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Timothy Gillman 8 Apr, 2014

3 Demographic Reports for Jedi Masters

As an analytics nerd people often assume I’m a Star Wars geek. And they’re absolutely right! While learning about Demographic Reporting in Google Analytics, I found plenty of data analysis aspects similar to one Star Wars character: Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is beloved, powerful, and he is wise. But during the latter stages of his Jedi… Read More

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Ian Lurie 31 Jan, 2014

Attribution-fu: Slides and video

If you’re going to grow a marketing campaign beyond last-click converters, you have to know how to attribute value to channels that support conversion in other ways. A classic example: You’re running a social media campaign. Your client wants to turn it off, because they see zero conversions. But you know social media supports other… Read More

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Michael Wiegand 2 Jan, 2014

R.I.P Last Click Attribution

You heard me right. Last Click Attribution (LCA) is dead. This isn’t one of those hoaxes like with Andy Kaufman or SEO. LCA was a doomed model for a number of reasons. But for me, it no longer applies to the world we live in now. And it barely applied before. LCA will only stay… Read More

5 Delicious Analytics Custom Segments: Taste the Rainbow Analytics

Michael Wiegand 14 Nov, 2013

5 Delicious Analytics Custom Segments: Taste the Rainbow

I was the kid who sorted out Skittles by color. My favorite flavor was lime, which they’ve since changed to green apple — an atrocity if you ask me. That isn’t my point today, but I think it’s influenced how I work as a marketer. Google Analytics has done a lot of work around their… Read More

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Rebecca Bridge 6 Sep, 2013

The Big Content Real-Time Dashboard Template

You’ve heard the saying “content is king!” so many times by now that it’s become a joke. A joke that isn’t funny and doesn’t even accurately depict the real role of content. Content is what your visitors see when they come to your site. It’s how you engage with them. It is the key to… Read More

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George Freitag 29 Aug, 2013

The Blogger Dashboard: Google Analytics for Writers

If you’re on this site and you’re a blogger, chances are you’ve already read a few dozen articles about how great Google Analytics is. And they’re all right. You should absolutely use Google Analytics. It’s free, incredibly versatile, and chock-full of useful data about what people are doing on your site. The only problem is… Read More

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Ian Lurie 12 Jun, 2013

Google Webmaster Tools Query Data is Worthless

The short version, if you want to skip me ranting like a lunatic: Google Webmaster Tools query data is, as far as I can tell, completely, 100% useless. It’s not a good ‘relative comparison.’ It’s so wrong that it might actually be a bad idea to use it at all. Now, here’s the whole, tragic… Read More

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Ian Lurie 18 Apr, 2013

Be Understood: Data Visualization Slides from EMetrics Summit SF

I’ve talked about data visualization a few times now. Every time, I change the presentation, adding stuff, tweaking it, etc. This is the latest version. It’s not annotated (sorry) but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Have a look: There’s also a growing link bundle here that has all the stuff I reference. Oh, and hey: If you… Read More

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Aviva Jorstad 20 Nov, 2012

3 Hidden Optimization Tips in Google Analytics

It’s no accident that Google Analytics is the most widely used analytics platform on the web. According to W3Techs, and cited by TechCrunch, GA has an overwhelming market share among web analytics platforms at 81.9%, and is used by more than 55% of the top 10,000 sites. Beloved for its intuitive format and multi-dimensional reporting abilities,… Read More

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Josh Patrice 25 Oct, 2012

Google Analytics Tips for Small Businesses

You’re a small business and you’ve got a decent website—but you’re not sure how it’s doing. What you need is Google Analytics (GA), but you’re not sure what to make of all the reporting options. Don’t worry, we can help. What’s Important in Google Analytics? For a small business, the most complex reports aren’t going… Read More

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