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on October 4, 2010
I'm a career marketing executive with 13 years of experience currently working as a Director of Marketing and Analytics for a VC-backed firm. This book is invaluable to me at our firm as we take a deep dive into our own data and attempt to build custom metrics and KPIs. This book provides insightful frameworks into how intelligent metrics are mathematically constructed, along with discussing their assumptions and limitations.

The writing is succinct, and the organization of this book appeals to one's intelligence and time. You don't have to read this book cover to cover! The table of contents in such a wonderful and simple fashion breaks down the book into the major subcategories of Marketing, such as Product and Portfolio Development. Each chapter first outlines and summaries major relevant metrics, and then discusses each in detail complete with theorems, assumptions, considerations, and weaknesses.

Every intelligent, ambitious, and professional executive must own this book. It gives you a rare balance of academic and practical rigor. If you don't see metrics that can help your business, then you can borrow its notions into how some of the most influential KPIs are constructed and then use those frameworks to exploit your own intelligence issues.

This is a great reference book, and it has a special place on my bookshelf at work. You don't have to be an academic to understand this book. If you are patient with this book, you will see what a gem this is. 5 stars.

Disclosure: I am neither a student, nor do I know any of the authors of this book.
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