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Just as digital technologies have improved the array of customer data available to marketers, sale teams have also benefited from advances in analytics technology.
It’s now possible to get a detailed view of potential customers, their previous interactions with your company and what they’re interested in, before the sales team even make contact.
As companies become more digitally savvy they are beginning to better tap into the range of data and analytics at their disposal.
This is frequently used to optimise marketing channels and campaigns, but are brands making the most of analytics to inform their product development?
Like a stat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes.
Just like Meat Loaf wailed in his popular hard rock anthem all the best internet stats arrive with the sirens screaming and the fires howling, but sooner than you can say “hmm that is an interesting stat” it has already hit the highway like a battering ram on a silver-black phantom bike.
But don’t be sad, two out of three stats aren’t bad.
We’re not just a pretty face.
As a regular visitor to the blog, you’ll no doubt be aware of the magnificent free content on offer to you from our small band of marketing and digital experts here on the blog.
This is just scratching the surface of what Econsultancy has to offer though...
Stats life! That’s what all the people say.
By people, I almost exclusively mean researchers, analysts and statisticians. Not that they’re not people of course. Perhaps I should start again...
One of my favourite talks from last week’s Festival of Marketing was by David McCandless from Information is Beautiful.
McCandless is an independent data journalist and information designer. His passion is visualising information. Wait come back!
Communicating data in its raw form can be incredibly difficult to do and the results are often not worth the effort. Graphs and charts are boring and don’t necessarily convey their intended insight.
McCandless and his team have a mission to distil the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and above all, useful visualisations, infographics and diagrams.
Confused by cross-channel analytics? Bewildered by big data? Stupefied by structured data?
Well I’m not surprised. Who wouldn’t be?
It’s a big world of complicated words, terms and phrases that can intimidate even the most digital savvy of webmasters wishing to dig deeper into the information their website has been quietly amassing over the last few years.
Help is at hand though, in the form of this very beginner's guide.
I have written it in the form of a glossary, as it seemed the clearest method of presentation. Not only is it alphabetical but it should also make logical sense if you read it in order.
This is for anyone whose had a rudimentary glance at Google Analytics, or spent a little time in the Site Stats of their WordPress site, or has a copy of our Measurement and Analytics Report but has yet to open it.
We call these people the intrigued but slightly baffled. Welcome, you’re in good company!
The stats we've seen this week continue a trend for the past year.
There's lots about advertising, lots about mobile and plenty about where the two collide. Other highlights include the dreaded 'millenials' and their economic outlook and some interesting insight into the state of mobile in MENA specifically.
As always, if these stats don't sate your hunger, head on over to the insights and data in our Internet Statistics Compendium
From baseball to Facebook (or rather its alternative, Ello), what's not to like in this week's internet stats roundup.
Other highlights include some data on programmatic, customer experience and customer data.
For more internet marketing charts and stats, download the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium.
Many marketing gurus and job ads mention pivot tables as a 'must have' skill.
But guides on how to use them are usually too general. Here's a specific example of how - and why - a digital marketer would use pivot tables.
As a digital marketer you are often faced with the task of making sense of log files. But log files are a blessing and a curse.
A blessing in the sense that they capture everything, but a curse in the sense that we are then expected to turn hard-to-read data into organized reports.
This week the stats roundup offers you programmatic trading, international ecommerce, phablet shipments and the ever popular Twitter and TV.
Don't forget to check out the Internet Statistics Compendium for more internet marketing data and charts.
The news this week that Twitter has opened up its analytics platform to all is a welcome one for all marketers that value data validation within their decision making process.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of the news from Pinterest that it has, for the first time, also opened up its vast treasure trove of data to businesses via its new interface.
Data-driven content strategy is something I have spent the past 15 years pursuing and so the addition of such insight moves that process on further than ever and today I want to look at actionable ways in which these new platforms can be used.