You Ask, I Answer: Post-View Attribution?

Oliver asks, “How do you track offsite conversions post-view (not post-click)? E.g. How can you attribute conversions from a consumer who read about your product on your site, didn’t click on any link but afterwards went directly to Amazon to buy it?”

Fundamentally, if you have no visibility into post-click analytics, which is the case with Amazon, then you have two tracking options. The first, as described in the related blog post, is to use correlation analysis to determine if any of your traffic has any relationship to your sales, especially if you’re also using the Amazon Associates program to track click performance (which you should be). The second is something authors almost never do. Watch the video to find out what.

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In today’s episode, Oliver asks, as a follow up to a blog post I did on tracking offsite conversions.

How do you track off site conversions post view, meaning not post, click, how do you attribute conversions from a consumer

who read about your product on your site didn’t click on any link, but afterwards went directly to Amazon to buy it.

This is

okay. It’s it’s tricky. Fundamentally, if you have no visibility into post click analytics, which is the case with Amazon or any reseller that doesn’t give you great data, then you have to tracking options. Number one is correlation analysis, which

as an Amazon associate, if you using your Amazon affiliate links, you get a little bit more granular data that actually then you do em then as an Amazon author, which is kind of weird.

So you want to go through and do that correlation analysis to see traffic has any relationship to your sales and also look at

branded organic search and its relationship to your

Amazon sales. So brand organic search,

meaning someone should be searching for the title of your book and or your author name. That’s something you get out of Google Search Console. So if you are getting Google Search Console data, then you should be able to run an analysis there to see if the number of people searching for your book by title has any relationship to the sales you are you’re getting on Amazon, especially

if your website is not a driver of sales.

For example, if you were like, I don’t know Tony Robbins, of course, people know you by name, and a substantial part of that traffic, maybe

going directly to a an endpoint ecommerce site like Amazon, meaning they don’t go to your website first. So that’s a possibility. The second

way around this.

And I think the way that a lot of authors don’t do and they really should, is

actually having post purchase options in the book that allow you to get in touch with the the reader. So within your book, if there isn’t a page or a section on like, how to get more free bonus content,

all that stuff that’s a missed opportunity. So as an author be thinking about how do I give away free bonus content within book that allows me to get back in touch with the person. So

if it’s, especially if it’s nonfiction books, free bonus content, would be things like a workbook, a worksheet template, or something that is in the book that people have to go to your website and registered to download. And it can be, you know, just just your email address, and nothing else. It doesn’t have to be like

a 28 page form. But that gives you the ability to get in touch with that person, then you can

survey your audience as, as purchases come in and ask them, How did you hear about us? Or even make that a question on the forum for registration? How did you hear about me? Or Where did you buy my book, if you knew if you know

that most your sales are on Amazon, then you can put a little drop down your email address, and then a drop down saying, How did you know Where did you buy my book, Amazon

actual bookstore, I don’t know if there any left

Walmart, big box, retail store all those things. And you have and maybe even granular their Amazon paper version, Amazon Kindle version,

whatever the attribution you want,

you put that on the form. And then on the back end, as people register to get their free template,

you have the ability to track that

now, the way I would do for the authors who do that, they tend to put that at the end, like, Hey, thanks for bringing the book, here’s your free worksheet,

ideally, going forward, I wouldn’t suggest maybe putting that up front, like in the introduction, hey, there’s a free bonus template inside this book. But you have to go and

maybe it’s right after the introduction,

you have to go and download it, and then read the book with this template in mind, and it doesn’t apply to everybody. If you’re doing fiction, for example, you might want to have free bonus chapter or character sketches or something that would be of interest to the audience. I know, in the in like some of the, the the fiction world

you can

get like character studies, or maybe the authors notes as they are putting the book together,

things like that, that

stuff that you would do anyway. But having that ability available as bonus content. So that’s the way to do post view attribution of that you can do the the correlation analysis, you can do it with your site traffic with branded search,

you would need to use Google Search Console for that you could also use SEO tools. If you’re already paying to use SEO tools to track your name and your products would be should be, you can use that that data as well.

But the much better route is to go the survey route, the survey route being the the post purchase registration, because that’s really what a survey with a post push registration as a survey of some kind do it that way and make the bonus content worth it so that people registered download, and you’ll get the ability to ask them on that post purchase survey where they bought it. Use that data then along with your Analytics tracking to figure out

how people are purchasing your stuff.

Now,

here’s the other added bonus of this. If you do that, well, then you also have a mailing list, make sure that you’re active in using it send out a weekly newsletter of what it is that you’re working on as an online or asking audience is what else do you would you like to read about teasing upcoming projects so that people stay engaged so that people stay active and you grow your fan base. So the next book release, you have a much easier time. So another nice side benefit of doing that kind of post purchase registration is the ability to potentially grow your database and be able to to monetize it. That’s really important. Because as we’re seeing, as a number of authors have learned over the years, we don’t own what’s on Amazon, we have no control over how Amazon does stuff

today. It might be the biggest driver of your book sales tomorrow, it might be nothing It might go, it could go away and ask anybody who sent $100,000 to their MySpace page, how that feels,

you own your email list, you own your website. So to the extent that you can get data out of the people who purchase your stuff, you want to do that so that you can reach out to them over and over again and migrate as consumer preferences change. So make sure you’re doing that post purchase survey. Great question. Please leave any additional questions have in the comments. And of course, subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon. Take care one help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

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