobile, cookie, postal and email IDs makes the marketing process even more efficient.”


Marketers can then target customers from a variety of angles, increasing the chance of better results and ultimately a higher ROI. Though the development of linking big data is still a work in progress, the most innovative companies have begun taking advantage of the scale of information available and are acquiring pre-merged data from the marketplace.


BDEX provides brands, retailers, and agencies with extensive, quality data from a variety of sources in a true marketplace environment. With over 20 billion data points tied to mobile IDs and every channel added to the marketplace each month, buyers can understand consumers like never before and create compelling campaigns that return real results.

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Are You Using the Most Advanced Data to Target Consumers?

The way we use data to target audiences is constantly evolving. The first phase in targeting was fairly simple in that we relied on only a few simple demographics, like age and gender, to segment consumers. Then audience groups were formed. More advanced and specific, audience groups were, and still are, based on consumers’ shared interests. The newest chapter in data targeting, utilizing real-time insights, merges information about demographics and audience groups with real-time activity. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Real-time data isn’t just information about your consumers’ spending habits in the last month. True, real-time insights let you know what your target customers are searching for the moment they shop online.


In the mid-20th century, marketers focused on only a few consumer demographics when developing marketing campaigns. While factors like age and gender were more important sixty years ago when people sourced their news and entertainment from the same place, the traditional methods for obtaining consumer data are not as relevant anymore. McKinsey’s John Forsythe demonstrates the problems associated with using only a few, superficial demographics by citing the differences between Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s son and her heir apparent, and Ozzy Osbourne, lead singer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath. While both men are British and the same age, a marketer obviously wouldn’t market to them the same way.


Marketing and brand expert Adam Paulisick also believes that simple demographics don’t provide enough information to properly target consumers.


“Segmenting consumers by age and gender or other demographics is inefficient at best, even for more traditional marketing campaigns because there are no hard and fast rules anymore for what a man or a women will intuitively buy (with few exceptions).”


While we might not know the “hard and fast rules” that drive what a consumer buys, we can know the next best thing: what product they are shopping for the moment they shop. Real-time data takes into account everything we used to know about consumers based on demographics and audience groups and merges it with live activity.


Keith Sayewitz, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Sales at BDEX, a market-driven exchange platform that provides users with real-time data, explains the value of real-time analytics for marketers.


“For years a company depended on simple demographics to identify a certain consumer, like ‘soccer moms.’ Then audience groups were formed, so we discovered those soccer moms were interested in fitness. But now, with real-time data, we learn which of those soccer moms are in the market for a treadmill or are switching to vegan cuisine. This information is incredibly powerful because it allows for truly advanced targeting. We know that this customer is likely to buy a treadmill because she is in the market for one at this exact moment.”


Marketers can then create specific ads for the desired consumer, increase the probability for conversion, and, therefore, create more sales. The insights provided by real-time data are essential to brands, retailers, and agencies who want to stay up-to-date on consumer activities and truly understand their customers’ needs.


BDEX, the first ever Data Exchange Platform (DXP), is currently the only source for true, real-time data. For more information about BDEX’s unique services, click here.

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