Digital Analytics

What is happening, where and how much? Practitioner-written articles on digital analytics and tag managers.

Micro funnels: What They Are and How to Use Them

Lead generation is vital for any business. Once you’re generating some leads, the next logical step is to improve the conversion rate.

Depending on your niche, there are different tactics and methods for improving conversions. One you may not have heard of is creating and optimizing micro funnels.

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Want to Build an Amazing MarTech Stack? Avoid These 12 Mistakes

You want to do amazing marketing. You want to empower your team, collect the right data, create unique content, automate funnels, personalize communication, report with ease, act on insight, and achieve the snowball effect.

If you’ve read my book or taken my course, you know that marketing technology is vital to your success. Now, you’re ready to learn about the mistakes that marketers have made—so you can avoid them, build marketing leadership skills, and get ahead faster.

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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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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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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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