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Amazon’s Biggest Acquisitions

Published in 2013, Brad Stone’s book The Everything Store paints an ambitious and relentless portrait of Jeff Bezos, a man who is determined to create an online store that will someday be “everything to everyone”. As prescient as this characterization was at the time, the narrative is even more relevant now – and with Amazon’s most recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, it’s clear that no market …Read More

5 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Analytics (And How to Fix It)

Consulting data is good. But being a slave to data is not. There is such a thing as being too data-obsessed. Confirmation bias pops up. And you miss the good, albeit, intangible stuff that comes along with your efforts. The solution is to uncover those biases and misunderstandings that lead you astray. It’s not easy. Or even intuitive. But it’s the only way to avoid these five analytics blinders. Here’s …Read More

This Fascinating City Within Hong Kong Was Lawless For Decades

View the full version of this graphic. This Fascinating City Within Hong Kong was Lawless For Decades There are very few places on Earth that remain ungoverned, and even the tiniest islands and city-states tend to have rules in place for things like taxation and citizenship. Government control is an established reality for most of the world, but what would happen if a neighborhood in your city suddenly became a …Read More

2,000 Years of Economic History in One Chart

Over 2,000 Years of Economic History in One Chart All major powers compared by GDP from the year 1 AD The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Long before the invention of modern day maps or gunpowder, the planet’s major powers were already duking it out for economic and geopolitical supremacy. Today’s chart tells that story in the simplest terms possible. By showing the …Read More

Drill Down Into Key Segments to Understand and Improve Your Funnel

The funnel has become a key part of the modern-day marketers toolkit. It’s the first report they peak at on Monday morning, and the last report they check before leaving for the weekend on a Friday. All serious analytics tools have some version of a funnel report, with differing degrees of flexibility and features. Some are narrower, allowing for a limited number of use cases, while others are more full-featured …Read More

Real Estate Investing: Here are 4 Timeless Strategies to Use

For new investors, getting into the business of buying, selling, and renting homes may seem pretty ambitious. But like any other area of personal finance expertise, real estate investing boils down to some simple basics. With the right strategies, patience, and a willingness to learn, it’s a discipline that can help you make strides on the path to financial independence. Strategies For Real Estate Investing Today’s infographic comes to us …Read More

Embedding Google Data Studio Visualizations

Last year I wrote about the Marvel vs. DC war on the big screen. It was super fun to merge two of my passions (data visualization and comics) in one piece. It started with my curiosity to understand what all those movies are amounting to, and I think it helped me prove a point: Marvel is kinda winning 🙂 One of the things that annoyed me was that I had …Read More

Infographic: The Future of Food

The Future of Food: How Tech Is Changing Our Food Systems The urban population is exploding around the globe, and yesterday’s food systems will soon be sub-optimal for many of the megacities swelling with tens of millions of people. Further, issues like wasted food, poor working conditions, polluted ecosystems, mistreated animals, and greenhouse gases are just some of the concerns that people have about our current supply chains. Today’s infographic …Read More

Google Data Studio: quicker and broader access to data

Over the past 6 months we’ve launched over 25 new features in Google Data Studio including: making the product free and available globally, adding support for PostgreSQL and MySQL, and providing many new report layout options. Overall feedback has been great! Now we’re adding new features to make it quicker to access your data. Community Connectors Developer LaunchWe want to make it easy to access all your data within Data …Read More

Scaling Engagement: 5 Strategies to Connect With More Customers

There’s 24 hours in a day. With customer engagement as your priority, it can seem like an impossible feat to connect with your audience on a daily basis. Tara Walpert Levy, managing director at Google, writes: “In the accelerating swirl of chaos, excitement, and yes, sometimes fear, the brands that win will prioritize engagement over exposure. They will flip the traditional approach of using mass reach to connect with the …Read More

Google Analytics is enhancing support for AMP on cache

With users getting more and more impatient with slow mobile pages, developers are increasingly investing in a faster web experience with solutions like Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). Billions of AMP pages have been published by all kinds of mobile sites – from news to recipes to e-commerce. With so much AMP content being published every week, Google Analytics continues to evolve to support those of our customers who have adopted …Read More

Underperforming Mobile Pages are Sabotaging Your Revenue. Here’s How to Fix Them.

Your site gets more traffic from mobile devices than desktops. So… why are your mobile conversions so low? That’s what matters most after all. Right? Right. The typical reason? Your site sucks. Plain and simple. It’s hard to use. The organization is a mess. And it’s slow as a snail. But there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the fix is easy. Just build a new …Read More

How to Master Analytics like Will Smith and Amazon

Will Smith is not just a pretty face. Nor is he just a likeable, talented actor. He’s a businessman and a master marketer. The only Hollywood star that predictably gets over $20 million per flick. Even his movies that didn’t get good reviews, like Hancock and Suicide Squad, grossed over half a billion each worldwide. Wouldn’t you just love the worst of your ventures to make half a bill? So, …Read More

How Closely is Your State Economy Tied to Canada?

How Closely is Your State Economy Tied to Canada? With negotiations around NAFTA continuing on into this week, many Americans are rightfully wondering how major changes to the deal could impact their lives. Discussions are still early, and it’s tough to predict the exact policies that will be affected until negotiations reach their peak. However, until that point, there is one simple barometer that can give you an idea of …Read More

The Side Hustle Economy: 25 Ways to Make Extra Dough

Popularized in recent years by people like Gary Vaynerchuk, the “side hustle” has quickly become a preferred mentality for aspiring entrepreneurs to make additional money on the side. The gist of it is: by working hard outside the traditional hours of a 9-to-5, a side hustle allows you to build a business around what you are truly passionate about. And if that endeavor is successful, it can also help you …Read More