Tartle Best Data Marketplace
Tartle Best Data Marketplace
Tartle Best Data Marketplace
Tartle Best Data Marketplace
Tartle Best Data Marketplace
Tartle Best Data Marketplace

Data and Navigating the Unexpected

COVID came out of nowhere and upset the balance of pretty much everything. Back in February of 2019 things were proceeding normally, more or less. Then, countries around the world started locking down, one after the other. All of a sudden, people went from normal lives to in many cases not being allowed to leave their homes except to buy groceries once a week. While it never got that extreme in the United States, many businesses were curtailed, especially restaurants, theaters, and any other place where people would gather. That in turn had a significant effect on their suppliers. The net result has been a major shift in the global economy, the full effects of which likely won’t become fully apparent for years. 

It’s no surprise that many businesses haven’t survived the turmoil. Tens of thousands have shut their doors for good. What is surprising is the number of businesses that have survived so far and those that have managed to thrive despite the unique circumstances that have been thrown at them. Those are businesses run by people who either already understood the importance of data or quickly learned to appreciate it. They were able to use technology and data to adapt to radically different circumstances. 

Whether it be the restaurant that offered curbside pickup or outdoor seating, or the art instructor that added participation through Zoom as an option they’ve managed to turn those adverse circumstances into an opportunity. 

Bigger businesses have naturally gotten involved as well. So much so that the executive position of Chief Data Officer (CDO) is becoming increasingly common. These executives have a difficult job not just in terms of organizing the acquisition and analysis of data but also in justifying the return on investment (ROI) that comes from all of that data. That last bit can of course be the most difficult because the benefits of all of that data are sometimes hard to quantify. Indeed, if not managed properly, there won’t actually be any benefits. How to navigate that particular minefield? The CDO of course needs to be able to show how the reach of their efforts is often greater than what is obvious. One successful interaction can lead to many more and it is the job of the CDO to make sure that the extended reach can be shown, to acquire that data and process it into a format that the other executives can readily grasp. 

This is where issues often arise. Responding to the pressure that comes with that position can lead CDOs or whoever is in charge of the data to be tempted to get as much as they can, however they can. That can lead to all kinds of ethical issues in acquiring that data. We’ve seen a number of examples of that in this space over the last few months and there are many others. People are often tricked into giving up their data unwittingly or in other cases it’s just taken outright with no chance whatsoever for the individual to provide consent. It’s a kind of digital theft and it is a major problem for people’s rights around the world. 

What should they do then? One option that we would obviously like to propose is that they sign up on TARTLE as a buyer. That way these businesses, large or small can connect directly with individuals who are using or might use their products and services. Then the CDO can be sure that they are getting their information with the consent of people which in turn ensures that it is more accurate than anything else that could be gathered through any other method.  TARTLE also allows buyers access to something that no algorithm can possibly touch, the why. Why do people do the things they do? Why does one marketing campaign work while another doesn’t? Yes, we know companies learn these things through focus groups. But how much time does that take? Wouldn’t you rather get your information faster, almost in real time? I know I would. That’s what TARTLE offers, accurate, near real-time data that is gathered with the full consent of the individual. That’s a much better world, one that is responsive and honest.

What’s your data worth? Sign up and join the TARTLE Marketplace with this link here.

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