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The Daily Meal’s Best #Coffee Shops in America:

http://www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com/the-daily-meals-best-coffee-shops-in-america/

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With Lucky Sort creators on board, Twitter is officially a data company

Reblogged this on UberTechMedia This move by #Twitter is intriguing– they already have promoted tweets… GigaOM reminds us all of Twitter’s organic growth potential – #hashtags being the most prized asset underlying Twitter’s entire business model.

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We all kind of knew that Twitter’s path to making money was paved with data, and the announcement on Monday that it’s buying analytics startup Lucky Sort makes it official. Unless I’m totally misreading the writing on the wall, this move is all about giving advertisers — and anyone, in theory — the tools to learn about what people are talking about.

Word that Lucky Sort is shutting down and that several of its team are joining Twitter’s revenue engineering department suggests this is exactly what the acquisition aims to accomplish.

As it stands, companies use Twitter as a way to track how people are talking about them and maybe, if they’re really advanced, do some sentiment analysis. If they’re willing to pay a third party, Datasift and Gnip are more than happy to broaden marketers’ views to encompass the entirety of Twitter’s data, both real-time and historical. What…

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The Role of Marketing Analytics in Small Business

Michael Hios

With record expenditures in the area of Analytics occurring, and a steep rise predicted over the coming years, “Analytics” has been officially indoctrinated into the “Hall of C-Level Buzzwords.” Like most buzzwords, there is always some confusion over the actual meaning and its proper place in business.

My career in Information Technology started, in earnest, working as a Systems Integrator for MRP/ERP systems at (mostly) small businesses. At the time, “ERP” was the latest buzzword and I worked with many clients whose implementations were doomed from the start, simply because their purpose, scope, and capabilities were just not understood by the executives who were dictating their implementation. Small businesses often lack the resources to withstand failures and delays in such large-scale projects, so it was painful to watch (and more so, to participate in ) some of them.

At the time, IT was still very attached to Finance and…

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Data Visualization At Its Best! – A View From The “Design Cockpit!”

How many of our daily business decisions can be attributed to the use of true quality information? Where are you getting your information from and how are you analyzing it? Ask yourself: “Am I willing  to make mission-critical decisions with data that is not entirely intact to begin with?”  It happens more than you would expect.  The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) estimates that data quality problems associated with customer contact data alone cost U.S. businesses more than $600 billion per year.

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John Tukey, the famous American mathematician once said: “The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data”  Hard to swallow for many, but truly a profound statement.  In order to achieve success in business, we must learn how to (1) wait until we have established a ‘quality database’ before making decisions from it, and (2) maximize the effectiveness of how we are visualizing and interpreting this information (uber important!).

Take for instance Procter & Gamble’s institutionalized approach to data visualization – The groundbreaking “Business Sphere” environment, and “Business Sufficiency Analytic Models.” – were both built to improve productivity and collaboration seamlessly so that P&G can focus on innovating for the consumer.  In his recent Harvard Business Review article, Tom Davenport sheds additional light into the intricate steps P&G is taking to ensure decision-makers are equipped with actionable data. “P&G has placed visual displays of key information on desktops – over 50,000 P&G employees now have access to a “Decision Cockpit“, which provides decision makers with dynamic and powerful decision making tools all in one place.  In addition to the desktop approach, P&G has created meeting spaces that it calls “Business Spheres” & implemented them in over 50 locations where management information is showcased for review.  This strategically enables the framework for data visualization to always be kept top of mind throughout the entire organization.

The most important attribute of successful data visualization is in the simplicity of the message portrayed – in whether the decision makers “understand quickly what’s going on in the business, and decide what to do about it.”  If organizational leaders are forced to spend too much time making sense of problem areas, the issues may never be resolved.

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