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August 26, 2016

The Product Data Black Hole: How to Avoid the Taxonomy Junk Drawer

Every house has one: The junk drawer. The place you shove things when you are not quite sure where to put them or whether to keep them. Mostly, the things just sit in the drawer, because after a while, you’re don’t remember what is in there. Once in a while, you shuffle through the junk drawer--... Read more
August 16, 2016

Does Metadata Run the World?

How to Achieve Efficiency through Standardization, and Competitive Advantage through Differentiation   Ask Google, Facebook, Uber or any of the $billion startups (the so called unicorns) out there if metadata runs the world.  I received a gift today in the mail (always nice – it’s n... Read more
August 3, 2016

The future of B2B eCatalogs - Be Like Amazon

If you’re a B2B distributor that’s been around for a while, then you probably grew up in a specific vertical and developed a reputation with a loyal base of customers. They trust your brand to deliver quality products…at least for now.   The B2B ecommerce landscape is changing.  T... Read more
August 2, 2016

3 Sides Of The Product Data Triangle: Product Relationships, Taxonomy and Attribution

The proper use of product relationships can really build the sale. Recently I was shopping online for some stain for a furniture refinishing project.  It would have been very useful if this particular hardware site had a strong product relationship structure so that the other items that would c... Read more
July 20, 2016

How to Train Your Robot

What do curated content, personalization and machine learning have in common?  This week Earley Information Science (EIS) is hosting two excellent executive roundtables – the first is with Anjali Yakundi, an analyst from Forrester Research and the topic is personalization.  Our second... Read more
July 15, 2016

EIS Podcast Episode 4 - Making Sense of Website Metrics

In this episode of “Earley On…”, Seth Earley, CEO of Earley Information Science, discusses the topic of how to make sense of metrics. Topics explored include how to deal with the tools, technologies and data with which we are collecting and receiving information about our custome... Read more
July 5, 2016

B2B: To Compete in Digital, You Need to Own Your Product Information

If you’re like most B2B manufacturers or distributors, you’re taking a page from the B2C playbook and you’re building out the product experience in your digital channel. Because we all shop and buy on-line as consumers, we expect the same capabilities from the B2B sites we frequent. Many indus... Read more
June 21, 2016

Cognitive Search – The Next Generation of Information Access

Overpromised now, but the potential is real You no doubt have heard about cognitive computing and see the inroads that AI is making in daily life as one technology company after another introduces their version of a virtual assistant.[1]  If you are a long-time professional working in the in... Read more
June 20, 2016

EIS Podcast Episode 3 - Enterprise Search

In this episode of “Earley On…”, Seth Earley, CEO of Earley Information Science discusses the hard problem of Enterprise Search and its various intricacies. Seth addresses the issues of content, metadata, governance, and the use of manual and automated methods & processes to guara... Read more
June 7, 2016

9 Signs of a Great Display Taxonomy

Companies make use of many taxonomies to organize information about their product line. One of the most important of these is the display taxonomy.  The display taxonomy is used to guide the customer to the desired product. The better the taxonomy, the better the customer’s buying experience,... Read more