Category Archive for: Data

What To Do With Data: 4 Steps To Get The Most Out Of A Client’s Survey

You’ve taken all of the initial first steps of conducting a survey. You’ve counseled your client on what focus to take and questions to ask, you’ve partnered with a reputable research company like Wakefield or Harris, and now you’ve been delivered with the results. A large, in-depth, running list of data that you are now…

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Turning Hand-Me-Downs into Healthcare Hits

There is almost always going to be another company that is more innovative, taking a new approach or has more acquisitions. In other words, sometimes a client just isn’t worthy of the news that they so badly want to be a part of. The healthcare industry is unique in that it is simultaneously at the…

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The Citizen Analyst Manifesto, Part 1: Introduction

At a recent IBM Watson Analytics event, I heard a term which has captivated me ever since: the rise of the citizen analyst. The citizen analyst is the individual who has access to powerful, modern tools of analysis. These tools were previously the domain of only the wealthiest mega-corporations, but are now broadly available to…

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The plural of anecdote is not data

Have you ever had an opinion? Of course you have. As marketers, we reply on people having opinions to do our jobs. Have you ever heard the same story from five different people, leaving you not knowing which version was correct? This phenomenon is called Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin: “after this, therefore because of…

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Beets, Tomatoes…Big Data?

When contestants begin a Food Network’s Chopped challenge, they are given a basket of random ingredients and asked to make an entrée. No recipe books, no Pinterest, no “phone my mom” option. The concoctions created with seemingly unrelated ingredients must flow directly from the minds of the chefs. Did they get a guidebook to follow?…

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You’re the #1 SEO loser.

I was struggling to think of a blog topic that would relate to my job in digital marketing. What could I say that would be interesting and compelling?  I decided to do what any normal person would do; I would hit up Google for the answer. It has become a social norm to “Google It”…

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Why automated sentiment analysis is broken and how to fix it

One of the most difficult challenges reporting and analytics face in public relations measurement is sentiment analysis. Machines attempt textual analysis of sentiment all the time; more often than not, it goes horribly wrong. How does it go wrong? Machines are incapable of understanding context. Here’s why. Machines are typically programmed to look for certain…

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Does social media sharing matter?

On virtually every site you visit on the Internet, you’ll find social media sharing icons. Share! Pin! Tweet! Like! Do these activities matter? Does all of that sharing create any kind of tangible benefit for the site? Instinct would say yes, but we cannot run a marketing department on instinct alone. To answer this question,…

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Should you stop using hashtags in social media content?

Do hashtags matter? This is a question asked recently by Patrick Coffee of PR Newser at AdWeek. Should social media managers be skipping the hashtag? Rather than guess, let’s take a data-driven approach. Before we dig in, a bit on our methodology. SHIFT examined the social media engagement of posts from the Fortune 10 companies…

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How to Build a Data-Driven Public Speaking Program

We’ve covered the basics of public speaking here on the SHIFT blog before. However, many speakers still feel unprepared when facing an important event or talk. How can we better be ready for key talks and events? Rather than just wing it or have a purely canned talk that may not be relevant to the…

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