Data science can prove PR’s worth

Rob

“How do you measure success?” is a phrase that every PR professional has heard in a new business pitch. It usually elicits a response so drenched in ambiguities and equivocations that most seasoned politicians would take notes in admiration.

Alas, no matter how fancy the footwork on the part of the PR, new business prospects are seldom fully satisfied with the answer. Why would they be?

Being able to measure impact and success is at the core of marketing and business development. Continue reading Data science can prove PR’s worth

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Smarter testing in email marketing

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Email campaigns have traditionally been tested based on a single characteristic, subject lines for example. So we can send out the same email with differing subject lines and look at how many people respond to each email. Images are another example. We can change images within an email, keeping everything else the same and see which images gets the most people opening the email or clicking links within the message. Continue reading Smarter testing in email marketing

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Healthy use of data in occupational health

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Attending the RSSB health and well-being conference recently it was hard not to be struck by the complexity and fragmentation of the occupational health landscape.

This, according to the range of medical disciplines, plus their related associations and organisations, spans across mental and physical health fields. Then there are differing organisational structures, job roles and, of course, individual health and wellbeing scenarios.

Within that context, it was equally hard not to be struck by the value of a robust data driven approach, which gives the potential to maximise individual and organisational visibility across the health spectrum. Continue reading Healthy use of data in occupational health

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Uncovering your customers’ true desires

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As is often said, knowledge is power. For retailers, knowledge is money. The more you know about your customers the better you can tailor your offering and the more sales you will make.

It’s a fairly simple formula that belies the complexity of understanding what people actually want. Continue reading Uncovering your customers’ true desires

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Life without internet

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It would be hard to imagine a life without internet in the 21st Century. It permeates every moment of our day. From when we wake until when we sleep, nearly everything we do involves the internet. We use to communicate with others, learn things, buy things and socialise. Those with Netflix or other services use it in their downtime. Most offices need it.

This is what makes the internet so powerful. If nearly everything we do is online then nearly every facet of ourselves can be pored over and studied. Everything that I have ever done online is saved somewhere, ready for anyone with the know-how to analyse and infer meaning. Continue reading Life without internet

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A statistics walk-through

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Imagine that you’re playing a brand new video game. You insert the disc in your console and choose the easiest level of difficulty. You end up finishing the game in just a couple of hours, so you decide to try your luck on the hardest level. Suddenly the game gets a lot harder, and you lose instantly. At this point, I’d say that there are two different kinds of gamers. There are those who quit playing the game, and those who keep trying – playing the easier level over and over again to understand every small detail and gain insight into how the game works.

The same could apply to statistics. In this article, I’m going to go through some basic concepts in statistics to give you a foundation for understanding more complicated statistical ideas. Continue reading A statistics walk-through

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Smart city thinking today

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In my short time at Profusion we have been developing our understanding of today’s smart city movement. As a business with a presence in Dubai – exposed to the Emirate’s public ambition to be the smartest, happiest, place to live on the planet – why wouldn’t we?

But the trends driving smart city thinking extend far beyond Dubai – indeed Dubai may be an outlier in the context of these global phenomena. Consider for example: rapid economic development, the pace of urbanisation, the growth of the consumer class, climate change and extreme weather, public health, economic competitiveness and more. Continue reading Smart city thinking today

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What can you actually do with wearable data?

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Depending on what you read, the advent of wearable devices is either New Year’s Day 1984 or the start of a meaningless fad like Cleggmania. It’s safe to say wearable devices won’t be a passing fashion, simply because they have such practical applications and are getting more affordable and diverse. To the question on whether wearable devices will become a terrifying agent of social control – the answer is no. Privacy concerns, although legitimate, are largely overblown. Consumers wield a lot of power in relation to how data from wearable devices is used. A backlash directed against a business that misuses wearable data is likely to have an industry-wide chilling effect. If it doesn’t, consumer pressure will cause wearable device makers to think twice about how data collected from their devices can be used. With this in mind, the question for marketers is what can they actually do with wearable data? Continue reading What can you actually do with wearable data?

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