Five Key Elements For A Big Analytics Driven Business Impact

FocusThere is, almost literally, an unlimited number of things you could focus on to create a high impact data-influenced organization.

And, as if unlimited is not enough, nearly every month your analytics vendors release new features, you discover new analytics solutions, and as your business is more successful (hurray!) there is a new mobile app to track or a new digital experience to problem-solve or a crazy online to offline campaign that upends everything unleashes a new layer of tactical activity.

In a world when your work will never be done, how do you assess that the core things necessary are present? How do you ensure that your can zig-zag with business strategy? What guarantees that agility and innovation are present in your analytics practice?

I believe there are five elements that have to be persistently present in the primordial soup at any company that expects amazing life to spring forth.

You'll be surprised, there's only one tool in that mix. It is not even an analytics tool. My reason for that is simple… At this point, it honestly does not matter which web analytics tool you use as long as it is a tool that is under active development by your vendor. Yes, some tools can dance on their left foot and others can only do so with their right foot. Not as important as you might think.

My recommended five elements are much more primal, their presence powers brilliant life to constantly evolve.

Here's a little back story.

I was asked a few weeks back: "What companies should we proactively help with analytics, for free, so that they can make smarter data-influenced decisions?" I think the answer expected was my view related to the size of the company or their industries or those that might have Google Analytics or those with big advertising spends etc. My answer was: "Look for these two elements, if they are present then it is worth helping the company with free consulting and analysis. If they are not, no matter how much money or how many Analysts they have, helping them is a waste of time because nothing will live after your consulting is done ."

That lead to this post. At the end of this post, I'll share the two that I recommended to the team in our conversation above. But first, let me do something a bit more expansive and share all the key elements necessary to ensuring an analytics existence that can help create a high-impact data-influenced organization.


1. Google Tag Manager.

You live or die by the data you collect, and the quality of that data.

The single biggest limiting factor in your ability to think smart and move fast when it comes to taking advantage of the latest and greatest features is tagging your site.

I was speaking with a massive national insurance company recently. To implement a couple of my ideas they shared that it would take them seven months to update the code on their website. Obviously this is a multi-billion dollar corporation, some rigidity and layers are to be expected. But. Seven gosh darn months! I was not even asking for something crazy like moving from old lamer tags to a full featured Universal Analytics implementation. They already have bits of the latter, I'd recommended a couple simple upgrades.

No matter how good your idea, if you can't get it implemented quickly, it is dead on arrival. Yes, you can blame the IT team and their long queue of things and prioritization process. DOA.

Data quality plays a role into this.

If you are a large company, ensuring QA adds more time and layers to the simple act of releasing code. And, most of the time, regardless of the size of the size of the company, you only know your code is not working post-launch when data is flowing in (not!). A good tag management platform fixes this problem as QA and other auditing is built into the tag manager's deployment process.

Two reasons you need to ensure that you have Google Tag Manager.

Yes, yes, yes, there is also the benefit that you replace the massive glob of code on your site with one simple container tag. So beautiful. And, of course there is the delicious detail of this strategy not adding burden to your site's visitor experience due to it's async nature. Nice. Oh, and I agree that being able to pretty much one click deploy valuable things like exit-link, downloads, scroll tracking etc. is lovely. Ok, ok, ok it is a life saver to have 21 vendor templates for vendors as diverse as Adobe Analytics and Criteo and Firebase means you can use GTM for so much more than GA, and you can make functional calls for 61 additional ones including Marin, Nielsen, Twitter, Webtrekk etc. You got me, I am ignoring all the data layer and custom stuff!

All that is great. But, at the end of the day presence of a Tag Manager communicates to me that the company is serious about data collection and data quality. AND, that if I have good ideas, they will get to market very quickly – making our engagement worth the current interaction and the continued success of new ideas after the engagement.

If your company does not have a Tag Manager and its supporting processes deployed, you are simply not serious about wanting to make speedy smart business decisions. The size of your business is irrelevant. End of story.

