In order to make sense of the huge amount of data available on the web, data scraping automation has become an essential tool for businesses. Data scraping automates the process of extracting data from websites and can be a very useful tool for gathering market intelligence, competitor prices, or contact information. Mindful Coding Solutions has developed a great many different automated processes over the years that have helped businesses gather more customer information for future prospecting. Here are some reasons why you might need data scraping automation for your business.
Data scraping automation, the basic gist
Data scraping automation is simply extracting data from websites, which can be useful for various purposes such as gathering market intelligence or competitor prices. In other words, it’s a way to get information from the web without having to manually copy and paste it yourself. There are many different ways you can scrape data, but one of the most common is using a web scraper tool. A web scraper tool allows you to select the specific pieces of data you want to collect and then automatically collects that data for you.
Some reasons why businesses might need data scraping automation
Almost every business today, no matter its size, relies on data. This data might be internal information about employees or customers, financial records, market research results, or any number of other things. And in order to make use of this valuable data, businesses often need to scrape it from a variety of sources. Data scraping automation can help businesses save time and money while still getting accurate results.
Things to keep in mind when using data scraping automation
When it comes to data scraping, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you follow the robots. txt protocol – this will ensure that you don’t accidently scrape any sensitive information. Secondly, be careful not to overload the website with too many requests – this could lead to the site crashing or slowing down significantly. Finally, always consider the ethics of data scraping and make sure that you’re only collecting information that is publicly available and can’t be used to harm or exploit someone in any way.
Glenn’s Wheel Polishing Use Case
This year, we developed an easy way for one Tampa business to pull in the specs and features of wheels without purchasing a very expensive database of wheel information. By entering just the number that is etched into most wheels and an uploaded photo, our automation was able to scan 3 separate online data sources, pull down and save the basic specification data for each wheel, saving the business owner countless hours in manual work.
If you need data from somewhere on the internet and don’t want to spend your life trying to download and save it to a spreadsheet or database, we have a solution for you. If you’d like to get in touch with us to tell us about your need for a data scraping automation process, please contact us on our contact page.