How The Obama Campaign Used Predictive Analytics To Influence Voters

The Obama 2012 campaign famously used big data predictive analytics to influence individual voters. They hired more than 50 analytics experts, including data scientists, to predict which voters will be positively persuaded by political campaign contact such as a call, door knock, flyer, or TV ad. Uplift modeling (aka persuasion modeling) is one of the hottest forms of predictive analytics, for obvious reasons — most organizations wish to persuade people to to do something such as buy! In this special episode of Forrester TechnoPolitics, Mike interviews Eric Siegel, Ph.D., author of Predictive Analytics, to find out: 1) What exactly is uplift modeling? and 2) How did the Obama 2012 campaign use it to persuade voters? (< 4 minutes)

 

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The Power To Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, Or Die

If you want to learn more about predictive analytics, you have to read Eric Siegel's new book as reviewed on my Intro To Predictive Analytics Reading List. Eric is a former Columbia University professor and the founder of Predictive Analytics World. I caught up with Eric at Predictive Analytics World in Chicago. Eric says that data “encodes experience” and that firms use predictive analytics to ferret out what it means — “Who will click, buy, lie, or die.” Watch to hear Eric describe it (< 3 minutes).

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Instant Insight: What Is Mobile Device Management?

You must invest in a mobile device management (MDM) solution especially to implement a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program. This essential technology allows IT pros to support multiple mobile platforms and form factors, extend management and security policies to both corporate-owned and employee-owned devices, and automate service desk support. In this Instant Insight, Forrester analyst Christian Kane explains what MDM is and where it is going.

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Navigating the fast-changing world of business technology is a constant challenge. Forrester Instant Insight aims to provide simple, complete answers to some popular questions. Our goal: You will watch the video and be enlightened in 5 minutes or less.

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What Is Hadoop?

You probably already know that Hadoop is an open source project that offers a powerful distributed platform to store and manage big data. Watch this 5-minute episode of Forrester TechnoPolitics to understand how Hadoop works and why it’s hot! You may also be interested in What Is A Data Scientist.

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Yesterday's approaches to customer data management won't cut it in the age of the empowered consumer. To stay competitive, firms must provide more personal experiences — and that requires faster, agile analytics and prediction. Find out how to navigate the process of developing a future-proof CDM strategy in this complimentary Forrester report, The Future Of Customer Data Management.

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What Is A Data Scientist?

Why all the fervor about big data? The answer is that it provides deep insights and predictive models that can dramatically improve business outcomes. But you need a data scientist to get there. There’s a lot of mythology about what a data scientist is and isn’t. In this episode of TechnoPolitics, Mike Gualtieri explains what a data scientist is, what skills they need, and how to hire one. You may also be interested in What Is Hadoop.

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Navigating the fast changing world of business technology is a constant challenge. Forrester Instant Insight aims to provide simple, complete answers to some popular questions. Our goal: You will watch the video and be enlightened in 5-minutes or less.

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Google Apps Versus Office 365: How To Decide

Deciding between Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps is not easy, because it’s not an apples-to-apples comparision of apps and features. It’s more like a fruit basket containing some apples, some pears, and a few exotic fruits. Not to worry — Forrester’s expert on collaboration software, TJ Keitt, is here to help you understand how to decide.

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