Starting today, Google is inviting Google Analytics users to a closed beta of their newly released real-time reporting API.
Opening a number of opportunities to take advantage of real-time analytics, the new API makes it possible for site owners to create queries around real-time data and use the information to benefit their website.
Google offered examples of how site owners could use the real-time API, including querying for top visited URLs to create, “a top trending content widget with the number of active readers” or displaying the active visitor count in real-time.
According to Google, a vacation rental company with access to the beta API placed a real-time active visitor count metric on a conversion page of their site, resulting in a 7.9 percent increase in conversion rates and an 18.6 percent increase in revenue.
Other uses for the API listed by Google included a custom executive dashboard to track key metrics, and an Android app, built by a Google employee, that displays a site visitor metric on the face of his Pebble Watch.
Google offered developers advice on the new API as well:
The real-time API is being released by Google in a closed beta invitation, with a limited number of users to be whitelisted during the next couple weeks.