The Analytics of Adele

While businesses in almost every industry are relying on data-driven thinkers to solve complex challenges, it is the music industry that has shown how revenue models can be revitalized with the help of analytics. One of the best examples of this is Adele.

11 Charts Only Ghostbusters Fans Will Understand (And 3 Only Women Will)

The year was 1984. There was something strange in the neighborhood — New York City to be precise—and city dwellers knew exactly who to call: the Ghostbusters. The new, all-female remake has brought controversy among fans, but there is one group that may see real-world benefits from the casting choice: women in STEM.

The Age of Retirement

It’s never too early—or too late—to start saving for retirement. The most important thing is to get started and then formulate a strategy based on your age and retirement goals.

Don't DIY: Expert Advice on When Small Businesses Should Ask for Help

Small businesses face an array of challenges that stress their budgetary constraints. Although consultants can offer many benefits, small businesses often hesitate to hire them because they’re not sure when to call for help—and how to optimize their ROI when they do. To gain deeper insight into the issue, we reached out to some of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants and asked, “For small businesses with limited funds, when should you prioritize bringing in a consultant?" They stepped up to the plate and gave us some great small business advice about when consultants can do the best work and how companies can make the most of it. Here are some of the common themes and specific guidance from those who excel in the industry.

 

How 50 Years of Data May Help Predict Party Nominations

It’s commonly said that winning the Iowa Caucuses can be a bad sign for the future of a presidential campaign. Although such predictions may be attributed to political folklore, it’s true that over the past two election cycles, the Republican primaries in Iowa have been accurate zero percent of the time at predicting the eventual nominee. However, New Hampshire's Republican primary winners went on to be the nominee 100 percent of the time. To take an objective look at whether such trends hold true over a longer period of time, we looked back at the past 50 years of primary elections.

Love Thy Neighbor’s Energy Bill: Using Behavioral Science to Save Money

If you’re obsessed with checking your e-mail, finances, and other personal matters—you may be obsessing over the wrong things. We’re wasting energy all around us, but few are paying enough attention. In this TED Talk, Alex Laskey explores how we can use data analytics and quantitative analysis to motivate individuals around the globe to pay more attention to the energy they use, and thus waste less.