conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Research innovations, embracing new technology and methods

As our focus returns to Customer Research, here is a quick review of research innovations on show across the world. Previous posts have highlighted that although Data Science might get all the press for innovation, in fact many technological & methodological innovations are happening in the world of market & consumer research. Recent months have focussed on technological innovations (like blockchain), data science & data visualisation. As well as balancing.. Read More

Developing that vital Domain Knowledge in your analysts

How do you develop domain knowledge in your analysts, so their data usage, interpretation & recommendations make sense? I’ve mentioned in a previous post, about the difficulties of offshoring analytics, how vital domain knowledge can be. Yet, I find most articles or speakers focus on your need to develop new technology skills (like mastering the latest ‘en vogue‘ coding language). Akin to the greater importance of softer skills in analysts,.. Read More

Are you reinventing the wheel, every time you undertake analysis?

Once your analysts have a clear business question to answer, do they start new analysis each time, potentially ‘reinventing the wheel‘? After creating or leading data & analytics teams for many years, I began to notice this pattern of behaviour. What we seemed to lack was a consistent knowledge management solution or ‘corporate memory‘ that could easily spot what should be remembered. Funnily enough, as became convinced of the need for ‘holistic customer.. Read More

Learning about Blockchain and relevance to Analytics leaders (part 2)

Continuing our two-part series, learning about Blockchain and relevant lessons learnt from attending #CityChain17 event. As mentioned in our first post, this event was organised by MBN Solutions and held at IBM’s spacious SouthBank offices (which offer great views across the Thames on a sunny day). Following the morning sessions, covered in part one, our next speakers focussed more on applying the technology in your business. So, here are some more.. Read More

Enjoying printed insight magazines on planes & trains

With lots of business travel this week & last, together with having already recently authored a detailed post on Brexit letter, I’ve decided to take it easier this time. Based on my reading while travelling, here is a review of a few articles from printed magazines that I found helpful. I’ve previously sung the praises of listening podcasts (which I find particularly useful while driving on business) and insight newsletters (that.. Read More

Lessons from Brexit letter, for insight leaders’ influencing

You might be sick of wall-to-wall Brexit coverage on the news, but I think there are lessons to learn from Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk. Lessons for analytics leaders needing to influence their senior stakeholders. Both my own experience in that role, and work with our clients, has taught me that analytics leaders need to be able to communicate in more than just impressive Powerpoint decks. Despite the emphasis.. Read More

Opportunities for insight from location as a dimension in your customer analytics

Location has been a key dimension for analytics for many years. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and engaging data visualisations have all added to how engaging data with a location field can appear. However, do you just use this data dimension to compare business performance or consumer behaviour at a macro level? Are you really generating customer insights, leading to innovative products or services as a result of thinking deeply about.. Read More