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Insightr InSite: Comparing Free Analytics (Visual)


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This presentation is an in-depth review of the features that the leading free web analytics packages (Yahoo & Google) offer. Packed full of insight and screenshots this is the definitive guide to both …

This presentation is an in-depth review of the features that the leading free web analytics packages (Yahoo & Google) offer. Packed full of insight and screenshots this is the definitive guide to both products. Insightr Consulting is Google Analytics certified and a member of the Yahoo Web Analytics Consultant Network (YWACN). We are offering a Yahoo Web Analytics migration package for anyone who wants to use the very powerful YWA product.

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  • 1. Free Web Analytics ToolsComparison of Google Analytics & Yahoo Web AnalyticsPublished:30October 2009
  • 2. About this document
    This document is intended to be a reference to highlight the key differences between the 2 major free web analytics solutions in the market.
    We have broken the comparison into 27 distinct product components (we feel is representative of most of the solution offerings).
    It’s impossible to document absolutely every feature, so we acknowledge there may be aspects you disagree with.
    We have attempted a heuristic score based system to compare the tools based on a medium to high end usage pattern. Please use this as a reference only upon which to base your own scoring.
    DATE October 09
  • 3. Product Comparisons layout
    Score for Yahoo Analytics
    Score for Google Analytics
    Description of component features for Google Analytics
    Description of component features for Yahoo Analytics
    Screenshots of component features for Google Analytics
    Screenshots of component features for Yahoo Analytics
    DATE October 09
  • 4. Account Creation
    Very simple, less than 2 minutes to be up and running.
    After accepting terms and conditions you are given tracking code
    Final stage is overview of account page where settings are configured
    Very simple, but accounts only currently available for Y! advertisers or through a YWA authorised consultant (such as Insightr)
    Process is structured with email invitations and approvals
    Code is downloaded from settings page and an admin console offers full configuration
    DATE October 09
  • 5. User Access Management
    DATE October 09
  • 6. User Access Management
    Simple process
    User manager allows existing user management (security and profile visibility)
    New user manager requires just an email address (Google Account) and security level
    Two security levels:
    Administrator: Can control everything
    User: Can only view reports (administrator determines which profiles user can view)
    Simple and automated process
    User manager allows existing user management (security and profile visibility), also shows last login date
    New user manager requires name / email (Yahoo Account) then you customise invitation email to user and modify security level
    User receives email and token to sign up, and gets a thank you email confirmation
    Four security levels:
    Administrator: Can control everything
    Power User: Same as Admin, but cannot delete / change Admin
    User: Unrestricted access to reporting
    Restricted User: Selective access to reporting
    DATE October 09
  • 7. Data Collection Process
    Basic tracking code is copy / paste to website
    Data is only collected for browsers that accept JavaScript
    Uses 1st Party Cookies
    Basic code (can be customised) captures page view data based on url and page title
    Uses object orientated JavaScript based on ‘pageTracker’ object
    Basic tracking code is copy / paste to website:
    YWA includes a <noscript> tag which can impact data collection (this can of course be removed if preferred)
    Uses 1st Party Cookies
    Basic code (can be customised) captures page view data based on url and page title
    Uses object orientated JavaScript based on ‘YWATracker’ object
    DATE October 09
  • 8. Tracking Code Customisation
    Comprehensive customisation documentation exists on GA api website
    5 custom variables (scope: page, session, visitor)
    Event tracking (3 hierarchical dimensions)
    eCommerce transaction tracking
    Comprehensive customisation documentation exists on YWA help website and through pdf based manuals
    16 fixed dimensions (used for campaigns, internal search, eCommerce, content)
    38 custom dimensions (scope: page, session, visitor) – expiration can be set based on conversion actions
    15 custom action tags along with 5 standard action tags (for eCommerce)
    DATE October 09
  • 9. Data Latency
    Typically less than 30 mins (for large sites), but have seen up to 1 day on small accounts (<100 pv/day)
    Report below run at 12noon on 22 October:
    Typically real-time, but can be delayed up to 20 minutes from current experiences
    Can be validated with “last visitor details” report
    Report below run at 12noon on 22 October:
    Note: for both tools we observe different visit counts
    DATE October 09
  • 10. Default ‘dashboard’
    All Changeable
    Up to maximum of 12 modules
    DATE October 09
  • 11. Default ‘dashboard’
    Visually appealing, big text, basic metrics and bold charts make it more ‘interesting’ for non experts.
