14-02-11-what-do-you-do-b

So, What Do You Do for a Living?

  |  February 13, 2014   |  Comments

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.

When I'm out on the road and too tired to open even one more email, I love to look at examples of that great meme: "What my clients think I do, what my boss thinks I do, what I think I do, what I really do." They're funny. And they pretty much sum things up.

When asked, "What do you do?" about 10 years ago, those of us who called ourselves Web analysts would mumble something about measuring the success of a website. If pressed, we could wax rhapsodic about click-throughs and pageviews and optimization.

Unchecked, we might slippery-slope our way into tales of click-path optimization, multivariate testing, and semantic analytics. We would then find ourselves talking to glazed eyes and stifled yawns.

Rachelle Maisner gave us this wonderful little "what we really do" gem:

14-02-11-what-do-you-do-a

But as our jobs got more complicated, the conversations got more difficult. Instead of being a "Web analyst" we became "digital analysts." In 2008, the Web Analytics Association became the Digital Analytics Association and the "what we do" meme changed for the more sophisticated.

Tina Costanza gave us an updated self-awareness vision:

14-02-11-what-do-you-do-b

Explaining the integration of social, mobile, and offline data in a crowd of civilians would find us talking to the tops of heads of those checking their phones for anything more interesting - like a meeting schedule change or a push notification from Candy Crush.

So, once again, it's time to update the image we're broadcasting to the world. It's time to own the complexity, the sophistication, and the wide variety of what we do for a living and our love of doing it.

And so, as a service to my colleagues, I offer up this little ditty with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan called, "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Data Analyst." It pretty much sums things up:

ClickZ Live Chicago Join the Industry's Leading eCommerce & Direct Marketing Experts in Chicago
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 4 days and 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda and register by Friday, Oct 3 to take advantage of Early Bird Rates!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Sterne

Jim Sterne is an international consultant who focuses on measuring the value of the Web as a medium for creating and strengthening customer relationships. Sterne has written eight books on using the Internet for marketing, is the founding president and current chairman of the Digital Analytics Association and produces the eMetrics Summit and the Media Analytics Summit.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

Get the ClickZ Analytics newsletter delivered to you. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

IBM: Social Analytics - The Science Behind Social Media Marketing

IBM Social Analytics: The Science Behind Social Media Marketing
80% of internet users say they prefer to connect with brands via Facebook. 65% of social media users say they use it to learn more about brands, products and services. Learn about how to find more about customers' attitudes, preferences and buying habits from what they say on social media channels.

An Introduction to Marketing Attribution: Selecting the Right Model for Search, Display & Social Advertising

An Introduction to Marketing Attribution: Selecting the Right Model for Search, Display & Social Advertising
If you're considering implementing a marketing attribution model to measure and optimize your programs, this paper is a great introduction. It also includes real-life tips from marketers who have successfully implemented attribution in their organizations.

Jobs

    • Tier 1 Support Specialist
      Tier 1 Support Specialist (Agora Inc.) - BaltimoreThis position requires a highly motivated and multifaceted individual to contribute to and be...
    • Recent Grads: Customer Service Representative
      Recent Grads: Customer Service Representative (Agora Financial) - BaltimoreAgora Financial, one of the nation's largest independent publishers...
    • Managing Editor
      Managing Editor (Common Sense Publishing) - BaltimoreWE’RE HIRING: WE NEED AN AMAZING EDITOR TO POLISH WORLD-CLASS CONTENT   The Palm...