Of 3 Minds on Privacy - and a Song

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, 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

What Machines Haven't Learned Yet

sterne-092613 Sep 30, 2013 - Machine learning is really, really powerful and it opens up new ways of doing analysis with Big Data. But, it cannot act alone. Comments

Frequency Capping for the Love of God

amazon-ad-preferences Sep 12, 2013 - For now, I just want one thing: the ability to turn off ads for a specific product. Comments

Getting People to Buy Less

return-to-sender Aug 29, 2013 - What if you use the analytics generally employed to get people to buy more, to get people to buy less, cutting the cost of processing the original sale and the return handling? Comments

What to Measure? Start at the Top

customer-satisfaction Aug 1, 2013 - Just because you can measure every online thing these days, should you? Comments

Digging for Data Diamonds

diamon-tweezer Jul 4, 2013 - Be careful that you start with the proper type and the highest quality of data before you begin slicing, dicing, polishing, and mounting. Otherwise, no recipient will be pleased with your offering. Comments

How Do You Measure Transmedia?

paid-shared-earned-owned-media Jun 20, 2013 - Whoever has the definition wins a prize. Comments

Mitch Joel Says Reboot, a Book Review

ctrl-alt-delete May 23, 2013 - Do not throw the baby out with the bath water. Do not drop everything. Do not reinstall the operating system - just reboot. Comments

$3.25 Million to Assess Audience Engagement

leverage-social-networking May 9, 2013 - How the Lear Center is trying to improve the quality of digital data collection and analysis for media organizations and help marketers make better-informed decisions. Comments

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