Fiona asks, “Can anyone help with how to set up basic goals in Google Analytics?”
Fundamentally, goals require two things:
– Business impact
– Technical confirmation
When setting up goals in Google Analytics, you’ll need both. Watch the video for details.
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Today’s episode, Fiona asks, Can anyone help with how to set up basic goals in Google Analytics like tracking social media and clicks to cart
fundamentally setting goals. And Google Analytics requires two things. Number one, it requires you to know the business impact of the goals that you’re setting. And number two, it requires you to, to understand or know what technical confirmation you’re going to need in order to be able to verify the goal. Now, this is really important that if your goal does not have a business impact, which is normally denoted with $1 sign, it’s not a goal. It may be a metric it may be something you want to measure but it’s not a goal. goals have dollars
period. But at least
there are exceptions Yes, but for the most part goals have dollars and so if you are setting goals and Google Analytics at least one
them. And preferably all of them have dollar signs attached to them somehow. So for example, we’re looking on screen here
there are, I have a number of goals set up from my Google Analytics account. But these goals have an inferred or actual dollar amount. So
if someone’s got a shopping cart, the exception is going to be here, you’re not gonna set up goals, you’re actually going to turn on enhanced e commerce, as long as the shopping cart software you’re using is supported by Google Analytics. And Google Analytics supports a number of the shopping cart platforms, I use gum road, but certainly, Shopify and delusion and big commerce and magenta and all these shopping cart platform support ecommerce reporting. So if you’re doing e commerce, you’re going to use e commerce settings for b2b and b2c. Otherwise, you’re going to use goals. Now, how do you know what an inferred value is if you’re not tracking actual dollar amount at the end of one
process you want someone to take for example, if someone goes to my speaking page and visits I have that set as a destination goal. And I believe I have $1 value of $1 set to that. Now how do you come up with numbers for goals where there isn’t a clear dollar amount. So someone just because someone visits my speaking page doesn’t mean that they’re giving me money right there. They have to hire me as a keynote speaker, the process etc. The way you figure this out is over a realistic period of time, 90 days, 180 days a year depending on on your business, take the amount of dollars that you earned from that goal and then break it down by the sales funnel. So if I have closed speaking deals as my goal and let’s say I earn $10,000 or $10,000 in speaking
and I had 10 opportunities I was only able to close one of them.
Each opportunity then is worth $1,000, right? Because it took me nine knows to get to one. Yes to get me to that $10,000. So if I have 10 opportunities, and each option is worth $1,000 now if I have 100 leads someone filled out my hire me to speak for him, but only 10 of them turned into real opportunities, then that thousand dollar opportunity becomes $100 lead, right? Because again, it takes me
900 nose to get to a yes to go from lead to opportunity.
And now let’s say from those those leads, that’s where if I if I set up a goal for filling out that lead form, I’m like on my speaking page, that’s where to put in that hundred dollar goal, that value of $100. So you see how the the basic math works out whatever your conversion rates are between the stages in your funnel. And whatever stage you can track using Google Analytics that’s where you put the dollar amount.
So that’s the business side of setting goals and Google among other things.
You have to do is decide which type of technical confirmation you’re going to be doing. When you do goals in Google Analytics, generally speaking, there’s going to be one of two, maybe you want to, but for sure, one of two, there’s destination. And there’s event destination is a URL, some kind, there’s like a thank you page or speaking page or something like that. That says, yep, you got to the end, you fill out the form, you bought the thing, whatever. And you’re going to set a destination goal. If, however, you have a platform that where the URL doesn’t change, someone fills out a form something on the URL doesn’t change, then you’re going to use what is called an event type goal instead. And an event type goal requires you to set some different parameters and then use Google Tag Manager to say, Hey, I saw this event happen let’s go ahead and make
send send a goal notification.
Google Analytics it’s a little more advanced it’s not the basic basic of goals for the most part when you’re doing goals and Google Analytics destination goal is the easiest as long as your platform supports them. So
to uh, to be honest question about tracking social media and clicks to cart those are not goals those are activity metrics and those are going to show up in different places in the Google Analytics application. You can see on site behavior in the behavior section of Google Analytics which is on the left hand side you can see like what pages are most popular and tracking social media as an acquisition channels, you’d want to look in places like source meaning like where am I getting my traffic from? Those aren’t goals. Now you could you could say I want to track
the value of this traffic. So if I change in this, this window here, I change this from e commerce to all goals.
I can now look by channel
switch this to bar graph. So it’s a little easier to see and switch this to
Let’s switch this to revenue as well.
And now I can see what are the different channels worth, in this case, Facebook, LinkedIn, Facebook for the new book. Of course,
this is helping you understand the value of these channels. But it is not a goal. The goal has to be set up with dollar amounts on the back end, so that everything else in the application adjust. You can see revenue and dollar dollars through out the application. So
really important, you need to know the technical backend of what type of goal you’re going to need. And that’s usually destination for simple websites. for shopping carts, it’s you’re going to use e commerce for everything else you’re going to probably use inferred. You’re going to use Google Tag Manager and then the business impact.
What dollar signs go with that goal? And if a goal doesn’t have dollar signs it’s probably not a goal.
And if you don’t have direct line of sight to what those dollar signs are you gonna do some homework first before you go ahead and start putting the goals in. So good question complicate more complicated than it sounds but make sure that you’re using it well using the application correctly so that you get the maximum amount of value out of it. Thanks for asking. Please leave follow up questions in the comments. And of course, subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you
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