eMetrics Toronto 2013 – Tell a story!

James StandenAnalytics, eMetrics

I always look forward to the Canadian eMetrics in Toronto- and this years event lived up to my expectations yet again. First, it was great to get together with practitioners and share expertise and knowledge, both seeing the “usual suspects” and meeting new folks. The Keynotes There were as always a series of great presentations- Jim Sterne’s “Sterne Measures” gave …

Is it your traffic changing- or how Google Analytics Tracks it?

James StandenAnalytics, Google Analytics API, Google Analytics Data

Google Analytics is a fantastic web analytics tool- and it is improving constantly. One result of improvements and evolution, however, is that how data is collected and stored changes, and can change your metrics. Usually these step changes are subtle- in certain cases, depending on your traffic and situation they could be earth shifting. While these changes can sometimes be …

4 reasons people think analytics data warehouses are super expensive and why they are not

James StandenAnalytics, Automation, Data warehousing

1) Reporting bias Maybe the main reason everyone thinks Data warehouses are expensive is because they’ve heard about a really expensive one. While one would think that you’d hear all about the really successful data warehouse projects, the reality often is that really spectacular failures catch our attention more and therefore get more widely reported/discussed 2) The need to buy …

There is no such thing as too much data!

James StandenAnalytics, Data culture

I’ve heard people say things like “don’t get bogged down in all that data- sometimes you have to go with your gut” or “you’ve got Analysis Paralysis- too much data!”. Let’s be clear on one thing- I believe there is such a thing as “Analysis paralysis” – but it’s never because you have too much data. If you find yourself …