“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn”
As C.S. Lewis wrote above, experience is a phenomenal teacher, it gives us the tools to learn and adapt to new and challenging situations. Below I provide an overview of my working experience and the work I have developed for my previous employers, starting from the end.
Analytics Advocate @ Google
I am an Analytics Advocate at Google, where I foster Analytics by educating and inspiring professionals when it comes to data-driven decision making. I also spend a considerable amount of time analyzing and visualizing data to come up with interesting and actionable stories. I am part of the Google Analytics Education team, and I also works closely with the Product and Marketing teams.
Founder & Editor @ Online Behavior
As a veteran in this new field called Marketing Optimization, I decided to found my own business. Following an old dream and my interest in writing and editing other people’s writings, I opened a website called Online Behavior, which focuses on marketing measurement and optimization.
Head of Analytics & Optimization @ Seperia
Following my experience as a practitioner, I joined Seperia, leading the Analytics & Optimization services for the company, an International SEM firm. Some of the highlights of this position:
But more important than all the items above was to learn how to deliver professional services in a very high standard. And connecting to some of the most promising internet companies in Israel and in the world.
Chair of Marketing @ Web Analytics Association
As I got more interested in the field, I joined the Web Analytics Association, and after a few months I was promoted to Chair of Marketing. For over three years I worked with the most prominent figures in the field to foster the field and spread the word about this fantastic new thing.
The work was very similar to what I did in the Youth Movement, organizing events, working with educational material and trying to give life to cool ideas. I was responsible for managing the marketing volunteers and define the strategic and operational marketing activities for the association. Below are two of the most important projects I created and led:
- Web Analytics Without Borders – Our mission is to help SaveTheChildren.org develop a data-driven culture from scratch and enable positive and sustainable change in thousands of childrens’ lives.
- Web Analytics Championship – A competition that creates an opportunity where Web Analysts can interact and share their professional knowledge with their fellow analysts in the Web Analytics community
On 2010 I won the Web Analytics Association Presidential Award for the work I have performed for the association.
Online Competitive Analysis & Analytics
Later, while finishing my M.Sc. research, I started working with Spiral Solutions, an eGaming solutions company, starting with Brand Management but quickly moving into analyzing competition and website results. My main task during my time there was to implement and turn Hitwise data into insight.
I still remember the first time I heard the expression Web Analytics. After I got involved with Hitwise I started asking questions to the IT manager (wrong place!) and discovered they had an unused software installed in the servers: Webtrends. After reading a dozen whitepapers and researching the subject, I got ownership over it.
Later on I moved to eSnips, a small startup with a huge amount of data. The website was received millions of visitors a months and producing very rich clickstream data. My position was to analyze this behavior and bring insights into the company. I was also responsible for Search Engine Optimization.
Leadership & Management
I was lucky enough to be very involved with a Youth Movement early in my life, Habonim Dror, where I was given a huge amount of responsibility and it turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences in my career. I was responsible for the educational and administrative aspects of dozens (sometimes hundreds) of teenagers and had the chance to organize events and summer camps in a large scale. At the age of 21 I had already organized events for over 200 people and had represented Brazil in Russia, USA and Argentina. As Emily Dickinson so skillfully described:
We play at Paste
Till qualified, for Pearl
Then, drop the Paste
And deem ourself a fool
The Shapes – though – were similar
And our new Hands