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  • Writer's pictureMark A Preston

How Audience Research Can Revolutionise Your Marketing

Updated: Mar 10

In the digital marketing sphere, where data is gold, we often find ourselves at the cusp of an enigmatic situation: The more we know about our audience, the more we realize how much we’re kept in the dark by the titans of tech. This realization struck me profoundly during my enlightening chat with Rand Fishkin, a pioneer in audience intelligence.

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The Thrill of Simplicity in a Complex World

Why does audience research resonate so deeply with me, you might wonder? It’s the joy of demystifying complex data and presenting it in a manner that empowers marketers. The process of simplifying the painstaking tasks of market research and making it straightforward fuels my passion.

The Unfair Advantage of Big Tech

However, there's a flip side to this coin. As Rand insightfully pointed out...

“Google and Facebook, Amazon...they have all your customer's data, and they won't share it with you.”

It's a harsh truth we face in this industry. These behemoths hoard insights gleaned from our content, our profiles, our interactions, and yet, when we reach out to grasp this valuable knowledge, we find the doors shut.

The Injustice of Information Hoarding

There’s a tangible sense of injustice that creators, the lifeblood of these platforms, are often left out of the loop.

“It seems wrong and unfair to me that the big tech companies get to extract this data...and we don't get to use it even though we’re the ones who made that audience possible."

Rand laments. It’s a sentiment that resonates with many of us who pour our souls into our content, only to find that the rewards are reaped by those at the helm of these digital Goliaths.

The Call for Data Democratisation

This is not merely about having access to data – it's about the right to understand the audience we’ve built. It’s about data democratisation, allowing creators to fine-tune their strategies, personalize their content, and truly connect with their audience on a deeper level.

Harnessing the Power of Knowledge

What does this mean for you, the marketer, the business owner, the content creator? It means that:

  • We must champion the cause of fair data access.

  • We need to adopt tools and strategies that pierce through the veil of big tech secrecy.

It's time to insist on transparency and leverage whatever insights we can gather to sharpen our marketing edge.


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