2nd Screen Summit: Rapid Growth of 'Big Data' Can Increase Consumer Engagement

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With consumers engaging with content on more devices than ever, companies are also gaining more metrics on their customers, which can be used to more effectively monetize, market and learn about their needs, said Debi Stack, director of industry consulting, telecom, media, entertainment, sports & hospitality at Dell, at the 2nd Screen Summit here Wednesday.

At the event, which was co-sponsored by Multichannel News, B&C and Twice, Stack gave a presentation to attendees about how to use data gathered from second-screen devices -- expected to grow 650% over the next five years -- to deliver contextually aware information.

"Data can be aggregated and analyzed to help U.S. content providers deliver the right content and the right advertising in way consumer enjoys, so they don't consider it spam," she said.

Stack gave the example of sports leagues being interested in so-called "big data" to know who is buying their tickets and using second-screen devices in the stadiums to integrate their customer relationship management systems, point of sale systems and ticketing systems to engage fans to buy tickets to the next game or pre-order concessions, for instance.

"Not only know who our audience is and what they're interested in, but we know where they are with location-based services and we can begin to do predictive analytics," she said.

The challenge with data gleaned from second screen devices is of course privacy, though Stack said that there is both personally identifiable information and anonymous information.