Stephan asks, “Do you create space for creativity and intuition to help uncover new ways to use data?”
This is a fantastic question; in many cases, the creativity doesn’t come from the data, but from knowledge of our tools. There’s a martial arts exercise I was taught years ago that applies well here for solving this particular problem. Learn what the exercise is and how to apply it to marketing problems of all kinds.
Can’t see anything? Watch it on YouTube here.
Listen to the audio here:
- Got a question for You Ask, I’ll Answer? Submit it here!
- Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for more useful marketing tips.
- Find older episodes of You Ask, I Answer on my YouTube channel.
- Need help with your company’s data and analytics? Let me know!
What follows is an AI-generated transcript. The transcript may contain errors and is not a substitute for watching the video.
In today’s episode, Stephen asks, do you create space for creativity and intuition to help uncover new ways to use data? This is a fantastic question. Because in many cases, it’s not going to be the data that you need to be creative about. Sometimes it is. But mostly that creativity comes from the knowledge of our tools and how to use them. A lot of times, we will learn a tool, and we will learn a very narrow application for that tool. But we will not expand our minds or our
knowledge of how that tool can be applied. So a very simple cooking example. But you have a spatula, and you think his bachelor’s just scooping this. Well, what else can you do with the spatula, you can compress things with it. You can kind of stir things with it. There’s a lot of different ways to use that tool
number of years ago, but Malmstrom was a martial arts teacher in in the tradition I practice actually taught us at a seminar, he said, we’re going to expand our knowledge of our basic toolkit. And instead of loading more static techniques, like do this technique, do this technique.
He said, what you’re going to do is going to limit what you can do to make yourself more creative. So he said, so you’re only allowed to use your right hand and you’re only allowed to have it out in front of, you can’t do anything else. No blocks, no punches, no,
no kicking, no fancy footwork, just this position with your right hand and point you get created a real fast about like how that what all the different ways you can use this technique, this very basic tool to protect yourself to stymie an opponent to create some or take space away. And we can use this exact same exercise for marketing problems for data problems for analytics problems. Suppose you have something like
logistic regression, which is a statistical technique either use something is or is not in a spectrum from zero to one, when you’re running this analysis. Well, what are the different situations you can use logistic regression or linear regression or random forest or
eigenvectors? What are all the different ways that you can use this technique? How, what kinds of data can you apply to? What kinds of data can’t do apply to? Can you transform the data back Stevens question? Do you transform the data so that you can use the technique with it?
Many of these techniques, these statistical, mathematical and analytical techniques,
many of them are having lots of flexibility to them, but they require the data to be in a certain format. So, can you transform your data to make the technique usable? These techniques all answer very specific questions. regression, what’s the relationship with something to something
random forest? What are the contributing factors that lead to something? Or can you develop a predictive model for something a remote time series forecasting? How can you forecast with accuracy something, the likelihood of something happening again,
time series forecasting is a really good example. What are all the different things you can forecast with time? If you take just tweets, right? Take a whole bunch of tweets.
What can you forecast? Well, you can forecast the frequency of tweets, you could extract sentiment, you could extract word count, you could extract sentence count, you could extract nouns, verbs, parts of speech, you could extract emoji but by thinking about the tool and all the different ways you can use the tool it will unlock that creativity and that intuition or train that intuition for using data in new ways using your tools so I would recommend that you do that with every tool you have access to there is a tremendous amount of flexibility and power even something as simple as a spreadsheet software you know look at all those menus in Excel What are they all do what are the techniques that that each promises that’s important look at Google Analytics what are the different ways that you can use Analytics tracking Did you know that you can load data into Google Analytics for example I worked with a company a number of years ago that
loaded weather data they wanted to see did certain types of weather lead to people checking out directions to their store because the directions pages on the website so by learning these techniques learning these tools now before you can be creative and very the tool you have to learn how to use the tool properly and that’s where it again martial arts there’s the in the Japanese martial arts is a structure called shoe hottie which means learn the basic master the basic very basic learn all the variations which you can use that and then eventually get rid of being stuck in just those use cases, find new use cases be flexible with your tools. The same is true in marketing, learn your tools really well take all the trainings and courses and tutorials that you can learn the variations what are the different situations I can apply these the different parts of this tool to and then eventually transcend it to by Stephen calls that intuition of knowing just how to solve it and this will take you time it will take a long time in the martial arts you really start to get the hang of it probably around the 20 year mark now marketing tools are a little different because they they change so much but every user can use that same framework every time Google Analytics pushes out a new feature for example or your your sales CRM push that new feature learn that feature really well learn everything you can about it, practice using it then figure out all the variations for it and then very and then leave it behind in the sense of just have it be part of your mental toolkit of all the things that are possible with the software so great question it’s kind of an abstract question it’s not a concrete thing but
use that framework shoe hottie learn it variant and and transcend the limitations of it for any marketing tool. Any statistical any math tool, even any art tool or creative tool. It’s all the same because that’s how we as humans learn best. As always, please leave your comments below and subscribe to the YouTube channel. The newsletter I’ll talk to you soon. Take care want help solving your
company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you
You might also enjoy:
- How To Set Your Consulting Billing Rates and Fees
- How to Set Your Public Speaking Fee
- Best Practices for Public Speaking Pages
Want to read more like this from Christopher Penn? Get updates here:
Get your copy of AI For Marketers
Also published on Medium.