Hence, if you don't have one yet, get GTM as it is free and powerful. Or get any other dedicated tag management platform out there. Qubit is one. Our friends at Adobe have DTM . There are others, a google query away. Small recommendation… Just stay away from non-dedicated tools that do tag management and save the whales and are trying to help decide if skinny jeans are in or out.

2. Digital Marketing & Measurement Model.

If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there and you'll be miserable when you arrive.

That's it. That's the problem afflicting the analytics ecosystem (regardless of if you have one part-time analyst and a tool or you have 50 analysts and 20 tools). We don't know the strategic priorities of the business. We don't know our line of sight is to those priorities. We don't know what good and bad performance looks like. Problematic, right?

My solution to this, incredibly real and frustrating problem, is to insist on seeing the signed in blood version of the company's Digital Marketing & Measurement Model.

It is the result of a simple, yet intense, five step process where each step requires the answer to a simple question – with active involvement of your Sr. Management.

Q1. Why does your digital presence exist? [You plus the most senior CxO who will talk to you.]

Q2. What specific strategies are you currently leveraging to accomplish aforementioned objectives? [For most of us, you plus the CMO/equivalent.]

Q3. What one critical metric will help you clearly measure performance for each strategy above? [You.]

Q4. How will you know if the performance was a success or failure, what's the target for each critical metric? [You plus Finance plus CMO.]

Q5. What group of people, their sources, digital behavior, and outcomes are most important for business success? [You plus Marketing Team.]

Each step has a sweet name: Objectives | Goals | KPIs | Targets | Segments.

Simple, right?

Yet, I bet a big hug that the output of this simple five step process does not exist at your company. Heartbreakingly, you are driving a ship with no navigational instruments.

Everyone should have a well-defined DMMM.

Here's mine for this humble little blog that makes no money except for charity from the sale of my books…

occams razor digital marketing measurement model

It should be easy to see how this brings massive focus to my analytical efforts. I know what is important, I know what to ignore, and I know what my boss (my beloved wife) really cares about. We are both aligned. I spend 50% less time on data analysis and 50% more time on driving actions that will impact those targets you see above.

You can easily see that now my dashboard is simpler. Any features I need to chase in my analytics tool (with GTM hopefully) are easier to identify. When I come to work I know what matters. And, most importantly, everything I'll provide to my boss helps her deeply internalizes I am focused 100% on business priorities – rather than random big data sojourns.

That is what you want.

If you don't have this, ideally signed in blood by your leadership team and you, then you are just messing around with data. If you are a government analytics team, you are wasting time. If you are a small business part-time analyst, you are wasting time. If you are an Analytics cog at a massive company like HP or Marks & Spencer, you are wasting time.

Don't waste time, DMMM!

[Question four can be very hard to answer. Here's a post that will help you figure out how to set targets by opening your mind about all the possibilities: Benchmarking Analytics Performance: The Options, Dos, Don'ts]

3. Macro & Micro Outcomes Content/Strategy.

This has nothing to do with analytics or analysts.

It simply helps identify the landscape of possibilities. Is your company walking the talk necessary for you in the analytics team to drive massive business success online and offline? .

Most companies solve for 2% of the possibilities. They only want to sell, if they are an e-commerce website. They only want to throw up a one page lead-gen form if they are B2B. They only want to ask you for a donation if they are a politician's digital presence.

macro conversion local maxima

Solving for just an ecommerce order or just a lead or just a donation is ok in the sense that all these things drive short-term success for their individual businesses. Then challenge you have to recognize is each of these is only solving for 2% of the possibilities. The universe of possibilities from your digital presence is massive. Specifically, it is 98% more than your current single obsession.

Only having the content/strategy for 2% results in a very narrow focus for your analytics tools, processes and people.

Instead, every company should solve for a global maxima…. Yes, make the short-term money, it is necessary, but also do the but not sufficient part as well….

micro conversions global maxima

The above optimal strategy indicates that the company leadership is forward-thinking. It indicates a whole lot more people and empowerment when it comes to digital. It indicates imagination for a nonline impact. It indicates taking complete advantage of the See-Think-Do-Care clusters of digital intent.

In the above case, the implication on analytics team will be to give them a much wider canvas when it comes to creative analysis, people influence and business impact.

