Archive for the ‘Google Analytics’ Category
<< by Scott Garrett on May 30th, 2013
As many of you may (or may not) know, Google Analytics is a wonderful source of website performance data, and it can be especially useful for ecommerce sites. However, Google Analytics can also be a time consuming, and sometimes scary, adventure sifting through deserts of irrelevant data trying to find that one oasis of actionable data. Luckily, Google Analytics has put that oasis right in front of your eyes with its customizable dashboard widgets, and they are no mirage.
Wait, you don’t know how to create a Google Analytics dashboard? Not problem – check out this great blog post on how to set up Google Analytics Dashboards by my colleague Amanda Sides.
Customizable dashboard widgets allow you to select specific metrics and combine them with various dimensions and filters to create snapshots of data that will help you understand the true performance of your account. Currently, there is a limit of 12 widgets per dashboard you create, so choosing and creating the correct widgets for your specific needs can be a challenge. Ultimately, the most important goals of your website and/or campaigns should help you determine what to measure in Google Analytics, and then creating widgets that show you what you want to know.
But not to worry, for I will share with you my top 10 dashboard widgets geared specifically for ecommerce websites.
<< by Kari Rippetoe on May 29th, 2013
The question of how to measure the success of your search marketing efforts may seem like an easy one to answer – but it’s actually more difficult than it looks from the outside. When it comes to SEO, we usually think of rankings first as the best measurement of success. However, changes to how Google ranks content and the role of social media (specifically, Google+) is making search results much more personalized for each user. In addition, rich snippets have changed how search results are displayed, adding greater detail to results and providing more exposure for a piece of content.
If rankings alone are not the best way to measure SEO success, then what metrics do matter?
<< by Nelson Hudspeth on April 18th, 2013
Multi-Channel Attribution is a pretty big topic in our industry, and most of us aren’t as knowledgeable as we would like to be on the subject. Attribution modeling attempts to solve the problem of which channel gets credit when a user touches multiple channels prior to converting. The problem with attribution models historically has been that they segment attributes at the single channel level: paid search, social media, direct traffic, organic search, etc., and often lack the ability to simultaneously compare various models across a multi-channel format.
<< by Sarah Lokitis on March 28th, 2013
Google Analytics Social Reporting continues to grow and provide insights into how social media is tying into your company’s goals. Last summer, I wrote about the recently introduced Social Visitors Flow, Social Sources and Activity Stream, and Social Plugins Reports. On Tuesday, Google Analytics announced that they redesigned some of the social reports to make it easier to see the activity happening around your content. The two new reports that were introduced are: Trackbacks and Data Hub Activity. Both of which were already previously available.
These reports already existed, so what’s the big deal? Google developed these two new stand-alone reports to provide greater ease in digesting this data. The data is clearer and now, you can drill down through this data separately.