April 19, 2024

Importance of Google Analytics

By Brian Willison

In Wednesday’s class we took a dive into Google Analytics and got a basic overview of how it works and how to read some of the data it provides. But to get anything out of the data a company must set goals to ensure their site becomes a driving force of revenue. According to Google Analytics & The Importance of Goals, companies need to put a greater importance on their websites “As a result of our growing dependence on the online world, businesses everywhere are ensuring that they have active, engaging and user-friendly websites.” It doesn’t matter if a company’s site is focused on e-commerce or just another marketing tool it is not an option to have it just sit there as it is important in the overall marketing process.

To engage with those online consumers, companies must keep their websites up to date and be user-friendly. With the help of e-commerce development tools like Google Analytics or HotJar, one can understand how consumers are interacting with the website. To successfully use that tool, it is of utmost importance to set goals to help track the progress of a website and be able to determine what are the driving forces and what things need to be changed. Whether it be duration, destination, or any other piece of data setting goal(s) should be one of the first things you do when looking at data provided.

When looking at the data for a website is important to determine what metrics matter and what ones don’t depend on the goals you have set and what you want your website to accomplish. When creating those goals the first thing is to decide what you want your website to accomplish whether it be for information, products, etc. it’s important to know to get the most out of the data provided. If you want to fine-tune your webpage and make it more effective in reaching consumers and determine what pages work and what pages need to be improved.

Google Analytics has become so important because it allows companies or individuals to track data from all of their platforms to help determine the strengths and weaknesses of each. With the increased importance in a user-friendly website it is important to keep up with the data that Google Analytics provides as it is only going to help improve your website and increase revenue and or visitors.

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2 thoughts on “Importance of Google Analytics

  1. Great post Brian! I completely agree with you on the importance of websites, even if its purpose isn’t for customer use. If a company has a live website, it should be important to them that it is user friendly, easy to navigate, and pleasing to look at, at the least. Whether or not your website is intended for customers, it should be set up with a logical flow that the average person would be able to figure out. Google Analytics provides a useful tool that is helpful for figuring out where to focus your efforts when structuring websites, but simplicity is important first. As you mentioned, it is so useful that Google Analytics provides the information necessary to create changes specific areas on your website to drives sales and customer interaction.

  2. I use Google Analytics for my own personal website and it is very revealing about user behavior while visiting my blog and online portfolio. One thing that really interests me is bounce and exit rate. I am constantly trying to figure out why someone might come to a page and then immediately leave after. For my blog, it makes sense if I link a post to Facebook. People come to read my post directly and then leave. But for new users, I am curious about their activity and exploration on my site. I like your analyzation on goals and their importance. I think that this is another important thing about Google Analytics, and more people should start using them to become successful with their goals and objectives in a business or campaign.

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