For the past little while, I have watched - in astonishment - the amount of times a senior marketing professional (both from the agency and brand side) have spouted off about the opportunity of big data in this brave new world. As they continue to speak, it becomes abundantly clearer that they probably don't even know what big data is. By my estimation, the vast majority of people extolling the virtues of big data seem to think that it's just like the data we have known to date... but more of it. That's not big data... that's more data. That's just a lot more of the same data. As these marketing professionals continue on their verbal admiration of everything that big data will bring to the industry, you quickly begin to realize that it's nothing more than jargon to these people.