Analytics Section: Beware of the giraffes in your data

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Marketers and analysts are always on the lookout for exciting new insights which can translate into action items and provide strategic advantage, but they often miss them. They can even make the wrong decisions – because they fail to account for the “giraffe effect” in their data.

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Analytics section: Choose the Right Chart Type for your Data thro’ Bhavin Dalal

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Charts help you visualize numeric data in a graphical format but the problem is there are just too many types of charts to choose from. You have bar charts, bubble charts, pie charts, line histograms and so on.

If you are finding it hard to pick the right chart type for your type of data, refer to chart chooser diagram, also available as a PDF, designed by Andrew Abela.

Start from the center of the poster and take the route that best matches your data type. Is the data static or does it change over time?

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Analytics Section:Customer Migration thro’ V Bharath

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Much of the database analysis of customers deals with acquisition and retention, assuming that a customer is a customer. That may be true with most products and services, but it certainly is not true for all. If you study customer purchase patterns over a period of time, you can see patterns, which can be useful in marketing. The goal is to influence behavior. 

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Analyzing the Analyzers by Ajay Kelkar

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The attached book is an interesting description of  analysts. I feel the challenge for us is the blend of these different skills that we need to bring together & the fact that our clients really don’t care “what is under the hood”. This makes both jobs –the analytics one & the client manager’s role a very tough ask.

I loved the grid below that shows the wide variety of skills needed & as long as we don’t look for “god” in our analyst employees but find ways to build complementary team structures.

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Inside the cave – How analytics, campaigns helped Obama’s election victory by Samit Malkani

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I don’t think any campaign gets bigger than the one to win the White House. Here you go on the details that made it happen. Here’s an inside view of how it all happened. Great learning for marketing folks who are involved in data, analytics, digital and campaigns.

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Analytics Section: Want to predict human behavior? Use these 6 lessons based on data from 10 million households

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Anyone who’s ever had a temperamental friend or relative may be skeptical that human behavior is predictable. But upon evaluating a larger dataset, a different picture emerges: by using the right analytical tools and approaches, you can actually predict human behavior with exceptional accuracy.

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Show me the money. Doing business on the web means understanding visits, leads, applications, enrollments, starts and completions

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For anyone interested in web analytics Avanish Kaushik’s blog Occam’s Razor is the place to go. He is a master and his posts are always detailed and highly educative. What’s more there’s very active community of readers who comment on every post, and as a bonus, Avinash actively participates in the comment stream by adding and debating with commentators.

This post is about understanding the money funnel using Google Analytics. How businesses and individuals can drill down and make sense of all that’s happening on a site by looking at the data and finding patterns.

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