    Functionally limiting – only one dashboard is available: one fixed reportlet and 12 additional reports (not customisable)
    Export in pdf format (xml also available)
    Email and scheduling available in pdf (not a 1 page report but full details for all dashboard reports), xml, csv, tsv (garbage data sent – visits only)
    Default dashboard is weak, highlighting demographics, multi-site rollup by default.
    Strength is in flexibility, multiple dashboards can be created and fully customised
    Dashboards cannot be downloaded or emailed / scheduled
    DATE October 09
  • 12. Custom ‘dashboard’
    DATE October 09
  • 13. Custom ‘dashboard’
    Only one dashboard is available
    This contains one fixed reportlet and 12 additional reports (not customisable)
    Every report in GA contains an “add to dashboard” button.
    The dashboard items will be either a map, chart or table.
    The ordering of the reports can changed
    Dashboards cannot be shared with other users
    Dashboards can be exported and emailed / scheduled
    Multiple dashboards are customisable through a dashboard manager
    Every report in YWA contains an “add to dashboard” button.
    Based on the type of report 9 different types of dashboard items are available, dates and comparison periods are customisable
    Except complex reports such as path analysis reports or scenario analysis are not available
    The ordering of the reports can changed
    Dashboards can be shared with other users and duplicated, the dashboard can be set as home screen
    Dashboards cannot be exported and emailed / scheduled
    DATE October 09
  • 14. Report Navigation
    DATE October 09
  • 15. Report Navigation
    Very simple navigation, bucketed into 6 main sections in the LH nav along with a separate nav section for Custom Reports
    Each section has a summary landing page, from which more detailed reports can be accessed – this slows down report navigation a little
    Date control box sets dates for all reports, and includes comparison period showing absolute data with % difference
    Up to 4 segments can be added to any report, can clutter up data presentation
    Tabular data has 5 different views, including visualisation elements
    Report drilldown options are quite limiting
    Very simple navigation, bucketed into 10 main sections in the LH nav along with a separate nav section for Saved Reports
    Each section opens up the nav to up to 2 levels of additional reports, no landing pages – for new users finding reports can be challenging
    Date control box sets dates for all reports, and includes comparison period showing either absolute data or % difference
    Default reports are quite basic, but every report can be customised and segmented with report wizard and segment manager tools.
    Every dimension allows full drilldown (subrelations) to every available dimension
    Multiple charting formats available
    Tabular data can be colour coded and highlighted
    DATE October 09
  • 16. Report Saving / Bookmarking
    Not currently available, though a hack is to use the dashboard as a way of accessing your 12 most frequently used reports.
    Reports can be bookmarked or added to a custom dashboard, as well as saved for quick downloading
    Saved reports can be downloaded for external analysis without viewing the report
    Bookmarks can be shared to all users, based on fixed or dynamic dates, based on fixed segments and stored in folders
    DATE October 09
  • 17. Report Filtering
    Filters in GA can only filter on the metrics and dimension that is currently in the report.
    This makes the GA filter a pure data for the current report, eg to only show low bounce, high traffic pages – this makes the filter faster / easier to use, but less powerful.
    Filters in YWA can filter on the current metrics available in the report and on any dimension.
    This makes YWA report filters more of a quick look segmentation tool than a way of filtering the report data – this makes the cross reference filter very powerful but more complex to use.
    DATE October 09
  • 18. Report Distribution / Emailing
    DATE October 09
  • 19. Report Distribution / Emailing
    Every report has an ‘export’ and ‘email’ button in the top navigation
    If emailing the user gets to select a subject line and description, if downloading the export is immediate
    5 report formats are available: pdf (vector), csv, csv (for excel), tsv, xml
    If emailing the report can be one-time or scheduled on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis
    Every report has a nav bar with multiple export type buttons, each of these loads up the export report window.
