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Custom Color Themes (Upgrade - March 2017)

Published February 27, 2017
Users have been asking for customizable report colors for a while, and I'm delighted to announce that we have just released Report Themes to address that need.

Implementing Analytics with Google Tag Manager

Published February 23, 2017
You know you could be getting more insight from Google Analytics, but adding code to your website to track conversions and other statistics seems like a daunting task. Thanks to Google Tag Manager, it doesn’t have to be! Google Tag Manager exists to make analytics implementation easier, allowing you to add or update your website tags without having to involve your very-busy IT or development department. An easy process means a greater ability to track new campaigns and to collect the data you need.
This post introduces Google Tag Manager and explains how it can be used to ease the burden of managing tracking code, and to get more insight from Google Analytics.

How Website Development and Hosting Companies Can Grow Business with Megalytic

Published February 15, 2017
Who doesn’t want a great website?
With practically every business seeking to establish an impressive web presence, building and hosting websites has become a major industry. This field employs over 127,000 individuals in the US alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developers, programmers and IT professionals are seeing the demand for their skills rise as digital needs become pervasive in nearly every vertical.
Website development companies typically seek to provide a brand with an online identity through a functional, well-designed website. However, many development companies are overlooking an opportunity to engage beyond the point of building and hosting websites. In this article, we’ll talk about opportunities to use analytics reporting to grow client relationships past web development and hosting services.

 

 

Using the AdWords Report Editor to Optimize Campaigns

Published February 9, 2017
Humans are visual creatures. A widely cited statistic states that 65% of the population are "visual learners". No wonder most people would agree with the colloquial wisdom that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Google gets that, and that's why there are a number of great ways to use the AdWords Report Editor for both data analysis and client communication.
The Report Editor is perhaps one of the most underused features in AdWords. Rolled out toward the end of 2015, this tool allows you to analyze data within your account in a more visual, and sometimes more granular, view than the main reporting section can produce. In fact, you can even create some reports that previously required an export into Excel.
PPC managers can use the Report Editor in a number of ways to look at performance and use those metrics to optimize campaigns. In this article, we’ll walk through accessing this tool and using it to create some practical, and fascinating, reports.

 

 

Helpful Chrome Extensions for Digital Marketing Professionals

Published February 2, 2017
As digital marketers we’re always on the hunt for ways to improve speed and efficiency without sacrificing the analysis that leads to those campaign defining “Aha!” moments. That’s why there is an entire industry comprised of tools and platforms designed to make our jobs easier. One part of that industry is browser extensions that are created to provide at-a-glance details in a consolidated view.
While they may not necessarily make our work less complex, a number of these extensions can help you streamline tasks like testing analytics configuration and analyzing SEO metrics. In this article, we’ve listed several Chrome extensions that we recommend for improving your digital marketing workflow.

 

 

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.