The Twelve Errors of Mar-Tech

If you’ve been an avid reader, you might notice things look a little bit different around here. Welcome to our new website! We hope you like it as much as we do. It’s been an incredibly tough year, but we are lucky to serve our customers doing two things with you: Get your data to … Read more

Our Marketing Attribution in Practice

To be useful, marketing attribution must be practical. That’s why we’ve built entire sample real-world case studies to showcase our service. What do they include? Complete raw datasets – customer site behavior, customer sales data, fiscal calendars, promotions, even sample marketing & media flight information. Over the course of the next few blogs, we will … Read more

How Machine Learning Literacy Can Improve Daily Life

We’re told machine learning and artificial intelligence will forever alter human existence. Examples focus on facial recognition, self-driving cars, and personalized medicine using machine learning’s capability to process unprecedented data volume. We think of world-changing ML as imminently close, but yet to arrive. I love a good story, but this one omits a crucial detail. … Read more

Three Marketing Test Mistakes And How To Fix Them

You are an authoritative digital marketer at a leading digital organization. You run frequent A/B tests to measure the effectiveness of your marketing. I know you are running tests. Why? Because Google told you. And BCG told you. And Bain told you. It’s your “test-and-iterate” approach that makes you such an authority. Bad news for … Read more

Fix Analytics & Data Science: Analysis Should Be Practical

Our marketing attribution philosophy is: Attribution Should Be Practical. Starting today, let’s extend this philosophy to everything you do in measurement and analytics. Every analysis should be practical. I received a request to blog about the wake many martech platforms leave. Discretion being the better part of valor, I’ll share some stories, but keep the … Read more

Your Attribution Is Weak, But Your Digital Marketing Tech Stack Is Weaker

Thank you, Google News, for surfacing a great article on Friday. If you haven’t read Dr. Augustine Fou’s piece in Forbes on Aug 20, 2020, The link is here. He discusses advertising measurement, analytics and attribution, and points to how trivial compromising these systems are for fraudsters. It’s true – fraud remains a threat to … Read more

Simple Steps To Ensure Your Google Ads Budget Works For Your Small Business

Like a lot of start-ups, Bonsai received a promotional $150 Google Ads credit to try out Google Ads! We’ve even been fortunate enough to hear from some of the very attentive customer service people who’ve taken the time to introduce themselves to us. [Note: as a former “866”er from back in the day, I have … Read more

An Entrepreneur’s Morning Routine: Squarespace & Media Waste

Seeing how popular they are online, I figured I’d write yet another blog post about an entrepreneur’s morning routine, small business life, and Squarespace. Okay, so maybe my version will be a little different. Anyway, I do want to start with my morning reading from a few days ago. I was trying to catch up … Read more

Part 3: Omnichannel Attribution In Theory and Practice

TL;DR – Already dig our approach? Learn more about the features of our managed attribution service by skipping here. If you enjoy a silly story, or are intrigued by a measurement and attribution philosophy completely different than what you’ve seen before – read on! Consider the cupcake. One morning, Daisy’s mother brings this delicious looking … Read more

More KPI Catastrophes & How To Fix Them

“What’s your goal or target Cost-Per-Acquisition?” — Every Marketing Platform How does anyone answer that question? Aren’t we always striving to get as many customers as possible, for as little $ investment as possible? There’s always something hollow about answering that question — “target given what?” Maybe a better question is this: “What’s your business … Read more

Practical Attribution – Bonus Snippet

A few months ago I promised three parts to the blog series on how Attribution should be practical. We’re putting the finishing touches on part III, but before that’s done I couldn’t resist adding another short snippet. Consider this 2.5? You’ve probably heard this wisdom before: “Measure twice, cut once.” — Ancient Carpenter’s Proverb We … Read more

Fix Your KPIs: Trash The Funnel

Marketers, sellers, and operators grow frustrated because of issues with Key Performance Indicators (“KPI”s). They should be: most marketing and sales strategy models are built on outdated financial frameworks. These stifle the impact of marketing and sales and hurt the entire business. What is wrong with the marketing & sales funnel framework? It’s sometimes criticized … Read more

Your Data Transformation Starts Today

Most digital marketing strategies are burdened by unnecessary complexity. Some are worse. Flawed bid automation, poor budget allocation, ineffective audience targeting, dodgy performance reporting and analytics are all in play today across wide swaths of media in market. Despite this, most programs enjoy profitability and productivity, not because they are sound, but because ad technology … Read more

If We Embrace Change, Data Really Can Save Us

Incredible data analysis & collaboration between the Cubeiq & the New York Times highlights areas that should prepare for longer, more difficult battles with COVID-19 shows us everything that’s great about our digital information age, and everything that needs to change if we are going to realize the benefits without falling victim to the perils.

Data Visualization Is Crucial To Flattening the COVID-19 Curve

A hypothesis: Rideshare and taxi subsidy, parking restriction holidays, and other measures could reduce patient and healthcare worker dependence on public transit and be a public health measure that cities, states, and the federal government should consider testing. NY, NJ, MI and LA are indeed seeing some of the worst impacts of this terrible disease … Read more