In the Headlights: June 10, 2020 Issue


In The Headlights

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In a period of time when pretty much everything is polarized, one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your community is to take up the mantle of the citizen analyst. What does this mean? Every major national or international cause at some point becomes implemented at the local level. For example, a cause like Black Lives Matter ultimately judges its success by the thousands of police departments and law enforcement agencies around the world and especially in the United States, where over 18,000 different law enforcement agencies do their work.

Thus, one of the first things to do as an activist is understand the nature of the problem in the community you serve, because chances are it’ll be much easier to influence change in just your corner of the world than try to change the world all at once.

Suppose, for example, you wanted to encourage voter registration. How, as a citizen analyst, would you go about doing so? First, you’d want to understand the problem. How many people voted in the 2018 US midterm election? How many people registered to vote?

The starting challenge for you would be which dataset to use. Where does this data live? Fortunately, many of the big public good/social good challenges we want to address have large, robust datasets. In this particular example, we’d use the Current Population Survey data from the US Census Bureau via the University of Minnesota’s IPUMS project. You’d download the data, inspect it, and get a sense of the magnitude of the problem in your area:

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Then once you understand the situation, you can make informed recommendations to the organizations in that space that are working to change things for the better. Suppose an organization is doing a voter registration drive. With the data above, you could tally up the counties or areas with the lowest registration rates and help the organization focus meager budgets in the areas where they can make the biggest difference.

What does doing this kind of work do for you? First, it helps to inform you on the issue itself without partisan rhetoric. If one publication is saying “no one’s registered to vote!” and another is saying “everyone’s registered to vote, there’s no problem!”, only by doing the investigative work yourself will you understand the reality behind the headlines.

Second, if it’s an issue you care about, you’ll know how much work is ahead of you to make your cause or issue successful.

Third, doing this kind of citizen analyst work will boost your career and professional development. Why? Working with data like government data is very different than the data you typically work with in your day-to-day activities. External datasets challenge your skills, challenge your capabilities, and ultimately grow what you can do. If you’re stuck in a particular role and you want to broaden your horizons, there’s no better way than volunteering to take on a task like a social good cause. You’ll get some amazing experiences and have real examples you can demonstrate in future job interviews.

We encourage you to volunteer your skills, even informally, towards causes you care about. The data’s out there, waiting for you.

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In recent advocacy for ending racial injustice, a common sentiment among consumers towards brands is, “Silence speaks volumes”. To that end, we wondered how vocal or silent brands have been. Using Facebook’s Crowdtangle software, we investigated the Instagram accounts of 3,771 brands since May 1, 2020 for their participation or lack thereof.

What did we find?

  • 1,509 brands made vocal posts with trackable data
  • 2,262 brands did not make vocal posts with trackable data
  • The average number of related hashtags and words was 2.806 per post for those brands vocal on the topic
  • Brands making vocal posts had a median of 280,692 followers
  • Brands not making vocal posts had a median of 96,516 followers
  • Brands making vocal posts had a median engagement rate twice as high as brands not making vocal posts

The key takeaway here isn’t whether your brand should or should not participate in the conversation. That decision is ultimately up to your individual corporate values and the values of your leadership team. No, the key takeaway is that consumers are watching. The ability for consumers and citizen analysts to obtain data about which brands publicly and vocally align with the causes they care about has never been easier or more available – and their ability to cause real business impact to those brands they perceive as out of alignment with their values.

Methodology: Trust Insights used Facebook’s Crowdtangle software to extract 142,523 posts from 3,771 brands based on the top 120 closest related hashtags provided by Talkwalker for the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. A key limitation of the study is that titles and descriptions provided the descriptive content for analysis; no image recognition was employed to detect the contents of photos unaccompanied by text. Terms searched included: “#BlackLivesMatter”, “#GeorgeFloyd”, “#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd”, “#ICantBreathe”, “#BLM”, “#GeorgeFloydProtests”, “#JusticeForGeorge”, “#BlackOutTuesday”, “#BreonnaTaylor”, “#BLACK_LIVES_MATTER”, “#RAISETHEDEGREE”, “#JusticeForGeorgeFlyod”, “#GeorgeFloydWasMurdered”, “#RIPGeorgeFloyd”, “#BlackLivesMater”, “#BreonaTaylor”, “#TonyMcDade”, “#BlackLivesMattter”, “#JusticeForFloyd”, “#NoJusticeNoPeace”, “#UntilWeAllWin”, “racism”, ” @NAACP” , “@campaignzero” , “@yourrightscamp”, “@colorofchange”, “racial injustice”. The date of the study period is May 1, 2020 – June 7, 2020. The date of extraction is June 7, 2020. Trust Insights is the sole sponsor of the study and neither gave nor received compensation for data used, beyond applicable service fees to software vendors, and declares no competing interests.

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Get Back To Work

We’ve changed things up in Get Back To Work, and we’re looking at the top 310 metro areas in the United States by population. This will give you a much better sense of what the overall market looks like, and will cover companies hiring in multiple locations. Want the entire, raw list? Join our Slack group!

What do you do with this information?

By looking at this data, you’ll see what the most popular titles are; use any of the major job/career sites to ensure your resume/CV/LinkedIn profile matches keywords and phrases for those titles. For companies, search job sites for those companies specifically to see all the open positions and apply for them.

You can also hit up LinkedIn and see who you know at companies listed, and see if your connections have any inside tips on hiring.

Top Marketing Positions by Count, Manager and Above

  • Marketing Manager : 467 open positions
  • Digital Marketing Manager : 240 open positions
  • Account Manager : 202 open positions
  • Social Media Manager : 178 open positions
  • Project Manager : 156 open positions
  • Marketing Director : 153 open positions
  • Director of Marketing : 125 open positions
  • Product Marketing Manager : 107 open positions
  • VP Marketing and Business Development : 94 open positions
  • Customer Experience Manager : 85 open positions

Top Marketing Hiring Companies by Count, Manager and Above

  • Services LLC : 125 open positions
  • Northrop Grumman : 123 open positions
  • Marketing 180 : 94 open positions
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc. : 87 open positions
  • The Michael’s Companies : 63 open positions
  • Raytheon Technologies : 54 open positions
  • Deloitte : 47 open positions
  • AbbVie : 45 open positions
  • Frontier Technology Inc. : 44 open positions
  • Apple : 43 open positions
  • Facebook : 43 open positions

Top Locations of Hiring Companies by Count, Manager and Above

  • New York, NY : 412 open positions
  • San Francisco, CA : 369 open positions
  • Seattle, WA : 332 open positions
  • Austin, TX : 232 open positions
  • Los Angeles, CA : 231 open positions
  • Chicago, IL : 201 open positions
  • San Diego, CA : 184 open positions
  • Boston, MA : 171 open positions
  • Atlanta, GA : 165 open positions
  • Houston, TX : 165 open positions

Methodology: Trust Insights uses the API to extract open positions from a geographic area focused on marketing analytics, marketing, social media, data science, machine learning, advertising, and public relations, with a filter to screen out the most junior positions.

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