My good friend StÃ©phane Hamel has had it today, and I pretty much agree with him. In fact, I have had it since Tim O’Reilly started talking about Web 2.0, and that it got to be on everyone’s lips. “Argh! Not again!” I thought, “Buzzwords season is back”. It had to get to Web Analytics, like the flu. That’s the thing with buzzwords, and especially with those coming from the US, Land of the Brand. If it doesn’t have a sticker, it doesn’t exist.
I agree with StÃ©phane that Web Analytics 2.0 and 3.0 are basically more of the same thing. Just a vision that’s expanding. I mean, back in 2005 when at Bell Canada, I was building partnerships and services with Offermatica and iPerceptions. Was I doing WA 2.0 before my time, without knowing it? Huh, no, ain’t that bright, thank you. Anyone who was spending enough time playing with web behavioral data got frustrated with what was missing, and going attitudinal and testing was just a logical step.
So, we are finally going mobile (again?), and sure, we will need to measure that activity, with all the challenges that different technologies will bring (could be cool and less cultural centric to have a look at what the Japanese are doing in that area), but it’s the same network. No, not the phone, the Internet!
StÃ©phane says something very true:
…it’s amazing how many web sites are so badly constructed that we don’t even need web analytics to optimize them. And then, the relatively small percentage of companies who addresses web analytics are barely using what’s at their disposal… (my emphasis).
Oh! Yeah! You would be very surprised how quickly you could spot what’s wrong with a page if I told you that that particular page has a problem. Look, I’m not crazy enough to say that you don’t need Web Analytics! First, that would be very wrong, and second, I’d be out of a job at a time when things are going very very well!
I am calling for your self-confidence to play a bigger role: if you’ve been in Web marketing for more than 5 years, you know a lot. A lot more than you think. Your problem is that you’re not looking. And Web Analytics is a great magnifying glass, is all!
Do you know why I am an excellent Web analyst? It’s because I’m an awesome Web marketer. Twelve years I have been at it. The most difficult thing to do has been to think the Network, what it really meant to us to plug two computers together back in the 60s (Web 0.1?). The Internet is beyond technology, beyond marketing, beyond capitalism. And it is darn difficult to figure out! We give it version numbers, but it is not changing, it is just us who are learning to play with Connectivity.
It’s a fantastic tool if you have something to sell, and Web Analytics is a great tool box that can help you get better at it. Web Marketing is soon to become Marketing, Web Analytics to become Analytics, and the Internet to become the Market. And sure enough, if I don’t need to wait ‘till you sit in front of a computer to pitch you something, hell, you can bet I’ll be coming at you from every direction. And thanks to Analytics, I’ll be watching.