Big Data

Canvas fingerprinting – online tracking without cookies

For decades now, cookies have been the principle tool used by web analysts to collect user data. These cookies are used to monitor the performance of websites or ads and to optimise pages for customers. But many users have since caught on to this questionable method of data collection and analysis, now deciding to block these investigative text snippets. But a new method of online tracking is on...

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

clear cookies

Some cookies can be very helpful – they let you sleep on those impulse purchases and keep them from disappearing out of your shopping cart, or log into social media sites with just one click. But not all cookies make surfing the web easier, and some may even forward unwanted information to third parties. It is a good idea to learn how to clear cookies, and this guide will show you how to clear...

What is Big Data?

When we shop online, book holidays, and search for gift ideas, we hardly give a second thought to the fact that each search entry leaves behind a trail of our identity. Busy web bots are never far behind and sweep up this information. The result of all of this is Big Data: massive volumes of data that is analysed and used for a variety of reasons. But is there reason to be wary of leaving behind...

Information overload – too much advertising?

Every day we are bombarded with adverts and messages loaded with all sorts of information. And there are those that argue that globalisation has meant that the market has become saturated with products. Many consumers feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information. This so-called information overload means that consumers take in hardly any adverts anymore. Here you can find out exactly what...

What is data-driven marketing?

Throughout the internet, users leave behind digital footprints: whether it’s while browsing your favourite sites, taking a look at different products or offers, or even just googling an address. With the help of analyses and algorithms, data-driven marketing makes it possible to connect the dots and find relationships. Marketers are able to extract important information from these findings in...

Data mining: analysis methods for big data

The total amount of data generated worldwide increases by 40% every year. Many companies seek to make use of the constantly increasing mountain of data in order to increase their e-commerce business. But making use of such Big Data alone doesn’t add any value — enter data mining. Below you can find a discussion of the various analysis approaches involved in data mining, to give you an idea of how...

SWOT analysis - How to create a positional analysis

A SWOT analysis links internal inquiries with environmental analyses. The comparisons of strengths and weaknesses of individual business areas as well as external chances and risks make it possible to position a company in the competitive environment. The goal of such an analysis is to identify potentials and threats. The results of the SWOT analysis are presented in the form of a matrix and...

A comparison of data mining tools

In the digital age, it’s normal for data from small and medium-sized companies to grow to unmanageable amounts. Data mining tools are used to extract desired information from data sets. These extract recurring patterns from the data and make them available to marketers and statisticians. We have compared the most important data mining software and show where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

Information Retrieval: how Search Engines retrieve Data

In our everyday life, we search for and receive a lot of information. Through the Internet, the searching for data and facts has changed tremendously. Search engines help us find the information we need from the vast amount available. But how do Google and other search engines actually gather the information? Behind both large search engines and smaller library databases, there are so-called...