Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 3)

Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 3)

October 29, 2014

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In this third post in our 4 post series on Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce reports, we take a look at three reports — the newly revised Product Performance and Sales Performance reports, as well as the brand new Product List Performance report.

You’ll learn how reports are more focused on revenue, now include product returns, help track performance of product list displays, how eCommerce Reports can be creatively used to track non-commerce site activity, and more.

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Why Your Email Campaign Tracking Might Be Wrong

Why Your Email Campaign Tracking Might Be Wrong

August 26, 2014

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We all strive for more granularity in our analytics data.

For email campaign tagging, we want to know the campaign name, the time it was sent out, the list name, and much more. This is great if all links within the email are using the same UTM campaign parameters.

What if you decide to put the area of the email or the link name itself in the utm_content parameter so that there are a lot of different Google Analytics UTM campaign parameter values within a single email?

Do you think this could cause a problem with your analytics data? It sure does! Especially in a long, high engaging email newsletter like Houzz’s Updates where the user is likely to click multiple links.

We’ll help you understand the implications of this issue, and provide a custom email campaign tracking solution so that you don’t have to sacrifice important granular data. Plus, make it easier for you to take action on your email data!

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6 Steps to Drive Action from Google Analytics with Tableau

6 Steps to Drive Action from Google Analytics with Tableau

August 16, 2014

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Instead of focusing on business questions, people tend to enter a state of over-thinking and over-analyzing a situation so that a decision or action is never taken. This is known as analysis paralysis.

In this article we present an easy to follow 6 step framework to overcome this increasingly common problem with a structured analytical approach and the incredible data visualization tool – Tableau. This will empower you to generate a solid ROAI (Return On Analytics Investment) by improving your ability to take action on Google Analytics data. Gold star and a raise for you!

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How to Write Better PPC Text Ads

How to Write Better PPC Text Ads

July 25, 2014

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As a Paid Search Marketing Strategist at Blast, I was thrilled to attend MECLABS Web Optimization Summit held in NYC in late May. It was awesome to share and learn from so many like-minded marketing optimization industry leaders.

At Blast, we are a goal and data driven group. As such, we’ve developed frameworks that allow us to rapidly optimize and improve performance, producing the greatest gains for our clients. In this article we are sharing straightforward tips on how we have learned to create measurably better paid search ads. In fact, you’ll find ad examples and an easy-to-use PPC Ad Copy Writing Template that will help you write better PPC text ads.

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Google Analytics Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 2)

Google Analytics Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 2)

July 18, 2014

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Continuing on from part one in this four part blog series on Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce reports, where I discuss the new Ecommerce Overview report. I am now taking a first look at the Shopping Analysis reports.

First up, is the Shopping Behavior Analysis report, followed by a review of the Checkout Behavior Analysis report.

Spoiler alert…there is a valuable surprise that we uncover in the Shopping Behavior Report which simplifies creating custom ecommerce segments.

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May 30, 2014

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Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis

New, enhanced ecommerce reports in Google Analytics empower ecommerce retailers!

For those of you ecommerce retailers who’ve previously been hesitant about Google’s commitment to more in-depth ecommerce reporting, you are about to have a serious increase in new reporting data to crunch and optimize your ecommerce funnel. Specifically, online retailers can now analyze shopping behavior, marketing campaign impact, internal promotion influence, sales by affiliate, coupon code redemption, refund activity, merchandising/product mix, and import product metadata to enrich your analysis.

We had the opportunity to work with a large ecommerce retailer to put these new features into action during Google’s confidential beta release period. Read on to see ecommerce report examples from a real implementation, and stay tuned for three more parts in this enhanced ecommerce blog post series.

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April 10, 2014

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How to Track & Analyze Scroll Depth in Google Analytics

Sooner or later, you’re going to want to know how deep users scroll on a page.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could track vertical scroll percentage of page and view it easily in Google Analytics? Good news…in this blog post we’ll educate you on the virtues of tracking scroll depth, show you how to setup scroll tracking, create custom scroll tracking reports, create custom segments for actionable analysis, and most importantly, we’ll give you the code.

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February 27, 2014

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How to Use Dimension Widening to Improve Affiliate Reporting

A client of ours, Alibris, that runs a significant volume of email campaigns recently came to Blast Analytics & Marketing looking for a solution to their affiliate reporting challenge. Being a company with tens of thousands of affiliate sellers, their email campaigns routinely get tagged with an encoded source code to mask the affiliate’s real name. This blog post shows how Google Analytics’ Dimension Widening paved the way to construction of a custom report where the analyst could see the actual name of the affiliate and not have to manually look up an encoded source code in a large table.

(Keep in mind, that this dimension widening solution can be applied to a wide variety of similar reporting challenges and is not just for this specific affiliate use case.)

