Hundreds of analytics professionals descended on Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the 2016 Disney Data & Analytics Conference on August 31 – September 1. There were people from all aspects of research & analytics, and the conference featured a mix of topics, from attribution modeling and forecasting methodologies to broader business and management strategies. Continue reading >
Tableau announced on August 22nd that Adam Selipsky, a former Amazon Web Services sales and marketing exec, will be taking over as CEO of the company. Christian Chabot, their former CEO, will stay on as chairman to help guide strategy. It’s a change designed to help Tableau capture bigger deals and reinvigorate some lagging confidence in the company. It seems to have worked already – at least in the short-term – since Tableau stock saw a nice spike this week (up 15.22% on the NYSE the day after the announcement). Continue reading >
The US emerged from the Rio Olympics with the largest medal count of any country, 121 total. That’s 51 more medals than the second place winner, China (with 70), and 54 more than the third place winner, Great Britain (with 67). In the most recent Summer Olympic games, the US has been the front runner for number of medals won. However, this was not always the case. Continue reading >
Based on prime-time broadcast statistics, it might seem like viewership for the Rio Olympics did not reach expected heights. At the close of the games this weekend, prime-time viewership averaged 27.5 million across the broadcast network, web, and cable channels. For broadcast network only (no web or cable), Beijing averaged 27.2 million prime-time viewers in 2008; London averaged 30.3 million in 2012. A little simple math shows that might be some worried faces walking around the network studios.
Advertisers, on the other hand, should be excited. Continue reading >
Foot races have been part of the Olympic Games since the Ancient Olympics that date back to 776 BC. One of the most popular Olympic events continues to be the Men’s 100 Meter Race. Because we love data, we decided to take a look at race times in the Modern Olympic Games. As we expected, we found that times have improved greatly since Tom Burke posted a 12 second time in the 1896 Athens Games.