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Is That Data You’re Buying Any Good?

3 big problems with common, overused data resources

The sale of data is big business. Data is of course used by businesses to target consumers who are likely to be interested in their products. Media companies use this same information to sell advertising packages for everything from TV and radio spots to direct mail services and digital ads on websites. And many organizations use data to inform market research that drives strategic decisions.

Unfortunately, there are three big problems with much of the stuff that is being sold and used: data that is too vague, massive overuse of the same third-party data, and flat-out incorrect information.

Problem #1 – Data that is too broad

The data that is being sold by most companies tends to be very broad and much of its use is based on predictive analysis rather than solid information. For instance, the predictive analysis projects that 10 million people might be looking to buy a new car, based on third-party data that shows these individuals are about to pay off their car loan. However, statistics might indicate that only about 1 million of those people will be actively looking to purchase a new car.

Marketers who rely on traditional data and predictive analytics are forced to market to all 10 million – wasting nine out of every 10 ad dollars on people who will never turn into customers. The numbers get even worse, of course, when factoring in the different response rates for different marketing vehicles.

And certain marketing firms looking to sell a business a direct mail campaign or an online ad buy, for examples, aren’t always interested in having a client reaching an exactly relevant audience. It’s in their best interest for the marketing vehicle to work, of course – but it’s also in some of their interest to upsell campaigns to 10 or 20 or 30 million potential targets, necessitating more impressions or pieces of mail.

Problem #2 – Massive overuse of third-party data

Another common problem is third-party data overuse. Basically, everyone is using the same playbook. Or the same databases, in this case.

If football teams followed this strategy, games would be a lot less competitive. The problem with overuse is that most platforms sell much of the same info to everyone, and the information they do sell is not very narrowly targeted. This doesn’t provide much of a competitive edge, in addition to the inefficiencies involved.

Problem #3 – Incorrect data

If you buy data from a company, you probably assume the information is correct. In many cases, this assumption is wrong. There are often mistakes in lists. The data could identify a consumer as a 35-year-old male when that person is actually a 35-year-old female. An individual could have moved from a previous address four years ago, but if the data is not sufficiently cross-referenced with other sources to verify it is current, more marketing dollars are wasted.

It’s crucial to authenticate data, and not all platforms have the capacity to do this effectively – either because they don’t have the right algorithms or they don’t have access to a wide enough range of sources.

How BDEX solves these problems

BDEX collects data in real time based on known behaviors of consumers. For instance, our data tracks when someone has searched online for a car or any other product or service, such as appliances, flights, and even diapers.

We also use the technology called “geofencing” that allows you to see the physical locations people have visited, whether that’s a car dealership, an IT services provider, or an appliance store. This gives you better quality data that includes your true target audience – only the individuals who are actively looking to buy your product, rather than the 10 million or so who are just maybe, possibly, likely to buy.

We also double, triple, and quadruple check information from multiple sources, to authenticate our data and ensure that it is current and correct.

Read more about how BDEX gathers its data.

BDEX features the first-ever Data Exchange Platform (DXP). The BDEX DXP and DAAS platforms enable companies to acquire impartial, quality-scored, third-party data reaching the right people at the right time like never before. We offer cross-device matching, auto dealership services, DAAS, real-time targeting, and custom segment building that is ideal for any industry, including auto dealers, retailers, brands, agencies, out-of-home, and franchises. Contact us today to get your customized marketing data.

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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3 Data Factors to Consider When Reaching Consumers

The importance of data to a business’s success isn’t a recent discovery. For decades, the fate of American television shows rested solely in the hands of The Nielsen Company, which still monitors citizens’ viewing habits via customer surveys and meter readings today. However, thanks to an incredible influx of information from a variety of sources, including cell phones, computers, and even sensor-equipped trains, brands have more access to analytics than ever before. Harvard Professor Gary King even referred to this stream of statistics as a “big data revolution” (Harvard Magazine). While the amount of information is impressive, King doesn’t believe the quantity is the “revolutionary” part.

“The big data revolution is that now we can do something with the data.”

But for many companies, knowing how to properly use acquired information is a major problem. When brands consider the following factors of big data, they are better equipped to reach consumers:

Timeliness of the Data

“In the rush to avoid being left behind, I also see that many companies risk becoming data rich but insight poor, says data expert and author Bernard Marr (Forbes). “They accumulate vast stores of data they have no idea what to do with, and no hope of learning anything useful from.”

One major issue with businesses storing data but not taking action is that the information goes bad quickly. Companies will keep the information hoping it will be of some use though it’s “no longer relevant, inaccurate or outdated,” says Marr. In other words, “time is of the essence.” BDEX is different from other data providers in that brands can access real-time analytics the moment consumers browse and shop online. By knowing what consumers want at a given time, businesses are better able to meet consumers’ needs.

Source of the Data

There is a common misconception that first-party data is superior to third-party data. While first-party data is owned by the company that obtained it, the data does not change as it’s transferred from party to party. That’s why data expert Kevin Tan believes companies should focus “on the quality and transparency of the data, not the party label.”

