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Installing Google Analytics tracking code on your site is not the sign of a mission accomplished, it’s the start of a journey into unravelling the data behind your site. From here you can work out how to improve it to increase the return from your site.
One simple way to make Google Analytics easy to use, in order to get the best data for what you need, is to set up a few custom reports with the data that you want. These can then be set up to show on dashboards when you log-in, so that all your key numbers are easily accessible and actionable.
One of the recent new additions to Google Analytics is Real Time reports, an exciting place to see how many people are on your site right now! To see the data go to the Home tab and it is the first option on the left called Real-Time (Beta).
What can the Real Time Report be used for?
There are many ways to optimise an AdWords account, from improving the structure to implementing ad extensions, but one of the most important things is to improve your results from analysing the data. This is the first in a series of posts about data segmentation.
Some people don’t like to get in to the nitty gritty numbers and get scared by spreadsheets, but the methods I’m going to cover make understanding the numbers easy and simplify your optimisation, and for once, my post won’t require you to open a spreadsheet! Unless of course you want to…
As SEO’s we’re all trained to scrutinise numbers and emphasise every gain in those numbers as a big achievement. Focusing on rankings alone, or an improvement in Twitter followers as the main achievement for a month is not enough when developing an effective strategy. Worst of all, obsessing over rankings and statistics can make you blind to the things that really matter – sales, return business and customer opinions.
Google have announced that multi channel funnels are now available in every profile. This functionality is a whole new area within the updated interface that enables you to see each touch point on the site before a conversion.
Previously data in Google Analytics only reported on the last click before a conversion, which meant that if people found your site through social media, or long tail organic searches but came back to your site via a brand search the conversion would only have been attributed to the brand search.
You know you are working in digital marketing when you are actually excited about visiting the Google office. Well, that was me this morning, especially as they have just moved their London office to a brand new building near High Holborn. It’s so new I can even forgive Google for not having it on Google Maps – I’m just bitter because Google maps led me to a small theatre near Covent Garden…
While using any analytics software for your website it is very important to make sure you are tracking how people convert on your site, otherwise you can never get the full picture and understand how successful your site is.
In addition to E-commerce tracking for online shops, Google Analytics offers goal tracking to enable you to track several things that could be seen as conversions. Including visits to a URL, Time on Site, Pages per Visit and now Events. This post will take you through the basics of setting these up and explain how they can be useful to you.
Simply put, just adding a small amount of extra code in the back end of your site will allow you to gather data to see which traffic sources have been most profitable. This then enables you to work out your marketing ROI very easily. Who would say no to that kind of data?!
There is a fundamental difference in the way that Google Analytics and AdWords report traffic mediums and which mediums lead to conversions; one of reasons why the numbers will always vary. Read more