Aditya asks, “What do you see as the top data challenges facing marketers in the next couple of years?”
While it’s difficult to accurately predict anything today, given the rate of technological change, there’s one sea change already underway that marketers are failing at, and will only get worse. Watch the video to learn what it is, and one possible solution.
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In today’s episode, a DJ asks, What do you see as the top data challenges facing marketers in the next couple of years?
Oh, so prediction. I people love prediction. This time a year is late 2018 late in the years as a record this and
making predictions is difficult and hazardous. Because the rate of technological change is so
a prognostication of some kind could easily be proven wrong in days,
probably one of the most famous examples of a of a
challenge or a prediction that went awry was
someone was predicting that would take deep learning something like 20 years to be able to do something like when a game of Go and this prediction was made in 2016, 2015.
And of course, in late 2016,
Google’s DeepMind one go. So what was supposed to take 20 years took about 18 months. So there’s,
there’s always that risk. Now,
while it’s difficult to make any kind of predictions like that there is one sea change that’s already underway, that marketers are failing and is only going to get worse. And that is
our collective over reliance on personally identifiable information.
We fuel a lot of legacy marketing technology
and legacy marketing methods on
these demographics, and firma graphics and descriptors of people.
So for example, we make a lot of assumptions
about customer based on their age, their gender,
where they live, even the domain name of their email address, particularly it magazines for b2b marketing, the assumption is,
oh, you work for a big company, you’re slightly more qualified.
Now, there are some marketers who are doing very sophisticated segmentation,
personally identifiable information is going away
in some fashion of form is going away in the next few years.
In 2018, we saw GDPR take effect
which every marketer scramble to try and, and meet compliance with and did so with varying degrees of success. But
marketers didn’t really change their behavior years for say, they just had to do a better job of securing that data.
And then not what,
five months after the largest hack in history
Marriott being compromised for to the tune of like 500 million records.
these security breaches and things continue,
it will get harder and harder to get a hold of any non first party data. And it will get more and more dangerous for us to hold on to personally identifiable information. At some point, it’ll be too risky. At some point,
someone’s going to go,
it’s not worth having this
data, the security risks are too high, and we’re not using
the data as well as we could be anyway.
So what’s the solution? The answer is
getting away from
basic descriptors, like personally identifiable information and moving towards behavioral data, this is going to take a while it’s it is a mindset for markers to change those very difficult,
the idea that you don’t need to know that this person is a 44 year old
Hispanic female, you don’t need to know that this person is
is a parent that
have two kids, what you do need to know is is the way that person has behaved in their interactions with you, up until this point,
what pages they visit on your website, how did they interact with you in social media? Not
did they, but what was the tone and the tenor and the sentiment
the words and the pace which which they interact with you
when the internet what how many channels have they interact with you on have an email Do you have they texted to you and they messaged you on messenger.
And all of these behavioral factors
are things that we need to build our algorithms around our software around our
ability to do modeling and prediction.
In a lot of cases, we have the raw materials already we know via things like Google Analytics, what pages you’ve been on, and how long you spend on those pages. We know via our email marketing software, whether you’ve replying to an email,
we know via social media marketing software
that you’ve engaged with us. So we know those things.
the date is kind of all over the place. And
it’s difficult for people to build models around that to wrap their brains around the idea of like, I don’t need to know who you are, I just need you to, I just need to know what you’re doing so that I can show the appropriate things for you. When you think about it, though, as humans, we’ve had no problem with this in the past, when Go back,
go back 50 years go. When somebody walks into your store,
what do you know about them, nothing, you know nothing about all about them. But you can look at them, you can watch them, you can watch how they behave, do they linger in certain aisles, they pick an item up off the shelf and put it back if they’re with somebody, they talk to somebody about that
when I was growing up, you know, kids used to hang out at the mall that would do that anymore. Not like that was the thing to do. And they would rove and packs and talk and discuss and loyal around stuff that they liked. We still do that. We just do that digitally. Now we do digital loitering all day long.
And that’s that can be an indicator. So
the top data challenge for marketers is getting away from PII, personally identifiable information and moving towards behavioral collection analysis and forecasting. It’s going to be a long road to get there. But it’s going to be a road we have to get on sooner
later. Because it will not be long before
regulations. Increasing privacy regulations will force us to do that.
As long as our companies we work for approve, to be
irresponsible or outright, criminally neglectful of the data
that they are entrusted with that will be
a growing challenge. So start thinking about how do you plan for that? How do you start building models now on how to start collecting the data now and getting into an accessible place because if you do, you’ll be ahead of the curve and you’ll be able to offer privacy guarantees that other competitors can’t offer. Say, we’re not going to collect information because we don’t need it. We know who you are. We know we know what you want, even if we don’t know who you are. So great question.
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