Google Analytics: a free service that will overwhelm you with tons of invaluable data and a multi-functional machine that will support online marketing in your business. What else do you need to know about this Swiss Army knife among analytical tools?
A marketer is the 21st-century counterpart of the Renaissance man. They have to be versatile and creative. They should be up to date with the latest trends and keep their finger on the pulse of the world.
However, hard data was, is, and will be for a long time to come the most important element of their know-how.
This is where Google Analytics comes in handy – a hub that receives the latest information 24 hours a day.
If you only find time to study the ocean of possibilities of this tool, GA will offer you free access to a mine of knowledge about the behaviour of Internet users visiting your website.
Some data you can get from GA:
How fresh is the data captured by Google Analytics? As much as possible! One of the options of this tool enables you to even track data live.
Just click “real-time report” to see how modern online marketing works in practice:
1) Do you publish articles from your company blog on Facebook? A real-time report will immediately show you a map where you can see who clicks the link to your piece and where from.
2) Have you released your morning newsletter to your readers? Make a coffee and enjoy the view of an avalanche of opened e-mails.
3) Someone shared some unfavourable news from your site? Keep track of the tide of human emotions as it rises and is about to trigger an Internet tsunami.
Media monitoring, such as that offered by the Inforia application, consists in tracking a selected phrase in many sources of information: beginning from print media, through radio, television, and finishing with online sources.
GA can, in a sense, can also be viewed as a monitoring tool. The difference, however, is that the Google service tracks only one source: the website it is connected to.
By the way, GA indirectly collects data also from places cooperating with a given website. For example, it measures PR effectiveness of newsletters sent or posts published on social media.
Unlike Inforia, which always provides reliable information, in some cases the GA can be wrong (and significantly wrong). It is enough to make a mistake in the configuration of this tool to start drowning in a flood of erroneous data.
The mere acquisition of false information is not a threat. However, it becomes dangerous when you start to draw far-reaching conclusions or make decisions important for your company.
Google Analytics is a gold mine, but you won’t find everything there.
The second source of knowledge about the behaviour of Internet users is the free Google Search Console. Thanks to GSC, you will know the position of your home page and all subpages for the entire group of phrases entered by users into the Google search engine.
You will also check, among other things, the words or strings of words thanks to which people find their way to your website. Regular reading of these phrases will mercilessly prove to you how little you still know your customers!
The cost of connecting Google Analytics to your website is exactly zero zlotys. However, the connection itself is not enough. You will need to spend time setting up the service and learning to make use of the many features it offers.
In the world of business, especially that based on the Internet, lack of up-to-date data is punishable by something worse than death: lack of customers. Or at least – a serious impediment to development.
Opting out of Google Analytics cuts you off from invaluable knowledge about the behaviour of visitors to your website. It is worth calculating whether such nonchalance will pay off.