Zimanablog will be moving soon

Posted in Analytics, Business, Finance, Marketing, Social Media, Web Analytics on July 29, 2010 by pdebois

Notice that it has been a moment since the last post? Fear not — Zimanablog is being moved to a different hosting site, with a new theme and a few new articles on marketing, analytics, and what-not to boot. So stayed tuned…

Learn about Google Analytics: Join me and Carmina Perez at Sinergia in New York, July 7th

Posted in Analytics, Marketing, Social Media, Web Analytics with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by pdebois

From Zimana founder Pierre Debois:

Join me and SocialMediaPro Carmina Perez to learn how to use Google Analytics for your small business. On Wednesday July 7th at 6:30pm, in the Singeria center in Harlem, New York City, NY, we will cover a basic understanding that links the metrics to your business goals and decisions. Interested? Follow the link to sign up __ http://ow.ly/260I6 #nyc

Facebook Insights now includes Facebook social plug ins for analytics

Posted in Analytics, Social Media, Web Analytics with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by pdebois

Big news from Facebook, analytics fans — Insights is now improved with more Facebook-ishness. Ok, ok, no such noun, adjective, or verb. But it is improved.

With anticipation of expanded usage, Facebook now allows Insight administrators to measure social plug in usage — the plug ins being the well-known “Like” and “Share” Facebook buttons. Facebook also revised the dashboard for more drill-down capability into data and graphs.

For those who have never heard of Insight — it is a Facebook analytics tool designed to measure engagement of 3 major sets of Facebook services; Facebook Applications, Facebook Fanpages, and Facebook Ads (You can read more about how to use these Facebook services at the AllBusiness.com article I wrote). With Facebook’s popularity among internet users (and marketers), it would be inevitable that an analytics solution would be created.

For more on the new features, check out the official Facebook developer page, as well as the Mashable article based on the developer page.

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Taste of Technology Small Business series kicks off its sessions with cloud computing

Posted in Business, Social Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by pdebois

This week in New York I had the pleasure of sitting in one of several Taste of Technology session. Held at the Samsung Experience retail store in the Time Warner building and hosted by Small Biz Technology editor Ramon Ray, the Taste of Technology sessions are meant to showcase new tools to help small business and the discussions based on those tools.

The May session panel consisted of Jonathan Rochelle, Group Product Manager for Google; John Conklin, Business Productivity Solutions Specialist for Microsoft; and Steve Greenwood, Head of Products for start up DropIO.
Each covers how their products rely on the cloud to deliver quality service. Highlights included a review of Google Apps, discussion on the upcoming SkyDrive for Office Live (my personal favorite, it is additional storage and free features with Office 2010), and an explanation of DropIO, a new online storage service in which uploaded files & video which can be shared regardless of file format. Given the Apple-Adobe battle over Flash (A reminder was announced today as NBC and TBS declined to place their content on the iPad: see the Marketwatch article), DropIO gives a means to share video without concern about the format available to the user, although DropIO is used privately and meant for a few user,  as opposed to video sharing sites like YouTube.

Much of the discussion turned to browser usage, with many questions from the audience regarding reverse compatibility and how much that reverse compatibility — browser, internet capability — may hold back some segment of internet users.  Security of course came up as well.

There are other Taste of Technology Small Business sessions planned through the year, in New York City and soon to be announced locations. For more information, take a look at the Smallbiztechnology site for details.  Ramon is a great guy and excellent host, having attended the Small Biz Technology Summit earlier this year, which featured Seth Godin and a wide range of speakers.

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How to determine your most valuable customers: Customer Lifetime Value, inferred from analytics data spots the best segments for profits

Posted in Analytics, Business, Web Analytics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by pdebois

Avinash Kaushik has always been a great evangelist for the Google Analytics solution, with useful tips at the Occam’s Razor blog, along with having written two books on the business of web analytics (see the Small Business Trends’ book review on his book Web Analytics 2.0). There are great examples of how to extract value from analytics data. This post on customer lifetime value shows the influence of analytics data to determine your most profitable customer segment.

Explained by David Hughes of E-mail academy , the concept answers three questions regarding the value of an acquired customer base:

  • Did you pay enough to acquire customers from each marketing channel?
  • Did you acquire the best kind of customers?
  • How much could you spend on keeping them sweet with email and social media?

This concept, along with inference of the analytics data, can guide businesses to understand which segments of website traffic are worth the marketing effort.  Remember, your analytics data is more than just examining keywords.  You can examine your online presence, and infer some answers, as well as guidance for others.  I love this post from Avinash because it gets into the meat and potatoes of value.  This is not entirely new; Annastatia Holdren  gave great comments during her Adwords training about monitoring the value of your keywords so that you are not paying more for traffic (you can read more on the value of clicks here)

Key takeaways relevant for business owners looking to review their analytics.

  • Focus on discovering the actions of a segment, not just an individual – analytics is about understanding a group of given traffic.
  • Being at the top of a given SERP may be costly in some instances.  There are many ways to drive customers to your site without going head to head on a keyword which may be expensive to use in an Adword or CPC campaign.  That expense becomes particularly costly if there are few visitors converting from use of that keyword.
  • Even if your business attempt to gain a SERP advantage via a focus on keywords, an overfocus on certain keywords can eliminate choices of other keywords and phrase which has lower traffic volume but potentially better odds of conversion – more sales, more sign ups, etc.
  • Business owners should be open for other means for customers to discover their site — even a well constructed print ad that links to a great landing page can general the right traffic if the ad is exposed to the right audience.  Foursquare, Twitter, Yelp, and social networking sites have provided new means of discovery.

To read the full explanation of the Customer Lifetime Value process, see the post at Occam’s Razor.

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How to create a video resume by IQ Workforce

Posted in Analytics, Business, Web Analytics with tags , , on April 7, 2010 by pdebois

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IQ Workforce operates a great recruiting site for analytics consultants and companies looking for analytics practitioners.  Companies can post job openings for analytics and related digital marketing positions, while analytics employees and independent contractors can post their resume and web video resume to show their skills and strengthens.  It is a significant and welcome development in the web analytics community, as its niche focus on WA practitioners offers increased visibility to analytics positions while augmenting many other sites for digital marketing related posting.  Established in 2005, the company is a global partner of Web Analytics Wednesdays (a networking meetup hosted in various cities, founded by Eric Peterson of Web Analytics Demystified).  IQ Workforce also interviews web analytics practitioners regarding the industry trends.

Corry Prohens is the Managing Consultant for IQ Workforce.  He offers solid advice to all, such as great post on how to conduct a video resume, a format he has encouraged contractors to use.    You can learn more about how to conduct a web video resume at the iQ Workforce blog post.

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 by pdebois

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RT @tsode2001: Yahoo! Web Analytics Rele

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 by pdebois

RT @tsode2001: Yahoo! Web Analytics Releases Quick Reference Guides http://ht.ly/2elNS ► #YWA #retail

#IBM purchases #Coremetrics http://ow.ly

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by pdebois

#IBM purchases #Coremetrics http://ow.ly/1YOxN #retail #metrics

Twitter buys an analytic company

Posted in Analytics with tags , , , on June 12, 2010 by pdebois

Twitter buys an #analytics company called “Trendly”. You can learn about the purchase in the following New York Times article: http://nyti.ms/cvzQzJ