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Discussion of the three aspects of web analytics - data capture, data reporting, and data analysis as applied to higher education marketing

Discussion of the three aspects of web analytics - data capture, data reporting, and data analysis as applied to higher education marketing

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    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 1 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 2 1. Data Capture 2. Data Reporting 3. Data Analysis Overview Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 3  This first aspect involves the configuration of analytics so that you can accurately capture data on the traffic patterns and behavior of your visitors.  In its simplest form this involves:  A quick account setup  Pasting the appropriate analytics tracking code into your web pages.  On a simple site this is quite easy to implement. The problem is that higher ed web ecosystems are not simple. 1. Data Capture Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 4  Higher ed web ecosystems are complicated with:  multiple domains  need multiple profiles  have mobile sites  flash  events  have complicated goals and registration funnels  link to CRMs  etc. 1. Data Capture Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 5  These elements all quickly create some serious configuration and coding challenges.  Very sophisticated cross domain tracking codes may be required to fully track and capture the activity of your visitors across your complete web ecosystem.  If you have a complicated web ecosystem as described above you may need the help of a configuration expert to do this well. 1. Data Capture Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 6  So now that you have your analytics set up to capture traffic data, you need to summarize that data into actionable reports.  It should not be a surprise that to report on the complicated web ecosystem we described above, you end up getting into serious complications in reporting.  It gets even more challenging when you have a number of different individuals who need to see reports:  from summary level stuff to your boss, to different big picture perspectives for marketing vs. admissions, to different segments of the traffic “pie” for different schools, departments, initiatives or events. 2. Data Reporting Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 7  These different users, all having different objectives, need different information to track their progress towards their goals.  It is always a surprise when we look into a school’s analytics and don’t see reporting linked to the objectives of the individuals involved.  Why not have your analytics report to you on a monthly basis if you are on track to meet the goals that you will be measured on at the end of the year in your performance appraisal? 2. Data Reporting Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 8  This is where analytics should truly shine but is often the part that is least well done.  A Google Analytics account can be overwhelming in the detail, and not particularly helpful in directing you to what is most important.  But of course that’s because what is important is different for everyone and only you can figure it out. You have to decide what is important to you and then set up your analytics to analyze and report on it. 3. Data Analysis Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 9  So the first and most important step is  to determine what your objectives are  what Key Performance Indicators will measure them.  KPIs should be driven by:  business/marketing objectives  a deep understanding of what visitor behavior is the best indicator of moving towards that objective.  Once you have your KPI’s you can:  set up goals for them, allowing you to highlight their performance and easily track your progress with them  determine what you think the financial value of a “goal” is and add that to your analysis. 3. Data Analysis Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 10  To do this kind of work well you need someone:  who can think as a high level business analyst and strategist  who understands the idiosyncrasies of higher education  who also understands the data capture part and the reporting part to integrate the three aspects and make your analytics sizzle and hum.  This is a very high level analytics skill set that managers strive to develop internally but often need to seek outside help to obtain. 3. Data Analysis Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 11  As a manager responsible for your institution's digital marketing you rely on your analytics to tell you how your marketing plans are performing and where to direct (and redirect) your scare resources most effectively.  Next time you get that feeling of being overwhelmed by the complexity of your analytics, try breaking the issue down into these three aspects and the light will get a little brighter in the tunnel. 3. Data Analysis Source:Higher Education Marketing – 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed
    • 3 Aspects of Managing Web Analytics for Higher Ed Slide 12 Questions? 1.514.312.3968 info@higher-education-marketing.com Visit our Website: Higher Education Marketing FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON LINKEDIN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE+