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Leverages public and private data to enable firms to capitalise, on proprietary and non-proprietary information. Using open sourced technologies and statistical models.

The Data Driven Economy

The Data Driven Economy

Extracting  Value from Intangible Assets

Over the last decade, data-driven organisations have become some of the most valuable companies in the world. To illustrate my point, in 2001, the top 5  most valuable companies by market capitalisation were drawn from; the Retail sector, Oil & Gas, Banking and Industry. Only one firm Microsoft was from the technology sector.

By 2016, all top 5 positions were occupied by technology firms, that emerged as a result, of the on-going maturation, of the global data-driven economy.

Apple, a technology company, that combines, hardware, software , data and devices to deliver value to businesses and consumers.  Currently is  the most  valuable company in the world. 

This provides compelling evidence, for managers incumbent within industries, most affected by the digitisation of their business models. 

To leverage data, to optimise business intelligence, to provide better services, to customers, and to develop new products. 


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Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

With organisations exploiting only 1% of the data available to them. Successful companies are engaging in digital transformation programmes, with clearly defined objectives.  

Supported by the necessary technology stacks, architectures & business applications. That will enable organisations to  compete in tomorrow’s world today.

New market entrants, across a multitude of industries are collaborating with established players. To gain access to their customer data. 

To illustrate, in the retail banking industry, new government regulation such as the Payments Services Directive II (PDS2) and Open Banking Standards.

Provides a framework for the use of new technologies and customer data. Banks have been incentivised to give 3rd parties access to customer accounts and transaction information.

Creating an environment, in which fintech start-ups such as MoneyHub, and Ipagoo, are able to offer enhanced financial and non-financial services. To customers that have opted- in within the marketplaces managed by the banks.    

Thus new government regulation is eliminating some of the impediments to, the development of innovative data-driven applications in the business to business and business to consumer space. 


The Quite Revolution in Retail Banking


Digital Disruption at a Departmental Level

So, far, we've considered, quite superficially, the  impact of the migration of economies, from analogue to a data driven economies. At an industry level. 

Let’s see how this transition is affecting, the manner in which marketers execute on their marketing activities.

For example, in marketing planning, there, are real-time applications, that can be deployed, to gain insights into;


  • How potential customers search for their  products and                  services as   they migrate through  the customer journey

  • Where demand is located geographically

  • If earned, owned or paid media is utilised during the search           process

  • The identification of  new product development opportunities

  • Competitors considered during the customer journey


Hence, using the hotel industry as an example. For the search terms "Top 10 Luxury hotels",  "Top luxury hotels" and  “Small Luxury Hotels” over a time horizon of 5 -years.  From June 2012 - June 2017, google trends was used to determine;


  • Where demand for the unique experience,  associated with             “luxury  hotels” was originating  from world wide

  • The most popular online travel agencies  (OTA), and                         aggregators  incorporated by potential customers into their           customer journey

  • If consumers were searching for alternatives  such as Airbnb,         to  hotels for their luxury  holidays  


The level of granularity delivered by applications such as Google Trends, Moz and Conductor Search for marketing planners is immensely valuable. 

These applications could only arise, due to the availability of the immense amount of data, generated by the interactions of consumers, via their mobile devices with the internet.  




Country Level App Growth

Country Level App Growth

A Smooth sea Never made a Skilful Sailor

A Smooth sea Never made a Skilful Sailor