2018 Year in Review. Data Overload on bdex.com

2018 Year in Review. Data Overload

The proliferation of unstructured data seen this year is poised to accelerate in 2019 and BDEX stands ready with an infrastructure built to power human connectivity.

One of the recurring themes to emerge in 2018 was data overload. The ability of humans to generate data continued to outstrip our ability to understand and act on it. In 2019, there will be the additional challenge of structuring the growing torrent of data from so many disparate sources.

Amid all the excitement about the convergence of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, some still ask if all the data is going to make us any smarter?  Is it really going to make marketing more efficient, more precise, more effective?

At BDEX we are confident it will because we have spent the last five years building a proprietary data infrastructure to power human connectivity. Today, our platform tracks more 800 million connections between email and mobile IDs and cookie and email IDs to make sure we can connect our customers to the right people on the right device at the right time. We have curated more than 5,500 data classifications that enable our analysts to produce targeted customer lists with unprecedented accuracy, granularity, and speed.

We see the value of these investments being validated every day in the marketplace. As 2018 draws to a close, it seems like a good time to review how and why we have built our infrastructure and what marketers can do with it. So here is a curated list of some of the articles we published on our blog last year.

We look forward to publishing new articles next year and will strive to make them as accurate, timely and actionable as our data. Stay tuned.

The BDEX advantage

BDEX is Not a Typical Marketing Data Company

The BDEX Data Difference

The Ins and Outs of Our Data Exchange Platform (DXP)

Why a Subscription Model Makes Sense for Targeted Marketing Data

How BDEX powers human connectivity

Find Your Ideal Customers with Our Taxonomy Explorer Tool

Device-Matching Connects Customers with Devices – and Businesses with Sales

Getting the Channel Mix Right in Target Marketing

Which Vehicles Will Drive the Success of Your Marketing Campaign?

How specific industries use BDEX to connect

Data-Driven Direct Marketing for Auto Dealers

Customer Targeting Made Easier for Media Companies

How Can Retailers Better Target Customers?

Automotive Marketing Case Study: Maher Chevrolet

How BDEX sees the future

AI on Target to Change the Way We Market

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience on bdex.com

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience

Data-driven solutions taking shape on the shop floor will match gender, age, ethnicity, and shopping habits to what’s on offer now

The days of aimlessly wandering the store in search of a deal or a “you” item look to soon be over. Brick and mortar retailers are embracing the latest in data technology to recognize and serve visitors like never before. Device matching, real-time targeting, and even budding facial recognition tech are eroding the notion of searching for a new customer. It’s now possible to know someone who wants to buy the moment they walk in.

How real-time data provides the most actionable marketing possible

Speed of transmission and lack of detail were two old enemies of in-store marketing. They’re becoming obsolete in an era where almost the instant a customer expresses an interest in/buys a product, a retailer can be notified and be able to target that individual with relevant content.

How is this possible? Smart uses of data like device matching and geofencing are two methods which create a purchasing portrait of prospects across every major demographic. Device matching with BDEX allows retailers to market to consumers across multiple devices and channels as the data link a consumer’s search/purchase activity via mobile, email, social media, and other avenues.

Geofencing creates a data map of all the physical retail locations a potential prospect has visited. This is useful because it shows they’re actively and physically searching for an item or service. Internet browsing data is valuable, but geofencing further isolates a consumer who’s actually visited a certain type of business. This is one of the reasons why BDEX data can drive and support in-store marketing so effectively.

We repeatedly test our data to authenticate its accuracy and currency to sidestep the pitfalls of outdated or “too broad” data – and we enable our customers to buy only the data they need. Our tailored approach allows retailers to create a dynamically-informed marketing effort that never sleeps. Actionable prospects can be marketed to in their home, via their mobile device on the go, and even when they visit your location.

The latest in-store marketing is a customer service gold mine

When a prospect has entered a store, data has the potential to really close a sale. Modern digital signage can be updated on a single screen or storewide to display offers relevant to specific viewers. Imagine a scenario where a prospect checks in and you know exactly whom is watching your in-store screen – and precisely what they’d been browsing only an hour before.

Interactive digital displays provide the same tactile satisfaction as customer cell phones or other touchscreen devices. In fact, this in-store marketing sector is set to exceed $20 billion by 2024. Nevertheless, all the digital signs in the world are just flashy eye-catchers without being powered by actionable data.

Who’s marketing in-store and why it’s working

Ralph Lauren has integrated in-store digital into their changing rooms to powerful effect. Embracing this kind of innovation has provided real-time data on customer purchases (or lack thereof) and tripled their sales forecast while increasing customer engagement by 90%. McDonald’s is realizing the potential of onsite touch screens as an alternative to face to face orders. They’re also reviewing cell phone ordering, along with other chains that have successfully implemented the technology.

