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Data Isn't King, An Insight Is

Data won't tell you everything you need. In fact, sometimes it tells you the wrong thing."We are data rich and insight poor," said Adam Kmiec, Director, Global Digital Marketing & Social Media, The Campbell Soup Co., during the morning keynote at the iMedia in:Focus Summit on What Women Want From Brands. "Data misses things. Insights come from signals, not data, and insights inform decisions. The key is what you do with those signals."



He urged marketers and agencies to look beyond big data and study insights and emerging trends, and then apply those to the data. For instance, don't assume a tweet is equivalent to an actionable data point. However, many tweets when filtered and structured, can potentially be a powerful signal about consumer behavior. Signals indicate what consumers are really doing with products and how they are buying. "An insight is something you need to think about and then make a decision about what to do about it," he said.

  By day, Daisy Whitney is a producer, on-air correspondent, podcaster and expert in the new media business. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of The Mockingbirds (daisywhitney.com/blog), published by Little, Brown in...

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