DM News – Acxiom's Inaccurate Data and Why It's So Useful
By Doug Bryan, Data Scientist, RichRelevance.
The oldest and largest marketing data aggregator, Acxiom, recently opened up its database to let individuals see and edit the data that the company has collected about them. Data scientists and marketers have been viewing the data and, often, chuckling at its inaccuracy. Acxiom admits that up to 30% of its data is wrong, and yet it’s the industry leader. How can Acxiom make so much money with data that’s only 70% accuracy? Simple: Most marketers’ data is worse, and in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.