Attend any conference for any topic and you will hear people saying after that the best and most informative discussions happened in the bar after the show. Read any business magazine and you will find an article saying something along the lines of "Business Analytics is the hottest job category out there, and there is a significant lack of people, process and best practice." In this case the conference was eMetrics, the bar was….multiple, and the attendees were Michael Helbling, Tim Wilson and Jim Cain (Co-Host Emeritus). After a few pints and a few hours of discussion about the cutting edge of digital analytics, they realized they might have something to contribute back to the community. This podcast is one of those contributions. Each episode is a closed topic and an open forum - the goal is for listeners to enjoy listening to Michael, Tim, and Moe share their thoughts and experiences and hopefully take away something to try at work the next day. We hope you enjoy listening to the Digital Analytics Power Hour.
#202: Owning vs. Helping in Analytics
Here at the Analytics Power Hour, we have a very clear delineation of who owns what when it comes to the show production. And ownership is the topic of this episode. It's possible that the owner of the episode description feels like this is an awfully touchy-feely topic, but said owner also knows that teamwork means going along with the majority when it comes to show topics. I guess that's joint ownership? Can that work? Sadly, that, specifically, was not discussed, but the show definitely earned its explicit rating with this episode! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#201: Getting to Clarity About (Statistical) Uncertainty with Dr. Rebecca Goldin
Our podcast junkie co-host heard the following statement on another podcast a while back when he was out for a jog: "I actually think the word 'uncertainty' is used in English in a very different way than the word 'uncertainty' is used in statistics." He almost ran into a tree (causation is unclear: he's not known for his gross motor skills, which may have been a confounder). Not only is that quote, essentially, the theme for this episode, but the person who said it, Dr. Rebecca Goldin from George Mason University, was our guest! And we are absolutely CERTAIN that it was every bit as enlightening a discussion as it was a fun one! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#200: Hey, Jim, You Don’t Look a Day Over 200 Episodes! with Jim Cain
We try not to navel gaze too much on this show, but our 200th episode felt like just enough of a milestone that we could do a mid-year "look back, look forward" show with a 7-year range. And we tracked down our original Commonwealth representative to join us for that discussion. Did we (first) party (cookie) like it was 1999? Maybe not, but that's the sort of reference you get with Jim Cain, the founder of Napkyn Analytics, and a co-founder of this very podcast! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#199: Media Measurement Revisited: Matched Markets, Media Mix, and More with John Wallace
Multi-touch attribution, media mix modeling, matched market testing. Are these the three Ms of marketing measurement (Egad! The alliteration continues!)? Seriously. What's with all the Ms here? Has anyone ever used experimentation to build a diminishing return curve for the impact of a media measurement technique based on how far along in the alphabet the letter of that technique is? Is "M" optimal?! Trust us. You will look back on this description after listening to this episode with John Wallace from LiftLab and find it… at least mildly amusing. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#198: Live from Marketing Analytics Summit
We've always said that the genesis of this podcast was the lobby bar of analytics conferences across multiple continents, and this year's Marketing Analytics Summit in Las Vegas was a reminder of our roots on that front. All three co-hosts made the trip to Caesars Palace for the event. Moe presented on bringing a product mindset to analytics (by "presented on," we mean "workshopped content for a future podcast episode"), and the closing keynote was a recording of the show in front of a live (and thoughtful and engaged) audience. Give it a listen, and it will almost be like you were there! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#197: Did the Dungeon Master Just Pass the Turing Test? with Hilary Mason
Sure. GPT-3 and large language models in general can take a prompt and spin out in any of a million human-sounding directions. That's neat, but maybe not exactly what you'd want to turn loose as your guide through a narrative multiverse of AI-boosted creative play and community. "A what?" You say. Exactly. In this episode, we dug into Hilary Mason's latest endeavor, Hidden Door, and how she and her team are working to apply the right level of "human" to AI-driven narrative play. Intrigued? You should be! It's fascinating! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.