04 Feb 2019 | Case Study

Global Entertainment Firm Drives Efficiency With Automated Reporting

David Kravets
David Kravets
Global Entertainment Firm Drives Efficiency With Automated Reporting
Major entertainment brand leverages the Google Analytics connector from Fivetran to get “Google 360 quality data without the premium price tag.”

Key Takeaways

  • With Fivetran, the company saves many working hours per report.
  • It now generates multiple automatic reports a week, compared to one manual report before Fivetran.
  • The business was able to add Europe to its theme park and resort reporting regions and will soon add Europe to its cruise line reporting regions — all without adding staff.
  • Improved data quality and created a data-driven culture across the organisation.

Data Stack

One of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, our customer boasts a portfolio of parks and resorts, cruise lines, consumer products, and studio entertainment. While the London office currently focuses on the UK and Ireland markets, it plans on expanding into the wider EU market soon.

The department’s Web Analytics Manager is responsible for providing the marketing team with quick and accurate digital marketing and ecommerce insights to ensure effective marketing efforts. Until recently, however, the company’s “undeveloped data strategy” made pulling reports and merging data time-consuming and error-prone.

Freeing Up Analyst Time With Fivetran

Before settling on a fully managed ETL solution from Fivetran, the Web Analytics Manager had to assign an analyst to manually siphon data from Google Analytics and other applications into Microsoft Excel. Sometimes data was copied and pasted inaccurately, or Excel would crash, resulting in delayed or unreliable reports. “There were so many pitfalls, the biggest being that it was a waste of time," the manager says. “Analysts should not be spending their time that way. Their value is in deriving the insights, not performing ETL."

Being part of a small analytics team in London, the Web Analytics Manager knew that while he needed his data centralised, he didn't have time to learn how to build and maintain his own API connections. "It seemed rather daunting to try to learn how to build API connections while continuing my day job, so I looked at third-party services to move data to our SQL database," he recalls.

He tried a competitor product, but the connectors didn't ingest the full data and routinely failed, making the tool virtually useless. When he went looking for an alternative solution, he found that Fivetran was less complicated to set up and maintain, and more affordable, than competitor products. He also appreciated the responsive support team at Fivetran, which worked to make improvements and fix any hiccups right away.

Quicker Reporting With Quality Data

The Google Analytics data pipeline, fully managed by Fivetran, has added significant value to the company by freeing up time previously spent on moving and transforming data and creating reports. "It's easy to use, especially for someone with limited, technical experience," the Web Analytics Manager says. "I have a strong background in analytics, not writing or managing APIs. With Fivetran, I don't have to worry about that. It’s reliable and you get the data you need without having to worry about all of the nuts and bolts."

Previously, it took an entire day to generate a fiscal-week report. Now reports are automatically generated, with analysis of performance and distribution with commentary to stakeholders reduced to less than an hour. Analysts can focus on insights and recommendations instead of manually building reports. The team has time to conduct ad-hoc analysis or drill into important data, such as arrival and hotel data, fiscal year-to-date reports, and demand and sales dashboards. With daily API extracts providing a comprehensive picture, the company’s Web Analytics Manager describes his current data as “Google 360 quality without the premium price tag.”

Additionally, the company has been able to add Europe to its theme park reporting regions, and will soon add Europe to its cruise line reporting regions — without adding any new members to the team. “These are things that we weren’t able to do before because we just didn’t have the time,” the Web Analytics Manager notes. “Now we’re adding a lot of output for very little investment.”

Raising Data Standards Across the Organisation

Having quick and accurate data has caused a cultural shift at the company. "We're now able to identify and solve issues more quickly," the Web Analytics Manager says. "If conversions or demand increase or decrease, we can very quickly open up a new report which everybody can access, all because of Fivetran.”

The influence of centralised data extends beyond the Data Analytics team to other parts of the organisation as well. “Our marketing team can access the data without being Google Analytics experts,” he says. “With the reports at their fingertips, the team is becoming more data-savvy. They can drill into information much more easily."

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