New Learning Lab 1-Hour Course - Build A Strategic Database With Web Scraping
Written by Matt Dancho
We have just released a NEW Learning Lab “1-Hour Course” - Build a Strategic Database with Web Scraping - Through Learning Labs PRO (Limited Time 15% OFF DISCOUNT HERE). Learn how to implement web-scraping to give your organization a Competitive Advantage.
What are Learning Labs PRO “1-Hour Courses”?
High-impact, super-efficient courses that teach you exactly what you need to know with the 80/20 Rule in full effect!
“1-Hour Course” on Web Scraping Product Data & Building A Strategic Database
Interested in learning web-scraping? Want to know how to generate business value by creating a strategic database of competitor products and pricing information?
Then our new Learning Labs “1-Hour Course” - Build a Strategic Database with Web Scraping - is just what you need.
Let’s check out what’s inside.
The “1-Hour Course” agenda encompasses a crystal clear path to teach you exactly what you need to know about web-scraping and FAST!
Course Agenda - What You Learn - FAST
Here’s what you get in 1-hour (fast and effective)
Why Web Scrape? Business Case - 5:39
HTML Hacking Primer - 8:50
- 1.0 Libraries - 20:17
- 2.0 Collect Product Families - 22:01
- 3.0 Web Scrape Product Family Page - 28:23
- 4.0 Web Scrape Bike Information - 36:59
- 5.0 Post Processing - 48:29
Skills Needed // Available Tools - 54:13
First, you start off with the Business Case…
Business Case - Analyzing Competitor Products is a Competitive Advantage
The first question we need to ask ourself is, “Why web-scrape?”.
Web-Scraping is a Competitive Advantage.
The web is full of free and valuable data. Many companies put their product information out there to attract customers and sell products. Few companies implement programs to actively retrieve and analyze competitor data. Companies that implement web-scraping programs have a Competitive Advantage over those that don’t.
Here’s an example of Cannondale Bicycles (Matt’s favorite bike manufacturer!).
Product Data - Free and Valuable Information
Every manufacturer in the “High-End Bicycle Space” has product pages like these that can be webscraped.
In this Learning Labs “1-Hour Course”, you learn how to web-scrape 248 bicycles from Cannondale to put into a strategic database with competitor product data that looks like this.
You Create This - Strategic Database with Competitor Product Data
Now that you understand the importance of a strategic competitor database, we efficiently step through the information you need to know to do it by giving you a HTML Hacking Primer…
HTML Hacking Primer
You will learn the 2 Steps to scraping websites.
Step 1: Determine URL and Website Structure
First, you learn how to determine the URL and Website Structure.
Step 1 - Learn How To Investigate URL & Website Structure
Step 2: Web-Scrape Key Information Using HTML
Second, you learn how to scrape key information using HTML tags and attributes.
Step 2 - Learn How To Scrape Key Data using HTML Tags and Attributes
- Google Inspector - A key tool every data scientist needs to know to explore web pages and build web apps
- rvest - An R Package for web scraping
Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to put the tools to work in a 45-Minute Code Tutorial…
45-Minute Code Tutorial
This code tutorial will blow your mind. You will leave learning exactly what you need to do to replicate a competitor product webscrape for your organization. Tools used:
- Web Scraping with
- Data Manipulation with
- Text manipulation with
- Iteration with
- Parallelization with
45-Minute Web-Scraping Tutorial in R using
If that wasn’t enough, we leave you with more tools to explore…
The Web-Scraping Ecosystem
We leave you with a challenge - analyzing Specialized Bicycles and give you some more tools that you can explore to become a Web-Scraping Rockstar!
Web Scraping Ecosystem - More Tools!
Still unconvinced? We get it. Business Science could be making all this up.
This is why you should listen to our students (instead of us)…
Don’t Trust Us - Trust Our Students
On the fence about Learning Labs PRO? We just received this feedback yesterday.
Student Feedback - Web Scraping Course
We love hearing student feedback like this!
OK, let’s quickly recap.
Learning Labs PRO (15% OFF - Limited Time) is our new service with “1-Hour Courses” to accelerate your learning - they’re fast, tactical, and efficient.
We’ll be releasing more courses every 2-weeks or so. There are now 8 Courses Total. Here’s what they look like.
Inside Learning Labs PRO
- When you sign up for Learning Labs PRO, you gain access to all of the courses plus every new course we release (typically 2 released per month).
One final piece of information - Frequenly asked questions (FAQs)…
What is the difference between Learning Labs PRO and Business Science University Courses?
Great question. Here’s the difference:
Product Comparison - BSU Program and Learning Labs PRO
Business Science University Courses and Programs
Build Core Skills - The foundational skills that every data scientist needs to know including Machine Learning, Data Manipulation, Visualization, Reporting, Advanced Skills (
LIME), and Web Application Development.
Strategic - You learn through integrated problem-solving systems (frameworks) and project-driven courses where the focus is on application rather than learning tools. The tools integrate to help you in your problem-solving process.
Long Format - Foundational skills cannot be taught effectively in short courses. Rather students need projects that focus on real world problems where they code along with the instructor. This approach is highly effective.
Learning Labs PRO “1-Hour Courses”
Target Key Skills - These are mission-critical topics every data scientist needs to know like web-scraping, big data, setting up API’s, project management, and more!
Tactical - You learn using the 80/20 approach. You learn only what you need to know to get up and running AS. FAST. AS. POSSIBLE.
Light-Weight - These are meant to be consumed quickly so you can apply your skills immediately!
Should I Enroll In BSU Courses AND Learning Labs PRO?
YES!!! BSU Courses and Learning Labs PRO are meant to be taken together.
You get FOUNDATIONS (through BSU Courses) and KEY SKILLS (through Learning Labs PRO). This way you become a well-rounded Data Scientist. Not just a Machine Learning Specialist (that can’t manipulate data or create visualizations).
Learn both fundamentals and key skills by enrolling in both. We make it simple with this limited time offer.
Program Summary and Links:
What If I Have Questions and Need Guidance?
We operate our Community-Driven Slack Channel. You gain access to Matt (Course Instructor) and other like-minded students and data scientists that you can network with.
Community-Driven Slack Channel
Ok, it should be obvious by now…
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