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.
#185: These Are Some (More) of Our Favorite Tips
Hey, buddy, we've got a good tip for you: buy low, sell high! If you want a more succinct tip, then we've got one word: plastics! If you would like some ACTUAL tips that you might actually want to apply in your day-to-day (or data-to-data) work, then you will have to give this episode a listen. Back by popular demand, we took a meandering walk through some of our go-to tips ("life hacks" if you're in the Bay Area) for productivity, communication, analysis, and more! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#184: Psychological Safety and Analytics with J.D. Long
Mistakes happen. In healthy work environments, not only is that fact acknowledged, it's recognized as an opportunity to learn. That's something JD Long has been thinking about quite a bit over the past few years, and he joined the show for a chat about psychological safety: what it is, why it's important, and different techniques for engendering it. Michael trolled Tim almost immediately, which is: 1) ironic, and 2) slated to be addressed in a blameless post-mortem. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#183: 2021 Year in Review with Josh Crowhurst
We did it! Another year in the books, and 2021 was a bit of a ride. As we do every year, on this episode we reflect a little bit on the podcast and then a lot on the industry: what the major themes of 2021 were, and what we think might be coming in 2022. Google Analytics 4, 3rd party cookies, remote work and Zoom meetings, and even the metaverse! Plus, of course, this is our annual excuse to get our executive producer, Josh Crowhurst, on a mic! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#182: Making Better Decisions and Being Useful with Cassie Kozyrkov
Some would say that, given the breadth and depth of data that is available to businesses these days, a surefire path to business value is to load up a department with smart data scientists, task them with developing a solid machine learning strategy, and then execute that strategy. The people who've said that might take issue with this episode. Cassie Kozyrkov joined the show to discuss decision-making: what it is, how we often frame decisions too narrowly, and the different roles data can play to support the process. And much, much more! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#181: Qualitative + Quantitative = A Meet Cute for the Ages with Jenni Bruckman
It's a podcast episode. That's WHAT it is. But… WHY should you listen to it? Exactly. Or, perhaps, that's exactly WHY! Are you confused? You won't be after checking out our discussion with Jenni Bruckman about the vast and varied world of qualitative research and how it is the perfect partner to quantitative data. Give it a listen, and then let us know WHY you did and WHAT you thought of it! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#180: Media Mix Modeling - Does It Deserve at Least a Third of Our Love?
Hey there, mister. That's a mighty nice multi-touch attribution model you're using there. It would be a shame to see it get mixed up with a media model. Or... would it? What happens if you think about media mix models as a tool that can be combined with experimentation to responsibly measure the incrementality of your marketing (while also still finding a crust of bread in the corner for so-called "click attribution")? According to a 2019 paper published by ThirdLove (which happens to have been Michael's last call on our last episode), that's a pretty nice way to go, and we thought it would be fun to see if we could raise Tim's blood pressure by giving him something to vigorously agree with for once. It was. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
Great podcast for Analytics professionals, and entertaining too!
This is one of my “must listen” podcasts. The hosts cover both detailed, informative analytics concepts AND more strategic, thought provoking ideas, with humor and a few choice words to boot. A winner!
One of the best analytics podcasts out there. If not THEE best. Especially if you’re early in your knowledge journey; great listen to get newcomers up to speed.
Refreshing = f(Approachable Insightful) = This Podcast
Recently discovered this podcast after my usuals were becoming increasingly tiresome and I am SO glad I did! Insightful and humorous discussions encompassing a range of diverse, yet relevant topics. I would highly recommend this podcast for anyone seeking a balanced take on data analytics and real world applications.