Big Data Helps Businesses in Big Ways

Posted on Nov 19 2014 by

It’s no secret that businesses are what drive the U.S. economy. The exchange of goods and services for business large and small is what our society is built on. But, did you know that big data is actually a driving force in commerce? How, you ask? Businesses rely on data — just as we as consumers do — to form the basis for everyday decisions.

Experian has always been at the forefront of using big data, and over the years we have streamlined its uses to help drive commerce for the business community. Our commercial database contains unbiased information on more than 25 million active businesses in the U.S. However, data just scratches the surface of what we do. Our technology, analytical and consultative services help financial institutions and businesses (large and small) derive insights, which enable them to make more sound lending decisions, better manage their credit portfolios and acquire the right customers.

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Credit or Debit? Which one will save you $159K?

Posted on Nov 18 2014 by

Bankcard lending is trending upward, according to the 2014 Experian “State of Credit” report. One in 17 consumers obtained at least one bankcard this year, compared with one in 21 people back in 2013.

Consumers now carry an average of 2.18 bankcards apiece (an increase of 4.2 percent), and an average of 1.54 retail cards (a jump of 6.7 percent).

In other words, credit availability is on the rise. Can we do it smarter this time?

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State of Credit 2014

Posted on Nov 18 2014 by

Experian unveiled its fifth annual State of Credit report today, which provides a snapshot of consumers’ credit scores broken out nationally and by local market.

This year’s findings show that the nation’s average VantageScore has improved by two points since last year, coming in at 666. In the city listings, Mankato, MN takes the top spot with a VantageScore of 706 and Greenwood, MS residents have the lowest score of 609 in the study. While the report gives residents of certain cities reason to celebrate their higher scores, the study isn’t meant make the lower cities sing the blues. These types of data-driven insights are meant to help consumers — to give them a reason to be interested in credit, to want to understand and improve their financial well-being, and to become a more savvy credit user and manager.

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Good credit – an invaluable asset to businesses

Posted on Nov 17 2014 by

With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, Experian wants to remind small business owners why it is important to have good business credit. Good credit scores – they’re not just for consumers. Businesses need them, too.

According to a recent Experian survey, only 33 percent of small business owners said they were able to get the capital they need to maintain satisfactory cash flow. Good business credit can help business owners receive the funding they need, as well as help them earn more favorable terms and lower interest rates.

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Experian named as one of the most innovative companies in the world

Posted on Nov 13 2014 by

Experian has been named to Forbes’ list of the top 100 most innovative companies in the world.

The world’s most innovative companies were united by one factor at the heart of Forbes’ methodology: ‘investors’ ability to identify firms they expect to be innovative now and in the future.

This ‘Innovation Premium’, alongside other factors, determined whether a company is included in Forbes’ exclusive list.

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Certified used vehicles are a “treasure” in smaller markets

Posted on Nov 12 2014 by

One of my favorite sayings growing up as a kid was, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” While these words can have a very literal meaning, at its essence, it means that everything has a value to someone.

There couldn’t be a more fitting circumstance to apply this saying than when you look at the automotive industry, especially in relation to leased and certified used vehicles. After all, most certified used vehicles were once leases.

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Big Data: A Force for Good in Healthcare

Posted on Nov 11 2014 by

With all the discussions around the risks of big data, the fact that it can be used as a powerful enabler of good seems to be missed. The benefits of big data can be seen throughout our day to day lives from simple things like traffic alerts to more impactful purposes like those seen in today’s healthcare environment.

At Experian we serve more than 2,800 hospitals and 9,000 physician practices and use big data to help serve their patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our data and technology guides hospitals, physicians and patients step by step through an increasingly complex healthcare process.

With all the discussions around the risks of big data, the fact that it can be used as a powerful enabler of good seems to be missed. The benefits of big data can be seen throughout our day to day lives from simple things like traffic alerts to more impactful purposes like those seen in today’s healthcare environment.

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Join Experian at the #Money2020 conference in Las Vegas

Posted on Nov 04 2014 by

This week, Experian is participating in the Money 20/20 conference at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This premier conference highlights innovators that are profoundly changing how consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money. At the conference, Experian is providing a comprehensive view on customer intelligence and how we can be a data partner in helping businesses make powerful decisions that help acquire, grow and protect mobile customers.

The Experian team has hit the ground running and if you are attending the conference, be sure to check out all of the ways to meet up with us and stay connected.

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