You Ask, I Answer: The Most Important Google Analytics Task Post-Setup

Stephanie asks, “What’s the first thing you should do once you have #GoogleAnalytics set up on your website?”

During the CMWorld Chat yesterday, folks had some terrific questions, so we’ll be tackling each of these in the next few episodes. When it comes to Google Analytics, there’s only one thing you should do immediately after you have it set up – assuming that it is set up correctly. Watch the episode to learn the 3 kinds of goals in Google Analytics and what to use them for.

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In today’s episode, we’re talking Google Analytics during the content marketing world chat. Recently, some folks had drip questions about Google Analytics. So let’s tackle those in the next few episodes. Today’s question is, from Stephanie, who asks, What’s the first thing you should do once you have Google Analytics setup on your website? Well, when it comes to Google Analytics, there’s only one thing you should do immediately after you set it up, assuming assuming that you’ve set it up correctly.

Now, that’s a big assumption. Setting up correctly in 2019, in today’s era means that you have

gotten a Google Analytics account, you’ve gotten a Google Tag Manager account. And you have installed Google Tag Manager across your website, and then set up Google Analytics within that is the most correct way to use Google Analytics to get it set up.

If you’re not using Google Tag Manager,

it will still work. Because actually, Google is forcing you to use Tag Manager anyway with the the tag scripts when you first set up analytics, but it’s not the best way to do it. The best way is Tag Manager. So what do you do immediately after it once you’ve got everything set up? Only one word goals. Google Analytics is not useful software. If you don’t have some goals set. And the goals can be one of three kinds. There’s a place to go. There’s a thing you do. And then there’s how you spend your time. Right? Those are the three types of goals in Google Analytics. In the software, they’ve given different names and given names like destination, events, pages per session, or duration.

But boiling it down. There’s places you go. There’s things you do, and then there’s how you spend your time.

Destination is the places you go and is probably the easiest place for a lot of people, especially with a very simple

websites to spend that to track as a goal. They, your visitors go somewhere, could be a thank you page, which is the most common type of destination goal. Someone fills out a form. And they hit a thank you page. Great. They’ve done what you want them to do. They’ve done they’ve achieved something important.

other destinations could be specific pages. So for example, if you have a very long leads sales cycle, say you sell Gulfstream airplanes or you you’re a public speaker.

There are pages on your website that people will go to check out information that indicate buying intent, but not necessarily they’re not ready to buy right now. So for example, if you go on to my personal website, Christopher Penn

com you will find those the public speaking page right that’s a page where you’re thinking about potentially engaging me as a speaker. You may not be ready to buy but I might want to know as a goal for my business.

How many people are visiting that page who is visiting that page, that’s a destination type goal. The second type of goal is called events. And this is a technical term of event not like a go to a conference. No events means that the user has done a sequence of actions or a type of action that we want to track. This is a very broad category, but it’s used to track essentially, types of destinations where you don’t have control over what’s happening, or

types of interactivity on the website that are not pages. So for example, an event could be Hey, there’s a YouTube video on this page and you watch 100% of it. That could be a goal. If it’s if it’s like your sales video, like introducing like, hey, check out our new left handed smoke shifter, then you wouldn’t want to track and and and verify yeah 100 here, the people who watched 100% of this video. Another example would be

Tracking links that people who click on links that are not pages. So if someone clicks on a PDF file, guess what you want to know that somebody clicks on a male to link, which you really shouldn’t use on websites, but people do you want to know that someone clicks on a link to say, a third party site like amazon.com? If you have if you’re an author, and you’ve got a book on there, yes, what you want to know that. So events would be the second type of goal, something that somebody did. That is something that you will need to use Google Tag Manager to make the most of you don’t have to. There are ways to use events that are painful and clumsy without it, but you really should be using Tag Manager. The third category is how you spend your time and you can track things like the number of pages per session that somebody spends on your website, or the duration of time they spend on your website.

You might say well, what good is that? Well, it depends on the kind of business you have.

You are a b2b business, you may not care all that much about how much browsing somebody did, right? You may just care like I want them to, to register for my webinar, which you should register for our webinars.

But if you’re a publisher, and you make your money selling ads, but number of pages that somebody visits is absolutely a goal because the more pages you get visited, the more ads you show, the more ads show the more money you make. If you are an entertainment company, or you are even say like a public speaker, duration might matter, because you want to know are people spending a lot of time engaging with my content? are they watching stuff? If you’re an influencer, you’re an influencer. Marketing duration is absolutely important, because you want to know, Hey, folks are spending time with us folks are spending their time here as opposed to somewhere else. So those three goals are the most important thing that you can do immediately after setting up Google Apps.

analytics. And there were some other things you should do for configuration. There’s a series of filters that you should install. There’s some customization to channel groupings. There’s all this other stuff that goes into analytics setup, but they’re not as important. You can get a functional Google Analytics, mostly just by setting up goals.

a side note on goals,

you need to have a goal Absolutely. You should probably attempt to infer a monetary value for your goals, even if you’d end up just putting like a $1 arbitrary value still want to have some kind of monetary value Indian goals, because that makes the application more value that allows you to measure the value of any given page. So figuring out what a form fill or a download or a registration is worth or what I ball is worth.

If you sell advertising, figuring out how much money you make divided by the number of visitors each day would be a good way to

Start to ballpark some of the values that can go into those goals. So goals and goal values are the things that you need to do most and first in Google Analytics once you’ve gotten a setup, but like I said, there’s a whole long rabbit hole of advanced configuration you can do to make the app patient really work for you, and make it a predictive tool of your sales of your revenue of your company performance. The better your goals and goal values are, the more you can forecast what is likely to happen from a financial perspective as your company does business. Right? If you know that a lead form film is worth $10, eventually, after a 90 day sales cycle, then of course, you can track that in Google Analytics. And if you’re if you are seeing form fields today, you know, 90 days you’re going to get some of that revenue. So it’s a very powerful forecasting tool. So great question. This is like I said, one in a series of questions. We’re going

answer in the next few episodes so stay tuned. If you haven’t already subscribed if you’re watching this on YouTube please hit the red subscribe button and little bell icon to be notified if you’re not watching this on YouTube and you want to find it. Just go into the links below and you can you can find the YouTube channel. As always thank you for watching, subscribe to the newsletter as well. We’ll talk to you soon.

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