Creating an Ecommerce Tracking Plan for Google Analytics

The REI Ecommerce Website

Someone asked me how I would set up Google Analytics for an ecommerce website. And, before I get into all of the setup details, I wanted to lay the foundation from a business perspective. I’ll describe the Google Analytics features and how to configure them in another post. So this post is all about my […]

Path Analysis in Google Analytics with Flow Visualization

Google Analytics Flow Visualization Report

Google Recently announced a new feature in Google Analytics, Flow Visualization. These reports, the Visit Flow report, Navigation Flow report, and Goal Flow report are a new take on analyzing how people navigate through content. For a long time click path analysis was not really possible in Google Analytics. Sure, we had the Navigation Summary […]

Google Analytics Real Time: Real Time Data for Real Time Decisions


Google Analytics now contains a series of real-time reports that measure what’s happening on your site in real time. These reports will roll out in the next 1 to 2 weeks. I’ve long railed against real-time data. I’ve said that businesses don’t need real time data. It’s very hard to action on time data. I’ve […]

Celebrating Our Analytics Relationships


On this day that we celebrate love and relationships let’s think about all the analytics relationships that are so critical to our success! What? You’ve never thought about analytics relationships? Well, they abound everywhere. The life of a web analyst is very much the the same as the life of a relationship counselor. We’re constantly […]

Google Analytics Launches new AdWords Reports & Other Goodies

Today at Emetrics, Brett Crosby announced a number of new features and recapped some recent changes to Google Analytics. Here’s a quick video recap of the announcement and some thoughts on the changes. Specific things that Brett talked about: The rebranding of Google Analytics consultants as Google Analytics authorized partners. This was announced on the […]