The new data struggle, or, Why you’re still wasting your marketing budget

The buzzwords never end. A proliferation of tools, platforms, and services now pitch their “social listening” abilities, databases of “influencers,” or "intelligence," promising companies new ways to augment their marketing efforts and easily tap into new audiences. Platforms dazzle with slick dashboards and videos, startups burst at the seams with smiling salespeople, and testimonials describe recent influencer-attended product launches.

What brand executives...