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.
Guest post from Chris Sietsema, who teaches and trains small to medium-sized businesses and non-profits in the disciplines of search, social media, email marketing and online analytics. Chris owns Teach to Fish Digital, a one-man consultancy in beautiful Mesa, Arizona. He also created the infographics for The NOW Revolution. A […]
Our new book The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social debuts February 1 (a few days later in stores). We want to make sure we get as many copies sold in advance as possible, as it helps convince the physical bookstores to order […]
At long last, I’m delighted to announce that The NOW Revolution is complete and available for pre-order. My new book, written with my uber-talented co-author Amber Naslund, is subtitled “7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social“. (big thanks to many of you for helping us pick […]
By now, we all know that social media is a fantastic tool for gauging the audience and communicating with previous and current customers. But, can it also be used to lure in new customers? Can social media marketing be paired with other lead generation tactics to create new business opportunities? […]
This morning, I’m leaving with the family on a 2-week vacation of Denmark and Norway. We’re doing a home exchange, and a lovely family from Aalborg, Denmark will be inhabiting Convince & Convert global headquarters in Flagstaff. (We’ve done the exchange thing a few times via homeexchange.com and really enjoy […]