Data science is a fundamental cornerstone of digital marketing. Metrics, stats, and numbers - whatever you call them- measure the success of your marketing goals. Developments in data and measurement technology mean that it is easy to get left behind, and future-proofing is essential for the success of your next campaign.
What digital marketing data science trends do you need to know, and how can you implement them in 2022? Gavin Lockhart, Head of Marketing Technology & Analytics, sat down with B&T to forecast the year ahead.
The Next Big Tech Partnerships
Personal data and privacy has been at the forefront of digital marketing and technology innovation as we move into a cookie-less world. So connecting with tech brands and agencies to accelerate your data and analytics is more important than ever, and the possibilities for innovation are out there.
Agencies that partner with Big Tech can make giant leaps forward in technology and development. Our recent partnership with Meta (formerly Facebook), for example:
"We are currently testing Advanced Analytics, a custom measurement product that offers a trusted server environment for our clients to better understand their advertising data under strict privacy control", said Gavin.
That data is worth nothing without accurate insight into the meaning behind the numbers. As we roll into 2022, the ability to run customised measurements and insight into consumer behaviour in a privacy-conscious way will give brands an edge in the market.
Conversion API (CAPI) will be Essential
CAPI is non-negotiable when it comes to data in 2022.
The reason? CAPI connects and integrates data between CRMs, website and Meta's service offering, enabling personalisation, measurement and running conversion studies.
"It is essential that businesses in the years ahead retain the level of signal or event data they currently capture", and CAPI will be the leading way when it comes to harnessing first-party data.
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) are Here
PETs are here in 2022, and through innovation, offer marketers and brands enhanced ways to leverage first-party data effectively. But adapting PETs for your marketing plan requires planning and testing, noted Gavin.
Gavin and his team have spent time planning and testing in collaboration with Meta. But he recognises that this process is lengthy and requires teams with a specialised skillset.
Get Analytical with Marketing Mix Modelling (MMM)
All of Gavin's team data doesn't exist in a vacuum. In partnership through shared open-source code with Meta, the team's MMM data across different verticals have been tested and validated.
In the new marketing world, these MMM meta-analysis studies provide valuable insights which can fill in data gaps and inform business decision-making for those looking to lead the market in 2022.
Read the full B&T article with Gavin Lockhart here.
The Marketer's Guide to GA4
Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is Google's market leading website and app analytics suite that empowers unparalleled insights into your users' digital behaviour, between every touchpoint.
- From 30 June, 2022 your business should be on GA4, in order to have 12 months of data for analysis until Universal Analytics (UA) stops working next year.
- That means, now is the time to implement GA4 to ensure continuity and a reliable year-on-year look back period.
Download our guide and prepare for the future of Google Analytics.