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How do you make Big Data less intimidating, more actionable and thus more valuable, in particular for marketing and communications professionals? That is the question at the heart of the Small Data Forum, an initiative by LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions to listen, learn, share and educate ourselves and others who grapple with the challenges of the information avalanche. Industry thought-leaders Neville Hobson, Sam Knowles and host Thomas Stoeckle discuss current industry themes and news topics in the wider context of data and society.

Thomas Stoeckle leads strategic business development at LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions (BIS).
A marketing communications researcher and business leader with 25 years+ experience, he believes passionately in story-telling through robust data evidence and compelling visualization.
Originally from Germany, Thomas has been living and working in London for more than 16 years, working with clients all over the globe. In a fast-changing world, he enjoys nothing more than working with partners and clients finding and building better solutions for their communications challenges.
Forever a digital Neanderthal among digital natives, he is keenly aware that today's challenges demand fluency in the three languages of business, technology, and of course humans.
Thomas is also co-chair of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission.

For nearly 30 years, Neville Hobson has been a voice of experience and influence about digital technologies and human behaviours, disruptive change in workplaces and marketplaces, and relevant trends to pay close attention to.
He helps organizations leverage his business and communication experiences, knowledge and subject-matter expertise that embraces social, digital and cognitive technologies. He helps clients understand the rise of artificial intelligence and its impact in workplaces and marketplaces; digital communication and engagement strategy and development; and how to leverage social media for stakeholder nurturing and development.
Neville is a pioneering podcaster, co-presenting the communication industry's first and most enduring podcast, "For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report," from 2005-2015.

Sam Knowles is Founder & MD of Insight Agents, a corporate and brand storytelling business. He has almost 30 years' experience helping organisations communicate better, clearer, simpler.
Data and statistics are the foundation of the stories Sam helps companies to build; evidence-based, data-driven, insight-rich narrative. But only the foundation, before the tools and techniques of story take over.
With a PhD in experimental psychology, Sam has just written an intensely-practical guide to his craft called "Narrative By Numbers: How To Tell Stories With Data And Statistics". It will be published in early 2018.

Small Data Forum Podcast Thomas Stoeckle (strategic business development, LexisNexis BIS; co-chair Measurement Commission, Institute for PR)

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How do you make Big Data less intimidating, more actionable and thus more valuable, in particular for marketing and communications professionals? That is the question at the heart of the Small Data Forum, an initiative by LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions to listen, learn, share and educate ourselves and others who grapple with the challenges of the information avalanche. Industry thought-leaders Neville Hobson, Sam Knowles and host Thomas Stoeckle discuss current industry themes and news topics in the wider context of data and society.

Thomas Stoeckle leads strategic business development at LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions (BIS).
A marketing communications researcher and business leader with 25 years+ experience, he believes passionately in story-telling through robust data evidence and compelling visualization.
Originally from Germany, Thomas has been living and working in London for more than 16 years, working with clients all over the globe. In a fast-changing world, he enjoys nothing more than working with partners and clients finding and building better solutions for their communications challenges.
Forever a digital Neanderthal among digital natives, he is keenly aware that today's challenges demand fluency in the three languages of business, technology, and of course humans.
Thomas is also co-chair of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission.

For nearly 30 years, Neville Hobson has been a voice of experience and influence about digital technologies and human behaviours, disruptive change in workplaces and marketplaces, and relevant trends to pay close attention to.
He helps organizations leverage his business and communication experiences, knowledge and subject-matter expertise that embraces social, digital and cognitive technologies. He helps clients understand the rise of artificial intelligence and its impact in workplaces and marketplaces; digital communication and engagement strategy and development; and how to leverage social media for stakeholder nurturing and development.
Neville is a pioneering podcaster, co-presenting the communication industry's first and most enduring podcast, "For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report," from 2005-2015.

Sam Knowles is Founder & MD of Insight Agents, a corporate and brand storytelling business. He has almost 30 years' experience helping organisations communicate better, clearer, simpler.
Data and statistics are the foundation of the stories Sam helps companies to build; evidence-based, data-driven, insight-rich narrative. But only the foundation, before the tools and techniques of story take over.
With a PhD in experimental psychology, Sam has just written an intensely-practical guide to his craft called "Narrative By Numbers: How To Tell Stories With Data And Statistics". It will be published in early 2018.

    We're 50!

    We're 50!

    It’s been a long time coming, this in-person get-together of the three SmallDataForagers (I assume that’s what you call someone moderating a forum?) to celebrate our Golden Jubilee.
    1,955 days, in fact, since our fateful first encounter in the now sadly defunct Hospital Club in Soho. And nearly 650 days since our last Olivelli feast, just before Christmas 2019, when the world was a different, less pandemic place.
    That is of course all small fry compared with the 5,788 days that Angela Merkel has held the office of German Bundeskanzler. More of her and German politics later.   
    So, a long time coming, and well worth the wait: great company, inspiring conversations – the three of us don’t just have now 50 SDF episodes to reminisce over, but also a shared professional history of one time (Sam, Thomas) and other (Neville) working in the London office of what is now Real Chemistry, a power house of digital analytics alchemy driven business insights in life sciences.
    As rebranding is such a thing, and in light of our professional interests (not least Sam’s second book), perhaps we should start calling ourselves the SmallDataBigInsightsForum?
    Demonstrating resilient continuity in the face of pandemic disruption, we also reconvened at the Picturehouse Central members bar high above Piccadilly for one of those rare occasions, a live in-person podcast recording.
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    Media and marketing industry data under an expert microscope

