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Digital Marketing Reports - The Key Components

Published December 11, 2018

Whether you do digital marketing for an agency or an internal team, you probably need to create monthly reports summarizing the performance of your campaigns. These reports showcase the successes of your marketing strategies and highlight where improvements can be made. There are tons of marketing metrics out there-- it’s hard to know what to include in your monthly report and how to display the data. And the results themselves might get lost-- even if you’ve massively improved campaign performance -- if you don’t present the data in a way that your team comprehends and engages with.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the key components of digital marketing reports that add the most value for your clients and colleagues.

How to Share Access to a YouTube Brand Account With Your Agency

Published November 20, 2018

Businesses of all sizes are expanding their use of YouTube videos for marketing and customer support. But, how do you share access to your business YouTube account with other people who work with you - especially your agency?

 The key is to use a Google Brand Account to host your YouTube videos.  Brand Accounts are Google’s solution for businesses that need to share and collaborate on managing a brand across Google properties.

Megalytic Introduces Instagram Reporting

Published November 19, 2018
Megalytic has rolled out integration with Instagram Insights data. Marketers can now easily incorporate Instagram performance data into their reports. The data available includes: followers, posts, likes, comments, video views, reach, impressions, demographics, and more.
 
Like our integrations with Facebook, Google Ads, and others, the Instagram integration is powerful but simple to use. This short video shows how you can get started.

How to Install and Debug the Facebook Pixel using Google Tag Manager

Published August 24, 2018
As a digital marketer, juggling a variety of advertising platforms is just a part of everyday life. From Google Ads and Facebook to Twitter, LinkedIn, AdRoll, and more, you’re used to having a lot on your plate.
 
But when you have to worry about installing performance-tracking tags and pixels on your website so you can optimize for each platform, things can get overwhelming. Not only do you have to add this time-consuming task to your IT team’s already long to-do list, but it creates a lot of additional code to manage, maintain, and update.

Google Search Console Data That Agencies Should Share With Clients

Published August 21, 2018
There are lots of ways to drive traffic to a website these days – social media, pay-per-click ads, display ads, email marketing, etc. But, for many websites, organic search remains the largest source of traffic.
 
As an agency, you need to help your clients understand what’s driving organic search traffic to their websites and how they can grow that traffic. This means you need a source of data that measures organic search traffic. For traffic from Google Search, there is an excellent free tool from Google providing that data: Google Search Console (GSC). While other tools "scrape" data from the Google search engine result pages (SERPs), GSC provides the official data from Google.
In this blog post, we’ll look at what kind of data you can pull from Google Search Console, how to use it for SEO, and how to best share it with your clients.

ALSO IN THIS BLOG

Remember how your mom told you not to stand too close to the television because it might hurt your eyes?
The same rules can apply to data. If you’re too close, you may miss the patterns and trends that are crucial to understanding your website’s performance. You can’t judge a site’s performance looking at data in the bubble of a single day, you must consider any day’s traffic compared to the days before and after.
Google Analytics makes it fairly easy to analyze trends over long periods of time. But it also allows you to stand right in front of that TV, to look at more granular levels of time, right down to the hour.
There’s a better way to get that close to the data, without burning your retinas. We’ll cover how to analyze traffic effectively in today’s post.

 

 

When the client first came to you, you talked up the value of Google Analytics. You emphasized the importance of seeing where your traffic was coming from. You went on and on about how Google Analytics can show traffic sources to pinpoint whether people came from search, social media or a specific site referral, and how valuable this data was. You sold them on it, so much so that your client looked forward to receiving that first report, the magical day when they would finally understand where visitors were coming from.
But then the report came, and it looked like this:

 

 

It showed that 10% of your client’s traffic came from “(direct)/(none)”. What does this label mean? How do you explain Direct traffic to your client? Better yet, how do you explain “none”?
Let’s take a closer look at understanding Direct traffic in Google Analytics and how we can address it with clients.
One of the most exciting and important aspects of digital marketing is the ability to understand exactly how your customers are finding you. It informs every single part of integrated campaigns and helps determine which efforts are working and which ones need to be revisited. Google Analytics allows you to zero in on the performances of different marketing channels to evaluate everything from brand awareness to social media messaging. To get the most insight from that data, it’s crucial to understand exactly how Google sorts your traffic.
Channels in Google Analytics are high-level categories indicating how people found your site. While the Source/Medium report shows you in more detail where people came from, Channels are broader, more “user-friendly” names lumping visits together in buckets useful for high-level reporting categories.
For instance, Facebook Sessions often show up in multiple ways in the Source/Medium report. They may appear as facebook.com, m.facebook.com, and l.facebook.com, all of which are variations of the same source. The Channels report will include all of these in the Social bucket, so you can see less granular, aggregate numbers on social media performance.