DAA is pleased to welcome many new members in the last month.
Welcome New Corporate Members:
Stefan Mols Lindor
Maria Paz Moya Iglesias
Joanne O Meara
From your President – Peter Sanborn:
What the Industry Outlook Survey Means to Me
Every year, DAA surveys web analysts around the globe. In reviewing this year’s results, it struck me that our industry has evolved from the youthful childhood stage into the thrilling, but somewhat awkward, teenage years.
On the positive side, it doesn’t look like we’re having any problem getting money from Mom and Dad. In 2009, 40% of respondents said that getting funding would be their biggest challenge. This year, it didn’t even make the top ten concerns; only 15.5% said funding would be a challenge.
But, like a typical teenager, we don’t feel like anyone understands us, or listens to us. Respondents ranked their #2 challenge as “the perceived value of web analytics.” 31% of respondents said that their Executives lacked awareness of, and support for, web analytics.
Despite this, the hormones are raging and we’re ready to attack the problem. 70% of survey respondents said that ensuring business decisions are driven by analytics will be their top initiative this year.
This got me to wondering. How you would turn that goal – ensuring that business decisions are driven by analytics – into an initiative? To do so you’d need a deep understanding about how people and institutions make decisions.
That’s generally not the realm where data analysts thrive. We’re really good at reading numbers and analyzing how to optimize them. But, we’re not so good at reading people and knowing how to optimize their decision making. How many web analysts have you met that have formal training in psychology?
We’re constantly seeking ways to make the data more actionable, but I wonder if we should be more focused on making the analyst more influential.
Despite what traditional economists want us to believe, decision making is driven by emotional and cultural dynamics more so than rationality and cool-headed risk/reward analysis. So your data may be more action-packed than Pirates of the Caribbean, but if it’s not delivered in-tune with cultural dynamics of the group you are trying to influence; it’s never going to become the blockbuster you want it to be.
Toward that end, I’ll suggest a book to put on your summer reading list that sheds light on this topic: The Social Animal by David Brooks. You can read an excerpt of the book in this New Yorker article. It’s an entertaining read that unpacks a treasure trove of academic and business research on this topic.
“Just signed a client that found me on the @DAAorg website. Yes Virginia, the system works! Thanks @DAAorg! Thanks certification!”
CWA, Elizabeth Brady
Congratulations Elizabeth and thank you for the kind words! The Certification program demonstrates a person's knowledge and competency within the web analytics industry, employers are looking for top notch consultants and employees to fulfill their needs! The DAA Certification program provides a standard and confidence that the industry is looking for.
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The award winning DAA UBC Award of Achievement in Web Analytics program is offered through the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a series of online courses. To obtain an Award of Achievement in Web Analytics, participants must complete all four courses:
Introduction to Web Analytics
Web Analytics for Site Optimization
Online Marketing Campaign Measurement
Creating and Managing the Analytical Business Culture
DAA Seattle Symposium – Save the Date & Register Now
The Future of Analytics: Leading the Modern Enterprise
October 3, 2011
on Microsoft Campus in Redmond
Just as raw materials fueled the industrial age, data is fueling the information age. And never before have businesses been in greater need of leaders that can translate data into a competitive advantage. Come meet and learn from some of the top executives in the field of Digital Analytics at the DAA Seattle Symposium. This event will bring together leaders from throughout the digital analytics industry to show how they are using data to drive successful businesses.
Along with the monthly Web Analytics Wednesday meetings, the Hong Kong Country Group will hold the Hong Kong Web Analytics Summit on September 9, 2011. Stay tuned for more details.
1st Google Analytics Conference in German Market
On September 29th, 2011 the first Google Analytics Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria in the beautiful scenery of Schoenbrunn Castle. It is the first event in the German speaking area. We have Keynotes from Google and local experts. DAA-Members get a 15% discount on the full price. The discount code is available on the members only discount page. Get the details: www.analytics-konferenz.at.