Panning for Gold: A Prospector’s Guide to Mining and Filtering Community Data

Benjamin Bassi (CommonPlaces e-Solutions)
Products & Services
Location: E141
Tags: data
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Businesses today have access to an unimaginable amount of user data and content, both structured and unstructured. The frustration is that most can’t quite reach or understand the value of the data with the search tools they’re currently using. In this presentation, CommonPlaces’ Ben Bassi will share his strategies for discovering the nuggets of business intelligence through data collaboration and dynamic filters that aggregate both internal data and the wealth of user generated content on the Web.

Like panning for gold, intelligently analyzing your data is a four-step process: Prospecting, Mining, Extracting, and Refining. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to uncover insights that elude simple search, find hidden connections in your data, spot potential issues sooner, and discover new ways to create value for your community and your organization – easily and efficiently. Once you start using this information to make smarter business decisions, you’ll begin to see that your data really is worth its weight in gold.

Attendees of this session will learn methods of understanding content and context, including:

New ways to find ideas, issues, and trends buried across information sources, whether across Blogs, Twitter, call center databases, warranty claims, emails, or a spreadsheet of survey results, the answers are there.

Discover new ways to create value by aggregating and dynamically filtering structured and unstructured data to understand the competitive environment to move quickly and decisively.

Uncovering insights that elude search. With traditional monitoring tools, you only hear what you are listening for. Learn how to discover the true Voice of the Customer to know what your market is saying and how you should respond.

Explore hidden connections to improve your products and services. Combine Social Media, Call Center, and Internal data to create powerful, up-to-the-minute focus groups.

  • Sponsored by CommonPlaces

Benjamin Bassi

CommonPlaces e-Solutions

As a founding member of, Ben Bassi has been at the forefront of online innovation for almost two decades. A pioneer of online communities (social networking, before the phrase was coined), Ben worked as EVP of Sales and Marketing at Firefly Network (which was acquired by Microsoft and became MSN Passport). During his time as the head of YouthStream Media, the company worked with 250 colleges and universities to facilitate online communication between their faculty and student population with the early social networking sites MyBytes and SixDegrees.

Under Bassi’s leadership, CommonPlaces e-Solutions is one of the fastest growing Web development firms in New England, achieving Inc 500 for 2009. Since 1993, Ben has motivated the talented team at CommonPlaces to deliver online community experiences and collaborative data solutions that go beyond just another social network.

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Daniel Murphy
07/22/2010 7:36am PDT

Light on the technology; heavy on the sales message.

Jason Young
07/22/2010 7:28am PDT

Looks like an intriguing technology. But I’m not sure that using the camera manufacturer’s example is the best one to go forward with. I find a bit incredulous that the manufacturer just didn’t send their people to the review sites to get a live, narrative pulse of what the reviewers were saying.

I’d definitely recommend finding different analysis examples that could show the strength of the product.

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