The supermarket sector (including the Walmart brand) understands how data is vital to staying competitive. They’re using it to engage in-store customers in a personal manner. The retail giant has even registered multiple patents to take their data-driven marketing into the future, an effort that sees them calculating 2.5 petabytes of data … every hour!

Clearly, the potential for data-driven in-store marketing is vast. Customers engaged by relevant, real-time data will interact further with your brand, providing even more data to enrich your understanding of that customer’s needs and build a lasting relationship. Current and future technology will allow stores and customers to connect at every point on the retail journey – from first thought to final checkout.

BDEX is 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. You can call at (917) 410 – 6616 or email us at info@bdex.com

The Ins and Outs of Our Data Exchange Platform (DXP) on bdex.com

The Ins and Outs of Our Data Exchange Platform (DXP)

And how it saves companies time and money while supercharging marketing campaigns

These days, you can’t throw a rock without hitting data (or at least somebody talking about data). And data fusion has become a common buzzword in business, and especially with marketing.

While it’s true that modern data collection and analysis are essential when it comes to targeting prospects, there are a number of things that have to be considered. First of all, the data has to be relevant and actionable in order to be useful. On top of that, it has to be easy to obtain, understand, and utilize. Many data companies fall well short in all of these regards, which is one of the reasons many businesses turn to BDEX.

Out with the old

The traditional way for companies to get data and leverage it in-house is to buy it from several different places and then have data scientists aggregate it. This involves investing in a platform and paying database administrators and analysts to store, manage, and make sense of it. Once the data goes into one of these platforms, companies have to verify and cross-reference it across consumer identities and disparate sources. Not only does this involve a significant amount of work and expense, this inefficient method doesn’t always produce the best results – or leverage the best sources.

In with the new

With our Data Exchange Platform (DXP), we aggregate the best data sources while saving our customers a lot of time and money. The main reason the DXP is so powerful is due to the uniform taxonomy we’ve built.  When data comes into the platform from dozens or even hundreds of different sources, immediately it gets sorted, verified, and otherwise aggregated. Plus, because of our device graph – which is one of the most extensive in the U.S. – we can take data from any source and unify devices at the consumer level. All of this allows users to search all of the sources across more than 5,000 categories with a single query.

Always authentic data

Another unique aspect of the DXP is that we can authenticate the data. In many instances, the same data comes from a variety of different sources, which can result in incomplete or wrong examples of information. For example, one source may say that someone is male, while another says they’re female. But we have the ability to fully authenticate the quality of the data by looking at numerous sources that say the same things – separating them from those that don’t.

Access to millions of consumers and billions of their emails and devices

Our DXP is essentially a one-stop shop for all data needs. We give companies access to 290 million consumer identities and around 1.3 billion email addresses. We also have more than a billion device IDs. This means that even if someone regularly uses more than one device, through cross-device matching, we will know which ones are linked to a specific person.

Get the most out of your 2019 marketing budget

Marketing often takes up a large chunk of company budgets and it’s often inefficient – but actionable, highly-detailed data that targets prospects whom are currently looking to purchase your product or service get the most out of this spend. If you’re putting together your marketing plan for 2019, let BDEX help you find the individuals who are ready to buy. Get in touch with us now to learn about everything we offer.

The Importance of Cybersecurity for Your Company’s Data on bdex.com

The Importance of Cybersecurity for Your Company’s Data

Is your information – including your marketing data – safe from cyber-attacks?

In this digital era where data containing private information is stored in the cloud or on in-house servers, cybercrime has become one of the most pressing issues around the world. Brazen cyberattacks have become big news, from those targeting retail chains and highly-trafficked websites to the data breach at Equifax, one of the main credit rating agencies, which compromised nearly 150 million people.

It is clear that data firms and the organizations that use that data need to be vigilant and take greater steps to protect their information from hackers and cybercriminals.

The cornerstone of cybersecurity is PDR

The key to protecting data is PDR: Prevent, Detect, and Respond. Companies must establish protocols to detect and stop breaches from within and from outside sources. This should include software that can detect anomalies within the system and employee education about cybersecurity.

Using data analytics to protect your data

Data analytics can detect patterns. In the case of BDEX, it’s used to spot real-time consumer activity both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. BDEX data tells you that someone has been searching for a new car, purchased concert tickets, or bought baby food.

A similar technology can also be programmed to search for anomalies in device behavior to detect potential breaches. In other words, the same programs that search for buying patterns can be taught how to spot abnormal or suspicious network behavior. Systems can be programmed to detect threats from someone using an unknown signature. Analytics programs can also collect data from various sources and silos to “learn” how different kinds of attacks occur – so those attacks will be quickly recognized and shut down.