You might not realize how important this is. Let's make it real.

Visit for just a few minutes, poke around, look for the macro and micro-outcomes. Very quickly, like me, you'll be able to plot out this map…

kohls see think do care business outcomes

Do you see what I mean when I say thinking strategically and solving for all clusters of digital intent? Online, offline, mobile, acquisition, brand love, relationships, product pimping, community stewardship and so much more!

Can you see how rich and impactful the role of the Kohl's Analytics team will be with the above collection of both normal and innovative things? There is a lot to do, the business has bet big on digital. You are going to have access to a ton of data, a ton of customer behavior, that is driving a ton of business value. It makes Analytics a lot of fun and valuable. Analytics can actually have a meaningful long-time impact.

Now try Belk. Or even Macy's who's not really a competitor of Kohl's. In both cases, a lot narrower business focus, a lot smaller expectations of digital, and hence a lot less influence or impact Analytics can bring. Not that either of these two massive companies don't have 500 Digital Analysts each. They do. But, the creativity, expansiveness, and long-term true driving force won't quite be there.

You want the global maxima. If you don't have it, you are certainly doing Analytics and having some impact on short-term narrow success. But, you will never be as influential as you deserve to be. Fix it.

4. Analytics Resources Focus: 15 | 35 | 50

My fav.

You've heard me constantly stress the value of the 10/90 rule for investment in Analytics. For every $100 available for investment in Analytics… Invest $10 in tools and implementation, invest $90 in big brains to analyze the data.

The rule was published a decade ago (#omg), and has only become more true with every passing data with the explosion of free amazing tools combined with the crazy-increase in complexity in data and customer behavior.

Even if you follow the 10/90 rule, it is important to focus our time and resources optimally. I suspect this is true in your company, a whole lot of your effort is spent on fixing/upgrading implementations (see #1 above) and creating CDPs (customized data pukes). This is sub-optimal.

There is a difference between reporting and analysis.

If you have the latter, your Analysts will… actually be Analysts. They will be forced to develop a strong understanding of all facets of the business, they will be empowered to apply their complete quiver of skills to deliver specific insights that include actions, and they will identify the business impact for each action. [The extremely sexy I-A-BI.]

Not every company can afford to have full-time people dedicated to analysis. Hence let me make optimal recommendations for three types of companies.

If you are a handful of employees small business, here's your balance between data capture, data reporting, data analysis: 05 | 20 | 25.

You are a small business, I get it, you only have a part of one resource dedicated to data. No problem. Ensure that part-time resource is spending their time with a 05 | 20 | 25 balance. At your size, you'll still win with data.

If you are a numerous employees medium sized business that is growing at a ferocious pace, here's your DC | DR | DA balance: 10 | 25 | 65.

Don't ask for too much reporting. If you were going to have three "Analysts", pay more and hire two real Analysts. Then, ask for real analysis. Ask for I-A-BI.

No organization will be born into this 10 | 25 | 65 distribution on day one. It will take evolution to get there. Here are the time based milestones (on your left) that I set for my medium sized clients who are growing at a ferocious pace…

DC-DR-DA Evolution

The reason for this rapid evolution is in the right-most column.

Until we get to a 65% standard for DA, we are not adding value that is justified by the $$$ and people investment in Analytics.

Lastly, if you are a massive employees corporation here's your DC | DR | DA balance: 15 | 35 | 50.

It is ironic that you have a team of 25 Analysts, 5 more people dedicated to implementation, a huge analytics tool support contract with consulting agency resources attached to it, and the best you can do is 50% Analysis. It is a very sad reality.

Massive companies think reporting (#cdpsFTW!) is the solution to all known problems. It is silly of course. But, I've discovered that I need to be humble. Massive companies cannot function without the soothing balm of data puking. Hence, I try to salvage 50% time and resources to be dedicated to pure, sweet, amazing Analysis. That will ensure a decent return on your analytics investment .

So. What do you have?

If you don't have at least 50% of the analytics time and resources dedicated to solving for the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns, your analytics practice is set up for nothing serious. Cutting it by 75% will have marginal impact on your business success. If you don't believe me, give 75% of your Analytics team a one week vacation and you'll notice hardly anyone else in your massive corporation will notice.

