Tuesday, August 13, 2013

2 New Tools in Google Analytics: Real-Time Widget and Benchmark Tool

If you have not yet made friends with Google Analytics, it is time to do so. The tools are constantly changed and updated and, let’s face it, it is Google doing the updating. The company even blogs about the changes so that you, the lowly SEO analyst trying to figure out the mysterious algorithms, can keep up.

Google is not about to give away all of its secrets, but the new tools they promote often give insight into exactly how the giant search engine sees trends developing. Two new tools that Google has added to its Analytics and that are super-exciting are the Customer Journey and RealTime Widget.

The Customer Journey
The name of this new tool is extremely apt because it is more descriptive of what actually happens when someone buys something on the internet. Purchasing is not an event, although many people tend to think of it that way; rather, it is a journey from finding to clicking to considering to buying.


In April, Google launched a new benchmarking tool for marketers called the “Customer Journey to Online Purchase.” It is a response to the increasing complexity of the consumer journey as the increased need for marketers to make sense of each stage of the sale funnel in order to improve their strategy. The journey is spanning a longer time, Google has discovered, with customers engaging in brand interaction for days or months before purchase. Each channel of marketing may come into play at different times in the purchasing decision journey.

The new Customer Journey tool offers information on how different marketing channels move users toward purchasing. It includes data on display, search, email and website. It also shows how long it took customers to decide to purchase.

Real-Time Widgets

Also in April, Google announced four real-time widgets that can be added to the Google Analytics Dashboard. This is the first time that a real-time data widget has been available, and SEO analysts are excited about the prospect.

These widgets enable users to perform real-time analysis and to combine them with different filters for side-by-side data comparison. They include a counter to see the number of active visitors on a site; a timeline to show scrolling page views; visits on a map; and active visitors with three of the dimensions above combined so that analysts can isolate various market segments.

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