Free eMetrics Pass
Wrapping up the Contest
In response to my profile is Emir Kirrane‘s silly series of web analysts, Jim Sterne generously donated a free pass to eMetrics San Francisco for a worthy web analyst. The catch was that I would need to run the contest, judge it and so forth.
eMetrics San Francisco is the singular event in the #measure community which we should all attend, at the very least to meet in person those people we are exchanging tweets with.
A selection of analysts turned out excellent efforts, their performance gives me great hope for the future of our industry.
I graded the entries on a scale, and it came down to a final two analysts who have different experience levels.
Thomas Bosilevac the founder of Mashable Metrics turned out a particularly noteworthy effort and analysis. What I found really interesting is that he took the admittedly unexciting sample data and added a layer of complexity, sales revenue and acquisition costs.
Utilizing the freely available Tableau Public he built an interactive chart which you can view here:
To everyone who entered, I wish I could have given out free passes to everyone as you all put forth excellent efforts.
There were a few people who expressed a great deal of interest in the contest but couldn’t make the deadline, if you are in that group email me at email@example.com and I will see if I can get you a discount code.
Spot The Error
Solving the Spot The Error option, the description of this graph:
Said that the size was the product of pageviews and time on site, more accurately it is the scaled product. The raw product returns something like this:
A further improvement could be made on the x axis with regards to the dates, as there wasn’t 1400 dates in the range. This is a step in the right direction, although the actual dates would be even better:
This entire endeavor would not have been possibel without Emer posting that profile, so I am pretty sure I owe her a drink at eMetrics.
I would like to thank Jim Sterne again for sponsoring the contest, in fact we have already discussed the idea of another contest.
If you have feedback on how to make a free eMetrics pass contest even more exciting please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.