by Ken Sethney, Kitsap SCORE
Trying to understand the effectiveness of your marketing efforts without access to measurable results means your business is flying blind.
Marketing data gives you the insight you need to make well-informed decisions about your marketing efforts and know how to adopt the right marketing efforts to drive the biggest return on your investment.
Reliable analytics will empower you to make data-driven decisions that improve the effectiveness of your marketing.
Just about every business needs an online presence regardless of what they sell. And, bringing customers and prospects to your website should always be one of your primary marketing goals.
Google Analytics is the website analysis platform most used by businesses to get real- time data for insight into how many people visit their website, who those people are, which products or services they’re most interested in, and much more.
Because of its ability to dig into the weeds of your web traffic, Google Analytics is one of the best tools for determining the effectiveness of your marketing and learning how to improve it. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a technology expert or SEO professional to use the platform.
By familiarizing yourself with how to pull some basic information, you can gain an understanding of how well your website is performing for your business. Even at its most basic level, Google Analytics is a tool that the non-tech savvy business owner can operate and benefit from exploring.
- Visitor Volume
See daily and monthly web visitor volume, monitor trends, watch ebbs and flows during
your marketing campaigns and compare traffic performance as time passes by.
- Average Time on Site
Track how long visitors stay on your website as well as which pages they view.
- Bounce Rate
Measure how many of your visitors quickly left your website after landing on just one
page. Visitors who leave quickly likely did not read your content and are not interested.
- New vs. Returning Visitors
Measure the ratio of new vs. returning visitors. This is useful data when measuring the impact of your marketing efforts on prospects vs. existing customers.
- Traffic Sources
Determine where your audience is coming from – from different websites and different
Set-up conversion tracking and measure the percentage of your website visitors who make a purchase, fill out a contact form, or take some other desired action.
There are so many tracking capabilities available to small businesses through Google Analytics and these just scratch the surface. One of the best is its comparison tool that allows you to compare data year-over-year to identify trends. This can be hugely helpful in planning your long-term marketing efforts. Google Analytics has the ability to give you better insight into your web visitors’ behavior so you can use make more strategic marketing decisions.
Fire up your analytics and start making more strategic, data-driven marketing decisions.
Even if you’re a non-tech savvy business owner, you can still easily make Google Analytics work for your business with the right support. There are many resources available to help small businesses navigate this tool and make sense of the data. One of those resources is your SCORE mentor.
For help with starting, growing or successfully exiting your business venture, contact SCORE — Mentors to America’s Small Business. SCORE is a nonprofit organization with more than 11,000 volunteers who provide free, confidential business mentoring and training workshops to small business owners. To contact Kitsap SCORE, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-328-1380.