We’re now accepting applications for a new Marketing Data Analyst position at Automattic that might interest some of you:
In this role you’d be helping us use data and analytics to guide the direction of our marketing efforts on WordPress.com.
Here’s the official description:
Automattic is looking for a data analyst to join the marketing team. You will distill data into actionable insights to guide our customer marketing and retention strategy as well as inform product development efforts.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Build and maintain standardized reporting on key metrics across the customer lifecycle.
- Develop customer segmentation models to inform tailored, multi-channel marketing strategies.
- Conduct ad hoc analyses to better understand customer behavior, needs, and individual test results.
- Partner with other analysts and developers to increase data accessibility across the organization.
- Design a process for prioritizing and communicating data requests and priorities.
- Are proficient in SQL and Excel.
- Have experience with web analytics platforms such as: Google Analytics, KISSmetrics, or Mixpanel.
- Have experience working with marketing teams to deliver analyses and answer business questions.
- Are able to communicate data in a way that is easy to understand and presents clear recommendations.
- Are highly collaborative and experienced in working with business owners, executives, developers and creatives to discuss data, strategy and tests.
- Have excellent prioritization and communication skills.
- Ideally, have web development experience (though not required).
Like all positions at Automattic, you’ll work remotely, and can be based wherever you live. It’s not a requirement that you live in or relocate to the Bay Area to do this job.
If this sounds interesting to you (and how could it not?!?) there are instructions at the bottom of the job description about how to apply.
And if you have any questions about Automattic or this data analyst position, feel free to drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you work on a SaaS product, you probably have a good idea of what its cancellation rates are, but chances are you don’t know how that changes over time. For example, what % of users cancel after 1 day? How about after 7 days, 30 days, etc?
I worked on a project at Automattic this week to help us understand the cancellation curves for WordPress.com’s plans and am open sourcing the R script so anyone can do the same for their service.
Here’s an example of how the cancellation curves might look for a service with a Gold, Silver, and Bronze plan:
We can see that most users who cancel do so pretty quickly and that long term about 30% of Gold plan, 20% of Silver plan, and 10% of Bronze plan subscriptions wind up cancelled.
To generate this data for your own product, you’ll just need three data points for each subscription: when it was purchased, when it was cancelled (if it was), and the name of the subscription. The script will take care of analyzing the data and generating the visualization.
You can check out the script and additional details on GitHub here: Cancellation Curve Visualizer.
If you have any questions or run into any issues, don’t hesitate to drop me a note.
Andrew Allemann has a great post on Domain Name Wire where he tries to estimate the impact of GoDaddy’s five-year default domain name registration option.
GoDaddy’s shopping cart defaults to a five-year registration period when you place a domain name in your cart. Most people switch this back to just one year, but some don’t. Whether they merely overlook this or decide it makes sense to register the domain name for five years, about 3.5% of new .com registrations at GoDaddy each month are for five years.
Here’s a summary of the math:
- In June, the .com registry reflects 26,750 five-year registrations which account for 3.48% of all their .com registrations so 26,750/.0348 = 769K total.
- On average across all registries, only 1.66% of of new .com registrations are for 5 years.
- Had GoDaddy met the average, it would have only registered 769K * 1.66% = ~12,750 five year registrations.
- That works out to be a difference of 26,750 – 12,750 = 14K five year registrations or 14K * 5 = 70K years of registrations.
- Assuming those users would have purchased 1 year registrations if 5 wasn’t the default, that works out to be 70K – 14K = 56K extra years of registrations per month thanks to that five-year default.
Regardless of how you feel about GoDaddy, you’ve got to admit that they’re really effective at upselling.
Hattip to my coworker Wendy for sharing the post.