“Advertisers that choose to work with high-quality data providers can obtain third-party data that is timely and clear. Used together with first-party data, top quality third-party data enables brands to build a fuller picture of target audiences,” says Tan. (Exchange Wire)

In order to determine the quality of the information they receive, brands should also know where their data providers get their statistics. Some sources, like the US Census Bureau, may contain a broad range of data, while others, like market research surveys, may provide more specific information. By making use of data from a variety of sources, brands have the ability to assess their target audience and create better marketing campaigns.

Accuracy of the Data

You may be wondering, “How do I know what data is usable?” After all, the sheer number of data resources suggests that some of the data will either 1) not pertain to every business or 2) be incorrect. And while it does not serve your business to cater to every online consumer, know that the specificity of the information big data, especially third-party data, can provide is unparalleled. Information is collected by a variety of tools ranging from desktop cookies and e-tags to smart phone IDs.

“All this allows firms to glean what sites users have visited, what they have shopped for, what postcode they live in and so on. From this the firms can infer other personal details, such as their income, the size of their home and whether it is rented or owned.” (The Economist)

While the amount of data can be overwhelming, utilizing big data will not only help you reach your consumers but anticipate what they want next.

BDEX is the first ever Data Exchange Platform (DXP) offering real-time data in a marketplace environment.  All seller and consumer information is impartially scored to ensure that data is and high-quality and accurate. To learn more about BDEX’s unique services, or to become a BDEX buyer or seller, click here.

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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When Real-Time Data is Actual Real-Time Data

Many data platforms claim they can provide their customers with real-time insights, but their definition of “real-time” is often debatable. True, real-time data is not only obtained in real time but offers brands, retailers, and agencies up-to-the-second information on their customers’ behavior. After all, if you acquire information about an online shopper one minute but the information is 30 days old, the data’s value is greatly diminished. But if that same online shopper searches for sandals on one website one minute, and the marketer learns that information a minute later, the data is priceless. “Organizations can reap a lot of benefits by accessing real-time analytics purely because of their close relevance to market realities” (Techopedia).

Mobile Data

Real-time data can be learned a variety of ways, perhaps most obviously, through mobile IDs. Every Apple device has a UDID, or Unique Device Identifier. “Originally, the UDID was intended as a sort of serial number for Apple devices. But, as the industry began to explode, app developers turned to the UDID to help track and target mobile users.” Apple later denied app developers access to users’ UDIDs and created a data set called IDFA, or Identifier for Advertisers. Unlike the UDID, the IDFA is not easily linked to devices or users. In fact, users can even opt of advertising tracking altogether if they wish.

Despite mobile advertising regulations, mobile ID tracking provides valuable data for marketers, especially when tracking real-time behavior. With over 100 million mobile device IDs tied to AAIDs and IDFAs, the BDEX DXP has some of the most comprehensive and diverse mobile data on the market.

Cross-Device Matching

Ninety percent of today’s consumers bounce back and forth between devices when making purchases. When you consider that 65% of the revenue generated online comes from purchases that are made across multiple channels, you have little choice but to target users with ads regardless of the device they’re using to access these channels” (Shopify). To target the same consumers across multiple channels, however, marketers must link those consumer’s various IDs. Not surprisingly, connecting the ID “dots” is easier said than done.

There are over 80 million email-to-mobile ID and email-to-cookie ID matches available in the BDEX marketplace. Thanks to a plethora of data provided by more than 75 sources and custom BDEX identifier tags, marketers can link their consumers’ information across multiple sites and platforms and use that data to advertise via mobile, email, display, or any other channel.

Moving Beyond Interest and Intent

While interest and intent data is certainly valuable, when you add a real-time element to the equation, the information learned is not only a predictor of what a consumer may buy but an indicator of what he/she will buy. With millions of new data points received daily across thousands of categories, the BDEX Data Exchange Platform offers the most comprehensive and time-relevant data on the market. For more information about our platform, visit our website. Want to get in touch? Email info@bdex.com.

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Get the Data You Need at One Price

When choosing a data service, businesses may consider factors including the amount and variety of data a provider offers. But the most important question always comes down to money: How much will this cost?

One Data Solution, One Price

DMPs are notorious for their steep monthly service fees, and while there are hundreds of online advertising platforms, most of them handle pricing based on a CPM, or cost per thousand, basis. And as we mentioned in one of our latest posts, it can be difficult to determine if the right consumers are noticing your ads.

With BDEX’s DaaS solution, businesses can access BDEX’s marketplace and obtain data services for a fixed, low monthly cost. No longer wonder if your impressions will turn into conversions—know your target customer.

Shop Our Marketplace

Whether your company needs email, mobile, or cookie-based data, BDEX has the tools to target consumers across all channels. And with over 780 billion data points and 5,500 categories, businesses of all kinds can find relevant data in our DXP.

Go Ahead, Hit Refresh

BDEX has an abundance of traditional audience and real-time data available. And unlike most online marketing services, BDEX separates the cost of the data from the ad. In other words, if your company buys data from us, it’s yours to keep. Use it once or multiple times without paying every time you publish a new campaign.

BDEX is helping businesses of all sizes, including franchises and dealerships, target and serve their customers. We offer a variety of services, from shopping cart retargeting to geofencing, to DaaS solutions. Learn more on our website or email us at info@bdex.com.

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