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Psychology, persuasion and CRO (conversion rate optimisation) are areas of online marketing and designing for the web that have always interested me. How do you get visitors to your site? Once they are on the site, how do you persuade them to perform an action? Whether that is to get them to sign up to an email list, purchase something, register for a free trial or numerous other actions.
When running an online marketing campaign it is highly likely you will distribute various pieces of marketing material in many places across the web. Let’s say you place display ads of various sizes on a range of websites, place a feature about your product in your monthly newsletter and place an article and advert in the newsletter of an online industry magazine. Whilst it is easy to determine which channel is bringing in more traffic to your landing page (let’s say email drives more traffic than advertising), how do you determine which newsletter is more effective? Yours or the online magazines? Or what banner size is most effective? This is where UTM parameters come in to play!
For as long as the industry has existed, SEOs have been hung up on search engine rankings, with keyword tracking and position monitoring being regular website health checks. Most SEOs use automated software to check the rankings of websites for key search terms and use fluctuations in positions as a key indicator of performance.
However, is this really the best indication of performance in organic search? What does it really mean if you’re ranking first for “fast food restaurant” and second for “really tasty burgers” if your audience is just searching for “McDonalds”?
Today at BrightonSEO (the fastest growing SEO conference in the UK) I am giving a talk on turning Google Analytics in to a Webmaster’s Tool Box. This post is here to cover everything that I’m talking about to make sure no one misses a tip! I’ve also included all the links in the slides to give you quick and easy access to Google Analytics Dashboards and a CRO Whitepaper.
For many years now digital marketers, such as myself, have relied upon data from Google Analytics to help us understand the activity on our websites. The limitation with this is Google Analytics offers visit centric data meaning, that upon returning to our website, user interaction is tracked as a new visit… Enter Universal Analytics – A new technology within Google Analytics which allows us to track interaction on a website from a user centric approach.
On February 16th 2013 I had the pleasure of attending the MeasureCamp London ’unconference’ (where the agenda is made up on the day) along with over 100 other web analytics enthusiasts. In this post, I’m going to share my experiences and cover some of the tips discussed on the day, with extra tips and advice added here and there.
Over the life of a website you will be (if you manage it that is) presented with Server Response Codes or ‘HTTP Status Codes’ in regard to a lot of different elements of your site’s functionality and maintenance needs. Quite often these are the largely well-known codes such as 404 errors and 301′s, but there are a whole world of other response codes that you may be presented with when you work on a site.
As marketers, we often focus on supplying prospects with in-depth information about our products and services to allow them to make an informed decision. Of course this usually contains a slight sales spin highlighting the benefits of our offerings so that an informed decision leads them to the right choice of picking our product. But is this the right approach?
Over my time working with Google Analytics accounts I have come across many reasons to use Event Tracking, so much so that I now wonder why there are still websites out there that do not utilise this fantastic resource. Here, I’m going to explain what it is, the benefits, the code and examples, covering my favourite things to use Event Tracking for.
Happy New Year! It’s time to nurse those hangovers and burn off all that Christmas binge eating… it’s time for a fresh start to the month both for your body and your website! Here’s an easily digestible post with ten ideas for things you can test on your website to drive more conversions in 2013.
Ever found yourself wondering where to go in Google Analytics? There is so much data available that you can sometimes get a little lost and not know what you should be focusing on; so this blog post is here to help you know the main areas to look at for the valuable information. This is particularly important now that some SEO tool companies are removing their rank tracking services – this post will help you identify data that is more valuable than rank reports!