What looks to be a giant new leap in Google data reporting and visualisation tools – Google Data Studio - has recently been unleashed. Ahead of its international launch we thought it would be a good idea to give you a run-down of the main capabilities on offer, and prepare you for what we think will be a very important tool going forwards in the world of Analytics reporting.
Google has announced a major change to how Google Analytics and Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) work together. The upcoming changes mean the two products will offer deeper integration with one another.
Landing Page = (not set)
If you are seeing (not set) appear in your landing page report in Google Analytics it could be due to a number of reasons, but most often it's because a session has been recorded with an event level hit but no page views.
Getting Started with Google Tag Manager – Publishing Google Analytics
Publishing Google Analytics to your site is relatively straightforward via Google Tag Manager. Once set up you’ll be able to add event tracking and a range of other tags to your site without having to roll out additional tracking code on your site.
When you set up Google Analytics you add tracking code to your website either using the standard GA tracking snippet or via a tag management solution such as Google Tag Manager.
Remarketing via Google Adwords offers a powerful opportunity to retarget people who have visited your site. With the introduction of Google Analytics audience lists retargeting has become even more powerful.
For example, someone may have visited your site and not completed a purchase or some other interaction you were hoping for and so targeting them with a tailored ad may encourage them to return.
Troubleshooting Google Analytics installations just became a little easier thanks to an enhancement rolled out to Google Tag Assistant - available as a Google Chrome extension.
In a number of previous articles we've talked about the problem of spam referrals appearing within Google Analytics data. This problem now appears to be growing exponentially and without taking steps to exclude this data from your reports (changing your tracking / configuration within Google Analytics or using advanced segments to remove this data) your reports and any insights derived from them could become meaningless - or worse still highly misleading.
If your site uses a site search facility you will probably want to know what your users are looking for.
This kind of information can be particularly helpful in two areas:
- Mining for keywords – it’s likely that people will use the same search terms on your website as they are using in a search engine so knowing what they are looking for can help you create keywords lists for better targeted paid advertising campaigns as well as SEO
- Optimizing landing pages – visitors might use the site search on a landing page if they are having issues in finding relevant content. This can flag potential navigational issues with your site.
Bounce rate is a key engagement level statistic that many website owners rightly pay a lot of attention to. If you are unfamiliar with the concept then a bounce occurs if someone lands on your website and then leaves without any further interaction (e.g. clicking through to another page). The bounce rate is simply the percentage of visitors that leave.