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22 Oct, 2015

Dealing With ROI Rage: MarketingProfs B2B Presentation

By Ian Lurie

This is the last ‘here is what I presented’ links for a while, I promise. I just did this presentation at MarketingProfs B2B Forum (a conference I highly recommend, by the way). Here’s the deck: ROI Rage: Tying KPIs to Marketing Strategy and Tactics from Ian Lurie The Capybara are back!!! The links Google Analytics… Read More

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18 Aug, 2015

Quick Guide to Google Tag Manager Fundamentals Exams

By Timothy Gillman

Now is the perfect time to learn more about website tag management. Google Analytics (GA) Academy recently released their new Google Tag Manager (GTM) Fundamentals course, an excellent way for anyone to learn more about using this free tool. Why should I care about understanding tag management? Don’t Care. Take me to the guide, man.… Read More

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5 May, 2015

Mozinar Recap: Integrating Analytics & CRM Systems

By Michael Wiegand

This morning, I gave a webinar to Moz fans (a Mozinar, if you will) on a concept troubling a lot of B2B marketers today: truly “closed loop reporting” between analytics and customer relationship management platforms. Tracking the B2B Customer Lifecycle I talked through an ideal integration in true Moz fashion, with a whiteboard: I mentioned… Read More

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16 Apr, 2015

How to Solve 6 Brutal Problems in Google Analytics

By Timothy Gillman

Ever have one of those days where you’re digging through Google Analytics (GA) and you say to yourself “What the f*@$ is this s%$#!?!?” Yeah – me too. Don’t get me wrong – I love GA. It’s way easier to navigate than most of the other analytics platforms out there. But just like its users, GA… Read More

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22 Jan, 2015

The C Major Scale of Analytics

By Michael Wiegand

Anybody who’s been in this business for a while knows their ABCs: Acquisition Behavior Conversion It’s built into Google Analytics, for God’s sake: And it’s a tried and true methodology for measuring. Problem is, we’re measuring to take action. If the lifecycle begins and ends with acquisition and conversion, we’re missing a lot of workflow… Read More

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25 Sep, 2014

Webinar Recap: Measuring Intent With Google Analytics

By Michael Wiegand

Last week, I gave a free webinar on measuring mid-funnel activity using Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. If you missed it, here’s the recording: During the webinar, I made mention of several links and resources that would be available afterward. Here’s the link bundle containing everything: If you don’t have time for either… Read More

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9 Sep, 2014

Integrating Google Analytics & HubSpot

By Michael Wiegand

Google brought Universal Analytics (UA) out of beta earlier this year in April. It’s ushered in an exciting new era where integration with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems is possible. That kind of integration is the holy grail of web analytics — truly closed-loop reporting, from the time a visitor first hits your website, to when they become… Read More

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26 Jun, 2014

Measuring Mobile – Using Google Analytics to Prove Mobile Matters

By Timothy Gillman

Marketers: You can no longer ignore mobile. If your team has not regularly addressed mobile, that needs to change. But it’s hard to focus on mobile, right? Starting now, that’s going to change: By using simple reports with basic metrics you can easily grab the attention of your marketing department. And, we have made a… Read More

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8 Apr, 2014

3 Demographic Reports for Jedi Masters

By Timothy Gillman

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


27 Feb, 2014

Portent Webinar Recap: Next-Level Segmentation

By Michael Wiegand

Here’s a link to the segmentation deck: Portent Webinar: Next-Level Segmentation from Ian Lurie And the link bundle mentioned throughout Michael’s presentation today: Check back soon for video!

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31 Jan, 2014

Attribution-fu: Slides and video

By Ian Lurie

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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2 Jan, 2014

R.I.P Last Click Attribution

By Michael Wiegand

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

14 Nov, 2013

5 Delicious Analytics Custom Segments: Taste the Rainbow

By Michael Wiegand

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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6 Sep, 2013

The Big Content Real-Time Dashboard Template

By Portent Staff

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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29 Aug, 2013

The Blogger Dashboard: Google Analytics for Writers

By George Freitag

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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