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Making Better Decisions with Google Analytics


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Presented at SearchExchange Charlotte 2013.

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  • After setup - Custom advanced segments are very valuable for split testing.
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    • 1. Making Better Decisions with Google Analytics Elliott Koppel Director, Paid Search and Analytics Virante @TheKoppel
    • 2. Web Analytics The measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of internet data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage.
    • 3. Web Analytics 2.0 (Avinash Kaushik) 1.the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from your website and the competition, drive a continual improvement of the online experience that your customers, and potential customers have, 3.which translates into your desired outcomes (online and offline).
    • 4. Too much information, where should I start?
    • 5. Types of Goals
    • 6. Destination – Specific Page Loads • E.g., Thank You Page • Registration, Lead or Purchase
    • 7. Duration – Visit lasting a specific amount of time or longer • E.g., Visits lasting at least 5 minutes
    • 8. Pages Per Visit – Visit including a specific number of pageviews • E.g., Visitor views at least 5 pages
    • 9. Event • User interaction with content that can be tracked independently from a page load
    • 10. Event - Examples • PDF Download • Video Play • Social Recommendation
    • 11. How to Set Up?
    • 12. How to Set Up?
    • 13. How to Set Up?
    • 14. Goal Value = Conversion Rate * Average Transaction Value
    • 15. Goal Value 1,000 visitors 100 complete lead form 20 convert into purchases ($2,000) Average value = $100 Goal Value = (20/100) * $100 = $20.00 Conversion Rate * Average Value
    • 16. How Does This Help?
    • 17. Page Value The average value for a page that a user visited before landing on the goal page or completing an Ecommerce transaction (or both).
    • 18. Page Value Which page in your site contributed more to your site's goals
    • 19. Page Value Ecommerce Revenue + Total Goal Value Number of Unique Pageviews for Given Page
    • 20. What else do we look for? • High Bounce Rates
    • 21. What else do we look for? • High Exit Percentages
    • 22. What else do we look for? • Low Average Time on Page
    • 23. Segment for greater insight
    • 24. Page Value can vary greatly across segments
    • 25. Page Value can vary greatly across segments
    • 26. Conversion rate also varies across segments
    • 27. Custom Advanced Segments • Visits with a Purchase • Mobile device is iPhone • Referral visits from Reddit • Visits from North Carolina • Visits after 5:00pm • Organic Branded Keywords
    • 28. Setting up Custom Advanced Segments
    • 29. Other Analytics Tools. . .
    • 30. A/B Testing Comparing one version of a web page against another identical page, except for one variation, to determine which has a greater conversion rate.
    • 31. A/B Testing – 148% improvement 12.5% Conversion Rate 31.0% Conversion Rate
    • 32. A/B Testing – 102% improvement .99% Conversion Rate 2.0% Conversion Rate
    • 33. Heat Maps Gain a better understanding of the user experience to guide decisions on making improvements.
    • 34. Heat Maps
    • 35. Checklist for Analytics Ensure Google Analytics is set up properly and is installed throughout your site. Track everything! Set up goals with values (or Ecommerce tracking) Segment, segment, segment A/B testing to improve conversion rates Heat Maps to understand the user experience
    • 36. Common Problems with Setup Bounce rate too good to be true (around 10%) Likely fix: Make sure there is only one instance of Google Analytics on each page See your own website listed as a referral site Likely fix: One or more of you pages doesn’t have the correct tracking code installed “(not set)” showing up as keyword in search reports Likely fix: Make sure that you have auto tagging enabled in your AdWords settings Large spikes in Direct traffic Likely fix: Make sure that you are tagging email links with campaign parameters Content Report showing unique URLs for content that is not unique Likely fix: Exclude URL query parameters under the Profile Settings