Google Analytics: Top 3 Reports to Run

Do you know if writing your blogs and sharing them is actually leading to more traffic? Is it helping you reach your business goals?

Maybe not yet, but I wanted to share some help reports through Google Analytics that will help you to see the benefit of the blogs you are writing. We use Google Analytics on nearly all of our client websites because it is free, it is user friendly, and even though some of the data is hidden, it allows us to make clear, actionable changes based on how users are interacting with a website.

Which Google Analytics reports should you run?Top three reports to run on Google Analytics

Report 1: Audience >> Location/Technology/Mobile Reports

BIMS Presentation – Introduction to Google AnalyticsHere take a look at the Location, Technology, and Mobile reports which will tell you:

  • Where your site visitors are coming from. If you are targeting a very specific location, you will want to make sure visitors are actually coming from here. Or, if you run a specialized campaign on Google Adwords for a conference, for example, you’ll be better understanding if these folks actually came to the site.
  • The Technology and Mobile reports allow you to see if folks are using one browser or device over others. This could sway marketing decisions in the future.
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Report 2: Acquisition >> Source/Medium Report

  • The Source/Medium report shows which sites drive traffic to your blog.
  • Within this report you can dive down to Keyword to see how your blogs are translating to organic traffic.

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Report 3: Behavior >> All Pages

  • The All Pages report will show you which pages people are viewing the most frequently.
  • It can give insights into other topics you should be blogging about.

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Each of these reports can be altered to provide more detail, but these will provide a good start to understanding how visitors get to and interact with your website and blog.

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New Webinar – Getting Started with Google Analytics

Google Analytics Webinar

Do you know how people interact with your website or even find your website?

If you have a business presence online, knowing how people find your website and what they do once they get there is incredibly important to convert leads and prospects into paying customers.

Join Caitlin McDonald, Co-founder of The BIMS Team, in our next webinar on April 26, 2016! In this webinar you will learn how to get started with Google Analytics!

In this webinar we will provide an overview of the key reports to:

  • Better understand the traffic to your website
  • Know what site visitors are doing once they get to your site
  • Implement changes to your website
When:
April 26th, 2016
Where:
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Time:
3:30-4:15pm MST

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Anyone with a computer and internet connection has the ability to manage a social media account. When done right, businesses can see huge boosts in brand recognition and sales. If managed poorly, social media can be the downfall of your business.

The BIMS Team prides itself on keeping on top of the best practices of digital marketing and Caitlin is excited to empower you to feel confident in your own ability to understand how people are interacting with your website and how to be found online.

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Benefits of Social Media Marketing

There are a lot of blog posts and articles which stresses the importance of
integrating social media into your marketing strategies. Most people believe that
social media platforms provide a great impact on a business’ lead generation and
sales.
Listed below are some of the benefits of social media marketing. Keep in mind,
though, that these benefits may not be seen overnight. You have to put in a great
deal of effort and wait for a few months in order to see significant results.

Communication
Social media platforms are created in order to share information and interact with
other people. To maximize your marketing efforts, it is best to develop a social
media marketing strategy that would encourage your followers to interact with you.
This has to be a two-way communication.

Networking
Social media does not only help you extend your reach and build new relationships.
It’s also a great place where you can deepen and maintain the existing ones.

Build a reputation
As a business owner, you know that having a good reputation is one of the most
important ingredients to success. While your marketing efforts are focused on
maintaining what has been created, social media marketing makes these benefits
more pronounced.

Drive traffic
While driving traffic to your site is the main reason why you decided to create a
social media account, this comes as a great bonus. You can post a link to your
newest post and see people click the link and visit your site.

Promotion
Social media platforms are also a great avenue for promotion. Promote your brand
or your newest products, provide information about them and increase awareness
about your brand. You can also use social media to promote your events. Capture
people’s attention, create buzz and invite them to attend your event.

Extend reach

There are millions of users who access their social media accounts on a daily basis.
With this, it would be easier to reach as much people within a single post.
With over 150 million registered users, Twitter has been named as the 9th most
popular website on the Internet as of May 2011

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Tracking Pinterest With Google Analytics

 

 

 

 

Social media’s latest trending site, Pinterest, has grown exponentially this past year. The site quickly went from a lesser-known network, to a top 100 site.

But, does Pinterest really get referrals? Are visits on Pinterest valuable to companies? How engaged are consumers on the site?

Using Google Analytics, you can measure how Pinterest is working for you.

1. Customized Reports

You can use custom reports to get a good analysis of Pinterest. These reports allow you to view only the information you want to view. If you just want to see the “pins” on Pinterest that sent visits to your site, or whether visitors have been to your site before, etc. you can get a specific custom report. Furthermore, you can select “Landing Page” as your secondary dimension to figure out which pictures/products from your site are pulling visitors from Pinterest to your site.

2. Referral Reports

If you want a simple way to track the number of visits coming to your site from Pinterest, this is a great tool. In Analytics, go to “Traffic Sources” and click “Referrals Report.” Then, if pinterest.com does not show up in your top 10 referrals, search “pinterest” at the top of the table. Even simpler, you can make a more advanced segment that shows just the traffic from Pinterest. Then you can add to your report by selecting a “goal set” in Analytics. If you have goals set up in Analytics, this tells you how Pinterest visits compare to the site on average.

3. Multi-Channel Funnel Reports

To see if Pinterest visits are converting, it can be tricky. Standard Google Analytics reports use “last click attribution,” which means Pinterest will only show a conversion if it was the last source of the visit that converts. So, this means that if someone comes to your site after visiting Pinterest, then returns to your site after using an organic search for your product, then makes a purchase, that purchase will not be attributed to Pinterest. In order to get a better idea of exactly how many conversions come from Pinterest, use the Multi-Channel Funnels reports in Google Analytics. First look at the “Assisted Conversions” report, and choose “Source/Medium”, then filter for Pinterest.

4. Dashboards

Google Analytics Dashboards give great views of your site’s activities. By adding widgets to your dashboard, you can see whatever information you want to see regularly. In tracking Pinterest, monitor things like daily visits from Pinterest, how long users stay on the site, how many pages they look at, etc. Dashboards will also help show which products seem to be resonating with Pinterest users, so you can effectively strategize your future content.

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