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Reading data: How affiliates can avoid analysis paralysis

Data is an integral part of all modern businesses. It can be collected and analyzed to gain insights about a broad range of different things and can be used to optimize affiliate strategies and drive sales and conversions.

Companies are collecting an ever-increasing amount of data from various different sources. Managing this data can be a struggle, and it can be impossible to know where to start when it comes to trying to decipher it. We’ve put together a guide for avoiding the dreaded analysis paralysis. Check it out below.

What can affiliates use data for? 

There are a wide range of benefits that affiliates can see from the effective collection and analysis of data. It can help them understand audiences and build detailed consumer profiles. It can also allow them to monitor consumer activities, using this information to further improve and optimize the customer experience. What’s more, data can be used to focus on specific, target demographics, and insights can be used to further promote consumer engagement.

What is analysis paralysis?  

The volume of data modern businesses and companies collect today is far greater than anything we’ve seen before. Sometimes, in the face of such an enormous amount of information, people can be frozen with indecision and left unsure about how best to proceed or the correct action to take.

This is what’s known as analysis paralysis. When faced with so many options, some people can end up completely unable to make a decision at all, leaving all the data they’ve worked hard to collect going to waste. Sometimes, analysis paralysis can also occur through overthinking or over-analysis. Getting too bogged down in the details can make you lose sight of the bigger picture and can leave you feeling burnt out and stressed.

Analysis paralysis can occur when we are making any sort of decision but is particularly common when we are involved in a complex situation or process such as the handling or management of data. How can you avoid analysis paralysis or overcome it should you be suffering from it? Let’s find out.

Establish your goals

One of the most effective early steps you can take to avoid analysis paralysis is to establish clear and defined goals ahead of time. Decide what it is you want to achieve through your data analysis. Do you want to boost sales? Build a customer profile? Improve your marketing strategy? Each of these objectives will require a different approach to data; you will need to put different measures of assessment and evaluation in place.

Break decisions down into small steps

Setting your goals and working toward achieving them as fast as possible can often lead to burnout and can leave you disheartened if you feel you aren’t completing your objectives quickly enough. To avoid this, break down your objectives into small, easily achievable steps. This will allow you to make incremental progress towards reaching your goal and can give you the chance to alter your strategy as it progresses if you need to.

Make use of analysis tools

Data analysis can be a complex and involved process. Especially in today’s data-driven age, attempting to manage all of the information you have manually can be an impossible task. Thankfully, there are a number of different data analysis tools that affiliates can use to simplify and streamline the process. These include things like Google Analytics, Mailchimp, and Forensiq. Each of these comes with its own unique features, advantages, and disadvantages, so ensure you are picking the best tool to suit your particular objectives.

Remember that there are no real wrong decisions

Analysis paralysis can often arise from a fear of making the wrong choice and suffering catastrophic consequences as a result. However, the reality is that there is no real wrong choice when it comes to analyzing data. Naturally, some courses of action may be more suitable or more effective than others, but analysis of any kind should be able to offer you insights that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. You should always strive to do something, even partial or very basic level analysis is better than none at all.


 Analysis paralysis is a very real thing, and we’re seeing it become more and more prevalent as our social and professional lives become ever more data-driven. For affiliates, you must strive to avoid suffering analysis paralysis; it can have a detrimental impact on your business and see you fall behind your competitors. Use the steps we’ve outlined in the guide above to avoid it.

If you’re looking for more insider knowledge on affiliate marketing, take a look at our blog, or for more personalized advice, book a free call with a member of our team.

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