Digital Analytics

Mobile App Analytics

Where should you start with your mobile app analytics?

If you’re launching a mobile app, you’ve likely considered the differences between optimizing a simple site and a mobile app or game. But have you considered how the measurement and data analysis process will be different?

Without a definitive plan and deep understanding of the fundamentals, your mobile app data will get complicated quickly. There are new tools, new terminology, new reports, new rules for efficiency, and so on.

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Data Blending: What You Can (and Can't) Do in Google Data Studio

Over the last 18 months or so, Google Data Studio has evolved from an appealing but clunky application to a tool that we recommend to any digital marketer.

Data Studio allows you to communicate data simply and in a repeatable format, and their expanded integrations, customizations, and editability have made Data Studio dashboards extremely powerful.

A relatively new feature, data blending, came out last year. This underused function can do a lot of cool things; it also has some limitations. Once you’ve got your head around the basics, the possibilities are endless.

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Google Analytics 102: How To Set Up Goals, Segments, and Events

Some of you out there may find this Google Analytics feature overview to be mostly a review. That’s awesome! That means you’re really taking ownership of your data. However, if you’ve never used any of these features, only experimented with them a little, or aren’t sure you’re using them correctly, you should read on.

From the time you set up your account and put your tracking code on your site, Google Analytics starts to capture and display a lot of data.

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The Essential SaaS Metrics for Growth

“If you cannot measure it,” declared Lord Kelvin, “you cannot improve it.” Perhaps SaaS companies have taken this advice too literally. 

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Propensity Modeling: Using Data (and Expertise) to Predict Behavior

C.F. Kettering once said, “My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”

When we look at data and analytics, we’re focused on the past. How did we do last quarter? What happened H1 2019? And how does that compare to H1 2018? How well did landing pages X, Y, and Z convert last Monday at 1:03 p.m.? (I’m kidding, I’m kidding.)

Data becomes more valuable when we use it to predict the future instead of just analyzing the past. That’s where propensity modeling comes in.

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How to Use Google Data Studio for Client Reporting

“Getting great results” and “creating great reports” are very different skill sets. If you’re like most marketers, you’d rather sharpen your subject-matter expertise than spend time in PowerPoint.

The result is that reporting becomes an afterthought rather than an opportunity—a “necessary evil” with imperfect solutions:

  • Manual reporting is too time-consuming, but it’s been the only way to report on the right platforms with the right analysis.
  • Automated dashboard reports save time but bring limited functionality and don’t help clients understand the story behind the scorecards.
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heat maps

Heat maps are a popular conversion optimization tool, but are they really that useful?

It’s easy to say that they help you see what users are doing on your site. Sure, of course—but lots of other methods do that too, and perhaps with greater accuracy.

So what can heat maps answer?

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google analytics intelligence search bar.

Google Analytics Intelligence has an alluring promise—that you can skip the manual digging and get quick answers. But will you actually get the data you want?

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Google Analytics 101: How to Set Up Google Analytics

After reading some subscriber feedback, we noticed that many CXL readers didn’t have a solid foundation regarding a proper Google Analytics setup.

That’s a problem. If Google Analytics isn’t configured properly, how do you expect to gather any insight?

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Form Analytics: What You Can Track and How to Track It

You spend plenty of marketing dollars trying to get someone to your form. But how much goes to waste at that stage? According to data from Formisimo, roughly two-thirds of those who start filling out a form never complete it.

Why? If you’re not tracking form analytics, you don’t know. The data between a pageview and a form completion (or abandonment) is missing.

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