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Poll: Latest results on analytics software

Well with over 60 votes in, the results appear to have stabilised into a clear pattern. As has been the case through most of my customer insight career, SAS and SPSS (now IBM) are the leading analytics software used by CI teams. For several weeks now they have tied at 25% of votes each. The real change over recent years, at least from my perspective working with Financial Services companies, has.. Read More

Infographic on new purchase journey

As a second entry to this new section, I was struck by this¬†infographic from SmartInsights that was shared by the IDM as part of their round-up of August Marketing news. I think they’ve done a pretty good job of combining the learning from Google and McKinsey. This visualisation helps remind us that today’s consumers have a more involved and iterative awareness & consideration journey before we can start measuring conversion… Read More

Poll: Which Analytics Software?

“We use R” is a comment I used to only hear from recent graduates or some analysts working in the public sector. Both these sectors appeared to more readily accept open source software. But this does appear to be changing, over recent years I have heard a few commercial organisations share their interest in saving licence fees and moving to R for their analysts. Are you one of them? Do.. Read More

Segmentation

Segmentation is one of those customer insight and marketing terms which divide opinion. Leaders have their favourite approaches. Boards can be ardent fans of the need for a segmentation, or complete unbelievers in what is perceived as marketing “spin“. One of the reasons for this appears to be, the mixed fortunes of implementing segmentations. Some companies extol real benefits, and focus that have come as a result, whilst others bemoan.. Read More

Customer Insight, what do you think of this for definition?

definition

Many terms in the lexicon of marketing and business are ambiguous at best, misleading at worst. Both old terms like ‘proposition‘ and new ones like ‘big data’ seem to bring more smoke than light. But the lack of clarity that has troubled me most in corporate life is the many meanings of ‘customer insight‘.