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Google Analytics Rolls Out Beta Diagnostics For Limited Number Of Users

google-analytics-600 Google announced yesterday it is launching beta Analytics Diagnostics, but only giving access to a limited number of users for now. According to the announcement, the new Analytics Diagnostics feature will identify a number of account issues: It inspects your site tagging, account configuration, and reporting data for potential data-quality issues, looking for things like: Missing or malformed Analytics tags  Filters that conflict Looking for the presence of (other) entries in reports Google offered the following image to show how Diagnostics notifications will appear for a [...]


Like Facebook & Twitter, Google Reportedly Teaming With Data Providers To Track In-Store Sales

google-logo Facebook first began partnering with Datalogix to show advertisers how their ads drive offline sales back in 2012. Last year, Twitter introduced its “offline sales impact” tool, developed with Datalogix, to measure the offline sales impact of promoted and organic tweets for consumer packaged goods and automotive advertisers. Now Google is reportedly partnering with the big data providers to track in-store conversions, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is said to be partnering with several firms including Datalogix and Acxiom to measure the offline impact of Google AdWords ad [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: How The Data Analyst Will Revolutionize Business Decision Making

Revolutionizing Decision Making: How The Analyst Will Take Over Business With advances in big data, artificial intelligence and increased metric captures of everything we do in the digital world, business analytics will go through a radical transformation in the next few years. Today, analytics practitioners influence business decision makers. In the future, analysts will own business decision making. How will this affect the way marketers approach big data? It's time to think about business analytics in a brand new way. Watch the keynote presentation, Revolutionizing Decision Making: How The Analyst Will Take Over Business by Natalie Kortum, Director of An [...]


Google Analytics Rolling Out New Bulk Linking Feature For Adwords Accounts

google-analytics-featured Google announced today it is launching a new linking process that will allow Adwords account users to link all their accounts at once inside Google Analytics. According to the announcement, the new "linking wizard" will be available for users who have access to an Adwords MCC (client center) with multiple Adwords accounts. From the Google Analytics blogpost announcing the launch: The new account linking wizard allows you to select any of the Adwords accounts in which you have administrative access...Many users want to quickly find unlinked Adwords accounts and link to them, and the new [...]


How Much Should You Spend On Optimization? Calculate Your BUU

shutterstock_157334462-scale-tools-money Analytics platforms. Split testing software. User testing tools. This is starting to sound expensive. And it is. What if it were more expensive not to have these things in your online business? It might very well be. Your business may be one of the many that is hobbled by a “launch and hope” approach to digital marketing. Not every business will benefit from such tools, but yours may. How much will you benefit? How much does it make sense to spend? This is an exercise in budgeting for website optimization. We will show you how to calculate a Basic Upside Unit (BUU) and h [...]


Ad-ID Tracking Now Required For All Digital, TV, Radio Ads With SAG-AFTRA Members

Ad-ID As of March 31, any advertising that features one of the more than 165,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA union must now incorporate Ad-ID, a web based system for tracking commercial performance across all media. The deal covers all commercials produced for television, radio and digital platforms. The universal identifier, developed in 2003 by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), tracks where and how many times an ad airs across all platforms. That information then translates into how much a SAG-AFTRA performer is compensated. [...]


Google Moves Universal Analytics Out Of Beta

google-analytics-600 Since first being offered in October of 2012, Google announced today Universal Analytics is now out of beta, making all the features, reports and classic analytics tools -- including remarketing and audience reporting -- available to everyone. According to the announcement: Universal Analytics is the re-imagining of Google Analytics for today’s multi-screen, multi-device world and all the measurement challenges that come with it... Today we’re happy to finally announce: Universal Analytics is out of beta and everyone can use it with the same robust set of features you’re used to wit [...]


Google Rolls Out Analytics Reporting For YouTube TrueView Ads

youtube-logo-200 Google is beefing up the reporting for TrueView video ads in Google Analytics. Advertisers manage YouTube TrueView ads through AdWords for Video. Rolling out over the next few days, the new Video Campaigns report will be found under the AdWords section in the Acquisition menu in Analytics. The report includes TrueView-specific metrics like Paid Views, Cost Per View, and Website Clicks and metric groups such as Engagement, for insights on how users engage with both a video and the corresponding website.  The report can be segmented by Ad Content or Video. In order to measure the indirect [...]


First Touch: In 9 Of 10 Industries Search Tops Lead Generation, Social Shortens Marketing Cycles

Marketing Cycle By First Touch Attribution - Bizible In a new paper, Bizible analyzed data from the more than 480,000 leads that have been tracked through its Salesforce marketing analytics platform to provide insights on how marketers should be thinking about attribution modeling and why the traditional last-click model is broken. When looking at last touch only, Bizible found that search accounted for 41 percent of the leads generated. Yet, when considered by first touch, search, in fact, drove 56 percent of the leads. Furthermore, the combination of search first touch and search last touch was the most productive sequence for lead gener [...]


3 Insightful Ways To Visualize Your Keyword Data

Data Vizu Over the past year, I have come across more and more fancy-looking graphs and charts in the online marketing space. This is most likely because strategists, analysts and executives are getting more savvy in general, but also because there are more and more easy-to-use analytics packages out on the market. Although this is great, this analysis is often times very high-level and informational. It's sometimes hard to understand the bottom line. Whatever analytics package you or your team currently uses, I want to share a couple of ways you can look at your keyword data in SEM. I have [...]


