My question about whether you learned anything at SESÂ or not didn’t get much reaction.Â I suspect the answers were polarized, with half the people thinking “not really, I go there for other reasons” and the other half thinking “of course I did”.
Answers to that question might have been helpful, but…
What I’m really questioning is this:Â How do people in the web space learn what they learn?Â Associated questions are:
1.Â HasÂ quantityÂ eclipsed quality as a yardstick for the success?
2.Â Â ImplicationsÂ forÂ TeachersÂ / Course Developers of the answer to #1
There are also some serious implicationsÂ for “Web Marketing”Â adoption (in all forms)Â by the broader Marketing community buried in the above.Â To me, this isÂ not unlike the “CRM Problem”, where for years (and still) people confused the Technology solution with the Marketing potential, which set CRM back a decade.
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SES = Search Engine Strategies San Jose, for those not in the know.
And I mean the question literally.Â Not did you have a good time, see lots of friends, do a lot of beneficial networking, talk to customers, build your reputation, create content for your blog, etc.
Did you Learn anything?
Looking at the stream of blog posts,Â video,Â Tweets and so forth – much of it incredibly repetitive by the way, which is a whole other issue for thisÂ type of Journalism – I have to wonder if anybody except those new to Search actually learned anything.Â You know, walked away withÂ new knowledge they could use to improve their efforts.
I have more than a passing curiosity about this issue from a macro perspective.Â As you might know, I am a Co-Chair on the Web Analytics Association’s Education Committee, responsible for creating the WAA’sÂ Core Curriculum and upcoming Certification Testing.Â So I think a lot aboutÂ Learning and Education, especially as it relates to the web.Â And that thinking includes different “delivery models”Â like Conferences.
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Businesses usually have some analysts around, even if the businessÂ is not particularly “data-driven”.
The term Business Analyst has been around for a while, usually referring to a person who is a translator of sorts between Business Units and IT.Â These people try to make sure “requirements” from the business side are implemented as desired on the IT side.
Sometimes there are Operational Analysts, who are typically IT folks or Engineers, depending on the business.Â This is the world of Six Sigma and process, where the business is trying to improve throughput or cut down on waste.Â But we know that just because Operations is Operating Just Fine, we don’t always get the result we would like from aÂ Marketing perspective.
A similar Analyst might be present in Marketing Operations Management.Â This is really about the process of Marketing execution though, not Acquisition / Retention / Customer Value.
I don’t think I have ever seen a decent-sized business without Financial Analysts.Â These folksÂ look for variances or unusual activity in Financial Reporting and seek to explain why.Â Sometimes they actually get involved with Marketing analysis, though usually not for something like “Campaigns”.Â Instead, they look for structural problems that manifest as a “problem with Marketing” in theÂ Financial systems.
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