The dust is finally starting to settle after “mobilegeddon” - the recent Google update which was designed to prioritise websites that are mobile-friendly and penalise websites with non-responsive layouts or layouts that are difficult for mobile users to navigate.
The prevailing perception of analytics is that it is something which is useful only for tracking online visits and conversions. While it’s true that it is certainly easier to track clicks and website visits, Google does make it possible to get an idea of the real-world performance of your ad campaigns.
Today was the first ever TMRW conference, and it was AWESOME. It was a one day event at Manchester Central, and is apparently a place where ‘those defining the future meet those ready to embrace it’ - it left me feeling inspired, a little bit freaked out, in awe, and generally very enthusiastic about both tech and about Manchester!
If there’s one area where analytics is incredibly important, it is understanding the performance of your search marketing campaigns. If you are going to spend money on paid search, then you need to have some strong goals in mind so that you can accurately measure the performance of your campaigns and optimise them effectively.
When Tim Langley, from website and prospect identification company CANDDi, was in the process of revising his marketing strategy, PR was in his opinion a ‘bit of an indulgence’. The company had tried a traditional approach to public relations in the past and ended up with lots of noise but very little in terms of ROI. Tim, a Cambridge mathematics graduate and digital entrepreneur, is a self-confessed geek with an analytical mind that looks for quantifiable returns from any investment.
Earlier this month Google launched a new Search Analytics report option within its Google Webmaster Tools platform. The report is intended to replace the existing Search Queries report, and Google plans to remove this from Webmaster Tools in about three months time.
In preparation for the WWDC Developer Conference, which is set to take place in June, Apple has opened up the beta program for its new iOS app analytics service. The service is simply named “Apple’s App Analytics”, and it will offer mobile app developers access to detailed insights about the way that people use their apps.
As budding marketers, we all know the importance of an effective Google search presence...whether that be Search Engine Optimisation or Pay Per Click. Like it or not, nearly all modern day purchases seem to include a cheeky Google search at some point. And being proudly sat in those golden SERPs when prospects come hunting is a central focus for most aspiring marketing campaigns these days.
The benefits of analytics as a tool to help webmasters understand where their visitors are coming from and how they behave on their websites are clearly known and understood, but what many people don't realize is that analytics has other benefits too. Through the use of tools such as personas you can build up a clearer profile of your target audience, allowing you to not just get more traffic,but get better traffic - traffic that will more easily convert.
The analytics market is becoming quite mature, but many people still underestimate the value of it. Your website is your online store front - the most important part of your customer acquisition strategy - and while analytics may not be the “hot new trend” any more, it is still an essential part of your data-gathering efforts. Analytics can feed other tools which help to improve engagement on your website.