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Analytics approaches every marketer should know #2: Diagnostic analytics

In the first post in our series on analytics, we discussed descriptive analytics which you can use to keep others informed about what has happened.

The next step on your analytics journey is to discover why something has happened, and for that you need diagnostic analytics. Here’s an overview of the practices including an example, a step-by-step guide and some best practices.

Cross-device measurement: what to look for in a solution

Whilst multi-device consumption is quite typical, for a marketer these usage patterns can be difficult to navigate and gaining a clear view of the user journey can be challenging.

So, how to improve cross-device measurement and deliver a seamless brand experience, with relevant, timely messages to audiences across all screens?

What are first-, second- and third-party data?

I’m not trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs here. Perish the thought.

But let’s face it: some of you probably just smile and nod when somebody starts going on about the merits of ‘second-party data’. 

Sure, everyone knows what these terms mean in principle, but in this post I’m going to break down three key types of data – first-party, second-party and third-party – and explain what they all mean, where the different data sets come from and the pros and cons of each.

How O2 achieves creativity through data

Some people seem slightly alarmed by the rise of automation in marketing.

Is it the first step towards all of us being replaced by robots that will eventually enslave humankind and force us to oil their joints until the end of time?

While that might have been a lame attempt at a joke, it is actually very relevant to the Creative Programmatic event I attended yesterday, which was all about how this largely automated channel needn’t spell the end of human creativity in marketing. 

Creativity in programmatic “should not be an afterthought”

Programmatic advertising goes far beyond data and automation.

Our Creative Programmatic event is coming up on 2 March and we caught up with two of the speakers at the event, O2’s Head of Digital Excellence, Nick Adams, and TUI’s Head of Media, Sammy Austin. 

Between them they discussed some of the biggest emerging trends and challenges in programmatic, and offered their opinions and advice on where creativity fits within this channel.

Who owns data analytics in your company? And who should?

As the data revolution impacts more of corporate America, one of the most important questions facing the data-maturing organization is “Who owns the data?”

Not surprisingly, the answer is “it depends.”

Personal experience leads me to believe there are at least four suitable potential models, each with its own pros and cons.