Alberto Cairo, Power BI & the rise of data journalism

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Alberto Cairo, Power BI & the rise of data journalism

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From the election of Pope Francis to the passing of Nelson Mandela to Miley Cyrus’ MTV #twerk heard ’round the world, 2013 was full of big headlines and viral hits. Yet The New York Times’ top story of the year was the humble result of a vocabulary survey of 350,000 randomly selected Americans conducted by a then-intern at the paper.
Instead of presenting these findings in a written article, “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk” achieved breakout success as an interactive data visualization. It asked readers 25 questions such as “How would you address a group of two or more people?” or “How do you pronounce ‘aunt’?” and then heat-mapped their responses to the most similar regional dialect in the U.S. The interactivity and colorful visuals transmuted survey data into a fun, insightful tour through the contours of contemporary American English.
Visualization no longer just complements a written story. It is the story. In our increasingly data-driven world, visualization is becoming an essential tool for journalists from national papers to blogs with a staff of one.
I recently spent two days discussing the state of data journalism with Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair of Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami. While he stressed the importance of data visualization for efficient communication and audience engagement, Cairo argued that “Above all else, visualizations — when done right — are a vehicle of clarification and truth.”

 

 

Power BI + Google Analytics = Power Analytics

Google Analytics is one of the most popular website performance tracking tools that companies use to measure progress toward online marketing goals. It enables digital marketing teams to gain insights into their audience’s navigation behavior and preferred ways of interacting with content. Businesses can also discover which search terms led visitors to their site, which pages and content attracted the most viewers, and what percentage responded to a call-to-action.

What Google Analytics and Power BI can do together

Most organizations use Google Analytics to establish whether they’re meeting their marketing objectives, and obtain insights into what changes could be made to improve website performance. But with Google Analytics data in Power BI, it’s possible to uncover hidden relationships or patterns that point to completely new opportunities or suggest innovative marketing ideas and ways to attract new customers.
Google Analytics does a great job of tracking website visitor behavior, such as the number of unique page visits, time spent browsing a site, and geographic location of customers. But Google Analytics doesn’t offer a lot of analytic tools for connecting marketing data to data from other parts of the company, or to external data trends that are influencing the marketplace.
That’s the value added by Power BI. With Power BI you can compare web performance data in Google Analytics to data brought in from other sources, internal and external. Import data from HDInsight, Azure Marketplace, Exchange—or even Facebook, Wikipedia, and Data.gov. Evaluate web performance data against data you import from Salesforce, Marketo, or other sources. Enable colleagues to achieve a more holistic view of your organization’s performance.
For many users, what’s really exciting about Power BI is its dynamic visualization tools. Sure it’s great to measure how your website performs over time, but there’s a pretty big wow factor in watching data come alive in real time, uncovering multiple trends and relationships.
Consider Power BI map visualizations. They enable you to track where visitors to your site arrive from various locations worldwide over time. If a location catches your eye, you can drill down for more detail. See a spike in website traffic at a certain place and time? Zoom in and pinpoint the location. Cross check the time and place against contemporaneous events. Did the jump in traffic coincide with a local conference or sales announcement? Armed with this insight, you can better anticipate when people will visit your site, enabling you to add relevant and timely information to generate interest in your products or services.

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Learn more about Connecting Power BI with Google Analytics here.


Source:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/08/20/power-bi-google-analytics-power-analytics.aspx