You Ask, I Answer: Tracking Sources of Specific Google Analytics Goals?

Efecan asks, “I saw your video about PDF tracking on GA. I wonder if we can see the source and medium of the traffic that clicks on PDF. Like they came from social media or search etc.”

Segmentation is one of the most powerful techniques in Google Analytics. Watch this video to see how to examine a goal’s attributes using custom segments. Also mentioned and demonstrated in this segment is Trust Insights’ Most Valuable Pages technique, which you can learn more about here.

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Today’s episode is on the open to pronounce that correctly, it looks like a Turkish name. asks, I saw your video about PDF tracking on Google Analytics, I wonder if we can see the source and medium of the traffic that clicks on a PDF like the came from social media or search, etc. Absolutely the whatever john is referring to is segmentation. segmentation is the ability to take apart any type of traffic, any type of audience in Google Analytics and analyze it more closely. Without a doubt, segmentation is one of the most powerful techniques in Google Analytics. And it’s one that honestly, I see, not a whole lot of people taking advantage of, even though it’s something can do right inside the applications built in. And it’s relatively easy to use. So today, let’s look at how to do that. So let’s switch over here. So here we are Google Analytics. And first, we want to make sure we understand what goal it is we’re going after, I don’t have a ton of PDFs on my site. So instead, I’m going to analyze, I want to know who’s been visiting my speaking page, which here, just want to make note of the goal numbers, this is gold number nine. Shameless plug, if you’d like me to speak at your event, will show how to how to do that. Alright, so let’s go into the audience first. And you can do this at any point in the application. Anywhere, there’s a segment box, you can create a segment, you can also do it in the admin section itself, going to add a segment here, creating new segment. And this is where we start to build the segment that we want. And in this case, we want to make it a very simple condition. So the condition is we want to filter on let’s filter on the outside on sessions. Because remember, there’s two levels, I have filters, you can use this the session or the user. And in this case, I think I wanted to do the session. And we want to look at goals. And you can see here the goals are all numbered. So we want to go down and find gold mine completions, speaking page visit and make this greater than zero. So that will help narrowed down to all the sessions where there was at least one, at least one, goal nine completion, we’ll call this speaking page, goal completions. Save that. And we can see there’s there’s some numbers there already. And now we’re looking at Google Analytics through the lens of people who have completed goal nine. So we can see how many people they were at one of them at two sessions, we can go down here and get a bit more into how to they complete this goal. For example, we see here, the majority was 76%. on desktop 20% on mobile, look at device overlap, see if there’s any here no data to look at there yet no 100% on desktop for device overlap. So we can skip past that. And now to St. John’s question, let’s look into the channels. We see 60%. Let’s clean that up. 60%, organic search, give or take 16%, direct 16% email 4% 5% referral and 3% two and a half percent social from here. The next step, if you want to dig into specifics is to look at the source medium.

And your source medium organic search from Google specifically, my almost timely newsletter, yay, glad to see that still working, organic search from Bing marketing over coffee like to see that Facebook, Twitter. So this is very simple for decomposing a goal into the individual pieces. And this this goes on for you know, anything that you can do with a segment in Google Analytics, you can then turn it into a goal set to a goal and then dig into the rest of the application. You can look at for example, behavior flow, which is actually a really good thing to do for a type of goal like this, because you want to see, how did people get to the public speaking page, right 8% or eight visits came in on that 27 came in on this one blog post I’ve written here. That’s really important for me to know, because I want to know, did people get to that speaking page goal completion from specific content? And if so, I want to make sure that contents working well, right. So this is a blog posts, you know, that I should definitely be working on. Here’s one, let’s look at this group, how to start your public speaking career. That’s a post from 27. Hmm. If I want more traffic at the top of this particular funnel, the speak public speaking funnel, because that’s the goal. That’s a blog post, I might want to do some editing on, I might want to look at the content and see all the pages that people visit. During this. I see at a at a site you’re speaking, the career consulting, so on and so forth. A lot of public speaking stuff, no surprise there. If you’re coming in from public speaking, you’re probably going to check out the public speaking stuff. Now, this is a very simple way of just getting a sense of what content participates in this particular goal. The one thing I would say is that this is not a this is not enough, do like really good attribution analysis. For that you want to use machine learning you want to use an action, my company trusted insights has this as a service called the most valuable pages or MVP, where you look at all the interactions that lead to that conversion. And then you build attributes funnels very specifically for just that conversion, and what channels participate in most and help each other convert. Let’s take a look at what that would look like with the separate machine links, I’m going to pull up in the analytics everyone using our proprietary code, organic search still tops the list for the speaking page. This is a look back window of 180 days, the newsletter, Twitter, and so on, so forth. So you can see there’s a big difference between just sort of where the sources come in when you’re looking and in straight stock Google Analytics on go back here to the the acquisition section, when we’re looking here, at source medium just for the sessions, you can see that Twitter’s down here, let’s crank that back to 90 days to let’s do

go.

So Google direct, Twitter’s sort of number five, and then a bunch of other stuff. When we look in the machine learning version of this, we see Twitter gets more credit, because it is actually assisting these conversions, much more so than just being the last thing somebody did before coming in and hitting that page. So there’s a big difference between the model of Hey, was the last thing somebody did versus how does this help assist this particular goal. And by using machine learning techniques we can get we can dig in and better understand, these are the things that really contribute to just this goal. And make it give us essentially strategic advice, like do more of the things that are working, do less of the things that really don’t have much of an impact. So really good question efforts on in terms of how to think about this type of analysis. We want to dig in and understand our goals really, really well. And then use the best techniques available in order to in order to know what to do next. So good question. As always, if you have comments, please leave them in the comments box below. And please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter and 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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