/Marketing Leadership

Talking ’bout a (clean data) Revolution

By now, you’ve probably seen some version of this alarming news: Bad Data Costs US companies three trillion dollars a year. That’s three trillions.   And what, dear reader, can be done about this? It turns out much can be done. To make that case, let’s start by considering campaign marketing data -- often considered [...]

3 Reasons 2018 will be the Year of Data Governance

I've been writing about data quality in marketing for quite a while now, and I think the moment is right for firms -- in particular, CMOs -- to turn their attention fully to the issue of data quality and governance. Why pick on CMOs in particular?  Let’s look at some trends. According to Gartner, the [...]

Have you gone through your pre-launch checklist?

Would you feel comfortable taking off in a plane, knowing that the pilot and co-pilot had neglected to run through their pre-flight checklists? No? Me either. In fact, a pre-launch checklist is a sound idea for preparing to undertake any difficult journey. It allows one to plan routes, coordinate with team members, check inventory, assess [...]

Getting Full Value from Adobe Analytics

Despite the fact that Adobe Analytics captures and measures campaign dimensions extremely well, sometimes the codes your system captures don’t get full descriptions. You can find yourself in a frustrating position, will all manner of codes sitting inside of Adobe, unable to tell  their stories.   That’s a situation many Adobe Analytics users find themselves [...]

Why modern marketing is a Tough Job

Decision Fatigue. You’ve all heard of it, right? It’s the reason that people like Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama severely limit their wardrobe choices. In Obama’s case, a blue or gray suit, in Zuckerberg’s, jeans and a gray t-shirt. For each, it’s an attempt to preserve his most precious resource — the decision-making capacity of the [...]

By | 2017-12-21T10:37:24+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Business, Marketing, Marketing Leadership|0 Comments

Marketing and Analytics – Part 3: Analytics is the Future

Recently, I sat down with one of our newer clients, the customer intelligence director for a global hospitality brand, to find out more about the data challenges faced by his organization. In Part 1, we discussed the chief data challenges faced by his organization, and in Part 2 we discussed the value of data quality [...]

Marketing and Analytics – Part 2: The Value of Data Quality

Recently, I sat down with one of our newer clients, the customer intelligence director for a global hospitality brand, to find out more about the data challenges faced by his organization. In Part 1, we discussed the chief data challenges faced by his organization, and the disconnect between knowing that things are “trackable,” and knowing [...]

We are All Publishers Now

I spent 15 years working in the online publishing industry. One of the last professional events I attended while still on the media was an IAB-affiliated event about the “future of media and advertising.” I recall one of the speakers ignoring the publishers in the room completely. He directed his remarks toward the vendors and [...]

By | 2017-11-20T10:15:32+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Business, Marketing, Marketing Leadership|0 Comments

Tracking First Newsletter: Sept 19, 2017

Take a look here, to see what we’re reading and talking about. Some of the headlines:   --Measuring Marketing ROI: Are You Doing It Right? If you’re a Web Analyst, you are probably an expert on different attribution models—last-touch, first-touch, even-weighting, time decay, and so on—because most of the Web analytics vendors, such as Adobe [...]

By | 2017-11-20T10:13:07+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Business, Marketing, Marketing Leadership|0 Comments

Tracking First’s New Product Release Goes Live

In September 2017, Tracking First released its first major product enhancement, a connector that allows clients to port data from any source to any target. I sat down with founder Craig Scribner to learn more.   JR: What was the impetus for the recent product development? CS: More and more our clients are having a [...]