You Ask, I Answer: Evaluating Google Analytics Segments

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You Ask, I Answer: Evaluating Google Analytics Segments

Andrea asks, “How can you determine what segments to evaluate in Google Analytics?”

If – and this is a big if – you have the segments you want to evaluate set up in Google Analytics, and you have goals and goal values defined, then you can evaluate segments based on their business impact. Watch this video for a walkthrough of the evaluation process, including what to do with segment information after you’ve decided which segment you want to investigate further.

You Ask, I Answer: Evaluating Google Analytics Segments

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In today’s episode, Andrea asks, How can you determine what segments to evaluate in Google Analytics?

So segments, the reason segments are important is that they give us the ability to look at a very specific part of our social media audience or any of our audiences anywhere digital marketing audiences.

Who’s in that audience? And what do they do? How did they behave?


how do you determine which segments to look at? Well, the first place and start is for what segments Do you have installed? So in Google Analytics, let’s switch over to the display here. In Google Analytics, there are a series of different choices here, such a system, custom shared, etc. The default that everybody comes with is the system segments. So things like bounce sessions

They came in they left converters, people who’ve completed some kind of goal. You have a direct traffic room, Google doesn’t know what to make of it. mobile traffic based on the device type, multi session users, which is, oddly enough, should be functionally the same as returning user. new users non bounce, non converters, organic traffic, which is organic search, paid traffic performed a site search. So there’s a whole bunch of things that are built into the interface. Now, what you’ll notice is that a lot of the things that you would want to know about your digital marketing are not included here. So for example, there is no segment for people who read your blog, there is no segment for people coming from Facebook, there’s no segment for people who have visited your Instagram profile, your LinkedIn, your bio and your Instagram profile. So all that stuff is not in here. That’s something that you have to create. And the way to do that is of course with the new segment button.

When you create a new segment, you define what are the aspects of the conditions that you want this segment to look at. So there are the basics like demographics. Are there certain types of technologies that they use, how to use behave on your site, traffic sources, if you have the source in the medium, you can, you can filter that in. And then of course, there’s the advanced stuff, we can we can build in very elaborate constructs.

Once you know what segments you want, and they are correct, and they’re working in here, and and you have goals and goal value setup, that’s a big ask. But if you have all of that together, if you go to the goals menu, you can start to plug your segments in and see which segments are the most valuable. So let’s take a look here. I’m going to add in see at in my blog, so people who’ve been to the blog and I will

Want to look at

people who have been to, for example, my, my gum road page, we can buy my books. And let’s look at organic social media, which is one that I’ve had to create from scratch. Let’s hit Apply.

And now I can look at each of these segments. Let’s expand this time frame out so that get a bigger picture than just a week.

So these three segments blog traffic there 3509 V, goal completions, gum road, no goal completions, which actually makes sense because off site, organic social media traffic 283 goal completion. So in terms of what segments should I be doing further analysis on, I say this blog traffic one’s pretty important. So let’s go now and just show a quick example of what you would do with that knowledge. I’m going to

Go to source medium here in acquisition.

And we the blog traffic. That’s that’s kind of important. So let’s remove everything else here and just focus on people who read the blog.

Remove this one

and remove this one.

So where are people coming from who read the blog?

Google organic search. Let’s make this a bar chart so it’s a little easier to visualize. Visually, there that is very impressive. So 76% of my blog, we just come from organic traffic. 12% are Unknown. Unknown is important because it means there’s potentially tagging issues at work, being organic search number three 1.6%, then Twitter, then my email newsletter, Facebook, feed burner, and then a few other things. So this is really interesting to me because if I am now looking at my blog,

If my blog is important, and clearly we know it is because it has a high number of gold completions, then, as a segment, this is what I want to keep an eye on, I want to understand what this audience where this audience is coming from. So if I want more traffic to the segment, I should probably focus on Google Bing, and and Twitter. And then I could take it then start digging into Who is this audience? So who are the Who are the people who are in this audience? So very broadly, and look at the broad demographics of my blog segment. See that most folks at 25 to 34 other folks can be identified which is about 45% of the audience. My blog is relatively gender balanced. It’s not exact, but it’s that’s okay. Looking at the interest Who are these people? What are they interested in?


shoppers lifestyle, sports and fitness, interesting employment business service.

advertising, I would hope that would be the market segment because I write a marketing blog, social networks reference. So some useful things here for some of the topics are some of the things I might want to cover. If I want to do, for example, do a custom report for an industry. Gosh, which industry should I choose? Maybe? Things like health and fitness, I do think something like that. That would be of interest to a, a plurality of my audience can look at things like where are my users based? So the people who read the blog, where are they based in predominantly the United States, but the United States is only 47% of that blog segment. That’s really important because if I think

and I speak, and I make video content and all the stuff for people, that is to America centric, I’m alienating 50 52.184%

of my audience. That’s not a good thing. I look at how much audience comes from

other parts of the world, India 6.4%, the United Kingdom 5.72%, Canada, almost 5%. So it’s a good. This, the blog audience segment is a very diverse segment. And that means that I have to keep in mind,

I need to be more global unless regional in my, in my perspective, we look at mobile devices. Let’s go ahead and take a look at our mobile overview here. Who is the audience in terms of the device that they’re using the device category, desktop, mobile tablet, okay. Let’s go to our bar charts.

And in a bar trends, we see here we are at 68%, desktop 28% Mobile, that’s actually surprising to me that mobile is not greater. It gets me to thinking maybe I need to check my amp implementation maybe to make sure that my blog is more mobile friendly, to make sure that I increase that share. And then looking at the branding of the devices and you know,

What is the who is the audience? Apple now 54% of the devices and then everything else. We have the Android ecosystem Android, Android, Android, Android, probably Android, Android, probably Android and like a Windows Phone.

So with the segments, once you’ve evaluated your segment, based on the value of that segment, then go through and do all this analysis, do all this research, find interesting things to look at that give you insights as to who this most valuable segment is, and what you should be doing from a content perspective, from a device perspective, from a friendliness perspective, to serve your highest converting segments the best, that’s how you make the most of this information. And that’s how you turn it into action that will lead to business impact. By making life better for your best customers, you will ensure their loyalty or at least improve the likelihood of their loyalty and give them what it is they want. As always, if you have

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