    Media and marketing industry data under an expert microscope

    In the third of our new (but growing) series of Small Data Podcast interviews with data mavens, Sam is joined by media analyst Ian Whittaker. Ian is the current City AM Analyst of the Year – a gong he scooped for the second time in 2021. He has more than 20 years on the clock, assessing the financial performance of media and tech stocks.
    Ian’s understanding of the numbers and data underpinning media and marketing businesses is both broad and deep, and he writes regular columns for both City AM and marketing industry bible, Campaign. We spoke at the start of September 2021.
    Ian is optimistic that the media and marketing industry – at least in part – is making good use of data and analytics to target consumers more efficiently and effectively. Most have moved beyond the bombardment many consumers experienced not so long ago, and some of the bigger players – including consumer goods behemoth P&G – are combining the logic of data and the magic of creative to good effect. That said, some, both client- and agency-side, still have their heads buried deep in the sand.
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    Veni, vidi, vaxi

    Veni, vidi, vaxi

    As Thomas is making his usual round of introductions for this, the forty-ninth episode of the Small Data Forum podcast, he comments on Sam’s status as a published author. “Published author you too!” booms Sam, celebrating Thomas’ first-ever, peer-reviewed, academic article, written with his doctoral supervisor – and recent SDF interview guest – Darren Lilleker.

    For at the very start of this month, the esteemed Journal of Public Affairs saw fit to publish “The challenges of providing certainty in the face of wicked problems: Analysing the UK government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic”, a very on-message, on-podcast, rather-more-academic-than-we-usually-are critical analysis of how the Johnson Junta has managed with the ‘wicked problem’ (technical term) of Covid.

    Thomas summarises the arguments in the paper, of how Her Majesty’s Government’s response to the threat of the pandemic “has not been all that pretty”. After all the puffed-up, Cummings-laden rhetoric of the December 2019 election campaign which was supposed to be all about ‘getting Brexit done’ (“campaigning in poetry” to purloin Mario Cuomo’s phrase), Johnson’s cabinet of political pygmies has struggled to live up to the challenge of “governing in prose”.

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    • 50 min
    SDF Interview: Anne Hardy, CISO at Talend, on regulation vs self-regulation for Big Tech

    SDF Interview: Anne Hardy, CISO at Talend, on regulation vs self-regulation for Big Tech

    Like (slow) buses, you wait for years for interviews to turn up on the SmallDataForum podcast, and two turn up within but five months of each other.
    With Thomas taking the first plunge with his doctoral supervisor, Darren Lilleker, back in March, it was Sam’s turns to become inquisitor with Anne Hardy, Chief Information Security Officer at US-French data security firm, Talend (lovely animation on the homepage).

    Our conversation focused on the necessary balance between regulation and self-regulation of Big Tech. After some spectacular failures of anything approaching good governance – from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to the Trump and Brexit campaigns, familiar topics to aficionados of this podcast – the tide is turning on consumer privacy and the uses and abuses of personally identifiable information (PII data).

    Finally, the message has hit home that “if the service is free, you are the product”, in an internet floating and bloating on over-targeted advertising revenue.

    Continue reading -> https://www.smalldataforum.com/

    • 31 min
    It did not come home

    It did not come home

    Two Englishmen and a German talk about football… With SDF episode no. 48 being recorded sandwiched between the 1966 World Cup win (20,187 days ago, assuming Sam’s calculation is correct) and the 2021 final of the Euros (2.5 days ahead at the time of recording), we couldn’t possibly avoid the topic.
    It was by no means the only topic though, and we started our latest Zoom outing by bashfully listing recent achievements, from Sam’s quadruple haul at the Communicate Magazine’s Internal Communication and Engagement Awards – read all about it here, to my co-guest-editorship of ESSACHESS Journal of Communication on the future of all things PR and comms, together with the truly fabulous Ana Adi, to without a doubt the most impressive achievement: Neville’s loss of over two stone in weight in eleven weeks (check out the Zoom video!), thanks to the NOOM programme, behaviour and mindset change, and a copious dose of strong will.
    On health and behaviour change, Sam briefly mentioned the de Pfeffel government’s weight loss campaign post Alex’s brush with the cold hand of COVID: sunk without a trace, like so many test & trace and other emergency billions.
    We did talk vaccination, from the US vaccination programme hitting a bit of a red wall (and no it’s not the same as in the UK, more like the opposite), where, via Tortoise Media, Sam tells us that anti-vaxxing Trumplanders are now blocking the way to nationwide herd immunity. Who would have thought…
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    • 42 min
    Oh-oh-oh, your pants are on fire

    Oh-oh-oh, your pants are on fire

    During the Matrix Churchill affair – a conflict of interest and bit of political skulduggery so tepid compared with what’s happened in the intervening 20 years – the Tory MP Alan Clark conceded that he had been “economical with the actualité” in answer to Parliamentary questions.
    Lying about arms export licences to Iraq seems almost innocent compared to the stodge we’re served up daily by our demagogic masters in the fibbing 2020s. Even if Clark was branded by his wife as a “total Ess-Aitch-One-Tee” in a puff-piece documentary in the 1990s, not least for his endless affairs that were satirised by Private Eye as “discussions about Uganda”.
    We start our examination of the uses and abuses of data big and small with a focus on politics in the latest outing of the Small Data Forum podcast, episode 47.
    Sam is inspired by the writing and the message in comedian Stewart Lee’s tragedy vehicle, his weekly Observer byline. In a recent column picking through the ashes of Labour’s shambolic performance in British local elections, Lee takes aim at Prime Minister Johnson’s record as one of the worst – and most transparent – liars in British political history.
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    • 49 min

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