Category Archives: Research

2014: The Year of Data Disruption

Linguist Geoff Nunberg’s annual “Word of the Year” posts offer an instructive peek into the American psyche. In 2012, he chose “Big Data”. In 2013, his pick was (no, not “twerk”) “selfie.” Nunberg makes his selections based on dominant news stories, … Continue reading

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From Shopping Carts to Poisoned Names, Every Data Point Tells a Story

Every so often, I’d like to profile someone who’s doing interesting things with data. Meet Hilary Parker of Etsy (yes, that’s her in the photo). While at Strata & Hadoop World last week, I had the chance to attend Ignite, a … Continue reading

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Build Credibility by Prioritizing Your Social Data

One of the most frequent challenges of analytics teams, particularly those who handle social data, is the ad-hoc nature of report requests. When a manager or colleague needs a report (a) in the next hour  (b) by the end of … Continue reading

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Social data is the canary in the coal mine for Big Data

I spoke at the Boston eMetrics Symposium yesterday on the subject of Big Data; specifically, how we will build organizations that can adapt to it, extract insights and act on them in a meaningful way. People generally discuss Big Data … Continue reading

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Shut the Front Door! Here Comes Media Convergence

One of the knottiest topics we’ve been discussing at Altimeter Group lately is the way media are converging. Back before the social web and the ability of consumers to share and publish their own content, there were pretty clear lines … Continue reading

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The Social Media ROI Cookbook: Measuring the Revenue Impact of Social Media

Everyone talks about the challenges of measuring the revenue impact of social media, but how are top brands actually doing it? And are they successfully measuring ROI? My colleague Andrew Jones and I spoke with 16 brands, 38 vendors, 3 … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme of Multi-Channel Attribution

Avinash Kaushik published an important blog post last week entitled “Multi-Channel Attribution: Definitions, Models and a Reality Check.” It’s a valuable framework for understanding attribution, which is a fancy way of saying “how we understand the impact of marketing and advertising … Continue reading

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Satmetrix Adds Social Media Measurement to Net Promoter

With all the hoopla over the Facebook S-1 filing (about which my colleagues Chris Silva and Rebecca Lieb have insightfully written), it’s easy to miss other notable industry news. Here is one smallish but important announcement that may have passed … Continue reading

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