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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.
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.
In January 2012, Haribo released a TV advert showing the results of an interesting (if slightly halfhearted and biased) social experiment. Children were asked to sit at a table, faced with a single Haribo sweet. If they managed to resist eating the sweet for a short period of time, they would get two Haribo sweets to eat rather than one.
Google Analytics doesn’t just provide you with website insights, it’s incredibly valuable to the commercial success of your business. From marketing campaign optimisation through to budget allocation, let’s take a look at how Google Analytics can benefit your business.
Choosing to redesign your website isn’t a decision you should just make because you feel it needs to be updated. Many of your visitors may be put off by the change, so it’s important to make the redesign worthwhile – and that means having conversions at the forefront of your mind.
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.
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
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.
Google Analytics (GA) is a great tool for businesses to track their website data; It’s relatively easy to implement, it’s simple to use and best of all it’s free! There’s a whole wealth of advanced functionality that can be implemented, but even for someone with little knowledge of Google Analytics, it’s perfect as standard, or at least it should be.