    The export manager allows a user to either download immediately, or to send the report as an email.
    4 report formats are available: html, (html format email), pdf (vector), csv, excel
    In order to schedule a report the user must visit the schedule manager (cannot be done directly from a report).
    The schedule manager provides customisation for name, description, specific delivery date / time, report format (inc charts and events), email address and bcc address.
    Scheduled reports can be customised with a company logo.
    DATE October 09
  • 20. Support Network (Twitter)
    GA twitter account is not personal and generally not helpful or responsive – more marketing based
    YWA twitter account does respond to questions and tries to share tips tricks
    DATE October 09
  • 21. Support Network (Official Websites)
    DATE October 09
  • 22. Support Network (Blogs)
    Very few available, but Dennis Mortensen of Yahoo is active in blogging and slidecasting about YWA features and techniques
    Lots of GAAC’s blog actively about GA offering great advice, including Epikone, VKI Studios and ROI Revolution
    DATE October 09
  • 23. Consultant Network
    DATE October 09
    Google offer two levels of certification, one for individuals (Individual certificate) and one for companies (GAAC).
    There are dozens of GAAC consultancies all around the world.
    Yahoo offers certification for businesses (YWACN)
    There are dozens of member companies in Europe / US and a small number based in Singapore (including Insightr)
  • 24. Campaign Management
    Very basic, users need to develop a process to manage creation of campaign variables that get passed in a url string.
    Up to 5 campaign parameters (dimensions) can be used
    ROI / Impressions / Costs can only be incorporated for Google Adwords, via Analytics link
    Campaigns can be added manually, or uploaded / managed via a bulk manager using Excel.
    Up to 10 campaign categories (dimensions) can be used
    Any campaign can have cost / impression data attached for ROI analysis, additionally YWA offers api integration to Yahoo Panama, Google Adwords & MSN Adcenter
    YWA also supports internal campaigns
    DATE October 09
  • 25. Campaign Attribution
    GA defaults all campaigns to allocate conversion to the last click.
    There is a possible override to first click using &utm_nooverride=1 that allows the user to allocate to first click, but documentation on this feature is weak and is not recommended.
    By default all YWA campaign reports are based on “intelligent” attribution (meaning: if a visit was from a campaign, attribute to campaign, otherwise check cookie to see if visitor ever came from a campaign and allocate to original campaign).
    In reporting it is possible to add cross reference filters that will apply a media attribution window using “Direct” (last touch), “Original” (first touch) or “Intelligent”
    DATE October 09
  • 26. Data Import Services
    Merchandising Category Upload
    Bulk Campaign Upload
    Google Adsense API Connection
    PPC Search Engine API Connection
    Google Adwords API Connection
    DATE October 09
  • 27. Data Import Services
    Currently 2 main import services are available
    Google Adsense
    Google Adwords
    Currently 3 main import services are available
    Merchandising Categories: full classification of sku / product details
    Campaign Bulk upload: large scale campaign classification via Excel workbook
    PPC Integration: full api level integration with Yahoo, MSN & Google ppc systems
    Additional import services available upon request:
    External Data Sources (EDS): importing of large scale external tables (eg customer / member properties)
    Admin / Management API: management of account and users through api
    DATE October 09
  • 28. Data Export Services
    GA offers a full data export api, which provides more access to metrics and dimensions than standard web reports.
    The open source nature of the api has led to a number of developers offering api driven analysis tools (including excel plugins, sql-like query engines and mobile apps)
    Data is aggregated, so individual visitor behaviour cannot be analysed, nor can the data be modelled
    YWA offers (upon request) a full data export api which provides access to almost all of the same data held in the web reports.