DA. 50% minimum.

[Bonus: Nine skills that Analysis Ninjas have to possess!]

5. Optimal Analytics Team Org Structure.

How do you empower the above?

Ensure that the Analytics team is structured so that the above focus balance, and other things in this post, can happen. Don't do this and no matter how much your investment in analytics resources and tools, sucking will ensue.

If you've read Web Analytics 2.0 you might have a sense for my point of view on this topic already.

When organizations are small or medium sized or extremely new, a centralized model typically works the best.

analytics org structure centralized

You are starved for resources, the business is simple enough and everyone knows everyone, you are better off with your finite Analytics resources in one place, executing off one data playbook and one clean Digital Marketing and Measurement Model.

The entire team/person reports to a CxO, bringing with it influence. The functions, or divisions, will rely on the central team for all data (analysis!) needs, and will provide input in terms of their strategy and needs (they'll actually tell you their wants, but your personal smarts will be proven when you can get them to needs). Just ensure that you note the balance of DC | DR | DA recommend above, and you'll do fine.

When organizations are growing from medium to big at a rapid clip, a decentralized model has a high impact.

analytics org structure decentralized

The business is changing really fast, the disparate parts of the org are evolving at different speeds and they also tend to have distinct needs. Having your analytical resources directly in the business function/divisions brings speed and ability that is critical for business success. Yes, there will be some inefficiency but never let a dogma get in the way of doing the right thing.

It is ideal, even in a decentralized model, that you have one person, perhaps in your IT org, officially own implementation (or even better, all facets of DC). This will help bring some sense of sanity, and reduce at least some inefficiency.

For established businesses with a lot at stake (and analytics resources) in my experience the optimal model is centralized decentralization.

A small experienced core group at the center, lead by the Analytics Czar (yes!) with responsibility for every facet of the entire company's data collection, data reporting and data analysis. Additionally, an Analyst, or more, embedded directly in each business function – who dotted lines into the central org.

analytics org structure centralized decentralization

The center owns the overall analytics strategy, decision making around standards and tools and processes for the company, the evaluation of new analytics solutions, investment in training, and all the complex experimentation required when new approaches to tools, data, analytical techniques appear on the horizon. They are also responsible for the overall analysis to fill corporate needs for cross-functional analysis. The purpose of this centralized analysis is to keep everyone focused on what's good for the overall business, and to help fuel strategic business decisions.

Analysts that sit in the business function are responsible for 100% of functional analysis needs. They do the little reporting that is required, lots of delivering of IABI, ensuring alignment of data needs with functional priorities, local training, and bubbling up functional needs up to the central team.

Centralized decentralization provides a model solve for both operational efficiency and strategic influence/impact.

So, what do you have? For your size, is your org set-up with the optimal model? Or, is your org just floundering about with analytics in some dark basement or in random corners? Identify, take action.

[Bonus: Surely you are also wondering, who should the Analytics function report to? I have an answer for you, but here's something better… a framework for critical thinking on analytics ownership.]

There they are. Five elements that signal existence of the primordial soup capable of birthing, and evolving, the kind of analytics existence that every company deserves.

If these five elements don't exist, it is important to realize that that will not only cause data efforts to have a negative return on analytics, it will also have a negative impact on your career. Simply because if you are not doing great work that delivers huge data-influenced business impact, your career is not going anywhere.

Ideally that is not the case, but if it is then you now have a very specific prescription of how to fix the gaps in your company's strategy. They win, your career takes off like a rocket!

Oh, and to close out the back story from the top of the post. I'd mentioned I recommended two elements the team should look for in the clients before giving them free consulting and resources. It was #1 and #3. It would be hard for an outsider to assess other things, but these two they could and it would tell them all they needed to know. Since I am very fond of my audience here, and most of you work inside companies, I wanted to give you all five. :)

As always, it is your turn now.

