A couple of weeks ago Kristaps, from infogr.am, and I got together to do our first joint webinar on using web data to build an infographic. It got such a great response, that we thought “why not do it again?”. So, back by popular demand, this week I am once again joined by the fantastic Mr. Kristaps to show you how you can get data from the web and turn it into a cool infographic.
Now, we wouldn’t just want to repeat ourselves - that wouldn’t be much fun - so this time we’re doing it with a little twist. One of the key benefits of using import.io, is that we pull data from websites in real-time. This means that you can build an infographic with data that changes regularly and have it always be up-to-date. Read More
The largest, and probably best known, crawler is the one used by Google and other search engines which is used to create a copy of all the visited pages for later processing and indexing by the search engine to provide faster searches.
Of course in the majority of cases you don’t actually want to visit the entire internet and get all of the information - that would take a lot of processing power to sort through. Most of the time you want to search a site for a particular bit of information - you may want to build a database of all the products on Asos for example.
In these situations, many people chose to create their own web crawler which can be configured to target precisely what they need. To do this, you could always write your own custom code, but these days there are a number of services (both free and paid) which will help you to do it more quickly and efficiently.
It’s important to remember, however, that not all crawlers are created equal. Read More
Today’s webinar was brought to you by a very special guest, none other than Co-Founder and Product Evangelist, Andrew Fogg! It’s rare that I willingly relinquish the webinar spotlight, but when I heard what he had come up with, I just knew I had to let him tell you all about it. Read More
We love feedback here at import.io and we're always excited when someone sends us an email telling us what they think about the product. We get a fair number of these, but sometimes you come across one that is just too good not to share. This is an actual letter from Ryan McCready, founder of Gro. Media, which he sent to me after seeing our joint webinar with infogr.am. Read More
For today’s webinar I am joined by my favorite Northerner and technical marketing expert, Dan Cave. In light of all the new signups we got after our last joint webinar with infogr.am, we thought it’d be a good idea to give you guys a look at all the different data extraction tools we have to help you get data from the web. Read More
My name is Johnny Stoddard, and I am a management consultant, an avid indie music lover, and a data nerd, among other things… I wrote this post to tell you about some exciting data analysis I did of Pitchfork webpages with the help of import.io.
For those who don’t know, Pitchfork is a music review and news website focused on independent music. I am addicted to this site. I visit it multiple times per day reading its daily-posted album reviews, song reviews and music news in hopes of discovering good new music—this ritual pays off almost daily. I also spend 51 weeks of the year waiting in Christmas-eve-like anticipation for the week Pitchfork releases it year-end lists of favorite albums, songs, music videos and news posts. Read More
Getting the contact details of journalists you want to target is an important part of any good marketing/pr strategy. But, using mass marketing and outreach lists has always felt kinda scummy...particularly the ‘bought in’ lists. TechCrunch even went so far as to publicly publish all their email addresses to prevent companies selling them.
I’ve devised a simple - seriously there’s only 3 steps - guide to curating your own targeted list of authors. These self-generated author contact lists are guaranteed to work much better than buying a mass list. Not to mention they’ll save you from giving authors a rage induced aneurysm. Read More
Communication plays a significant role when managing an offshore team. Insufficient knowledge exchange leads to poor quality work and a lower success rate. Having a regular and established communication process between yourself and your offshore team is essential.
I’ve always had regular Start-of-day (SOD) and End-of-day (EOD) conference calls with the offshore QA team in Hyderabad. But when I took over our second offshore team (The Data Factory) in New Delhi, I felt it was a good opportunity to revisit our total offshore communication strategy. Read More
For this week’s webinar we joined data forces with the lovely Kristaps from Infogr.am. Once again, we’ll be returning to one of my favorite data subjects: football! In particular we’ll be looking at the valuations of all the teams. Read More
Ok, let’s start with the basics. Leads represent the first stage of the sales process. In its simplest form a lead is any “person or entity that has an interest and authority to purchase your product or service”. Or in other words: someone you can sell to.
Sounds good. So, what information do you need about that person or entity for it to be an actionable lead? A good rule of thumb is to look for the information that you would find on a business card, i.e. their name, associated company and contact details. Read More