Employee activity monitoring and training

Though no one wants to think that an employee could be the source of a cyber attack, it is a very real possibility. In fact, the Harvard Business Review cited a 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index from IBM, which found that “60% of all attacks were carried out by insiders. Of these attacks, three-quarters involved malicious intent, and one-quarter involved inadvertent actors.”

Data analytics can be used to detect unusual activity on the part of employees, such as downloading large amounts of data or activity that takes place at unusual times. But as critical is training employees basic cybersecurity, such as not exchanging sensitive data over unsecured networks and how to avoid vishing and phishing attacks. Vishing is when hackers try to “human engineer” their way into getting credentials or other information through a phone call, while phishing attempts the same thing using fraudulent emails that spoof reputable senders.

Employees should only accept emails that:

  • Come from someone they know
  • They expected to receive
  • Look normal with no unusual email addresses, spellings, wording or suspicious content or links
  • Pass anti-malware tests

Employees must understand the risks of certain behaviors, such as clicking unknown links, downloading content or software from unknown or unverified sources, and visiting certain websites. Any of these behaviors can lead to computers becoming infected with a virus or malicious software that can corrupt or steal data.

There should also be proper training in document management and data management, as well as training on how to recognize and report computer problems that could be related to a virus, malware, or other threat.

Monitoring outside threats with intrusion detection

Many types of threats come from beyond the perimeter of your company’s network. Companies must have adequate perimeter protections to stop the intrusion, which typically involves a professional-grade firewall. Other security steps include using multi-factor authentication, which requires at least two distinct forms of identity to log in to a system, and the use of data encryption. Encryption is particularly valuable, as even if hackers successfully steal data, they simply can’t read or use it without the encryption key.

Cybersecurity is now crucial – and growing in importance

With cybercrime costing organizations and individuals as much as $600 billion in 2017 alone, security is more important than ever. It is essential that every company take action to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks. From data analytics designed to spot threats to adequate employee training, being vigilant now may safeguard your data – as well as your company’s reputation.

BDEX provides real-time data via over 700 million device ID connections and more than 900 billion data signals available through our proprietary Data Exchange Platform. Call us at 917-410-6616 or send an email to info@bdex.com to start putting this information to work for your next marketing campaign.

Which Vehicles Will Drive the Success of Your Marketing Campaign on bdex.com

Which Vehicles Will Drive the Success of Your Marketing Campaign?

The pros and cons of marketing media

A successful marketing campaign depends on several elements. You need to create a marketing plan, determine your target market, and then decide the best way to reach those potential customers. Data from BDEX will give you great insight into who is most likely to be interested in your product or service. We collect real-time data based on actual customer behavior, from recent online activity, via store POS (point of service) systems, plus geofencing technology, which tracks when people have visited a physical store.

Choosing the right marketing media

Once you have your target market, you must choose marketing media that will give you the best results. Which ones you choose will depend on several factors, including your budget and the “personality” and preferences of your target market. The vehicles you choose to target millennial males will be very different than if you’re targeting women 65 and older. Targeted marketing media can include email, direct mail, social media advertising, mobile advertising, website ads, and telemarketing, among others.

Let’s take a look at various marketing mediums and discuss the best practices for each

Email marketing

Targeted emails deliver your message directly to existing or potential customers. Email campaigns are one of the most effective marketing vehicles, as the open rates for a well-targeted and executed campaign can be pretty high. According to Adobe.com, email open rates can be as high as 20-30 percent.

Here are more email marketing statistics from HubSpot.com:

  • Consumers who purchase products through email spend 138% more money
  • Sales emails have eight times more opens and clicks and can produce six times more ROI than other types of email
  • Email is the third-most-influential source of information for B2B audiences

One thing to note is that you need permission to send emails. Every country has different rules and some are much more strict than others. For instance, the European Union recently enacted GDPR, which set new rules on how personal information can be used. If you violate the terms, your company could face fines or worse. Canada and the US also have their own laws. Basically, you shouldn’t send marketing emails unless someone has opted in or subscribed, whether the person provides an email at a physical store or fills out an online form. The alternative is to work with an Email Service Provider or ESP that maintains an email opt-in list. In this case, they can send the emails for you to their opted-in users.

Online and social media campaigns

Online marketing campaigns can include digital ads on related websites or blogs frequented by your target market. Online marketing can also include served ads that appear based on the online activity of your potential customers, including purchases or Internet searches. Your campaign might also include paid advertising on a search engine like Google. Basically, you pay Google to advertise your content to customers based on keyword searches, which captures them at the very moment they are most likely to take action.