Is there an element that has to exist that I did not cover? Why do you think it is particularly critical? Do all five of the elements above exist in your company? If not, which one's missing in your company or others you've worked at? Would you share tips that have driven the success of any one of the five elements, of all of them? I'm particularly curious which organization model you think drives most true IABI-centric data analysis?

Please share your feedback, learnings, critique, via comments.

Thank you.


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    Jeff Kelly says

    Your perspective on this is invaluable Avinash. I have consistently valued your practitioner point of view on the analytics ecosystem challenges.

    In the clients my agency works with the most common challenges are the ones you outlined in 4 and 5.

    Being avid readers of your blog we have adopted 2 and 3 as our normal operating model. Both pose challenges for an Agency but when we get it we end up having a bigger impact.

    • 2
      Gerald King says

      This article really brings to light the issues that people face on a day to day basis.

      I appreciate the actionable advice on what we can do.

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    As usual amazing post.

    There is a lot of effort put into arguing about tools and reports. You've helped illuminate all these other variables that are rarely discussed and yet have such a huge impact.

    I will take the challenge to create a DMMM from this post.

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    My company is what you classify as "massive employees company." We are very far from your dc, dr, da distribution. Most of what we are doing is dc and lots and lots of reporting.

    Our HiPPOs simply ask for data and for it to be shared with all divisions. If you look at our website it would be hard to see that data is having an impact.

    Analysts are not invited to strategic conversations. It is hard for me to fix this as an analyst. Any advice for us?

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      Sabine: I have faced this problem numerous times, and I want to acknowledge that it is a tough one to solve.

      The process outlined in the DMMM above is my way of solving it. Not so much that the end goal of having that one piece of paper, more that you'll note for each question I recommend who you should work with. That conversation, that relationship you form, the insights you hand over later… that'll start to transform how your Sr. Leaders see you.

      It is simple. They have big important strategic business problems they are solving. If all I'm doing is reporting pageviews and visits and time on site and conversions, very few Sr. Leaders care.

      This is so small, but see the part in this post about computing Profit. That'll get you a seat at the table (even if the kids table at the start, that's still progress!!).

      ~ Excellent Analytics Tip #27: "Gross" Calculated Profit


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    Ravi Triwedi says

    In our company we have aligned the Digital Analytics org with the CFO of the company. This has helped us provide air cover in being able to take risk and drive a closer data driven culture.

    We have not made as much progress in DA. With some of your tips I'm optimistic that we can accelerate our transformation.

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    Rebecca Lombardo says

    Thank you for another great post.

    I'm thankful for the example you used of Macy's "not really" being a competitor of Kohl's – but do you think it's possible for these businesses to be true competitors on social media?

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      Rebecca: Excellent question.

      Macy's and Kohl's are not competitors as their executives see themselves, and as the experiences in the two stores manifest themselves. Macy's rightly perceives itself as higher end.

      Online though, I believe things are different.

      1. Macy's digital experience is sub-par in comparison to Kohl's (exact opposite of the real world).

      2. As you saw in the See-Think-Do-Care outcome clusters above, Macy's digital strategy is also sub-par compared to Kohl's.

      3. Macy's online also overwhelmingly seems to be competing on LOW PRICE NOW ONE DAY ONLY SALE BUY BUY BUY BUY (see homepage today or any day), which is basically K-Mart's strategy.

      4. Finally, a whole lot of merchandize that Macy's is selling, Kohl's also does online. (There are differences, Kohl's does not carry a Max Mara Reversible Herringbone Maxi Coat costing $1,075.)

      Online, Macy's and Kohl's very much are competitors. Hence, they are also competitors on Social Media (and Search and Display and YouTube and AOL etc.).

      This might not have been true if Macy's digital strategy more closely reflected their real world strategy.


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        Rebecca Lombardo says

        Avinash – your insights are spot on! I've been watching Kohl's Owned Media activity in our Tracx software platform and they have had the highest volume of interactions among their competitors on their branded social media accounts this year. This speaks to what you are saying about their strategy and user experience.

        PS- If you see that Max Mara coat go on sale, please let me know. ❤️

      • 10
        John Lewis says

        Hi Avinash,

        Perhaps Kohl's website has a lot of See, Think and Care (STC), but the design is horrible and this makes that the STC concepts gets hidden and the first impression is that there is only Do's. Compare it with that has more Do than STC but it invites more to buy.

