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Big Data Applications for Every Aspect of Business Management

“Big data” refers to massive data sets that can be analyzed to reveal a pattern or habit of the populations surveyed. It’s especially used as a way to understand human behaviors and has been revolutionary in finding new ways to reach audiences in just about every industry. Now, you can use big data to manage your business.

New technologies and modern developments have changed the way businesses operate in the this century. Advertisements that used to come in the newspaper or the mail now show up in clickable ads online. Every business needs a social media presence in addition to an accessible, modern website.

Big data can help you understand what your customers and clients most want from your company in every aspect. This can range from the color of the buttons on your website to the actual products they purchase from you. However, you can also use big data to handle internal company decisions, hiring processes, and content strategy.

Big Data and Hiring Needs

Analyzing data can help you hire smarter for your business. You no longer need to rely on stacks of internal paperwork that identify what position is available and what needs are left within the company. In much the same way candidates have turned to an all-digital job hunt, so too has the recruiting process moved to a more modern version.

One way big data can help in the hiring process is that it can make sure the right people are seeing your job posting. Instead of having to sort through piles of applications from unqualified candidates, you can now make sure the posting only shows up to people who meet the basics to begin with. This saves time and energy on all sides.

Once your staff is hired, you can continue to use big data to adjust staffing needs as your company grows. A smart use of analytics can identify pain points and create future projections to address. This will help your human resources department to more efficiently do their job, keeping the best candidates coming in and staying as needed.

Big Data and Content Strategy

It’s generally well known that online content is a key way to bring in new customers. In order to continue ranking in searches, it’s recommended that most companies have a blog or other form of regularly written content. Thanks to big data, you can strategize your content smarter than before.

For example, you can use data to better understand what keywords people are using to find your site. Then you can create content that will help your site to rank for those search terms. This will not only keep your site fresh and relevant, but will keep your SEO results high.

You can also use data to better target customers. By understanding what it is your customers want, you can make a greater effort to provide it on your website. Once they land on your page, customers will trust that you can provide what it is they need on a regular basis.

Big Data and Business Decisions

Understanding the data around your business and your clientele will help you make smarter business decisions as your company grows and scales. This means not only looking at customer engagement and interactions, but also your sales numbers for each day. You should be checking for trends and patterns that can help you make your next big business move.

For example, if you’re trying to decide how much of each product to order, having a sales log can help you see what items are more popular than others. Then you can provide more of what your customers demand. This will not only boost your sales numbers, but will help customers feel more satisfied with each visit.

As businesses continue to grow and change with new technologies, there will always be something new to learn as a CEO or entrepreneur. Big data doesn’t have to be intimidating — it’s simply another tool in your box to keep your company running smoothly. Understanding it will help you stay in business longer and with greater success.

About the Author

Magnolia Potter is a muggle from the Pacific Northwest who writes from time to time. She covers a variety of topics and prefers not to settle on just one. When Magnolia’s not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or curled up with a good book and a mug of butterbeer. She is still waiting for her Hogwarts acceptance letter. You can chat with her on Twitter @MuggleMagnolia.

 

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