Zimana has partnered with Blue 1647, a Chicago start up and entrepreneurship incubator in the Pilsen neighborhood. Founded by Emile Cambry, and co-managed with Antonio Rowry as Chief Operating Officer, Blue 1647 provides a working space for 32 companies and More »
Zimana Client Spotlight: Scientifically Speaking @business317 merges presentation skills with social media
Eric Anderson has been a driving force with his company Scientifically Speaking (nicknamed SciSpeak). Based in Indianapolis, Scientifically Speaking provides social media and presentations coaching to technology professionals and small businesses. The end result for the client is an improved More »
Zimana Client Spotlight: @SmallBizLady Melinda Emerson – Shining a big bright light on small business
You have to admire Melinda Emerson. Her motto is to eliminate small business failure, and 2012 is shaping to be a great year for her to do so. With her media site Succeed As Your Own Boss being seen by a More »
Zimana Client Spotlight: @smallbiztrends Small Business Trends unveils new design and Twitterchats – offers more news by and for small business owners
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Starting a paid search campaign can introduce a number of steps to get a marketing message in front of an audience. One important aspect is understanding the bidding process – maintaining a reasonable cost per click means appreciating the bid being set. This infographic from Wordstream explains the bidding process for Google Adwords. See how this enhances your strategy for a winning paid search campaign.
This infographic from Search Engine Land covers the basics of no-follow links, a kind of link tag that is meant to indicate to search engines to not consider a link between two pages or sites. The reasons for using a no-follow link can help manage the pages associated to your site. Take a look and see how the tips can help your optimization plans.
Web design is certainly evolving – this infograhic collects the latest ideas being added to websites. Some ideas have more “story” behind them, such as the suggestion of a single page. The “single page” is more about parallax design – backgrounds scrolling at a different rate than the text and other images. And flat sites will be a
Codefree has been around for a minute, and there will be certainly be more than a few companies that will crop up. But understanding code will be essential to build really great digital experiences for customers. Every business will have to access its capability to provide those experiences against its technological ability to update their sites effectively.
IMHO – Pierre
The business world is adopting website data and metrics as the guidance to understanding customers and developing new ideas. But what should a small company look for when considering an analyst for its needs.
The temptation is to focus on the skill set with a given tool. This is natural but can be an overemphasis on one aspect. Avinash Kaushik, co-Founder of Market Motive Inc and Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google, once stated that 10% of every analysis budget should go towards the tool; 90% towards the analysts. He understood technology and how a spend on a particular tool has a limited period of value before something else comes along.
Businesses should focus on people who understand some of the technical but also the strategic purposes within the business. Thomas Davenport in Competing on Analytics believed that understanding those purposes is at the heart of analytic value. His quote:
“Without a distinctive capability (what you do to set your business apart), it becomes impossible to compete and distinguish what data is important.”
A good analyst should be able to understand what your distinctive capability is. He or she can then related that capability to the dimensions and metrics that conduct the reporting.
Here is how that understanding gets applied in your business.
- An analyst understands KPIs – the metrics that monitor a business’ performance – or at least how the business objectives are represented online
- An analyst can help set up the best tag structure according to the KPIs and objectives. Thus a business receives guidance to link data to your business resources. For web analytics, the guidance is valuable when developing marketing plans or social media strategy.
- An analyst has an ability to see trends and correlate data to business objectives. An analyst is not afraid of raw thinking with the data – There are many ways analysts can convey “raw thinking”. I keep paper and pad available to think through what is being presented.
- Ultimately an analyst has the following characteristics: Curiosity with reviewing details, even when the marketing data is a mystery and being Proactive once the objectives for an analytics review are understood (Keep in mind: you and an analyst should be in communication with each other to stay in sync)
One note: in some instances, a business may not have KPIs identified. But every business will have objectives, and select metrics to reflect those objectives yields the same process as that for businesses with KPIs.
But no matter the semantics about the starting point, ask yourself “What type of analysis do I need of my business?” The answer will lead to the best description for hiring analytic support.