        Anyways thanks for your great article!

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          John: A very good point, and Max Mara is a very good site/company.

          The challenge is that Kohl's is simply not in the business that Max Mara is. Their brand's digital experience is consistent with their store and brand strategy. (Unlike the inconsistency we might notice with Macy's.)

          I do think that there is a missed opportunity when it comes to See and Think when it comes to a brand like Max Mara. They can accomplish a broader clusters of outcomes for their business (and theirs is an audience that is certainly leaned in a bit).


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    I love your Digital Marketing Measurement Model, Avinash.

    There is a certain elegance in its simplicity that underlies its sophistication.

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    Brooke Davis says

    Excellent information Avinash.

    Business analysis is an important part to keep growing. It's about increasing your effectiveness and ROI. It was illuminating to understand other factors that play a lot bigger role in ensuring that business analysis even has a chance.

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    Amanda Bell says

    Great information!

    It is good to see such valuable information from a person who obviously has a good grasp of the subject. We have issues in our case with both #2 and #3, something that I will work to focus our leadership team on.

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    Larry Roth says

    This post illustrates why we are big fans of Occam's Razor. It creates worries we did not think existed in the first place. :)

    I can vouch for your emphasis on a tag manager. We have seven tags in our case flowing through GTM. Our deployment is much faster.

    #3 is most interesting for me as a Director for an Analytics team as it is something I had not given much thought to. The business pulls the data team and the data strategy. You are asking us to get in front of that to influence it for our broader benefit. Thank you.

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    Prem Nath Vishwakarma says

    A Good Read!

    Specially DMMM – Digital marketing Measurement Model & Each step has a sweet name: Objectives | Goals | KPIs | Targets | Segments.

  11. 17

    Thank you Avinash, I love this!

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    Thanks for sharing! Great insights.

    Big data can sometimes only be half of the puzzle. Pairing big data with traditional market research (surveys, interviews, etc.) can provide you a full perspective of your analytics.

    It's the what and they why, like you talked about in your books. A must nowadays.

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    Sarah McIntyre says

    If Oscars were given for a job well done, I’d nominate you!

    This is a fantastic post that uncovers issues that we rarely consider.

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    This is perhaps the most succinct and practical set of recommendations I have seen on the implementation of a Big Data strategic framework. Thanks!

    One important piece is a well thought out statement of the key business problems that analytics should solve by building predictive models that complement the enterprise strategy.

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    As your Blog-Post-Comment-KPI is 55 and yet you are "only" at 20 I had to comment :)

    First of all: another great post!

    I specifically liked the DMMM Part. Yes, It's nothing new, it's nothing fancy but you always keep forgetting those most essential things while digging through the data and without any reason you then start tagging each and every button.

    But I have a question: Streamlining your analytic efforts this way are great to measure the success of your actions. But it doesn't help to discover new insights, small things that occurred and might scale to be a great idea… something like that.? Or am I wrong here? So if you look at potential growth insights etc. you might still tag everything and dig deep into the raw data?

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      Pascal: You are so kind to remember the number, and to help me get to it! :)

      You are right, it is critical to have the connections to other business functions, and the actions they are currently taking, so that you can analyze data with context of their actions and needs. The DMMM would be a start, and you build on that.

      For micro understandings, it might be of value to get to raw data. But if you find yourself doing that too much, take a pause and check if you are in a data puking mode.


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    Thanks for the very useful information and insights.

    I have rarely read such a good article, which illuminates the aspects of the analysis so well.

    Thumbs up.

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    Great post. That´s why Occam Razor´s is the reference in Data Analytics.

    I totally agree with you Avinash but I was thinking in four phases. In fact, they are paired to Google Analytics data process:

    Collection (DC): so many companies using junky software. Ok, they work and they store data. Cool. Nevertheless they don´t have API. No integrations sorry. But they work. Have you seen this?

