Whilst working in Amsterdam (not the venue to choose when remembering Guy Fawkes), I was reminded how insight analysts & leaders can shine brightly in very different contexts. A mixture of training & facilitation was helping an events business in the Netherlands. What struck me, despite the different country & sector from my UK FS focus, was the similarity […]
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How well do you get on with your IT team? Do you see them as part of your team & you as part of theirs in a shared endeavour? If your answer was to laugh ironically, you are like many who attended DataIQ Link event this week. The third in our series on events focussed […]
Are you neglecting the development of softer skills in your analysts? Talking to Customer Insight Leaders recently, including at the very pleasant DataIQ Talent Awards, it would seem they are. When sharing the experience of Laughlin Consultancy, that training for analysts in softer skills is our most popular service this year, all these leaders are not […]
Do you, or your team, spend sufficient time planning your analysis? When training analysts how to deliver more value, two topics have proved the most popular. One is training in socratic questioning techniques; to get to the real business need. The other is the 9 step approach to customer analysis.
A book review of The Heart Aroused by David Whyte. A great collection of poems to help explore how to preserve your soul in corporate life.
Following research & data, in our series on awards & forecast trends for 2015, it’s the turn of analytics. Surprisingly, given the level of press attention these days on the topics of Predictive Analytics or Data Scientists, there are few awards dedicated to celebrating excellence in analytics. In most cases data analytics is a sub-category of […]
Even though we are still fresh into a new year, it is around this time that we often see a spate of awards and pundits forecasting the key trends for the year. A few of these have caught my eye so I thought I’d share those I think add value. As there are developments in […]
Following on from tips for your research and database marketing teams, this week we turn our attention to the 3rd quadrant of customer insight, your analytics team. Given the emphasis of advertising & events for this community, it’s tempting to focus on technical skills. So much social media airtime is given over to new software, coding […]
Explaining the benefits of analysts or data scientists being good storytellers. How this structures their findings & communicates more effectively.
I was struck by this graphic published by Visually that was trending on Twitter a couple of days ago. Although about marketers, it set me pondering about today’s hybrid Customer Insight leader. Apart from being an eye catching infographic and ringing true as to the challenge for modern marketers, it prompts an equal or bigger challenge for […]