I recently wrote a post about Google Analytics for PR pros. After walking through what metrics I thought were important, I included a link to a PR dashboard for Google Analytics that anyone can add to Google Analytics. Here’s an explanation of the dashboard.
Automatically add the Google Analytics PR dashboard to your Google Analytics account
This dashboard is focused on the visitors to a website, where they came from and what they do on the site.
It starts with a simple count of people and how many sessions they created. This is a good way to get an idea of the normal trend of traffic and people. If there any abnormal? Did you do something to cause a bump?
Next we move on to goal conversions. This is a widget that you should update to reflect the goals you have configured on your site.
For me, this is the number of people that follow me on Twitter. For you it might be a lead or a product sale. The goal is to see how your actions change this trend (hopefully) for the better!
To configure this goal, just click on the little Pencil in the top right corner of the widget. Then choose your own goal from the list of Goal metrics.
Moving down, it’s more about the behavior of the visitors.
Frequency measures how often the visit. It’s one of my favorite metrics. Most people only visit once. But you should check to see if your activities are bring people back multiple times.
In addition to how often people visit, I also want to look at how engaged they are. For this I use the Depth of Visit or how deep people go into the site. In general people that move deeper into the site are more engaged.
Next we move into where people came from, or the traffic sources. Each bar represents a different traffic channel, like organic, referral, etc.
Notice how each bar is both green and blue? Green represents the returning visitors and blue represents the new visitors. This is giving me just a bit more information about my audience and if I’m attracting new people from these channels or returning people.
I now want to look at social channels. This widget is very similar to the previous. The only difference is that each bar is a different social network. Google Analytics will automatically create these grouping.
And again, the green is new people coming from social networks and the blue is returning people.
Next is the top referring websites. Again, very similar to the two previous widgets. When you look at this data you should have some expectations. Do you see traffic from a referral you were not expecting? Use the context of your PR tactics to understand the data.
Now let’s focus on visitor behavior on the site.
One thing that is really important in PR, and marketing, is amplifying your message and brand. Social Media is good at that. The next widget shows all social actions that happened on your site.
Each row is the name of a social network and the type of social action that happened on your site (+1, Like, Tweet, etc.)
Moving on we drill deeper into on-site sharing.
Now we’re looking at the most shared content on your site.
I like this because you can get a sense for how much people are sharing and WHAT they like to share. Are they sharing the stuff you are promoting?
NOTE: You need to make sure you have Google Analytics configured to track social activities for the previous two widgets to work.
Now let’s look at some keywords.
The next two widgets are Organic search terms. There is one widget for branded search terms and one for non-branded terms. Again, you need to customize these for your brand terms.
Click on the little icon in the top of the widget to change my brand terms to your own.
The data in these tables is only the top 10 rows from the reports. Based on your actions and tactics there might be little change in the top 10 rows. Click on the name of the widget to jump to full report.
That makes 11 dashboard widgets. You’re allowed 12, but I wanted to give everyone space to add their on. So there you have it, a (somewhat rough) PR dashboard for Google Analytics.
Ben Fisher says
Thanks for this PR Dashboard Justin, I have installed this on all of our clients dashboards and it is a great time save. I highly recommend anyone doing outreach or Social SEO install this dashboard, it can save you time and help your clients understand the value of your SEO Social efforts.
Thanks for creating this blog, the information here is priceless. I stumbled upon your blog from another website, in-fac it might have been a couple of websites while I was searching to develop my analytics knowledge and I am glad I did!
I noticed you said above “NOTE: You need to make sure you have Google Analytics configured to track social activities for the previous two widgets to work.”.
Is there a tutorial somewhere I can read up on how to do this please?
Justin Cutroni says
@Samuel: Tracking interactions with social buttons can be hard – there is a lot of coding. But you can read a little bit more about tracking social plugins it in our help center.