INBOX INSIGHTS, July 21, 2021: Metrics Requests, Vetting Sources, Speaking

INBOX INSIGHTS: Metrics Requests, Vetting Sources, Speaking (7/21)

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So, About That Change Management…

Last week I wrote about the foundations of change management.

Ironically, I got it wrong. I failed to mention who was writing the cold open. Hi, it’s me, Katie. ::waves::

What happened was that Chris and I talked through all the changes I listed in last week’s newsletter. Part of the internal changes includes me having more of a voice in our marketing. Well, we walked through all the necessary changes needed to make sure that I wrote the cold open and that he loaded it into the newsletter. We thought we were all set.

We were wrong. As we talked through the “People”, “Process”, and “Platform” pieces of the change we were only considering it from an internal standpoint. Basically, how did the responsibilities of the newsletter differ when I wrote it versus Chris.

The oversight was you, the reader. This is where change management goes wrong a lot of the time. We focus so much on how we (the person making the change) will be affected that we often forget to think about someone other than ourselves.

Taking a 360 approach, like the Trust Insights 5P approach, should help prevent that but change is hard and often imperfect. A small change, like who is authoring a newsletter, can have a widespread impact if not done thoughtfully.

As this newsletter goes out, I’m currently teaching a workshop on Change Management and will use this example of how even the smallest of change within an organization need a plan and QA.

At the end of the day, all change needs some kind of plan even if it’s a small change. Want to tell me about the changes you’re working on? Find me in our free Slack group Analytics for Marketers.

Until next time – this is actually Katie writing the cold open.

– Katie Robbert, CEO

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Data Diaries - Interesting Data We Found

In this week’s Data Diaries, we revisit COVID-19 mobility data in the US and this time, the UK. Google has been publishing mobility data about people’s behaviors during the pandemic, taking in massive amounts of smartphone data, anonymizing it, and producing summaries for regions around the world. What has happened in the last couple of months since we last checked in on this dataset?

In the USA:

USA MObility Data Chart

We see that the USA reopening, where most measures rose above the baseline at 0, was around early to mid-May, and for the most part, those areas – parks, retail, transit, etc. have been steadily above baseline. The only place where mobility remains substantially below the baseline is in workplaces.

In the UK:

UK mobility data chart

The UK has not conducted nearly as much of a reopening until this past week (which is not reflected in the data yet). As such, retail, workplaces, and transit stations remain below baseline, though grocery rose above baseline in early April.

What’s the takeaway here? While the UK and other nations are opening up more gradually, the USA reopening is largely done, save for workplaces. If the workplace trend continues, it would lend credence to the belief that the workplace itself has fundamentally changed in the pandemic, that offices will continue offer hybrid work environments.

The key questions we must ask ourselves are around the implications of a permanent change in the way we work. From geo-targeting (ineffective when lots of people work from home) to workday behaviors, a permanent change in how we work impacts our marketing. What does more people remaining working from home mean for your business, for your customers? Does it help or hinder your marketing

Methodology: Trust Insights downloaded data from Google’s COVID-19 Mobility portal and visualized it. The timeframe of the data is January 1, 2021 – July 12, 2021. The date of study is July 21, 2021. 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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