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7 missed customization actions in your Google Analytics set-up that you can fix now

Google Analytics can sometimes be very overwhelming, I know, I’ve been there. Getting access to an account about 12 years ago, I remember just looking at all the reports and thinking “wow, look at all that data”. Like many others, I have talked to since I then used to report on top-level metrics assuming the set up was valid and my data solid. It is only been in the last 5+ years that I can say I have really got a firm grasp on analytics and working with clients and teaching Google Analytics to marketers, business owners, and agencies I see the same stumbling blocks and issues come up time and time again.

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When you’re running your online store with WooCommerce, getting GA to track the right data can be a bit of a hassle

As a cybernaut (great word, huh?), you probably feel like you don’t need yet another motivational quote in your life - if you’ve spent any time on Instagram recently, you understand where I’m coming from - but as a marketer or entrepreneur, you know these particular words ring true. To do this "measuring" thing properly, we tend to follow the same recursive loop: Set a goal Collect data via analytics tools Use that data to set a benchmark Implement a strategy to achieve the goal Track those metrics to measure progress towards the goal Find areas for improvement Make changes to your strategy Rinse and repeat Sound familiar? The most common analytics platform used by marketers for step two of that process is Google Analytics (GA). GA is wonderful because it’s comprehensive,…

When it comes to e-commerce businesses, there are certain types of analytics that you need to keep a close eye on

Whatever type of business you have, as long as you have an online presence, you need to carefully track your analytics. When it comes to e-commerce businesses, there are certain types of analytics that you need to keep a close eye on. This will help you understand what marketing strategies are actually working, what makes people want to buy from you, as well as how to improve your sales, acquire more customers and cut down on customer acquisition costs. But while there are numerous similarities between e-commerce analytics and the analytics used by other types of businesses, e-commerce companies have their own particularities and needs – in other words, you need to monitor more metrics in order to grow your online business. In this blog post, I’m going to share some of…

Are you struggling to measure the impact of your email program and is reporting taking too much time?

Then, you might want to consider tracking your email efforts in Google Analytics (GA). Here are ten rock-solid, performance-driven reasons why you should do just that:

1. Capture Email KPIs After the Click

“Don't skip this part - what happens after that email click will either deliver high conversions or kill the most valuable offer you ever had.”

Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist, Google

Most Email Service Providers (ESPs) offer a fairly standard set of metrics that track the performance of your email, including open, click-through, bounce rates and unsubscribe rates.

What is really rare?

Insights about user behavior after the click.

Why would you need after-click insights?

Email is a core digital channel and marketers spend a great deal of time building their mailing lists. In fact, list building is a top challenge for most marketing specialists. Because it…

When an advertisement is specially curated for a specific audience segment based on their behaviors or needs, it is going to be more effective and incur a higher conversion rate

Just about every business is looking for better ways to connect with their customers. Customer engagement is the key to conversions and loyalty. According to one report by Super Office, businesses with higher engagement rates had an average retention rate of 89%. One of the best ways to capture your customer’s attention and build engagement is by connecting them with the content that matches their preferences. This is why targeted marketing campaigns work so well. When an advertisement is specially curated for a specific audience segment based on their behaviors or needs, it is going to be more effective and incur a higher conversion rate. [si_guide_block id="71497" title="Download our Free Resource – Google Analytics Fast…

Don't fall foul of these common Google Analytics mistakes

Google Analytics is a fantastically useful tool for businesses of all sizes. Rather helpfully for all the SMEs and SMBs out there, it's also free. That means anyone can start using Google analytics to study their web traffic in an attempt to tease out insights, to use to improve their sites.

This openness and low barriers to entry mean it's easy to launch yourself into Google Analytics before you actually have a handle on exactly what you are using for and how you should use it for your business. There's nothing wrong with getting stuck in and learning on the fly, but it can leave you vulnerable to making mistakes that could affect your bottom line. This post will introduce you to some of the basic mistakes people often make when setting up and using their Google Analytics. If you want…

Google Analytics has not only made it easier for data-driven marketers to work in compliance with GDPR, but has also introduced a new feature to improve sales and marketing integration

In an era where every marketer is aspiring to be “data-driven”, you, yes you, need to make sure that your marketing decisions are informed by well-rounded data. When we speak about data analytics, Google Analytics is first to make an appearance in any marketer’s mind. Yet another Google tool that has provided revolutionary changes, if we may call it that, in the process of digital data collection, insight and analytics. Google Analytics is widely used by marketers to generate better business results. Hence, Google is always looking for ways to improve this tool and add new, more relevant features to it. As you may know already, GDPR…

Your marketing's most valuable player: using attribution.

Imagine a typical customer journey for a business like TOMS, a shoe retailer that sells online. A user sees a sponsored Facebook post that was liked by a friend about TOMS, and clicks through to Tom's site, browses for a while, then leaves. Later on, the user sees a display ad from a TOMS retargeting campaign, and clicks through again, this time signing up for email alerts from the brand, but still not buying anything. Finally, the user receives an email from TOMS, clicks through, and starts to really think about buying the shoes. They leave it for a bit, and decide to buy, and they type the web address directly in the browser.   Who gets the credit for any revenue created? Well, that will depend on your attribution model. Attribution may sound complicated but in simple terms,…

Unsure about how to use Google Analytics? Need some guidance on how to navigate around it? Learn how to set-up a GA demo account

Jill Quick originally wrote this advisory for our blog in July 6th 2016 based on a briefing with Google. 

A while back Google launched a new string to their analytics learning bow. A fully functioning Google Analytics account that anyone with a Google account can access. This is a wonderful education tool for any marketer, or business owner, who wants a better understanding of how to use Google Analytics. One of the problems my clients and delegates face when I deliver training on Google Analytics is a real-life example. Something to play around with, learn from and use to back up your measurement plan to educate your team on the insights they could be getting and showing your boss what your time and budget is paying for, especially…

A guide to the benefits and setup of 3 essential Google Analytics features

Adding Google Analytics tracking code to a site is quick in most cases, but I find that many businesses leave it there and don't add more customisation to use some of the more advanced Google Analytics features. These features can give great advantages in understanding how users interact with your site, to support ideas for conversion optimisation. You may not consider these features advanced, but they are missing in many cases, so are advanced in this sense! The three customizations I will cover, which work best when considered together, are: Event tracking codes Goal setup A/B testing and content experiments

1. Event Tracking Codes

The power of event tracking codes is shown by the many user actions that you can monitor within your website. Event tracking codes can make your life easier since you can monitor all these micro-conversions that matter to your…