Today, digital marketing trends change at lightning speed and it’s sometimes difficult to keep up. Help is at hand, however - tools such as Google Analytics can provide powerful insights into market trends and user behaviour. Whether you're trying to understand user behaviour on your website or looking at wider industry trends, the key is to understand the data.
Google Analytics helps you do this.
Step one is to define your objectives. What do you want to achieve? Do you just want to assess your website’s performance or something more? For most companies, generating leads and traffic is the main objective. According to a recent HubSpot survey, 61% of respondents say this is their priority.
To measure and assess your website performance, UK-based SEO agencies recommend deploying professional analytics tools - the most popular among these is Google Analytics. And it’s free! This guide is designed to help you use the power of Google Analytics to its full potential.
Google Analytics is a bit of software that monitors and tracks user behaviour on your website. It can tell you how people found your site, how many people are visiting and where they are coming from, what they do when they get to your site, pages they liked and didn’t like, whether they purchased anything, etc. All useful stuff. All this information can be fed back into your marketing activities to generate more traffic and provide customers with a better user experience. In addition, if you use Google Ads, Google Analytics can tell you how effective those ads are - are they driving the right people to your website?
You can set up a Google Analytics account for free using a Gmail account. One Google Analytics account can monitor more than one website.
Google Analytics uses this code to monitor behaviour. If you don't include this code on each page, you can get distorted results. If your site is developed using something like WordPress, integrating the analytics tracking code is simple - just add the ID code to your website's template header. Alternatively, the tracking code can be entered manually into each page. Once this is done, you can now begin configuring Google Analytics so that it records exactly the information you want.
One of the most powerful tools is the ability to create, edit and share goals in Google Analytics. Goals are specific activities that you want your site visitors to complete. For example, if you sell items on your website, one of your goals will be for customers to click on the "confirm purchase" tab. Other examples of goals are:
If you use Google Ads, you can connect those ads to your Google Analytics account. This will give you insights on how effective your ad is, how many people it drives to your site, how long visitors stay on your site after engaging with your ads and how many purchases are made by those visitors.
We hope this has given you some insight into what you can do with Google Analytics. It’s a powerful tool that provides great marketing insights and gives you the information to really understand your website users. As we have already noted, it’s free to make it part of your marketing arsenal - you won’t regret it.
by Idrees Shafiq | 16 Sep 21
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