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Web Scraping Services: 3 Important Advantages

Web Scraping Services: 3 Important Advantages

If you want your online business to succeed, you need to keep up with your industry. You have to be aware of your competitors’ strategies, your customers’ demands and the latest trends. This means you need to have up-to-date information on what products your customers are ordering, how much your competitors are charging, what discounts are being offered, what kind of services are in demand and other information related to your industry. All this is data – which you have to collect if you want to succeed. There are two ways you can collect data regarding your industry. One way (the traditional way) is to hire researchers, ask them to analyze your industry on the internet, build a spreadsheet and wait days, weeks and even months to get the data you want – after spending thousands of dollars. But, a better, more modern way to collect this data is through web scraping services. These services, provided by web scraping companies, crawl the web and can gather the exact data you want at lightning fast speeds. Many top companies in the world use data scraping services in one form or the other to get data on their customers, competitors and their industry as a whole. Why? Because web scraping services offer many features and advantages when it comes to data collection. In this article, we’ll show you three of the biggest advantages you’ll get if you collect data for your business using web crawling services. Web Scraping Services Do The Work For You There are three big challenges when it comes to collecting data: Cost of Collected Data Efficiency of...
4 Areas that Amazingly Benefit from Data Crawling

4 Areas that Amazingly Benefit from Data Crawling

If you have a business in 2018, you should consider ethically collecting data about your customers and your industry. Why? Because relevant data helps you see the big picture of your competitors, your customers and how your industry operates. With high-quality data, you’ll be able to make informed decisions. Decisions that will make your business more successful – and profitable – in both the short- and long- term. The internet has made it easy to collect publically available, relevant data for your business. Online – you can find what customers like and don’t like, what your competitors are doing, what’s popular and trending, and what’s failing. But the internet is a vast place. Collecting data on the internet by visiting each and every website and copy-pasting your desired information manually can take hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It’s an impossible task. A solution exists in the form of a service known as data crawling or web scraping. A data crawling service scans websites on the internet to collect data that you assign it to collect. And it’s a million times faster at finding and storing this data than a human. You can use a web scraping service to collect useful data like prices, product names, customer reviews and much much more. And it’s worth noting that these data scraping services are completely legal. Since the introduction of GDPR, you can safely assume that the data scraping service you choose will be GDPR compliant. They will only collect data that’s legal and/or publically available. With that being said, let’s look at a few use cases where data scraping can...
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...