“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.”
“Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”
Rock star web analyst in training, graduated cum laude in finance & marketing. Real life experience includes web marketing, sports marketing, retail and door-to-door sales, computer repair, customer service, legislative, and design roles. The industries I have worked in are education, retail, computer hardware & software, athletics, government, & interior design. My love for numbers began when I was 5, received my first abacus, and counted and compared (then shared my findings of) everything I could.
Smalls is my nickname because of my petite stature. I’m just barely 5’1″ and I’m not sure I’ve ever been present on the growth chart. And that’s tough for me, because I really like charts. The nickname was given to me in college by a group of friends as a play on the quote in the movie Sandlot when Ham says to Scotty (Smalls) “You’re killin me Smalls!
Ok, but in all seriousness my advice is: Read and Lead.
READ: Develop a habit of reading regularly; read web analytics related articles, but also include articles related to business & financial analyses, tips on Excel & databasing, marketing trends, tips on formatting and data visualization, advice on developing self leadership, presentation skills, etc.
LEAD: Develop this skill throughout your career. Study your own behaviors and methods of communication. Many analysts tend to be natural introverts (I am one) but figuring out how to change that, only when needed – not permanently — and become a more effective communicator will help you and our industry move forward by leaps and bounds. There’s no use in being an amazing analyst without the ability to communicate ideas and needs effectively. Leadership is a quality that you can transfer to any industry, but it’s especially important in analytics because it directly affects the level of impact we have in our roles.
The test was only one question, and the answer was 42. I can not disclose any more information.
Oh geez…only one? I can’t choose only one. I have to say Adam Greco, Jason Thompson, and Jorgen Sorenson. All of these guys were instrumental at helping me when I first entered the industry. They took time to help me answer questions I had along the way and build my level of knowledge through personally responding to me or by guiding me to resources/articles that would be helpful. Adam’s calm and candid knowledge is delightful to both read and share with others. Jason has been a problem solver when I had random questions, especially on a T&T integration I was going through, and I have a high appreciation for the value he places on the greater #measure community. And Jorgen, that guy is cool; his dedication to customer experience and problem solving is quite admirable, and I think they the entire Omniture kbase is stored in his brain (what a unique way to save server space…kudos Adobe. Kudos). There are so many more, but my interactions with those three have been foundational to my success (and satisfaction) with my job. I also have a fond place in my analytics heart for Michele and Emer…and while that make scare others, it puts a grin on my face thinking of all the (evil?) fun we can add to the community
Hehe…look at you data miner I do heart organizing! (And I should probably put up some more articles on that blog) Interestingly enough, I find this both helpful and detrimental. I have to consistently remind myself of two things because I’m a detailed organizer. #1: Progress > Perfection #2 Message > Process
It’s because I want to help other people! Selfishly, it’s also because I want to learn and I’m curious about other businesses. I can’t share enough what a great opportunity Analysis Exchange is for everyone involved; if you’re out there practising or wanting to join (all the cool kids) in the analytics world, sign up and take on a project. It’s an experience & resume builder, as well as a wonderful networking opportunity.