Growth

Three steps to understanding your audience through Facebook.

There are less creepy ways you can use Facebook to understand your audience and help serve them better.

As a user, you’re probably reading a lot today about Cambridge Analytica’s “breach” of Facebook audience data and possibly getting a little scared about sharing too much information.  As a marketer (and I put my guesstimate at 50% since you’re reading this), you are probably also thinking to yourself – didn’t Cambridge Analytica simply use Facebook Ads the way it was meant to? The tldr on that is no, they didn’t.  But there’s no reason why you can’t use Facebook data to understand your audience in a less-creepy manner.  And here’s how.

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Tech

Product Manager vs. Engineering Lead

It is easy for founders, CXOs, and commercial leaders to blur the lines between a product leader and a technical leader.  Most outcomes of both roles appear to be common, so it isn’t surprising.

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Short Reads

Is machine learning overhyped?

Machine learning can surely have immense impact on generating insights from the immense amount of data we create today, but is it ready to replace human-insights just yet?

I was having an interesting conversation recently with a product manager with extensive experience in data and analytics, who was vehemently against the idea of throwing resources at machine learning algorithms.  True we were talking specifically about e-commerce applications, but it piqued my interest enough to come back and do a little bit of research myself.

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Growth

#5things to do to avoid algo-burn

Algorithms from Facebook, Twitter, and Google have a disproportionate impact on publishers and large corporations alike, how do you protect your company against the impact of an algo gone rogue?

Recently, LittleThings – an online publisher focused on inspirational content targeted at women – announced that Facebook’s latest algorithm shift was going to be fatal for them.  While Facebook has been making changes to its newsfeed algorithm consistently over the last few years, no one was prepared for the dramatic consequences of the early-January change.

No previous algorithm update ever came close to this level of decimation.

 – Joe Speiser

The reality is that as a platform, Facebook wields more power than it ideally should.  Also, can you really blame Facebook for it?  It has to run its own business and you have to run yours.  Eventually, the company is going to do right by its own users.

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Tech

#5things you must fix on your home page.

On an average, 55% of people that come to your home-page are going to exit without exploring further.

The performance of your home page determines how users engage with your company.  Companies that require an easier interaction on their home page (say, simply signing up to show their interest) have it easier than others that requires a longer engagement (say, an e-commerce website that wants you to pay $1,000 for an iPhone).  That said, you have to put a significant amount of firepower to ensure your home-page stays competitive.  Here are five things to look at when optimising your home page.

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