Articles written in April, 2014

April 21 2014

Join MoreVisibility in May for a Google Analytics and Adwords Workshop

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On Thursday, May 1 MoreVisibility will be in Fort Lauderdale alongside representatives from Google to teach a new workshop, Advanced Tactics for AdWords & Analytics. This 3-hour workshop is a great opportunity for the South Florida business community to get expert training on two of digital marketing’s most important tools – Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

During the workshop, key members from our Search Engine Marketing and Analytics teams will join experts from Google to teach marketers and business leaders the latest advanced tactics in Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

Analytics_CertifiedPartnerThe workshop will focus on:

• Advanced tactics for Enhanced Campaigns
• Tracking improvements through Google Analytics
• Strategies to effectively leverage the Google Display Network
• Advanced targeting features to better define audiences

As a Google AdWords Partner and a Google Analytics Certified Partner, MoreVisibility is well-versed in how to leverage these tools to gain a competitive edge online. This is the second consecutive year that MoreVisibility has partnered with Google to offer this in-depth training to the South Florida community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best digital marketers in the business. Space at the workshop is limited. To register, click here.

Posted in: Analytics News

April 2 2014

Understanding Dimensions and Metrics within Google Analytics

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One thing that can be really frustrating in Google Analytics is when you understand the data that you want to see but when you try to drill down into the data, or create a custom report, you aren’t given the right combination of Metrics and Dimensions that you want. Because a lot of Google Analytics users have experienced this, I thought I’d break down both Dimensions and Metrics within GA, and shed some light onto what can and can’t be done with them.

Dimensions in Google Analytics

Dimensions are characteristics or descriptive attributes of an object. Simply put, they describe the data. A few examples of Dimensions are Campaign, City, Browser, Language, Source, and Medium. Dimensions will appear in all of your reports. However, depending on the type of report you are using, you may only see certain ones. Most reports give you the ability to have a Primary and Secondary dimension, which can be found under the Sparkline.

Google-Analytics-Dimensions

Tip: So you don’t confuse them, Dimensions will always be colored green when you add them or create Custom Reports.

Metrics in Google Analytics

Generally speaking, a Metric is a way to measure your data. A few examples of Metrics in Google Analytics are Unique Visitors, Average Visit Duration, Revenue, and Visits. Metrics can be found in the standard reports above the sparkline and will default depending on the specific report you are in.

Google-Analytics-Metrics

Tip: Just like with Dimensions, Metrics will always be colored blue when you add them or create Custom Reports.

Why Only Certain Dimensions Appear in Standard Reports

Not all Dimensions and Metrics make a valid combination, which is why they don’t appear in Standard Reports. However, you can create a Custom Report, which, depending what you’re trying to do, may let you pair them. But this may appear as “0” for that metric if the combination is not valid.

Google does have a very helpful reference tool that you can access here which will allow you to see what valid combinations are of Dimensions and Metrics.

Happy Analyzing!

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