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5 Ways to Use the Information from Data Crawling

5 Ways to Use the Information from Data Crawling

Today, companies and businesses are more data-driven than ever. This means that they don’t have to guess what steps will take their business forward. By using the wide array of data of their industry and successful competitors, they can know exactly what they need to do next to take their products and services to the next level. You see, data is a King. And companies that don’t collect free, valuable and readily accessible data – will lose out on some pretty epic opportunities of growth. To make sure your company or business stays ahead of your competitors and makes data-informed decisions, we’ve written this article that outlines five crucial steps that will show you how to find, acquire and analyze industry relevant data for your business. 1. Analyze What Data Your Company Lacks The first step in becoming more data-driven starts by answering this one question:   What data does my business / company lack that I need in order to become more informed and aware? Answering this question is extremely crucial to successfully collect data that can actually benefit your company. One way to do that is to analyze what action do you want your customers to take? For you, it can be something like shopping for products from your eCommerce store, using your software to accomplish their specific tasks or buying and using a new product you’ve developed. Once you’ve identified an end goal, you can map your way backward to identify valuable data collection opportunities. Let’s say you’re selling clothes at your eCommerce store. For that, you’d want people to:      1. Visit your website...
Data Crawling: How To Get To The Legal Side

Data Crawling: How To Get To The Legal Side

With the recent Facebook data scandals and the start of the GDPR law, you might be wondering that: “is web crawling legal or not?” Because after all, you have a business. And every business, no matter whether a SaaS startup, an eCommerce Store or any other service provider, needs access to valuable data. Of course, accessing restricted, private and unauthorized data is wrong and will always be illegal. But what about the public data on the internet that’s freely available for anyone to access? Data like:    1. The product inventory list of your competitors on their website.    2. Prices of inventory items on display across various eCommerce stores.    3. Public reviews that mention your own business that are meant to be seen. If that’s the kind of data you want to collect, is it still legal? The answer, unfortunately, is not a simple yes or no. To understand the whole picture regarding what makes data crawling services legal or illegal, we first need to take a quick look at what data scraping actually is. Intro To Data Scraping: A Highly Common Activity That Takes Place On The Internet Data scraping is the act of downloading a web page’s data and taking specific information from it. For example, suppose you wanted to start your own movie streaming service. For that, you’d need data such as movie bio, cast list, the year it was released, it’s rating etc. But there are millions of movies released since they came into existence. What are you going to do? Manually write the bio, cast list and year of release by typing...
GDPR and Data Crawling: What Now?

GDPR and Data Crawling: What Now?

On May 25, the European Union’s (EU) new privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect. This law started being drafted as early as 2014 – and is now in effect in 28 member countries of the EU. The whole purpose of the law is to make companies more serious about the way they collect, use and keep their users’ data.   In this article, we’ll discuss exactly how the GDPR may affect data crawling services and the way you use it to collect data for your business. Let’s get started. Why Will The GDPR Change Data Crawling / Mining? Before we can start discussing exactly how data scraping services will be affected, let’s start with a brief outline of what the GDPR requirements are. Get user’s consent: This law requires companies to obtain consent from the users of whom they are collecting data. This especially includes personally identifiable data such as name, email address and even IP addresses. Provide data breach notices quickly: In this day and age, data can be easily hacked and collected. But still, many companies don’t tell or do so after a long time has passed. This isn’t to be the case anymore. Now, companies only have 72 hours or 3 days max to inform users of a data breach. Only obtain and use the data you need: Every single piece of data you require from your customer, you need to have a valid reason for doing so. Not having a legal reason for collecting user data can lead to you receiving a hefty fine. In addition, there are other rules...
Part 3: How to Choose an Optimal Data Crawling Service Provider?

Part 3: How to Choose an Optimal Data Crawling Service Provider?

It’s not a secret that every single choice made in business is of crucial importance and it can lead either to success or failure. You can definitely choose to be successful by making decisions that positively influence the further development of your business. The way to success is a long and complicated one, and the services, tools, and techniques you use to manage and grow your business are of paramount importance. Nowadays almost every company depends on regular data updates to be able to effectively manage business processes and improve the overall efficiency. Jeff Fochtman, vice-president of marketing Seagate Technology, in his interview with Forbes, speaks about the importance of data and various choices and challenges and states, “More than ever, data is going to be critical to humanity.” Accurate data gives an opportunity to increase market awareness, implement more accurate targeting, improve customer service and stay above the competition. However, acquiring such valuable data is not an easy task and is almost impossible without a professional system. Choosing a productive web scraping service or a tool to cover your data acquisition needs is crucial. So, let’s discover the main choices many companies, enterprises, startups, and individuals face on the way to empowering their businesses with the help of accurate and reliable data. Choosing Between Services and Tools The number of data scraping services and tools has greatly increased along with the necessity of growing businesses with the help of data. However, in order to reach the desired level of efficiency, first of all, you should have a clear understanding of both methods and decide which one to implement. Let’s...
Part 2: How Data Crawling Results Can Be Implemented?

Part 2: How Data Crawling Results Can Be Implemented?

As the famous Japanese businessman and the richest man in Japan Masayoshi Son states, ”Those who rule data will rule the entire world”.  Data has totally changed the way we used to do business and deal with customers. Businessmen all over the world are using data as a powerful tool to conduct more effective market research and improve efficiency, stay above the competition and reach their business goals. Having valuable data at hand helps leverage your business and take it to the highest levels. Web data refers to any type of data that can be found on the Internet. It can be data about competitors and the strategies they use, details about the products they sell and the services they offer, the most popular market vendors, customers’ opinions, reviews and so on. Having all of this information in your local database is possible, that’s what web data scraping services help you achieve. Everyone uses scraping nowadays. While such a large company as Google still continues to improve its own web scraping and crawling system, there are many popular and professional data scraping service providers in the market that help various enterprises receive the needed data and turn it into valuable information to improve efficiency. Which are Spheres Data Crawling Is Used Most?   “The best-run companies are data-driven, and this skill sets businesses apart from their competition.” Tomasz Tunguz Precise and reliable data is of paramount importance regardless of the sphere it is used in. Web data crawling is increasingly being used in almost every industry for various business purposes. Data crawling results can be implemented to materialize your business...