Detecting and avoiding sampling in Google Analytics just got easier

James Standen Analytics Canvas Tool, Avoiding sampling 1 Comment

Sampling in Google Analytics helps speed up the response from GA, but it can serious affect the accuracy of the data you are looking at. Fortunately, Google Analytics has a great API, and with Analytics Canvas you can use a visual interface to get at your data, know when sampling is happening, and in many cases eliminate it. In our …

BigQuery SQL Generation demo at GA Summit

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A few weeks ago, hundreds of die hard Google Analytics types converged on San Francisco from all over the world for the Google Analytics Summit. The attendees included Google Analytics Certified Partners, Google Analytics Premium customers, and a small group of Technology partners (including Analytics Canvas). We were invited by Google to present our latest developments to the attendees, and …

Introducing Analytics Canvas Premium- get full API access to premium features including the upcoming Big Query

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Enterprises that have serious analytics needs can invest in Google Analytics Premium for a true enterprise solution. Now, to ensure that they can take advantage of a wide range of new features Google has provided for GA Premium, Analytics Canvas announces Analytics Canvas Premium. This special edition of Analytics Canvas is specially created to deal with the serious data needs …

Google Analytics and Google BigQuery- Oh My!

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Googles announcement at Google IO that session and hit data was going to be available in Google BigQuery marks a significant milestone in Google Analytics relentless drive into the Enterprise analytics market. UPDATE: Check out how Analytics Canvas is the tool for BigQuery GA Premium integration with SQL Generation. Google mentions a number of scenarios that become possible with this …

How to eliminate sampling by using the Google Analytics API

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Sampling can drastically reduce the accuracy of data queried from Google Analytics, but by using the API in many cases it can be eliminated. Google Analytics is clearly an enterprise capable analytics platform. As higher and higher traffic websites take advantage of its features, Google has put in place some limits on how much data can be included in a …

Analytics Canvas at the Google Analytics Summit 2012

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Last week in Mountainview at the Computer science history museum, Google analytics certified partners, Google Analytics Premium customers, Googlers and a select group of five software vendors attended the annual Google Analytics Summit. Analytics Canvas was proud to have been invited again this year by Google to present our latest version and participate. This was a particularly exciting summit, as …

Google Analytics fast access mode and accuracy

James Standen Analytics Canvas Tool, Avoiding sampling, Google Analytics Premium 2 Comments

Mark Twain popularised the expression “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics”. It is a phrase that I think reminds us that when working with numbers, we have to be careful with the analysis we do. Statistical sampling is a very valid way to come up with accurate, useful measurement from very large sets of data. …

How to avoid Google Analytics fast access mode

James Standen Analytics Canvas Tool, Avoiding sampling, Google Analytics API 1 Comment

We all love Google Analytics- it is a wonderful tool, great features, great price, but if you have a high traffic website, it won’t always give you all your data. So how do you avoid fast access mode? How can you eliminate sampling? You need break your request to Google into smaller chunks, so each request is less than the …

Google Analytics Premium- Showing the value of data

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The interwebs are a-buzz today with the announcement by Google that there is now a Premium, paid version of their web analytics product. Google Analytics premium offers a number of key advantages. The service guarantees in the form of SLAs, the more formalised arrangements with certified partners for support, attribution analytics, but perhaps most importantly, more data and less sampling. …