Big Data and Your Post Holiday Pounds [Jan. 21, 2014]
By Tom Wentworth, Acquia CMO
Losing weight and getting fit are among the top five most popular New Year’s Resolutions every year. But resolutions tend to wear out by spring and many people struggle to keep up the energy, enthusiasm and motivation to stick to their goals. A very 2014 solution may be the answer to this problem: data.
Although data may not seem as motivational as a good RATT mix or a 6-foot-3, ex-Navy SEAL trainer yelling in your ear, data could be your ticket to a happy, healthy new year. And technologists are all in. At CES this year, fitness wearables stole the show. From Fitbit to the new Sleep Number smart bed, these products are all about data; their value is that they collect troves of data about the wearer’s exercise, eating and sleeping habits, which they can then (hopefully) turn into actionable changes.
Data, Data, Data
For marketers, the data from these highly intelligent smart devices provides valuable information about consumer likes, dislikes, routines and habits that’s used for a slightly different purpose. This data ultimately provides strategic direction for marketing campaigns and promotions. Using this personalized information gathered from smart devices, marketers can set advertising campaigns based on the specific times of the year when people are more likely to gain weight, lose sleep, eat more salad, etc. Say, for example, that Planet Fitness gathers data from Fitbit and serves more ads to users of the fitness band between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
But what if this information could do more than just determine when an advertisement runs or a promotion goes live? This brings me to the idea of the connected device and the Internet of Things.