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We’re happy to hand over the blog today to Jen Bachand, Senior Manager of Marketing Campaigns at Tableau (@jen_bachand). We asked her to reflect on what role data plays in her job.
"Big data doesn't apply to marketing. That’s for those poor folks in IT to deal with, not us marketers." Right?
The truth is, I deal with data every day in my marketing career.
Imagine my surprise when I realized I wasn't above the big data dilemma. I decided to take control and see where this whole "data" thing could lead me. I started gradually by creating simple bar charts and line graphs with Salesforce.com data. I tried not to be overwhelmed by all the reports and dashboards I should create. Instead, I focused on answering questions I had about my marketing programs like checking boxes off a to-do list. Working with data is slowly but surely becoming a natural part of my work flow and seems less daunting every week. I love having insight to share in meetings that's not based solely on opinion, but rather backed by the data.
My colleagues have taken notice. The sales team ask me for guidance on marketing campaigns for their territory rather than telling me what to do. Teammates email asking for a copy of that dashboard I've shared in a staff meeting. It turns out marketers who can analyze data are in demand.
I still have more to learn but I’m proud to say that hearing the phrases “data” and “analytics” don’t paralyze me with fear nowadays. One of my mentors in my marketing analytics journey is Wade Tibke, Tableau’s Senior Director of Marketing Operations. Wade enforces a strict “data-driven marketing” policy. No decision is made without consulting the relevant data. Wade recently presented on the DMA’s webinar “Leveraging data and analytics to drive marketing strategies” while visiting our London office. If you’re contemplating any of these topics, the webinar is now available to watch on-demand:
I hope you can watch and see how Tableau practices what we preach. Regardless of your department or role, anyone making business decisions should analyze the data. And marketers are no exception.Watch the data-driven marketing Webinar