    The data api is 2 way, meaning data can be exported and imported into the system, examples of data import would be migrating a pending order to a completed order (eg for banks who process applications after credit checks offline)
    DATE October 09
  • 29. eCommerce Support
    DATE October 09
  • 30. eCommerce Support
    Once eCommerce is enabled in GA, a new tab appears under most reports highlighting conversion
    Only sales analysis is possible in GA, there is no concept of a basket or cart abandonment.
    No reconciliation of cancelled or offline converted orders
    Limited variable scope, all data must be collected via tags on page
    No basket or cross sell analysis, except through api or at individual order level
    Because of the nature of ‘standard’ YWA reports, eCommerce conversion data must be added through custom reporting to reports.
    Full analysis of basket and cart available, including cart conversion funnel analysis
    Allows reconciliation of cancelled and offline fulfillment through pending tag
    Multiple product classification managed through mechandising classification, only variable collected on page is product sku
    Product (or classification based) cross sell analysis possible, as well as full subrelations to all other dimensions stored.
    DATE October 09
  • 31. Visualisation & Data Presentation
    DATE October 09
  • 32. Visualisation & Data Presentation
    Visualisations are visually appealing, making use of Google visualisation api’s (date range, maps, motion charts, sparklines)
    Standard charts can be broken down by hour, day, week, month depending on report dates
    All charts use a line chart, which can be used to compare different segments as well as 2 different metrics.
    All data tables offer pie charts (% of total), performance comparison, compare against averages and detailed sparklines.
    GA Visualiser is very powerful, but can be confusing to use due to number of metrics that can be shown (blog articles assist here), one problem is there is no way to export visualisations.
    Visualisations not as ‘pretty’ as GA, but more variations offer flexibility.
    Standard charts can be broken down by hour, day, week, month depending on report dates
    4 types of chart visualisation offered: pie, line, bubble, column
    Line and Bubble offer 2 metric analysis
    Column offer 3 metric analysis
    All data tables can be highlighted using colour scheme to highlight top and bottom values based on criteria selected though rules based engine.
    DATE October 09
  • 33. Segmentation of Data
    DATE October 09
  • 34. Segmentation of Data
    GA offers pre-defined segments (such as visitors from paid search, new visitors) to get users started.
    Up to 100 segments can be created using drag and drop user interface against almost all metrics and dimensions, uses simple AND OR rules engine.
    Up to a maximum of 4 segments can be applied to a report, segments will use sampling methodology for large samples.
    Segments are applied as new rows in a report, which sometimes makes the user interface somewhat messy.
    YWA provides no pre-defined segments
    Segments are created using AND statements, properties edited using a selection box or a rules engine.
    Segments are applied to reports as new columns in the format Metric:Segment.
    DATE October 09
  • 35. Visitor Profile Analysis
    None available
    YWA is connected to the Yahoo! registration database and uses sampling rules to estimate (using confidence intervals) against entire visitor population.
    DATE October 09
  • 36. Conversion / Goal Tracking
    GA offers up to 20 custom goals to be collected, goals are grouped into 4 ‘goal sets’ to assist with analysis of multiple goals
    Goals are set in the admin interface and are based on either page view data (eg visitor submits form) or on ‘threshold data’ (based on time on site or pages/visit)
    Goals are reported 1x per session, this can cause problems if for example you set a goal for a video view.
    YWA offers up to 15 custom action tags along with 5 ‘standard’ action tags (for eCommerce)
    Action tags are based on JavaScript tags set in the page and can be managed through the admin interface.
    Action tags are configured as either non-unique (many x per visit) or unique (1x per visit).
    Action tags can be serialised (de-duplicated) by adding a timestamp (eg for sales tracking)
    DATE October 09
  • 37. Calendar Events & Announcements
    None available
    DATE October 09
  • 38. Calendar Events & Announcements
    YWA offers a feature that allows you to add calendar event (such as a campaign launch or product announcement)
    This allows you to compare the impact of calendar events against your data – this is done through a event analysis feature.
    Calendar events can be private or shared.
    All reports can have a description / note applied, especially useful for custom reports that have been shared.
