The DAA Mission
The Digital Analytics Association exists to help organizations illuminate and overcome the challenges of data acquisition, exploration, deduction and application. The DAA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-powered association, and strives to help individuals become more valuable through education, community, research and advocacy.
The DAA Story
DAA Founders: (from L to R) Jim Sterne, Andrew Edwards, Bryan Eisenberg
One might peg the start of the web analytics industry to the founding of WebTrends in Portland, Oregon in 1993, even if they didn't start selling software until 1995. MIT Graduates established NetGenesis in 1994 and Accrue, Omniture, and WebSideStory got off the ground in 1996. These companies spent their formative years creating software that could withstand the rigors of commercial use, and explaining the value of web analytics to potential customers.
Vendors had created viable tools, but there was still a lot of room for better education, better networking and occupational support. The idea of a web analytics professional association had been bandied about to support the dissemination of wisdom and generally promote the cause. It wasn't until ten years after the "start" of the industry that persuasion architect Bryan Eisenberg, Technology Leaders CEO Andrew Edwards and web strategy consultant Jim Sterne decided to breathe life into it.
The abundant enthusiasm for an independent web analytics organization was readily apparent after only one evening in the lobby bar at the 2003 Emetrics Summit in Santa Barbara... Hundreds of phone calls and thousands of emails later, our three founders made the idea legal and convinced Seth Romanow from HP, search marketer Andrea Hadley, and web analytics executives Rand Schulman (WebSideStory) and Greg Drew (WebTrends) to join the inaugural board.
Right off the bat, the board saw the need for committees to tackle:
With but a mere mention to Bryan Eisenberg's "GrokDotCom" newsletter and his ClickZ readers, and to Jim Sterne's "Sterne Measures" subscribers, the volunteers turned up in droves to help the newborn Web Analytics Association get on its feet.
The first Board of Directors' meeting was held in Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2004 preceded by another gathering in another lobby bar...
The WAA officially became the DAA in March 2012. As more digital data streams became available, the responsibilities of the analyst broadened and the term "web analytics" became known as the study of data collected exclusively on websites. The Board of Directors chose to change the name to the Digital Analytics Association in 2011 to account for the analyst's changing role of weaving together data from multiple sources and channels.
Help Shape the Future of Digital Analytics
For the DAA to effectively represent you and our industry we invite your participation. The DAA is actively seeking passionate and capable professionals to join the DAA and serve as committee members. Get involved at the ground level and offer your skills to help.
- Help standardize the terms, definitions, and best practices used by our entire industry.
- Influence legislation that affects you and the web analytics industry as a whole.
- Develop and implement training and certification programs thereby strengthening the professionalism of our entire trade.
- Unite web analytic professionals, consultants, and end-users to discuss, combine forces and powerfully promote our common interests worldwide.
From Web Analytics to Digital Analytics: An Evolution of Continuous Improvement
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud to announce that we have changed our name to the Digital Analytics Association (DAA). We believe our new name reaffirms our dedication to taking a more visible leadership role in supporting the industry by responding to and advocating for the needs of the larger analytics community as it evolves.
Our new name reflects our commitment to continually evolve as an organization. The association is dedicated to growing along with the industry to reflect the needs of our members. We are sharpening the focus of the Digital Analytics Association’s activities based on the needs of our unique business community. We are improving pre-existing programs and adding new ones that cater to multi-channel data analytics.