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Why ROI Measurement Is So Elusive

Definitions for Marketing ROI abound, but the pressures to achieve it have increased to fever pitch across all channels and marketing specialties. Why? One reason may be that with all the new marketing technology tools―with their claims of incredible measurement capabilities blasted to your in-box daily―the real complexity of getting to ROI has become washed over. Expectations have been raised. You need to figure it out.

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Analytics Become Fashionable

No one has popularized the benefits of behavioral analytics more than Google, and within a year of Google Analytics’ launch, many web analytics firms vanished. Anyone, regardless of technical savvy, could track activity on their website easily and for FREE! More and more apps are popping up, attracting droves of users who happily engage, providing mountains of personal preference information in exchange for an opportunity to play. LinkedIn is a fabulous example of how CEOs and students alike share LOTS of important information in exchange for being visible. Even the CEOs know that it’s no longer smart to be invisible or silent on the web.

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Creative Enhanced by Marketing Analytics

As a Creative Director, I spent 15 years working at a general agency before dipping my toe into direct marketing. I still believe that brand equity is king, but I’ve been bitten by the “Direct Marketing Bug” and there is no cure. I love the advantage that analytical insights provide when designing creative, and the opportunities they provide for constant improvement.

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Using Marketing Analytics to Solve Your “Burning Question.” Part 3 of 3

Jim is best known for reinvigorating P&G’s marketing culture. In his seven years as GMO, he led the transformation that established P&G as one of the most admired brand-building companies in the world. This transformation was based on a deep and unwavering commitment to innovation based on consumer understanding, paired with disciplined measurement techniques.

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Using Marketing Analytics to Solve Your “Burning Question.” Part 2 of 3

Last year I attended a 2-day DMA seminar on the topic of “How to Take the Guesswork Out of Marketing,” by Steve Cuno. (The content of the seminar has been captured in his book Prove it before you promote it.) In the seminar, Steve gave example after example of “hard lessons learned” and followed with teachings on how anyone can apply science to marketing in order to enhance creativity, and trade intuition for sound judgment.

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Using Marketing Analytics to Solve Your “Burning Question.” Part 1 of 3

There is a website called “” where a few people in the marketing world believe that asking the right question will spark a marketing revolution. Here is what it says on the website:

“What questions will spark a revolution?

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