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  • Web Analytics with Google Analytics (GA)

    TRAINING MANUAL FOR WEB EDITORS

  • L S A W E B S E R V I C E S

    Google Analytics Training Manual LSA Web Services

    Haven Hall, Suite 6051 505 South State Street

    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045 Phone 734.763.1734 Fax 734.763.1778

  • Table of Contents I. Main Screen and Default Report View .............................................................................................................. 4 II. Dashboards........................................................................................................................................................ 6 III. Reports ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 IV. Core Concept: Dimensions and Metrics .......................................................................................................... 8 V. Core Concept: Date Management ................................................................................................................... 10 VI. Using Dashboards ......................................................................................................................................... 12

    Dashboard concepts ...................................................................... 13 A. Editing a Dashboard widget .......................................................... 17 B.

    VII. Using Reports .............................................................................................................................................. 20

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    Getting to Know the Google Analytics Environment As an web admin, you will access your website in what we call the Google Analytics Dashboard. (https://analytics.google.com)

    CHAPTER

    1

    https://analytics.google.com/

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    I. Main Screen and Default Report View

    The main screen is what youll see when you log into analytics. Generally speaking you just have to select your particular departments site, which will be labeled under the LSA Sites account. Click on the link and it will take you to the default

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    reports page. Please note: You may see something slightly different than whats listed above but you will see your Departments Name that you should be able to click on to open up the correct dashboard.

    When you select the view you will reach the default report view, which is organized into default reports and dashboards. It also includes, like all pages in Google analytics, the date range manager and a help menu.

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    II. Dashboards

    Dashboards are top-level reports in a single view that you can use as your radar to determine what is happening on the site. We will work with you to create a pre-defined set of dashboards that match your specific departmental needs.

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    III. Reports

    There are over thirty standard reports in Google Analytics that can be selected from the report categories on the left hand navigation bar or searched for in the search bar. You wont need all of them, but they all follow the same basic pattern of Dimensions and Metrics, usually associated with a chart.

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    Using Google Analytics The best thing about using Google Analytics is that you can do a great deal in the tool without knowing everything about it. This training guide and the supporting on-demand videos are designed to support an incremental approach, where you learn about the tool over time as your needs change and expand. Our approach assumes that you will:

    Start with a set of dashboards that support your core needs

    Drill down into specific reports for certain questions

    Expand your knowledge of other reports as your questions get more sophisticated and you start to spend more time in the tool.

    IV. Core Concept: Dimensions and Metrics Dimensions and Metrics are the center of data in Google Analytics. A DIMENSION is a list of things, like cities in the United States, the pages on a site, or types of visitors.

    If you can list things in a category, it is probably a dimension.

    CHAPTER

    2

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    A METRIC is a number that represents some behavior or action that is captured on the website. Visitors, page views, and time on site are metrics. The classic metric is a page view.

    If you can describe something as a number, it is probably a metric.

    Any given dimension can be associated with one or more metrics. Generally speaking, dimensions are in the first column of any table, and then the next columns are a list of associated metrics.

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    V. Core Concept: Date Management

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    Using the date range can be surprisingly tricky because weekly traffic is cyclical. Be sure, as much as possible, to line up your range comparisons starting on the same day of the week. An on-demand video of date management is available

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr6ucPnSNkA

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    VI. Using Dashboards Dashboards are a top-level view of whats going on in your site. They allow you to quickly check the status of ongoing activities and look over a broad range of key numbers at the same time. Dashboards operate as a kind of high-level radar that allows you to drill into any single widget one of them to get more details. This report will show you how to do three things for a dashboard report. An on-demand video of Dashboard management is available.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymyf-T25UU4

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    Dashboard concepts A.

    Dashboard reports fall into two categories: Graphs and Tables. Tabular data is always a dimension list associated with one or more metrics.

    Each report in a dashboard is a widget. It can be edited, and if you click on the title of the widget, it will drill down into the default report that most closely relates to the dimensions in the widget.

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    Importing Dashboard Widget B.You will get an email including a link to your dashboard. When you click on the link you may be prompted to log-in to Google Analytics. You will use your unique name and Kerberos password. If not logged in, you may be prompted to choose an account to use this dashboard with.

    Click the drop down arrow and select the view for your Department.

    Once imported it will display data for your website. It will be listed under Private Dashboards. This will only show up under each individuals account. To share a dashboard widget you will need to share the Widget by using share template link.

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    Select Share Object

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    You will notice that by doing this you have created a new folder under Dashboards Shared

    To share this AEM Site Widget with another person in your department that also has Google Analytics access click on Share template link

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    Copy the highlighted portion and paste it into an email to share with others. By sharing the AEM Site Widget Dashboard from the Shared Folder, any changes you make will also display in their Google Analytics account.

    Editing a Dashboard widget C.You can change a number of things on existing dashboard widgets, including filters, the visualization, or even the dimensions and metrics. Widgets can be edited by clicking on the pencil symbol in the upper right hand corner. Once the symbol has been selected, you can choose one of the various visualizations. All visualizations provide data on one or more metrics and can be filtered by a dimension. Most visualizations allow the data to also be sorted by dimension. Any changes you make to the dashboard widgets will only be visible to the individuals account unless it is shared. Shared dashboard widgets will show up under the Shared dropdown.

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    Pre-made Web Services AEM Sites Widget Dashboard D.Web Services will provide a pre-made dashboard that has the following widgets.

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    Dashboard Widget Department Objective Goals on Website Underlying Report Main/secondary dimension Filter

    Undergraduate Section Traffic

    Enrollment Increased Traffic on Undergrad Section

    New vs. Returning User Type Advanced segment: page containing /undergraduate

    Events Section Traffic Enrollment Outreach Effort for Events

    Default Channel Grouping Default Channel Grouping / Page

    Advanced segment: Page containing /events

    "Top organic search landing pages"

    Recruitment Search Keywords used to reach site

    Landing Page Landing Page / Default Channel Grouping

    Advanced: Default Channel Grouping containing Organic S h Graduate Section Traffic Recruitment Increase Traffic on Grad Section New vs. Returning User Type Advanced segment: page containing /graduate

    Faculty Section Traffic Recruitment Increase Traffic on Faculty Section New vs. Returning User Type Advanced segment: page containing /faculty

    Research Section Traffic Recruitment Increase Traffic on Research Section

    Default Channel Grouping Default Channel Grouping / Page

    Advanced segment: Page regex match /research

    Loyal Alumni Traffic Convening Regular traffic on Alumni & Friends section of the website

    New vs. Returning User Type Advanced: Segment:

    Exclude Network Domain w/umich

    Include Page containing /alumnifriends

    Landing pages by Social Network

    Convening Click-thrus from Social Media channels

    Landing Page Landing Page / Default Channel Grouping

    Advanced: Default Channel Grouping containing Social Search

    Where are users coming from

    Sharing Traffic on Research, News, Publications, Events grouped by medium

    All Traffic Med

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