Ho! Ho! Ho! Big Data Santa says whether you’re Naughty or Nice :)
If you’re the parent of a five year old anticipating the holidays, most likely they have recited their wish list ad nauseum. Theirs is the top of perhaps a very long list. How much or how well you fulfill the growing datum of well wishes is partly a matter of preference and a great deal of what budget allows.
With a confluence of family, friends, coworkers, and the adjunct category of “other”, gift giving is a fairly complicated subject. Whether a part of a small family close to home or sprawling branches for miles, you don’t want to overlook someone. As for friends, who rates a gift outright and who is most likely to give to you, for whom you need to have something just in case? At work – company policy or unwritten code of conduct – who gets what?
That’s not the end either
There are those that may not be top of the list but really do rate appreciation. What about remembering the person who delivers your personal mail or all the packages for work? Consider honoring the teacher who spends more time with your children than you do during the week. What about the neighbor who knows when you are home or not, so somehow knows when to keep an eye out for your place. Your babysitter, the kid who cuts the grass, the string of people that make your life just a little brighter are good to acknowledge. It’s exhausting to just create the list!
Now to figure out what to get for whom. Then figure out where to buy it. And then… the money to pay for all those gifts!
There is an app for it
Several apps are available for creating Christmas lists. (They also include birthdays and anniversaries.) They do some of the heavy lifting as far as beginning with importing contacts to create the lists, from which you can apply write-ins. The apps have budgeting capability to track a limit set versus actual spending. Some have a linking capability as far as “see” and “do.” This is looking online and capturing an item to buy for the list or seeing something in a store or in person and geo-tagging a picture. They have sort by store, which is really handy. When you’re in Target picking up toilet paper, you can click items off the list.
Not Naughty; Nice … but not Big Data
The apps are good – the digital lists of Christmas Present – but what Big Data can do for holiday shopping is a good introduction to the Spirit of Christmas Future.
It still starts with your contacts, but BD Santa digs through all your social media, your phone and text data banks, your email, your pics, your calendar, your digital life print, to capture the eaches. BD Santa creates a crazy long list (like in real life) but the result is the most comprehensive. The list is perhaps a bit more insightful too. Big Data has a way of finding the patterns and connections that aren’t so intuitive. Of course it has categories but it also has suggestions for prioritization (aka cutting back).
Five Golden Rings
How to pay? How much to spend? BD Santa knows your banking, your checking, your credit limits, your spending habits. It knows your pay check and your proclivity to spend on shopping, and dining and entertaining. So it sets a budget that makes sense and you now can see how much you deviate from it. BD Santa can show the hangover effects of getting carried away – how long to pay off the bills or what you will have to sacrifice instead.
BD Santa takes the budget and spreads it out over the list. It doesn’t do it evenly like your mother’s steady hand with peanut butter. BD Santa knows the ones on your list are weighted unevenly and need individual attention. But it doesn’t need to set a limit (yet).
Big Data Santa Comes Down the Chimney
Here’s the magic. Now BD Santa scours the digital world of your list members, artfully culling through the digital traffic to find who is interested in what. It then matches products and services available online to your list.
It doesn’t take BD Santa to know that Uncle Bob will be most happy with a bottle of Glen Livet, but BD Santa knows not only how to get it to your hands or his doorstep … with a bow and a note but also how to get the best price. You may have lost touch with what dolls or stuffed animals 8 year old girls are craving, but BD Santa knows exactly what SHE wants.
How about impressing the client that seems just out of reach? BD Santa sorts and stacks the matrix of wants and needs to find just what will bring them to you.
BD Santa also knows better who’s naughty or nice locally. Instead of a fistful of Starbucks cards, how about the local coffee shop or bagel store? Let BD Santa find the deals and specials that small businesses are offering and connect with your community.
Go Tithe Yourself
Big Data Santa also provides the option to set aside a portion of your spending for those not on your list, but needing your resources just the same. This can be a straight proportion of your spending or automatic drop blocks if you hit a threshold. BD Santa also knows what matters most to you in giving, and thus finds the most effective spending, like buying a tree from a nearby church or taking pictures with Santa for a charity and not the mall.
Today’s Christmas list apps have countdown features. Like the alarm for an appointment, it keeps you aware of the greatest resource of all – time. BD Santa understands that too. Choices become more limited or costs go up somewhere around two weeks out. If you care to see the penalties you accrue by waiting too long, BD Santa lets you in on the damage.
A Gift Worth Giving
There’s an art and science about gift giving, which is why it lends itself so well to the complex hands of Big Data. Gifts between countries with visiting dignitaries can set the tone for entente or détente. Goodness knows that is all the more true for the ones under your roof! Although Big Data Santa is a Spirit of Christmas Future, make sure to choose your gifts thoughtfully – each person, every time.
The gift worth giving is you J