The best Marketing Analyst
In finding outstanding marketing analysts I am looking primarily for three qualities, some of them probably rather unusual:
- A healthy dose of Paranoia: Paranoia remains one of the most underestimated drivers for success, especially in our marketing field. Why? Most great marketing concepts have not been developed because of strong confidence or certainty about a situation but because of the fear of failing. The paranoia of not being good enough, of not pushing the boundaries sufficiently, is often the driving force to be on the frontline of innovation. Positively used paranoia can be the most important motivator to constantly score your own marketing performance against the competition, and thereby drive one to breakthrough work.
- Curiosity: Curiosity is the positive sister of paranoia. Only curious analysts are able to question the status quo of certain process or wisdoms. Additionally Curiosity drives people to listen to their environment, their colleagues, their clients, or external opinion leaders to extract anything valuable. It encourages the relentless search for a real insight in a ever growing sea of data.
- Craftsmanship: Every marketing analyst needs to know something exceptionally well. It can be a software program; it can be the capability of telling insightful stories, it can be the art of visually representing relevant information. It just has to be something that the analyst can leverage positively in his field (e.g. being a great cook doesn’t help). Too many analysts are average in too many fields, instead of being outstanding in one particular well defined area.
These three qualities don’t mean that every marketing analyst has the same traits. It rather creates a huge variety of different marketing analysts. I have seen primarily three different flavors of marketing analysts:
- The Strategist: This individual is primarily interested in translating quantitative insights into a comprehensive marketing strategy, including a concrete marketing plan. The Strategist is the happiest when he can see the impact of his data driven marketing strategy in individual marketing executions.
- The Statistician: This individual is primarily interested in finding correlations between different data sets. The Statistician is most happy when he has found an insight that either answers a concrete question or inspires new ones.
- The Techie: This individual is primarily interested in automating and scaling marketing analytical tasks and executions. The Techie is most happy when he sees the ease and time savings of implemented hard-and software solutions, hopefully at a very affordable price point.
As said in the beginning, marketing analysts come in different forms and shapes. This richness of personalities, character traits, and expertise areas make our field so interesting and innovative.