How Crazy is Time and Money Spent On This Survey?

by Tim Berry

I just have to say: wow! How much money are they spending on this survey, and how completely useless is it. A couple of pages in, it comes to a page asking me to choose three things from a list of things that this company does better than any other provider. I balk at that.... Read More »

Infographic: Small Business and the US Economy

by Tim Berry

Palo Alto Software’s marketing team prepared this infographic from information provided by 10,000 users of its LivePlan web application for business planning. So that’s not a random list of small business owners, but it is a list of people who have wanting to plan a new business, or grow an existing business, in common. So... Read More »

Don’t Expect Truth When You Ask an Entrepreneur

by Tim Berry

I enjoyed this thoroughly and I’ve been meaning to post about since Scott Shane first posted Entrepreneurs’ Job Creation: Expectations Versus Reality on Small Business Trends last March. His chart, shown here below, compares what entrepreneurs said were their hiring expectations to the actual hiring: You can read the details on Scott’s post. I don’t really care... Read More »

What? We Don’t Want Sex? Love? Health? Just Food and Cars?

by Tim Berry

This morning I opened Mashable’s What Men and Women Really Want, According to Social Media, a fun info graphic. You can see the conclusions here, in my illustration. Mine is a tiny clip of their much larger infographic, which has a lot more information. This is a lot of fun. My conclusion, however, is that... Read More »

How Contagion Can Help You Forecast Sales

by Tim Berry

Can we talk about beauty in numbers? Amidst all the nervousness about forecasting new products, does it not make sense, and add elegance too, to talk about the classic s-curve we see in nature? So many natural phenomena show an increase along a natural S-curve and bell curve  like the two shown here on the... Read More »

Make My Business Analysis Intuitive, Please.

by Tim Berry

Are you thinking type or feeling? Analytical or intuitive? There are studies, there are tests, there’s a whole body of work on personality types dividing people into types. Most of us have heard of this, but if you haven’t, and you’re curious, you could find out more with this google search. It’s about the work... Read More »

Asking Your Opinion on Storefront Social Media and Loyalty Programs

by Tim Berry

Are you a store owner in the U.S.? Do you know one? I want your opinion on a few things. I’m working up some data on small stores and payment plans and local loyalty programs for some friends of mine. As part of that, I’ve worked up a quick and easy survey — only 10... Read More »

Infographic: Women in Business

by Tim Berry

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Franchise King Echoes Mark Twain on Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

by Tim Berry

What I really like about Franchise King Joel Libava’s post Shocking Facts About Franchising Success Rates Revealed is how clearly he calls out the sleazy or sloppy (take your choice) use of very old statistics to mislead and entice people. He concludes: A simple scan of some of the cheaper-looking websites that some of the franchise... Read More »

Pictures Proving Pictures Can’t Prove Anything

by Tim Berry

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this much eloquence in both words and pictures. It’s a great illustration of how a good picture is worth a thousand words, and then again, maybe also why it isn’t always. That’s Correlation or Causation? on BusinessWeek.com. The words: Need to prove something you already believe? All you... Read More »