By now you have likely seen, read or heard about the story of the Oakland A’s baseball teams of the early 2000s. Led by General Manager, Billy Beane, the club had limited resources with which to build a winning team, especially when compared to big budget competitors like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, etc. As opposed to relying on old school player evaluation tactics, they hired analysts who used statistical models to identify batters who could score more runs and find pitchers who could get more outs. While the Moneyball story is framed within the game of baseball, it’s really about math. It showed that we can depend on numbers to help predict success. And while it was not perfect, this particular “numbers first” approach proved better than an expert’s best guess.
In just 10 years we’ve moved from laggards pondering whether they even wanted a website, to a circumstance where “content marketing” and “corporate storytelling” are garnering serious budgetary resources. But have we let the pendulum swing too far? Is it always a net positive to create and give away content on behalf of your company? […]
I’ve been writing Convince & Convert for more than three years, and I continue to be grateful and delighted that you choose to spend time here, when faced with a tsunami of blog options. I continue to find it fascinating, however, that even though this blog is probably considered successful within its very small niche, […]
All companies now find themselves in two industries: the business they are actually in, and the publishing business. The death of the information intermediary is upon us, and companies need to tell their own story with speed and aplomb. But let’s not go overboard. Yes, you’re in the publishing business, but only as a means […]
This is the first of what I hope will be a regular series of Webinines: short Webinars of 9 minutes or fewer. Because it’s seemingly 150 degrees throughout most of the country, I went with a cool weather holiday theme on this one. Your Content Should Be Centralized and Decentralized The default state for most […]