Another effective means of online marketing is advertising on social media sites. These sites allow you to target ads based on factors like location, gender, age, marital status, and hobbies/interests. You can reach a relatively large number of people without spending a lot of money. Which social media site you choose will depend greatly on your target audience. Teens and millennials tend to use Instagram over Facebook, for instance.

Direct mail marketing

Direct mail remains an effective marketing medium, especially with certain target segments. For instance, senior citizens might not be online as much or be as tech savvy with their phones, but they are more likely to read their mail. A big advantage of this medium is that you don’t need any sort of opt-in or permission to send a postcard. On the other hand, your piece can easily go straight in the trash. This medium is also more expensive as you must pay to have the piece produced, printed (by the thousands), and then mailed.

Phone marketing

Although telemarketing has gotten a bad rap, phone calls can still be an effective method of reaching your target audience. It can be even more effective when applied to B2B marketing. However, be aware that there are regulations you need to follow in order to avoid fines. You must get permission in order to call cell phones. You also want to make sure your data is as up to date as possible. Check for things like a change of phone number or address. If you are calling a business, ensure your contact is still with that company or if they have changed positions. Generally speaking, businesses do have the ability to call past or existing customers.

An effective marketing campaign is all about determining your target market and then deciding which marketing vehicles will best reach those people. Each vehicle has pros and cons, so you must decide which will be the most cost-effective and give you a better ROI.

BDEX can help you create an effective marketing campaign by providing real-time data via over 700 million device ID connections and more than 900 billion data signals available through our proprietary Data Exchange Platform. Call us at 917-410-6616 or send an email to info@bdex.com to start putting this information to work for your business.

Taking Control of Your Data on bdex.com

Taking Control of Your Data

How BDEX’s Platform as a Service helps you easily monetize your customer data

Managing data can be complex. If you are trying to monetize data you’ve gathered, or just keep it organized when it comes in from discrete sources, it can take hours of work just to synthesize it in a usable and meaningful way. And even then, every bit of it has to be tailored to suit the formats of the various platforms on which data can be monetized.

Data is a major business and an extremely valuable commodity that some are willing to pay good money for. So, when companies collect data and lack a way to properly monetize it, they are basically sitting on a deposit of gold with no equipment to mine it.

For example, a food delivery service could collect a good deal of information about their customers: spending habits, location, and the best contact methods. Unless that business is monetizing its data, however, it is not properly leveraging a potential revenue stream.

Unfortunately, many companies do not have the internal infrastructure needed to organize and monetize their data. It can be a challenge to track information, gather it from across networks and services, make it uniform if derived from different systems, and then present it in a way that can earn revenue. In fact, data is often only used profitably by many companies through their own marketing efforts or to enhance products and services, as selling to other companies can be somewhat complex.

You need a platform to organize and monetize your data

One way to meet this need is through the creation of a unique platform for data monetization. Companies gathering large amounts of data can hire developers to build a platform capable of sustaining the kind of data collection they want, one that then formats and sorts it for monetization. Unfortunately, as they gather more data, the platform necessarily becomes larger and more robust, requiring more effort and tools to maintain it. The data must also be tailored to the individual platforms that purchase it. This can get rather expensive.

This is where BDEX’s platform for data collecting and monetization comes in. Our Platform as a Service (PaaS), available to companies of all sizes and specialties, is built around managing data in such a way that marketing, as well as monetization, become easier and more efficient. Rather than trying to design an in-house solution that deals with the various formats and qualities of data (taken indirectly and/or and from third parties), BDEX is able to synthesize this data into an easy-to-use format.

To monetize data, it is typically sold to common third-party data buyers. Each of these entities requires customers to organize it and format it in a certain way. Data sellers must conform to each distinct set of parameters, including how often you can update the data and how it looks.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) simplifies this process. It already has all the functionality one could want in a platform that is custom-designed to monetize data. It can capture information in real time, manage that data in an efficient and organized way, and even transmit it to third parties – preformatted for specific data buyers. It interfaces with all kinds of data collection and purchasing systems, including those set up for mobile devices. All of the data you collect is entered automatically into the system and can be quickly plugged into external systems such as LiveRamp.

One of its features is its ability to authenticate duplicated data. If data is collected for the same user more than once on different sources, those occurrences will be used to verify the information and then gathered into a single identity to avoid unnecessary redundancy.

This system allows companies to take complete control of their data, keeping it organized and monetized as a way to gain passive revenue. No programmers or database developers required.

Like most BDEX services, this is a subscription model available to all sorts of companies for a monthly fee. To learn more, contact us.