/Tag:Not too nerdy

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 [...]

Tracking First Newsletter: Nov 15, 2017

Take a look here, to see what we’re reading and talking about. Some of the headlines:   --Marketing Analytics: Three Common Data Pitfalls Monitoring and analyzing data in a silo restricts us from insights that could give us a better understanding of what’s happening holistically, and can lead to overinterpreting certain results. For example, you’ll [...]

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

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

When your trusted tools become antiques, or …

One sure way to situate a movie scene in the mid-20th century is to stage a young man holding a wrench in the act of leaning over a car engine, happily tinkering. In those days, many of the processes going on under the hood of a car were accessible to anyone willing to get their [...]

By | 2017-11-20T09:12:56+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Business, Marketing, Marketing Leadership|0 Comments

Marketing Performance Measurement: Where Are We?

Over the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot of noise about marketing becoming a “revenue center, instead of a cost center.”  I first heard this particular soundbite in 2014, skillfully laid out by a very engaging and data-savvy presenter. I was attending one of those huge annual marketing conferences in Las Vegas. It [...]

How Much of Your Marketing Spend Goes Untracked?

How much of the money your company spends on advertising and marketing goes untracked? Or suboptimally tracked? Do you know? Does anyone in your organization actually know? The digital marketing industry is suddenly awash in new technologies that allow companies to optimize their marketing spend by refining attribution, to the point where each step [...]

Are you sure you know what you think you know?

When you’re in charge of the Library of Congress, there are probably all kinds of pressing practical concerns. Daniel J. Boorstin, twelfth Librarian of Congress, appears to have made time to consider the big picture as well. He is credited with this assertion: “the biggest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the [...]

By | 2017-06-07T08:54:52+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Art, Business, Marketing, Marketing Leadership|0 Comments

Is your marketing attribution machine choking on bad data?

This past weekend, my 15-year-old was mowing the grass in our yard — a Memorial Day tradition for generations of American teenagers. About half way through the job, the lawn mower died. It turns out he had used the wrong fuel for the engine. Though it was taken from a can that was sitting in [...]