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Your Job Is Impossible

Jul 17, 2014 - The job of a digital analyst is incredibly difficult - and a paper from Google and Microsoft drives that point home, with a focus on the near impossibility of measuring return on investment. Comments

Don't Give Them Data

imd-datafeeds-report-april2014 Jul 3, 2014 - People don't want the raw data, but instead want marketers to decipher the tech speak for them and present the valuable insights. If marketers can do this, they will help their organization become more data-driven than the competition. Comments

Digital Analytics: Aliens, Asteroids, Dinosaurs, Vampires, and Zombies

zombies-walking Jun 19, 2014 - A look at the external horrors that await unsuspecting digital analytics professionals around every corner, and advice on how to deal with them. Comments

Don't Let Big Data Play Games With Your Brain

data-brain Jun 5, 2014 - The next time you see a pattern, a connection, or a correlation, remember that you may not be the best person to determine if it passes the smell test. You will do your best work in collaboration with a proper subject matter expert. Comments

10 Things Not to Do as a Digital Analyst

what-not-to-do May 22, 2014 - Here is a collection of 10 harmful, but preventable, things you shouldn't be doing as a digital analyst. Comments

Top 10 New Things to Measure on Your Website

top-10-website-measurement May 8, 2014 - An updated list of the things you need to be measuring on your website, including online maturity, insight generation, and data quality. Comments

The Difference Between Truth and Facts Is Vocabulary

vocabulary Apr 24, 2014 - In order to satisfy insights consumers, shift your vocabulary and draw them into the conversation with you. Comments

Is It Cheaper to Keep Than Delete?

delete-button Apr 10, 2014 - Oftentimes it may be cheaper and less time-consuming to just keep data than to delete it. But how long is data valid and valuable, and how long until that data is dangerous? Comments

Of 3 Minds on Privacy - and a Song

data-privacy-shutterstock-108568799 Mar 27, 2014 - While we want our preferences and habits to be remembered by brands and marketers, the growing possibilities of Big Data bring on feelings of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Comments

Dumb Question Lunch Hour

question-shutterstock-89166664 Mar 13, 2014 - We've gotten so smart about our little areas of knowledge that it has become impossible to know enough about everything to be effective. Therefore, we started the Dumb Question Lunch Hour to help each other get a glimmer of insight about how the other... Comments

Love of Data: The Root of All Evil

big-data Feb 27, 2014 - The time will come when businesses - even American businesses - will have to reconcile themselves to data regulations as serious as those around banking, and develop ways to manage Other People's Data. Comments

So, What Do You Do for a Living?

14-02-11-what-do-you-do-b Feb 13, 2014 - Examples of the meme "What my clients think I do, what my boss thinks I do, what I think I do, what I really do," as adapted for the life of a digital analyst. Comments

You Are Not Alone in the Analytics World

group-shutterstock-101877301 Jan 30, 2014 - There are multiple ways to engage with others in the marketing profession, from summits to symposia to meet-ups. Comments

6 Truths I Hold To Be Self-Evident

shutterstock-128798782 Jan 16, 2014 - In conversations about Big Data, programmatic advertising or how creepy it is that companies follow you around the Internet, columnist Jim Sterne does his best not to roll his eyes and sigh, instead explaining how it all works. Comments

Be an Analytics Change Agent in 2014

shutterstock-72983548 Jan 2, 2014 - Stop being that annoying, buzzing insect in 2014 and commit to becoming a Change Agent instead. Columnist Jim Sterne offers tips on earning buy-in. Comments

Conversion Optimization Prioritization

to-do-listnow Dec 19, 2013 - There's no end to the data you can collect. There's no end to the tests you can run. There's no end to the analysis you can toy with. Comments

Retiring Reports & Deleting Dashboards

shutterstock-130609865 Dec 5, 2013 - Remember when you were first bit by the analytics bug? That joy of insight discovery? That feeling of being a data detective, uncovering the obvious because you knew just where to look and from which direction? Comments

A New Marketing Metric: Personally Provided Information

shutterstock-133773500 Nov 22, 2013 - The growing sophistication of the work is outstripping management's ability to determine whether the marketing department is doing a good job or not. Columnist Jim Sterne offers a new metric: Personally Provided Information. Comments

It's Too Late for Data Governance

shutterstock-122725423 Nov 7, 2013 - The more data sources your analysts can trust, the more insights they can derive and that will always be worth the effort. Just don't wait until it's too late. Comments

Persuading Senior Executives With Data

jimsterneoct2 Oct 24, 2013 - When Steve Patitpas, general manager of Microsoft.com, shares advice on how to engage and win the support of higher-ups in an organization, marketers would do well to listen up! Comments

Is It Wrong to Love Analytics This Much?

shutterstock-52824967 Oct 17, 2013 - Digital marketers share what they love about analytics and the industry in general, with columnist Jim Sterne. Comments

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