    Configuration (DR): Yes you have reporting but sometimes no flexibility in formats. i.e. only pdf´s, you cannot modify columns, etc. Besides 10 people in the house doing data tables. People asking "Anybody seen where is the Revenue per unit per location file?" What´s more they got different results. What I suggest is universal pool of data.

    Manipulation (DA): Let´s say you have the cvs file, excel, google spreadsheet, whatever. Can I make questions? i.e. I´m a big fan of Tableau.

    Conclusions: How many companies do you know that they ask for ideas, conclusions and plans asap? However they are not aware of these analytics phases. It is a sequence.

    Thanks for posting this great article Avinash!

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      Daniel: I'm appreciative of your feedback, thank you. To your questions…

      I have seen only a minority of users take advantage of all the features in analytics tools like API, integrations etc. I always recommend the complete and accurate implementation of the standard tag (something my first recommendation here fixes easily).

      For certain type of analysis it is important to take data out of our analytics tools. Often to merge it with other datasets, or sometimes to more simply visualize it (like

      Not enough companies are asking for the BI part of IABI. They should, if they want to be smart.


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    "See. Think. Do. Care." Love it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Alex Furfaro says

      Yes this is excellent.

      I'm going to rethink the whole experience of my website with See, Think, Do, Care in mind.

      I may not understand all of the analytics but the thoughts behind the data are what are important for the user experience.

      Great post.

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    Debarati Roy says

    Big Data Analysis is an effective tool that is important for all software developers as well as managers to learn. This is because it helps in proper arrangement and calculation of the data in hand and provides excellent accuracy.

    Thus learning Big Data will help you recognize all key elements that drive an organization and enable you to modify it at the source.

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      Edwin Diaz says

      We are well beyond the era of the struggle to just collect data, yet most companies have not figured out how to do 15 | 30 | 50 that you recommend Avinash.

      I believe the main reason is that Analytics still does not have a seat at the table. We have not managed to take our Adobe Analytics data to prove that we can move the business. This is quite sad.

      I am filled with hope as I read rest of the hope. Redoubling the effort in our company.

      thank you.

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    Hi Avinash. This was a great, informed article.

    What I particularly like about it is that the methods which you describe can be put into action by businesses of pretty much any size: not just the kind of multi-billion dollar companies who you describe meeting with, but also SMEs and even individual entrepreneurs.

    Articles like this are important for raising the analytics skills of the whole community, not just those of the people who can afford the most expensive tools.

  21. 31

    Analytics can tell us a lot about our customers and business. It comes down to… not data in the end.

    There are many interesting lessons here but the reminder about surrounding data with smart strategic thinking is greatly appreciated Avinash.

    Thank you.

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    Vashishtha Kapoor says

    I think digital analysis is a necessary part for a large scale online business and that part where you told about the strategy and the needs was great.

    Sometimes analytics drive great business success and that's only because the right strategy was made and executed.

    Thanks for sharing

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    I've been struggling with embedding analytics into my business model, this post was really helpful.

    Specially loved the part about "Analytics Resources Focus: 15 | 35 | 50"

    That is really innovative.

    Thanks a lot!


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    Five Key Elements For A Big Analytics Driven Business Impact – Occum's Razor

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    Five Key Elements For A Big Analytics Driven Business Impact [Occam's Razor / Avanish Kaushik] "In a world when your work will never be done, how do you assess that the core things necessary are present? How do you ensure that your can zig-zag with business strategy? What guarantees that agility and innovation are present in your analytics practice?"

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    Avinash Kaushik of Google acknowledges all of the key elements necessary to ensuring an analytics existence that can help create a high-impact data-influenced organization in “Five Key Elements For A Big Analytics Driven Business Impact”

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    Les outils de visualisation de vos données sont donc tout aussi importants que les outils de traitement de la donnée. Pensez donc bien à intégrer cette dimension dès l’étude de votre projet Web Analytics. Si vous ne disposez pas des ressources internes suffisantes, faites-vous accompagner pour optimiser le déploiement de vos tableaux de bord et répondre plus rapidement aux comportements de vos visiteurs. Auteur : Anthony Boudet, consultant Marketing Sources : Inside Big Data (2016) – Occam’s Razor (2016)

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