About Sally Martin

We all know that data isn’t worth anything unless it leads to better results. That's why Robin and I started this blog. We want to help you turn your data into meaningful, actionable business insights. I've been doing just that for over 15 years for a variety of organizations. Read more about me here.

Using TDP to Enhance Your Analysis, Part 1: Velocity

TDP (a.k.a. Total Distribution Points) is my favorite syndicated data measure. Why? Because distribution is fundamental to any business question. Therefore, it’s a great place to start when looking for answers. And TDP is the broadest, most flexible way to examine this crucial dimension. If you are looking at individual UPCs, you don’t need TDP – […]

Are You Syndicated Data Literate? (Part 2)

Last month, I started my list of the top 10 syndicated retail sales data terms and concepts. Syndicated data from vendors Nielsen, IRI and SPINS is prevalent in the consumer goods industry. No matter your function, you’ll benefit from syndicated data literacy. Catch up with Part 1 (terms #1 – #5) if you didn’t read it […]

Test Your Knowledge: Are You Syndicated Data Literate? (Part 1)

In the CPG industry, syndicated retail sales data from vendors Nielsen, IRI and SPINS is everywhere. Users include retailers, brokers and distributors, direct sales and brand management teams, operations and supply chain forecasters, business journalists, and finance gurus! So if you’re in the CPG industry, you need to be syndicated data literate. Here’s a chance […]

Six Ways To Reduce Your (Inevitable) Data Errors

What are the three most important qualities of a great data analyst? 1. They know their data inside and out 2. They draw useful conclusions from their data. 3. They deliver accurate information Robin and I have written many articles addressing quality number one (knowing the data), which provides a solid base for a successful […]

How to Be a Great Data Analyst

Despite the promise of software vendors that their “methodologies extract meaningful and actionable insights from Big Data,” my experience is that no methodology can substitute for the human brain of an astute analyst. Great data analysts are a rare and valuable commodity. So what makes for a great one? They know the data inside and […]