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November 25, 2013

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4 Helpful Tips to Avoid Risk with Google Tag Manager

While the majority of sites may use Google Tag Management to insert marketing tag code via the default Google Tag Manager templates it provides — some of us make heavy use of the Custom HTML tag.

The Custom HTML tag poses a major risk since the custom code inserted could potentially break your site’s functionality.

Let us ease your mind…there is nothing to worry about. We have four helpful tips to bring your risk down to near zero.

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November 17, 2013

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How to get Unsampled Data from Google Analytics

For those of you who are using Google Analytics Standard on a website that receives over 500,000 visits a month, you are likely hitting a frustrating obstacle in your analysis; sampled data.

Want to make good business decisions? You need data you can trust. You can’t trust sampled data.

While you evaluate upgrading to Google Analytics Premium; what can you do about sampling? This post describes a new solution that will help you easily obtain unsampled data from Google Analytics.

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October 21, 2013

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How To Create Awesome SEO Data Visualization with Tableau

Let’s face it, we’re visual creatures. We’d much rather read and interpret visual data than have to dive into a numbers-packed spreadsheet. This goes double for time-crunched executives. How many times have you presented a data table to management, and not received the response you’re looking for?

Data Tables like this can be rich in insight but are often dull and difficult to understand. They require interpretation and patient explanation.

Bottom line: Presentation matters. What you need is truly awesome data visualization that’s easy to understand, great to look at and rich with actionable insight. Check out these four SEO Data Visualization report examples that we share the strategy behind and that you can download and edit for your own use.

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October 8, 2013

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New Crowdsourced Google Analytics Solutions Gallery Gives You Quick, Easy Insight

Are you looking for ideas on advanced segments, dashboards, and custom reports? Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly import pre-built solutions from the Google Analytics community? Check out latest release of Google Analytics Solutions Gallery!

Good news! Google has come to the aid of those looking for an easy way to add pre-configured dashboards, segments and custom reports to their Google Analytics account. The ‘Google Analytics – Solutions Gallery’ provides a centralized resource for user submitted solutions that address a variety of business needs. Over time we see this growing into an invaluable hub of resources for users looking to strengthen their understanding of their data.

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September 13, 2013

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How to Use the Universal Analytics Measurement Protocol to Integrate with SmartThings

With great new products like SmartThings intelligent device sensors coming out, we’re inspired to do some cool offline tracking tests using Google’s Universal Analytics robust Measurement Protocol. To get inspired yourself by the offline tracking possibilities, read this funny story of how we coupled Google Universal Analytics’ with SmartThings devices to track offline activity within our office and have it reported inside Google Analytics real-time event reports.

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September 9, 2013

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7 Key Takeaways from the Data Driven Conference (DDC) 2013

I was happy to attend the very first Data Driven Conference 2013 (DDC2013), hosted by Mixpanel. DDC 2013 brought together some of the smartest data-driven people in technology for an afternoon of unscripted conversations on how the data driven approach is impacting all aspects of business from product development and design, to marketing and customer communications.

Overall, the theme of DDC was centered around the idea that industries need to break away from how they traditionally treat data. Read on for the 7 important ‘chunks’ of information that I took away from the conference, including thoughts on data collection challenges and a collection of solid Big Data analytics tips.

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September 4, 2013

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How to Track Downloads & Outbound Links in Universal Analytics

By default Google Analytics does not track file downloads, email, telephone or other outbound link clicks automatically. We developed dynamic outbound link / download tracking code a couple years ago to address this and due to the popularity, we revisit it from time to time as the Google Analytics platform evolves. The latest evolution addresses the new Universal Analytics syntax, which includes a feature that leverages the new hit callback functionality.

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August 25, 2013

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In-Store (Offline) Tracking with Google’s Universal Analytics

Can you imagine counting the in-store purchase as part of a more complete conversion path from campaign, to landing page, to intermediate conversion steps, to online, AND now, to offline transaction? We now have the ability to help you send offline activities occurring in brick and mortar stores to Google Analytics using Universal Analytics.

This new type of tracking offline conversions can allow you to measure the success of your offline coupons, identify how people that bought in-store found your website, and much more. In this post, Paul shares a hypothetical scenario of using Universal Analytics to track offline conversions; specifically, a sale made at a brick and mortar store. Read on to explore how to bring this new offline sales data into your analytics!

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July 16, 2013

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Using Google Universal Analytics with PhoneGap Apps

We come across unique tracking issues all of the time at Blast. These range from advanced widget/tool tracking to very detailed data collection for inline listings on a website. Our technical team has encountered many unique situations and we absolutely love the challenge when we take on work that pushes the limits of Google Analytics and we are able to build a solution that provides value to our clients. Read on to learn about one such unique request that we recently received. We provided a solution for getting mobile application tracking on the PhoneGap framework to work correctly in Universal Analytics.

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