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So you have a killer website that is live and ready to show off to the world. Now what? Ideally, you've got a marketing plan in place to start driving traffic to the website. That's when the real work begins. 

Let's say, as an example: You've launched your site, and you have a social media campaign, a PPC campaign, and some digital ads in place to get clicks over to the website. How are you going to know if these marketing techniques are working? The answer lies in the numbers found in your analytics program.

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At the end of each year, Google publishes their Year In Search, detailing some of the most prominent topics people searched for throughout the year. Hurricane Irma, the new iPhone, and celebrities like Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle topped the list for 2017. You can view the full list here.

What was most interesting to us were the consumer behavior insights that Google discovered amid these searches. According to Think With Google, Google’s research division, people were more curious, more demanding, and more impatient in 2017 than ever before. As we enter a new year, marketers and business owners would be wise to take note of these behaviors when it comes to connecting with customers on the web and social media.

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We recently came across a stat that shocked us a little bit. 

According to a marketing study, a whopping 84% of marketers indicated they could not measure and report on the contribution of their programs to the business. That's a whole lot of work and effort that is not being accounted for and a lot of vagueness in terms of tracking results. 

At Addison Clark, an analytic mindset is one of the most important differentiators that sets us apart from other marketing agencies that offer the same services. Maybe it's because we're a bunch of data nerds, but at the end of the day we want hard numbers to measure the impact of our marketing efforts. Our tagline expresses it well: "Measurably different".

Get the most from your Data

                Acquisition, engagement, and outcome are important aspects of creating a marketing and public relations strategy for your company and your website. You have to begin with a plan, but once you obtain results, how do you know where to start with deciphering those analytics? Many people know that they can use Google Analytics to their advantage, but they don't know what they should be looking for. The goal of having a website is to engage customers and potential clients, right? You want to be able to drive a client to your website, but once they get there, what is going to compel them to stay? You can probably think of a few things that will drive you away from returning to a website, whether it is a flashy pop up, or an advertisement with loud music. There is nothing more annoying than a website that has 15 advertisements pop up before you even get to the homepage. If that's the case, I will most likely not be a returning visitor to that site. In gaining engagement, you have to consider the ideas, organization, and visual elements that make your customers feel like they can depend on your website for valuable information from a reliable source. Once you have a good visual aspect, and your site seems generally easy to navigate, you might want to start monitoring your site traffic in order to see where you can make improvements. Google metrics can seem a little confusing at first, but mashable.com has broken down the three main statistics: "The three key engagement metrics in Google Analytics are:
  • Pages per Visit: This is the average number of pages a visitor views when coming to your website. The more engaging your site is, the more inclined visitors will be to continue clicking beyond the entry page.
  • Average Time on Site: This refers to the typical amount of time visitors spend on your site, despite whether they continue to stay on the page they came in on or navigate elsewhere within your domain.
  • Bounce Rate: This represents the percentage of single-page visits to your site. It gives you a sense of how many visitors left your site from the entrance page rather than clicking further into your site as compared to total visitors. Like Pages per Visit, Bounce Rate can help you determine the performance of your entry pages based on the actions visitors take (or don’t take) after they’ve arrived on your site."
You can then use these tools to decide if your website is user-friendly, or if you need improvement on the links that navigate through your website. Take into consideration a few questions: is the content on your site is useful to the customer, and does the content on a specific page match the keywords in the links provided? Using these questions and numbers in sync can be a surefire way to improve the quality of your web traffic.  Depending on your goals, it will be up to you and your company to decide which of these insights, metrics, and features are going to be the most useful to you. However, it provides a highway to strengthen your marketing techniques, write better-targeted ads, and improve keywords to increase customer traffic through your site. Source: http://mashable.com/2012/01/04/google-analytics-guide/   Written by: Heather Via
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