Todays topic at 6pm is "How To Use Google Analytics"
Google Analytics (GA) is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website.
What can Google Analytics do for your business?
-Google Analytics makes it easy for you to track and analyze data about how people are getting to your website and what's performing well.
-GA helps business owners make good business decisions that are rooted in empircal evidence.
-Tracking software like GA helps you see how visitors get to and navigate around your website – valuable knowledge for you get the most out of your web site.
Google acquired Urchin Software Corp. in April 2005. Google's service was developed from Urchin on Demand. The system also brings ideas from Adaptive Path, whose product, Measure Map, was acquired and used in the redesign of Google Analytics in 2006. Google continued to sell the standalone, installable Urchin WebAnalytics Software through a network of value-added resellers until discontinuation on March 28, 2012.
The product is aimed at marketers as opposed to webmasters and technologists from which the industry of web analytics originally grew. It is the most widely used website statistics service, currently in use on around 57% of the 10,000 most popular websites. Another market share analysis claims that Google Analytics is used at around 49.95% of the top 1,000,000 websites (as currently ranked by Alexa).
GA can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, e-mail marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents.
Integrated with AdWords, users can review online campaigns by tracking landing page quality and conversions (goals). Goals might include sales, lead generation, viewing a specific page, or downloading a particular file. These can also be monetized. By using GA, marketers can determine which ads are performing, and which are not, providing the information to optimise or cull campaigns.
GA's approach is to show high level dashboard-type data for the casual user, and more in-depth data further into the report set. Through the use of GA analysis, poor performing pages can be identified using techniques such as funnel visualization, where visitors came from (referrers), how long they stayed and their geographical position. It also provides more advanced features, including custom visitor segmentation.
If your site sells products or services online, you can use Google Analytics e-commerce reporting to track sales activity and performance. The e-commerce reports show you your site’s transactions, revenue, and many other commerce-related metrics.
Users can officially add up to 50 site profiles. Each profile generally corresponds to one website. It is limited to sites which have a traffic of fewer than 5 million pageviews per month (roughly 2 pageviews per second), unless the site is linked to an AdWords campaign.
If you're not tracking, your guessing, and you never want to guess with your marketing dollars.