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Data: Beyond a Shiny Toy

In a recent interview related to WPP earnings, WPP’s CEO, Sir Martin Sorrell said, “The three main reasons why the ad market is struggling are because of digital disruption, activist investors and the low cost of capital money.” He went on to talk about the first reason – digital disruption – in the following terms: “[…] digital disruption creates opportunity, because it is changing the way people consume media, how items are produced and how products are distributed.”

Anyone surprised? I’m not. In fact, I’m shocked that this realization has taken this long to dawn. As an industry, we have been talking about data and its incredible impact on our businesses for decades.

Still, I feel that we are still relegating data to a “shiny toy,” rather than as an organizing principle. Why is this? Three reasons: Denial, Data “Lite,” and Segregation.

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The Evolution of Data in PR: From Analysis to Synthesis

Data is no longer a “nice to know” topic – it is now established at the very frontier of PR, and those who truly understand how to use it to drive client programs will be able to succeed by orders of magnitude over those who don’t.

It’s also fair to say that we in PR are simply not yet harnessing data’s full power. But what’s holding us back? I see three core barriers and three key evolutions that communicators must address if we’re going to succeed in the long run.

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