What Is Data Mining?

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What is Data Mining? And what is Predictive Behavioral Targeting again? With all the technical terms in the field of onsite user analysis you can easily lose track of what’s going on. That’s why, we tried to define the terms for you and set the record straight.

How can you define Data Mining?

Data Mining is a generic term for different types of data analysis. Data Mining experts discover hidden relationships in large amounts of data that are useful for companies or research institutions. The main difference in comparison to other data analysis techniques is that Data Mining doesn’t presuppose an assumption beforehand. The assumptions will be developed during the analysis process, known as KDD (Knowledge Discovery in Databases). Data Mining is only a small part of the whole analysis process.

Data Mining in eCommerce

Why is Data Mining important for online shops?

Data Mining is often applied to shopping cart analysis in eCommerce. Retail companies are using a special Data Mining technique called Pattern Mining to find relations within the customer’s shopping habits like: 50% of our customers, who bought a scarf, also bought gloves. These recurring sequences are called frequent patterns and are used for product recommendations („Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought“).

If you combine the Pattern Mining technique with statistical data like surveys or demographic data and use your findings to predict future behavior, you call this Predictive Behavioral Targeting. Akanoo applies Predictive Behavioral Targeting to avoid abandoned carts. We are looking for behavior sequences that are occurring again and again. This could be a specific order of product sites or patterns in date and time of the visits. As soon as we have discovered frequent patterns, we use them in combination with available demographic data to predict the probability of intentions such as “will not convert”, “will not add second product to basket”, etc.

To cut a long story short: Data Mining is an important data analysis technique to extract valuable, hidden information from large data sets. It is particularly help in digital marketing and assists transaction-based websites in maximizing their profits.

Do you like to maximize your profit with Predictive Behavioral Targeting? Contact us now!