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Google Analytics Health Check

Peter Drucker famously said, “What gets measured gets managed.” But what if your data is wrong? What if you’re not measuring correctly or completely? What if there’s a whole pile of things you think you’re measuring when really…you’re not?

A lot of the people relying on Google Analytics are relying on bad data. No, not because Google Analytics is awful. Because their configurations are broken. That’s why you need to conduct a Google Analytics audit.

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Behavior-Based Attribution Using Google BigQuery ML

Why create a custom attribution tool? Because with out-of-the-box tools, you’re limited by their functionality, data transformations, models, and heuristics.

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Google BigQuery: A Tutorial for Marketers

When it comes to Google BigQuery, there are plenty of articles and online courses out there. Most are “tech to tech” explanations—which are great. But they can be intimidating for those beginning their marketing-to-tech journey.

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10 Google Analytics Reports That Tell You Where Your Site is Leaking Money

Your website is leaking money. Everybody’s is.

The first step toward plugging the leaks is identifying where the leaks are. Which funnel steps, which layers of your site, which specific pages are leaking money? Google Analytics can provide answers.

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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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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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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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For many, Google Analytics 360 is a black box. Marketing and sales collateral from Google is spartan, and common refrains about key features—like unsampled data—seem unworthy of a six-figure bill for most sites.

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Analyzing the customer journey is pivotal to conversion optimization. But how do you track user journeys in a way that is digestible, visual, and useful?

With funnels, of course! Funnel tracking in Google Analytics is one of the best ways to identify—in detail—where you’re going wrong.

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Hi, I'm Peep Laja—founder of CXL. I'm a former champion of optimization and experimentation turned business builder.

I do a lot of thinking, reading, and writing around business, strategy, and optimization. I send a weekly newsletter with what's on my mind on this stuff.

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