Verifying Business Value

The mystique of marketing measurability puts practitioners in an awkward position. Executives with budgetary control ask for numbers, want answers, and expect insights. This column provides those executives with a strategic framework for understanding online marketing metrics, while delivering practical advice to those managing marketing metrics on how to become more valuable to the organization.

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10 Ways to Make Reports Not Suck

Aug 14, 2014 - Reports are necessary in the world of analytics-based marketing, but they can be extremely boring. Here are 10 ways to make your reports engaging, informative, and interesting to your audience. Comments

Do Your Analytics Make Any Difference?

analytics-shutterstock-139983946 Aug 7, 2014 - Analytics can only effectively change your marketing when the rest of the business buys into their importance - from the chief executive all the way down the line. Comments

I Say It's "Daytah," You Say It's "Dahtah"

big-data-screen Jul 31, 2014 - A poem about the merits of data, and whether it should be treated as a plural word or a singular entity. Can marketers agree on how to treat the word in their industry? Comments

Your Job Is Impossible

mission-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

The First Month in Start-Up/SME Marketing (Part 3)

startup-lightbulb-man Jul 16, 2014 - Part three of this five-part series takes a deeper look into a start-up's marketing plan, and more specifically looks at how you can implement content marketing to ensure success in your start-up or small business. Comments

Is Everything We’ve Ever Learned About Attribution Really Wrong?

attribution Jul 10, 2014 - While there are certainly inherent problems with the typical attribution models in use today, it is possible to overcome them by asking three important questions. 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

The First Month in Start-Up/SME Marketing Part 2

business-plan-1 Jun 18, 2014 - The second part in this five-part series details how to create a marketing strategy, how to ensure people are on board with it, and how to plan its immediate and long-term execution. Comments

Do You Have the Right Framework for Measuring Success?

pr-measurement Jun 12, 2014 - The development of meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) is often critical to an organization's success, as it sets the tone and the agenda for the business. 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

Are You Getting Visual Insights or Executive "Eye Candy"?

data-visualization May 15, 2014 - Analysts must strike a balance between focusing on substance and focusing on style in order to achieve the perfect data visualization strategy. Comments

The First Month in Start-Up/SME Marketing

strategy May 8, 2014 - In the first of a five-part series, we look at how you can design a comprehensive and strategic marketing plan for your start-up. 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

Do You Actually Have an "Attribution" Problem Worth Solving?

attribution Apr 17, 2014 - Before deciding on an attribution methodology, such as a simple model, multi-touch model, or data-driven model, figure out how big the attribution problem is that you're trying to solve. 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

What's the ROI of Analytics? (Part 3)

roi-shutterstock-180528335 Mar 20, 2014 - Part three in a series looking at how to measure the return on investment (ROI) of analytics. In some cases it will be possible to measure the outputs, but more often than not it's going to require some deep thinking about how to evaluate the outcomes. 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 half works. Comments

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