Actuaries Might Be Your Best Friend in Hurricane Season

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“It is fair to say that climate change is challenging our long established risk models, especially for wind-based disasters.  In other words, what we now think of as a 1-in-500 year event may no longer be such a low probability incident as storms intensify as a result of climate change,” Sherif El-Tawil, Professor of Civil… Read more »

DMA Analytics Journal – 2017

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If you haven’t heard of this before, and you are a marketing analytics/data science practitioner, this is a resource for you. Published annually the Data and Marketing Association Journal is juried by statistical experts in the fields of direct and digital marketing. The original articles are written by data scientists, academicians and experienced practitioners in… Read more »

Data Scientist Fun Facts for 2017

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In 2015 67% of data scientists were happy or very happy in their job. What has happened in the last two years? 88% of all data scientists are now happy or very happy in their job. Interested in why this increase, or whether you should pursue a career in this area? CrowdFlower gives us lots… Read more »

Qualitative Research: A Necessity?

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I’ve written before about the decline of qualitative research and positions in qualitative research as big data and quantitative measures continue to rise. A recent article in Quirk’s magazine by Laura Cusumano pressed on this key issue, “Can Quantitative Research Succeed Without Qualitative Support?” The answer seems to be no. The intertwining of qualitative and… Read more »

Market Research Recruiting – A Case Study

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The Position: A Fortune 500 big pharma client of mine was looking for a new Senior Director to join their team. The company has a great reputation and great products, as well as a good product pipeline. They also had a laundry list of must haves for this candidate. The ideal candidate would need to… Read more »

Counter Offer – Career Kiss of Death

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You’ve accepted a new job. You go to your current boss and resign. Flattering words about your value to your current organization and flattering changes to your compensation and your job description ensue. You find yourself seriously considering staying at the job you just resigned from.     More than 50% of all employees who… Read more »

Interview Feedback – A Loooooong Wait

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Since 2010 the number of days in the interview process has doubled to 23. Interviewing has become more comprehensive utilizing a variety of additional screening methods like multiple phone screens, video interviews, group presentations, IQ, personality and drug tests, all above and beyond the typical in-person conversation. A Robert Half survey found that 57% of… Read more »

Ecommerce Market Research – The Future?

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Getting calls and emails from those getting laid off isn’t unusual in the recruiting business, but I’m seeing more and more from one industry, retail. As brick and mortar stores close due to the rise of ecommerce, market research groups at companies and vendors in the store-based retail industry are feeling the pinch. Slice Intelligence… Read more »

PMSA 2017 – Discover the Magic Recap

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PMSA 2017 was held last week in Orlando with a theme of Discover the Magic. It was a terrific conference with over 300 analytic professionals in attendance. If you aren’t familiar with the PMSA (Pharmaceutical Management Science Association) and work in analytics in the health care industry, you are missing out on a great resource… Read more »