Visualization: How does the cost of Turkey affect consumption in the US? – 2017 – Tableau

Thanksgiving 2017 is around the corner and we thought what better way to celebrate than to make quick visualization in Tableau.  The data was sourced from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and USDA.   What we wanted to know:  Do we eat less turkey if the cost per pound rises? Find out below! The data visualization was created using Tableau 10.4. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Why Your Non-Profit Needs to Be Data-Centric

The data collected by a non-profit is extremely valuable if it can be properly used. Unfortunately, we see non-profits who are not setting this as a high priority and, therefore, wasting data that could be monetized. Here’s why: Non-profit organizations don’t set the proper budget allocations to invest in data distribution Data distribution, Visualization, and Analytics is not a widely-understood topic They trust their assumptions and knowledge more than they trust their data We want to...

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How you can Introduce Design Thinking into your Non-Profit

You work for a non-profit. You have experienced the challenges and disappointment of developing systems and software for your non-profit. Chances are, innovation and creativity are not flourishing, so how do you change this? Hiring third party creative firms may not be an option for you, because it can be expensive. Creating these products internally may also be impossible because design thinking has not penetrated your organization. Every great imaginative idea is fraught with impossible budget...

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Visualization: Top 5 Most Popular Halloween Costumes By State – 2017 – Tableau

Knowing what the most popular Halloween costume of 2017 isn’t ground breaking insight, but aren’t you curious to know? Since Halloween is around the corner and visualizing with Tableau is so much fun, we quickly grabbed data from Google trends and visualized the top 5 popular costumes per state.   The data visualization was created using Tableau 10.4. The most interesting insight came from Hawaii.  We all guessed “Moana” as the most popular, but surprisingly it isn’t.  Check out to...

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Improve Non-Profit Fundraising and Donor Relations with Data Visualization

Fundraising has always been a challenge. We’ve seen this with educational institutions and alumni, and we have seen it with organizations trying to get donations to continue their work in humanitarian efforts. To get people to give willingly is especially challenging when they are skeptical, because they don’t really believe their money is going to make a real impact. This, unfortunately, will always be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that can be minimized using data visualization. We...

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Learn How to Make Data Visualization Work for You

We have all data that’s been collected and we want to use it in reports, infographics, website content, presentations, apps and the list goes on. Data visualization is a great way to accomplish this. With tools like Tableau and Domo, organizations have been able to create their own insights easily. Recently, we’ve spoken with these organizations who have become disenchanted or frustrated with the process of data visualization in their organization, even with use of visualization tools. The...

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Non-Profit Story Telling UX – Is Your Organization Doing Enough?

It is no secret that we live in a fast-pace world combined with shortened attention spans. We have a very limited time to make a connection with our audience. This is especially true for non-profits. A connection with your audience determines your level of success and missional impact. This is one of the reasons that many organizations put such a tremendous emphasis on user experience (UX) in the digital age. We believe that an emphasis needs to be put on UX, because a good UX opens the door to...

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Clear, Concise, and Impactful Non-Profit Financial Reports with Data Visualization

If you are non-profit, you are probably aware of Charity Watch, an organization that exposes non-profit abuse and advocates for donors. Charity Watch “dives deep” into nonprofits and grades them based on transparency. Non-profits that have a bad grade or low score usually have one thing in common…lack of financial transparency or questionable allocation of funds. According to National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations that include almost...

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Data Visualization Insights from our Senior Designer, Kevin Ingalls

We took a moment to catch our senior designer, Kevin Ingalls, in the hallway and ask a couple of questions before he immersed himself into data for the day. Kevin loves to solve problems with design, especially as it applies to data. He is always innovating, questioning, and creating while working with organizations that value the creative process, design, and data integrity. We hope you enjoy. What inspires you? The users. Organizations come to Boost Labs because they want to try something new....

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The New Role of Product Manager

Since the beginning, we have worked with all sorts of thought leaders within organizations from chief executive officers to product managers to data analysts. Within the last few years we have witnessed a shift within the role of product managers. Up until now, the role of the product manager was usually a hybrid of program manager, technical project manager and product marketing. Their main focus is to keep the project going, marketed, and within budget. They were not strategic leaders…until...

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