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#BizTrends2020: Creativity in a data lead world

The web has evolved over the last 20 years. 20 years ago, the top sites were news and aggregator sites. Then in 2003 Google joined the mix as well as the early forms of retail Ebay and Amazon. In 2008, social media starts appearing. In 2013 Amazon and Ebay as retailers continue to grow. And also, the traditional media owners like Disney and Time Warner continue to grow. And in 2018 we see the further explosion of companies like Snapchat, Conde Naste, Paypal, Disney and Amazon. The web is now your go-to for everything. And everything you do produces data!
Quanita Salie is the Media Director at Meta Media.

The last few decades have seen a technological revolution that has dramatically changed the way in which we live and work and the digitisation of products and services is creating a swell of customer data. Data fuels our technologies, economies, populations, politics, education, healthcare, future work, and in reality, it fuels our overall survival.

Data is the new oil


Every 60 seconds 4,166,667 Facebook users like a post, 300 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube, Apple users download 51,000 apps. And this will continue to grow at a rapid pace. In 2020 smartwatches will produce 28 PetaBytes per minute, that is 4 times what Facebook produced in 2019. With every swipe, every like, every snap, and every view that you create gives us data to better profile the users we target online.

Big data and content marketing: A match made in heaven

According to an eMarketer report, total digital ad spending in the US will surpass total TV ad spending in 2017...

By Sadek Jake Alam 19 Apr 2016


The internet has produced a ton of juicy data for us, but this data is only valuable once it’s been refined and the more it is connected, the more it increases in value. Since the advent of the internet, our data is centralised in the servers of tech companies. That also has meant that the value and economic potential of that data has increased exponentially.

One way to imagine data is seeing it as an asset class – just like oil and other commodities. In 2017, The Economist wrote that data is the new oil. Customers have become aware of how valuable their data has become and have grown increasingly weary of their exposure over the internet. The stringent regulations introduced by acts like Protection of Personal Information (PoPIA) and the European version, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provide a level of protection for customers and complexity for organisations. There is however still value in anonymised information.

#Pamro2017: Data is becoming the oil of consumer marketing

Leana Less, vice president of global connections and media at Coca-Cola, explores the benefits of agile marketing if done correctly at this year's Pamro conference...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Aug 2017


Data should trigger innovation


We must shift how we view and treat data in order to better prepare for an increasingly data-saturated future. It’s there to provide insight and open up new opportunities. Making the most of those opportunities remains the work of the human imagination.

Creatives must find the courage to use that insight in imaginative ways. It should elevate creativity and open up new spaces and opportunities. Data should trigger innovation – used in the right way, data should inspire.

Use data to constantly innovate

As we near the end of 2016, the recent data explosion means you now know more about your consumers' preferences than ever before. Tyler Greer, Exponential's head of strategy for the APAC region and South Africa, explains how to cut through the clutter of big data and use it to improve your business functioning...

By Leigh Andrews 30 Sep 2016


It also means looking at data that can influence the entire business value chain and not just marketing metrics that in isolation hold little meaning outside of the marketing department.

Evidence of the value of data-led creativity is all around us: from the way you experience films and TV on Netflix to your Spotify playlist. Both do an exceptional job providing subscribers with individualised recommendations based on user behaviour.

Relevance is key


In this user-demand time-starved world, relevance is key. Know your customer – their needs, their behaviour - create relevant content and provide easy access – then learn and evolve. Build your personalisation strategy by using deductive research, inductive research and customer self-selected methods – excellent tools from which to model customer segment behaviour profiles.

#BizTrends2018: Three things you have to know about your customers in 2018

There are clear super-trends that determine what people need, what they think and how they are likely to behave. Here then are the 'big three' undercurrents all marketers and brand owners should bear in mind when trying to guess what to do next...

By Brandon de Kock 8 Jan 2018


Although the marketing funnel fundamentals still apply, ultimately the consumer will decide where to click and what to purchase, and companies that can serve those consumers better will win the game.

About Quanita Salie

Over the past 16 years, I have worked across the industry in the different capacities of buying, implementation planning, strategy and most recently account management within media-independent's, in-house agencies and full-service agencies, working across a broad selection of both local and international high profile brands and a mix of new business ventures.
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