Music streamer Spotify has acquired Big Data outfit Seed Scientific, which counts the likes of Audi, Unilever and the UN among its clients. The company can also boast a music track record – it had Beats Music on its roster, until Apple stepped in and bought it last year. Spotify has made Big Data purchases too, having picked up the Echo Net for its number-crunching expertise.
Twitter has rolled out its Official Partner Programme, a new consulting tool using expert third parties to work on microblog data for advertising campaigns. First partner is IBM, which is now up for offering strategic insight, consulting and analytics to help brands make decisions based on Twitter metrics.
Online radio outfit Pandora is acquiring Next Big Sound. The deal is just the latest involving music companies grabbing number crunchers. Last year, Spotify acquired The Echo Nest, while in January this year Apple purchased NBS rival Semetric.
Tesco’s Dunnhumby Big Data unit which has been given great credit for the retailer’s past business success – though it has done zilch to halt its decline – is the subject of a takeover bid from WPP. Tesco is reportedly looking for £2 billion pounds for a majority stake in the operation that developed its much-vaunted Clubcard loyalty programme as part of a series of cuts and store closures aimed at halting the retailer’s decline – the company recently sold its Blinkbox video streaming service to telco TalkTalk.
Universal Music is allying with Havas to launch the Global Music Data Alliance, a Big Data partnership aimed at mining data generated by the record company and it artist roster via music, ticket and merchandising sales, streaming, social media and airplay. The information will be analysed by data scientists at Havas to pull out new marketing and advertising opportunities for brands.
Start-up watch: If you’re part of the sharing economy which makes a bit of cash renting out a property, it’s not enough to simply lean on Airbnb alone. You need data. That’s where Beyond Pricing comes in. The number-crunching outfit wants to give rental owners the ability to tap into the same info that hotels and airlines use to determine pricing and maximise the performance of their sharing economy assets. In fact, Beyond Pricing views this as nothing less than the ‘democratisation of data’.
Smartphone owners around the globe are now making cities smarter, according to the Smart Citizens report from Ericsson Consumerlab. For example, three-quarters of consumers want sensors to be deployed in public spaces so they know which areas are crowded and best avoided. The same proportion want to see both interactive street signs and bike/car sharing.
One billion people will be using mobile as their only form of online access in 2015. No surprise, then, that , not the exception. And mobile-only and mobile-first consumers stand to influence online media in a number of ways on a platform where user experience is everything and the focus needs to be on sophistication and simplicity, according to Say Media. “Companies spend tons of time and millions of dollars perfecting their brand story and brand DNA, only to have it dashed in literally three seconds by a complicated, or lazy mobile experience,” Say Media points out. “It’s too easy for consumers to move on to another brand that ‘gets mobile’ and leave you in the dust.”