15 Recommendations to Improve Website Analytics – Part 3
By Kate McIntyre on March 16
Welcome back to our third installment of 15 Recommendations to Improve Your Web Analytics. In the last two weeks, we laid out our first six recommendations, and this week we continue on with suggestions seven through nine. If you missed the last two posts, check them out part 1 here and part 2 here. By now you should be ready to begin tagging. Here are customized tagging options and plug-ins.
Web Tagging Best Practices
7. Use Custom Events and A/B Testing:
Web analytics solutions are powerful tools to help measure the success of your website. If you have been following this article, then you probably already know that. But we would be remiss not to mention how many customization options are available in order to gain more insights on your website. While it may take some time to set up custom events and get the hang measuring them, the effort will pay dividends. Also, using A/B testing capabilities that are available on most analytics platforms will allow you to make more informed decisions about site enhancements as you continue to measure your website and optimize performance.
8. Enable Enhanced Click Tracking:
9. Capture Scroll Depth:
Understanding how far people scroll down of the page provides intelligence on whether visitors actually see the content your team spent so much time developing. This is particularly critical for content that is ‘below the fold’ (the part of the site that is not visible to the eye without scrolling down the page). Many sites are not collecting this information. There is no out-of-the-box solution from most web analytics solutions. However, there are many plug-ins available to perform this task. Google Analytics has a popular scroll depth plug-in that even allows you to customize the scrolling percentage for your site. It takes a little more effort to implement, but the information is very valuable, especially as popular site designs increasingly advocate one-page scrolling.
While having a tag management system in place (discussed in our last post) can help a marketer implement these custom tags without the help of a developer, working with the development team to get these valuable events and plug-ins to fire should be no more than a couple days work. From there, just watch the results come in! Next week, we’ll explore some more site activity to track that is often overlooked.