I strongly believe that any business, regardless of size, can benefit enormously by using web analytics to measure and understand the effectiveness of its digital marketing campaigns. I have written a number of articles on this topic, and regularly present my views to anyone prepared to listen. I remain surprised, however, at the number of businesses, who don’t make use of any form of measurement, let alone an analytics toolset, to measure the outcomes of their marketing campaigns.
I sense that a lot of small businesses, in particular, shy away from analytics as they perceive it to be difficult to understand. Where they do get involved there is a tendency to deal only in the easy to understand, yet largely unhelpful, detail such as numbers of visits. Now analytics does have the potential to be all consuming, very complex, and demanding of a level of technical competence. However it can also be reasonably straight forward and still provide an invaluable insight into how effective your marketing campaigns really are. The key is to define one or two measurements that are important to you and can be directly linked to driving more business. With these measures defined it is merely a case of defining a web outcome that encourages visitors to complete an action that supports these outcomes.
Ok, so that’s the context. Now let me offer some resources that can help you to frame an analytics environment which will work for your business.
Setting the scene
I have selected the following links to resources that help to set the scene:
- Why You Need Marketing Analytics, Not Web Analytics
- A Marketer’s Guide to Picking the Perfect Analytics Tool
- How to Use Web Analytics to Become a Better Marketer
- Web Analytics: 3 basic insights to get you started
- Marketing Analytics: How Do You Decide What to Measure?
Getting stuck in
These articles offer some guidance on how to set up an approach to gathering and analysing data:
- Web Analytics Consulting: A Simple Framework For Smarter Decisions
- How To Get Actionable Data From Google Analytics & Answer The “So What?” Question
- Web analytics – meaningful measures part 5
- A Simple, Practical Web Analytics Calendar for Entrepreneurs
- Article: Marketers Find Less than Half of Analytics Useful for Decision-Making
The following articles help to set a wider context and are taken from articles I have curated on Scoop.it, or appear elsewhere on my blog:
www.scoop.itMonday, August 13, 2012 7:39:56 AM
Say, you rank for a thousand keywords. So what? Is it bad or is it good? Should you be ranking for millions keywords? Or, should you be dancing a victory dance? You will not be able to navigate your data without actionable analytics reports.
www.scoop.itWednesday, August 22, 2012 12:39:06 PM
As one of the most treasured applications throughout the online marketing world, Google Analytics provides helpful statistics that can also be used for social media platforms.
www.scoop.itFriday, July 27, 2012 7:27:35 AM
Google Analytics users now have access to several helpful and time-saving improvements to the content experiments tool. You can now set up relative URLs, copy a previous experiment and see graphs for metrics like site usage, goal set and ecommerce.
wsiebusiness.co.ukWednesday, July 11, 2012 3:47:42 PM
|Too many businesses still seem to be hung up on the drive to appear on the first page of Google as a result of searching for their brand, product or service. Although not as prevalent as it has been, this objective is often driven by vanity rather than business purpose. Clearly there are [...]Tags: GoogleGoogle AnalyticsLanding Pagemarketing strategysearch engine resultssearch resultsSERP
The end (at last)
I hope I have provided a useful array of resources, that are not too over-whelming. If you want more information of further specialist resources do let me know and I will try to point you in the right direction.
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