    Additionally, reports can be annotated so that (eg) if there was a spike in traffic you can add a description of why this happened, or suggestions for further analysis.
    None available
    DATE October 09
  • 39. Auto-alerts
    DATE October 09
  • 40. Auto Alerts
    GA offers two types of alerts, Auto alerts and Custom alerts.
    Auto alerts are known as “GA Intelligence” and works by analysing 11 dimensions and 18 metrics collected and highlighting on a daily, weekly or monthly basis variations in combinations of dimensions / metrics.
    The auto alerts have some flexibility with sensitivity adjustment, and the decision making process is tied to a statistical significance bar. Once an alert is reviewed there is an option to auto-create a custom segment for analysis.
    The custom alerts allow an analyst to create a new alert (with email notifications) based on reporting period, dimension properties and metric variance.
    YWA offers an alert manager for setting up Custom alerts.
    The custom alerts allow an analyst to create a new alert (with email notifications) based on
    Reporting period (comparisons eg month over month)
    Dimension properties (grouped or individual)
    Metric variance (above or below threshold)
    Custom alerts can also be setup be right clicking in any report which will bring up the manager based on the dimension / metric chosen.
    DATE October 09
  • 41. Path, Scenario & Funnel Analysis
    DATE October 09
  • 42. GA offers 1 type of path / scenario analysis and one type of funnel analysis.
    The path analysis is called “navigation summary” and allows an analyst to explore a particular page on the site breaking down to 4 segments: entrances, previous pages, exits and next pages.
    The path analysis only allows one page before and after to be analysed.
    Funnel analysis (with up to 10 levels) is enabled as part of the GA conversion goal setting. This shows a visual representation of steps in a process as well as entry / exit points.
    There is no funnel analysis available for eCommerce reporting.
    YWA offers 1 type of path / scenario analysis and two types of funnel analysis
    The path analyses are mapped out in a hierarchical tree structure, which can be expanded through as many levels of navigation as you wish, and multiple navigation paths can be viewed at the same time.
    Ad-hoc scenarios allow you to research past visitor behavior based on visitor navigation
    Pre-defined scenarios are for analysis and exploration of user flows / processes
    For both types of scenarios there is no limit on the number that can be created
    Path, Scenario & Funnel Analysis
    DATE October 09
  • 43. Custom Report Design
    Almost all metrics and dimensions are available, with limitations on combinations.
    Up to 5 tabs each containing 10 metrics
    Up to 5 dimensions, each available through progressive drilldown (drilldown report expands one row for each dimension)
    Managed through report manager, and can be shared with others through a ‘share url’.
    All metrics and dimensions are available, no limitations
    Up to 26 metrics as columns in a single report
    Up to 9 dimensions and one grouping dimension. Each dimension is available as a drilldown in the same report (see below)
    Custom reports can be shared and centrally managed for other users.
    DATE October 09
  • 44. Data Drilldown
    Can drill into multipledimensions in the same report
    Can only drill into one row at a time
    DATE October 09
  • 45. Data Drilldown
    Up to five levels of drilldown are possible using GA which is managed by clicking on one row of a dimension to explore the drilldown dimension.
    This limits opportunities for comparing multiple rows in drilldown.
    Additionally a second flexible drilldown dimension (known as secondary dimension) is available in every report.
    In custom reports up to 9 dimensions can be explored at the same time
    This provides considerable scope for very quickly exploring patterns in data without requiring opening up many new reports.
    DATE October 09
  • 46. Scores and evaluation
    Notice the frequency of “8” score for yahoo, as an attempt to normalise the data since only two products were reviewed
    DATE October 09
  • 47. Scores and Final Evaluation
    DATE October 09
  • 48. What’s next?
    DATE October 09
  • 49. Yahoo web analytics?
    Interested in Migrating to
    DATE October 09
  • 50. Yahoo Web Analytics Migration Offer
    DATE October 09
    If you’re interesting Yahoo Web Analytics, Insightr Consulting is offering a GA to YWA migration project comprising:
  • 51.
    For more information send us an email:
    DATE October 09