How Users Of Various OSes Differ In Their Online Behavior Over Time

social-media-clock-featured For marketers, timing is often as important as creative, the most obvious example being campaigns tied to particular holidays. These days, with complex analyses now possible for activities like email marketing, online promotions and blog posts, industry practitioners are actively pursuing the "best" timing for their latest initiatives. In this piece, we drill down into the nuances of this issue by examining the differences in hourly usage behavior between users of different operating systems and device types. These insights should hold particular value for those marketing to one or more def [...]


Collective And ZenithOptimedia Tout Success Of Online TV Analytics Platform

video-tv-ads-marketing Collective, an advertising technology company, announced this week that its partnership with advertising agency ZenithOptimedia shows how marketers can connect more effectively to their target television audience. ZenithOptimedia is using Collective's TV Analytics platform to align online behavior of customers and potential customers with TV preferences. That data is then used to help determine what advertising to buy. ZenithOptimedia executives, presenting at the American Association of Advertising Agencies Transformation conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said the platform has increase [...]


New Free Google Analytics App From Narrative Science Creates Reports In “Plain English”

Quill Engage logo March 2014 Data analytics technology company Narrative Science has launched Quill Engage, a free Google Analytics application that delivers narrative-styled reports. Based on the idea of providing website stats and trends using "plain English" versus a series of charts and graphs, Quill Engage claims to offer easy-to-read reports on site metrics like content engagement data, traffic, sources, referrals, paid search and audience segmentation. Available for download at QuillEngage.com, the application can be used for free on up to ten different websites. Using Narrative Science's Quill technology, t [...]


5 Tips For Getting More From Your Data You Already Have

paid-ctr Sixteen Million. That’s the number of Google results for the term “Big Data.” And when you look at the historic interest in Google trends, the story is pretty clear  – Big Data is here to stay.  But do you really need more data than you already have? I doubt it. Chasing The Big Data Rainbow? Over the past few years, I have seen agencies, marketers and brands collect and analyze more data than ever before. And now with the development of new platforms, channels, KPIs and measurements, I’m finding an ever-growing hunger for new data sources. I constantly hear marketers either c [...]


4 Elemental Problems With Low Converting Web Pages

The Vinegar and Baking Soda Reaction As “power” marketers, our work can look more like scientific experiments than creative campaigns. More and more, power marketers make decisions with data. The collection and interpretation of this data requires a new set of skills. Nonetheless, the goal remains the same for our online initiatives. We want to get a reaction from our visitors. We want to get them to do something. Complete the form. Download the document. Buy the product. Subscribe to the list. Water the camel. When we aren’t generating reactions on our site, we can see the results clearly in analytics. High b [...]


Measuring Online Marketing To Offline Success: A Panel Discussion

marketing strategy How do you connect your online marketing efforts to offline sales and success? That's the focus of a panel at iMedia Content Summit involving Universal Pictures, Clorox and Nuance Digital Marketing. Our live blog below: [...]


5 Reasons To Migrate To Universal Analytics Sooner Rather Than Later

Universal Analytics custom dimensions "Universal Analytics is the new operating standard for Google Analytics. All accounts will soon be required to use Universal Analytics." --  Google Is the fear, uncertainty and doubt setting in yet? Well, no reason to panic quite yet, but before you have to switch, let's talk about why you want to switch sooner rather than later. Universal Analytics (UA) is still in beta for now, but at Cardinal Path we’re lucky to have been working with UA as a Google Analytics Certified Partner since its very early stages. And we can tell you it's come a long way; in all but a handful of cases i [...]


Dawn Data Brings A Daily Dose Of Google Analytics To Google Glass

dawn-data-1 The Google Glass app ecosystem is growing slowly (the Glass Developer Kit still hasn't been released), but one of the newest apps around is bound to be a hit with the marketing community. It's called Dawn Data, and it's a new app from developers Mark Silverberg and Brian Norris. Silverberg says the app was initially a personal project, but he decided to convert it to a public app for other Glass Explorers to use. Dawn Data obviously doesn't deliver full Google Analytics functionality and data to Glass, but it does give just about all of the traditional traffic-based data that a website o [...]


You Can Love Your Marketing Data, Just Don’t Fall Under Its Spell

I Love Data I admit it: I have a conflicted relationship with data. On the plus side, I believe that data is one of the three biggest benefits that the digitization of the world has given us marketers. (The other two are malleability, the ability to easily change, experiment with and personalize the digital canvas, and intimacy, more direct interactions with customers.) I believe that good, data-driven decision-making can compensate for many of our irrational mental biases and lead us to better outcomes. And, I believe that every modern marketer should become adept at using data properly. If you' [...]


How To Use Relative Standing For Online Analytics

Sample Pie Chart I was recently taking a fresh look at some old statistics school books of mine, and I realized how useful many of those basic statistical concepts can be when applied to online marketing analytics. In this post, I'll share a couple of ways you can delve into your data in a simple way by using relative standing -- that is, how individual data values compare to the rest of the group, as opposed to straight absolute values, which are typically hard to put into perspective. Getting Started: Mean Vs. Median First off, if you are not familiar with statistics at all, let me briefly clarify the d [...]


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