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8 Marketers Doing Big Data Right
May 8, 2013

There's no need for fluff and buzzword BS when there's rock-hard data to draw upon. Look around the business world, and you'll see marketers who are enhancing their products with data-informed decisions. When you consider the vastness of data sets like Google searches, commercial transactions, social networks, GPS and the connected fitness trend, it's not hard to believe that as a society, we log about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. ... The magnitude and specificity of this information has given rise to the term Big Data

Should Congress Shut Down eBay?
February 6, 2008

I have a huge file on the European Union and the myriad ways bureaucrats in Brussels insinuate themselves and their personal agendas into every facet of business and life. They dictate what can and cannot be done in terms of work rules, consumer marketing, competition, the media, nannies, light bulbs, data and so much more. In November, the EU issued a directive on noise abatement that included how loud symphony orchestras are allowed to play. Last week I read the story of how the state of Pennsylvania wants to shut down the thriving eBay auction business of single mom Mary Jo Pletz, which enables

The Decline and Fall of AOL
July 13, 2006

The Magic of the Two-line Address When I was growing up on Long Island, the mailman frequently would deliver an envelope addressed as follows: Mr. Alden Hatch Cedarhurst, New York The letter could come from anywhere in the world and in just two lines—six words—reach my father out of more than 2 billion people on the planet. This never ceased to amaze me. Every son hopes to outdo the father. So when I became a member of AOL, I had a one-line address: dennyhatch@aol.com. Think of it! In this horrendously complex world with 6.5 billion people, I am reachable with one line—17 characters and a dot—from anyplace on earth and