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persuades Analytics

17 Aug, 2012

Data That Persuades: My SES presentation, with notes

By Ian Lurie

I gave a talk titled Data That Persuades at SES San Francisco yesterday. I’d like to say it was a fantastic home run, but I was bleary-eyed and out of it, and I think some of my points didn’t totally get across. So, I just finished an annotated version: All my slides, with notes explaining… Read More

Analytics

16 Aug, 2012

Google Analytics Remarketing Lists Beta: Quick Start Guide

By Michael Wiegand

Google AdWords (AW) Remarketing has been a brilliant tool from the outset, but let’s not kid ourselves – it’s a bit of a chore to set up. You have to generate yet another tracking code, tag various pages on your site with it and wait for those pixels to gather precious user cookies. Google –… Read More

The Dashboard Analytics

25 Apr, 2012

SEO Analytics, Middle Earth-Style

By Ian Lurie

Who saved Middle Earth? No, not Frodo. His will shredded like wet toilet paper. Gollum took the lava bath, destroyed the ring, and saved everyone from a 36″ Dark Lord. Does he get any credit? Nooooooo. Nine-fingered Frodo is the hero. The ladies all swoon at Legolas and Aragorn. But not poor Gollum. Internet marketers,… Read More

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5 Apr, 2012

The Perfect Google Analytics Dashboard

By Michael Wiegand

Building dashboards is a big to-do for any marketing professional. The temptation is to cram it full of juicy data and a novel worth of narrative explaining said data. Well, you shouldn’t. Trust me. There is such a thing as the perfect dashboard. And I’ve already built it for you. The Anatomy of the Perfect… Read More

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20 Jan, 2012

Google Analytics Tutorial: Install (updated)

By Ian Lurie

I noticed that my original Google Analytics video tutorial is a wee bit out of date. Like, 4 years out of date. So, here’s a new basic install video:

Analytics

4 Jan, 2012

Google’s (not provided): A potential solution

By Ian Lurie

If you’re in the SEO world, you’ve heard a lot about the ‘not provided’ statistic: Google is now hiding the key phrases logged-in Google users enter to find your site. So, if you go into Google Analytics (or any other analytics software), you’ll see something like this: Instead of a full keyword report, you get… Read More

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4 Jan, 2012

Making cats into turnips: Using Google Webmaster Tools query data

By Ian Lurie

A long time ago, alchemists tried to turn lead into gold. They were pikers. Compared to digging keyword data out of the Google’s lovely (not provided) statistic, lead into gold woulda been a cinch. But I’m stubborn. So, I’ve pulled a bunch of keyword analytics data from Google Analytics, and the Search Queries report from… Read More

kwassassination Analytics

13 Dec, 2011

All I want for Christmas is my keywords back

By Ian Lurie

I’d promised myself I’d stop ranting about Google’s ongoing analytics assassination. But I checked my data for this blog, today, and I’m missing 19.5% of my keyword data: Google. What. The. Hell. I know, I know: I’m supposed to use Google Webmaster Tools to look at search queries. So, I toddle over there and take… Read More

googlerealtime Analytics

10 Nov, 2011

5 cool uses for Google Real-Time Analytics

By Ian Lurie

Google Analytics now has this cool, real-time stats dashboard. At first, I thought it was just fluff—something to use up my spare 2 minutes/day. But, it’s really handy. I’ve found five good uses for it so far: Test social media posts in real time: Send out a tweet, and then watch the result. Send a… Read More

Analytics

29 Sep, 2011

Opportunity Analysis using Multi-Channel Funnels

By Michael Wiegand

Multi-Channel Funnels (MCF) can provide a lot of valuable data about the entire multi-touch conversion process. But the most common question I’ve heard from people in this industry is – okay, but what do I do with this? Today I’m going to step through using MCF for opportunity analysis both in Paid Search and Organic… Read More

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23 Sep, 2011

SEO/social reporting with Google Spreadsheets

By Ian Lurie

I was sure I’d get crushed by a falling NASA satellite today. It didn’t happen, but it was very motivating. I completed my legacy to the marketing world: A Google Spreadsheet that automatically grabs everything from Linkscape data to Google Analytics numbers to Twitter follower counts. It’s purty: More important, I’ve provided a link to… Read More

seo-balanced-month Analytics

7 Sep, 2011

SEO statistics: Predicting traffic growth

By Ian Lurie

Prospective clients always want to know: What kind of impact will SEO have? How much traffic will I get? I’m an empirical guy. I want to give an answer. But based on what? Well, I did some serious digging into traffic patterns over time across 200 Portent clients, and I have some answers. Warning: This… Read More

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12 Aug, 2011

Google analytics video: Diagnosing lost SEO keywords

By Ian Lurie

Since I ranted about internet marketing training yesterday, I thought I’d post a video I just did for the team. This one’s a really quick look at Google Analytics, and how to do a fast analysis of lost organic search traffic: Quickly find and diagnose lost keyword-specific traffic in Google Analytics. I never build these… Read More

Analytics

24 Jun, 2011

the Advanced Google Analytics Cheat Sheet

By Matt Gratt

Google Analytics is Hard Google Analytics is tricky. There are cookies, utm_codes, and lots of counterintuitive definitions. As Kanye West would say, “It’s enough to drive a sane man biz-erk.” Can’t Someone Put This All in One Place? When I was studying for the Google Analytics Individual Qualification, I was overwhelmed by the number of… Read More

Analytics

23 Jun, 2011

10 kick-ass features in Google Analytics v5

By Ian Lurie

It’s no secret I’m a Google Analytics fan. But Google Analytics version 5, coming soon to a browser near you, addresses some major shortcomings. Here are ten features you’ll want to check out, the moment they’re available: 1: Multi-touch attribution Important note: This is a separate beta and is rolling out on its own. So… Read More