Is it your traffic changing- or how Google Analytics Tracks it?

James Standen Analytics, Google Analytics API, Google Analytics Data 1 Comment

Google Analytics is a fantastic web analytics tool- and it is improving constantly. One result of improvements and evolution, however, is that how data is collected and stored changes, and can change your metrics. Usually these step changes are subtle- in certain cases, depending on your traffic and situation they could be earth shifting. While these changes can sometimes be …

Analytics Canvas V1.2 released

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We are pleased to announce that V1.2 of Analytics Canvas is now available, both in the free trial, and for upgrade to our subscribers. This release of Analytics Canvas both keeps the application up to date with Google Analytics API changes, and adds some interesting new functionality. It makes it even easier to pull data from multiple Google Analytics Accounts …

4 reasons people think analytics data warehouses are super expensive and why they are not

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1) Reporting bias Maybe the main reason everyone thinks Data warehouses are expensive is because they’ve heard about a really expensive one. While one would think that you’d hear all about the really successful data warehouse projects, the reality often is that really spectacular failures catch our attention more and therefore get more widely reported/discussed 2) The need to buy …

There is no such thing as too much data!

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I’ve heard people say things like “don’t get bogged down in all that data- sometimes you have to go with your gut” or “you’ve got Analysis Paralysis- too much data!”. Let’s be clear on one thing- I believe there is such a thing as “Analysis paralysis” – but it’s never because you have too much data. If you find yourself …

How To Aggregate Traffic Sources in Google Analytics

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If you have to do reporting of your website traffic sources, you’ll notice that the raw data from Google Analytics is often somewhat, well, raw. For example, you might want to report how many visitors came to your website via Twitter- but google analytics will have multiple sources for this- “twitter.com”, “mobile.twitter.com”, as well as other clients- “twittergadget.com” or “hootsuite.com”. …