If the word “Big” in “Big Data” could somehow seem intimidating, Big Data is not reserved for “big brands”, and presents a real competitive advantage for all businesses, regardless of their size.

Big Data was not created to be big by premeditation. Instead, it is a logical result of the accumulation of data related to consumer habits, tastes, and expectations, as well as the growing sharing of this data, plus worldwide communication, media storage, and entertainment.

Big Data manages a lot. Everything, to some people, but whatever your level of technological prowess, the worldwide system of networks and data centers that make up Big Data likely manages something important to you.

It is true that Facebook, Google, and the other big companies rely on certain types of predictive algorithms to work through their massive amounts of data. These are AI systems that require technical and financial resources that small businesses can’t typically afford.

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While often associated with large companies, Big Data can also benefit small businesses that want to tap into new development opportunities.

And these businesses don’t need to make heavy investments in infrastructure or human resources to do so. There are various solutions that make Big Data accessible to almost any business. This is the “how” question.

On the other hand, for the “why” question, Big Data can be integrated into BtoC and BtoB strategies of businesses to help them address at least five key challenges.

5 Ways Big Data can Improve Your Small Business:

1. Customer UX (User Experience)

Big data reveals information about customers and their shopping habits that can be used to understand customer behavior and ensure a better experience for them and the business through marketing, sales, and customer service.

Offering a personalized experience for customers provides a competitive advantage to small businesses that translates into revenue and growth.

In a recent research report, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) expects businesses that create personalized customer experience to increase their revenue by 6 – 10%.

What’s one example of Big Data making this a possibility? We’re sure you’ve seen ads for Squarespace, Wix, and more. These tools can help you build attractive web spaces for your business no matter how small.

2. Predictive Marketing

Understanding the behavior of customers now will help you anticipate the evolution of their needs and tailor effective marketing campaigns accordingly.

If traditional marketing strives to understand consumers to bring them the product that best meets their needs, predictive marketing, thanks to Big Data, goes beyond product or service recommendation.

Predictive marketing is about knowing customers’ desires before they even think about it, and to propose a personalized service that evolves according to the behavior of the customer.

There are web-based tools you can use to do just that. Check out what’s trending on Buzzsumo in relation to your products and services to see who’s attracting the most attention in your neck of the woods.

3. Product Innovation

The two first points above converge to make the often risky endeavor of product innovation, well, less risky.

Big Data also helps brands improve their existing products and/or services (customer UX) or innovate and create new ones to meet future needs (anticipation and predictive marketing).

User data analytics (knowing which features make customers tick and which don’t, detecting problems and discovering new opportunities) allow businesses to improve product adoption and accelerate innovation. If you use a web page for part of your business, check out Google Analytics to see which parts of your page are attracting the most attention.

Tech companies have the ability to design, develop and roll out new attractive products at short periods of times thanks in a large part to Big Data.

4. Decision Making Process

Big Data is changing the paradigm of decision making and can bring much more than Business Intelligence in this regard.

Traditional decision-making processes require internal expertise. However, having a dedicated BI center is not within the reach of all businesses, but if they take advantage of Big Data, it is accessible.

For example, Big Data, via the internet and advanced search engines, allows you to seek out your competitors. From there, you’re able to understand the best ways to stand out to consumers that may have otherwise just stuck with the competition.

A data-centric company is a company that knows how to fructify data and use it to manage every aspect of business.

Big Data enables smaller companies to make informed decisions and choose the right investment to create more wealth.

5. Get Ready for Insights-Driven Business

Competition is getting increasingly intrusive, and you should make use of your own user data before someone else does!

The majority of business leaders plan on taking advantage of Big Data and you should be one of them if you don’t want to be left behind.

In a study entitled Big and Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business by Capgemini and EMC2, 75% of business leaders said they will be using Big Data to transform, reorganize and restructure their businesses.

Per the report, 64% of respondents said non-traditional players were getting into their territory, and 53% expect increased competition enabled by data.

Do you use Big Data to help manage your small business? Share your unique insights with us!

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