Google analytics | What to Know as a Beginner [Full Presentation Slides]

Google analytics | What to Know as a Beginner [Full Presentation Slides]

This weekend I had the pleasure of being one of the speakers at the biggest blogging conference in Florida, FL Blog Con. My presentation was on Google Analytics, to help people who may be familiar using GA and those who have heard about it but haven’t really used it yet.

Now if you’ve ever taken a look at Google Analytics you know it can be a bit daunting at first. There’s a bunch of panels, different sections, numbers and graphs everywhere. To even understand where you should go and what means what can be a complete turn-off for a website owner just looking for simple information on a count of visitors to their website during a certain time and where they came from.

This presentation I highlight some key areas that house some good information for most beginner users to see what’s working or what’s not working with the content and traffic on their website. Thank you to all those that attended. There wasn’t an open seat in the whole room and the questions you asked were great!

Thanks for the photo @jodymask
Add A New User to Your Google Analytics Account

Add A New User to Your Google Analytics Account

If you’ve been using Google Analytics for tracking your website data, but need to grant access to someone, this is the article for you. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

First you’ll want to log into your Google Analytics account. Once logged in you’ll be seeing your main Dashboard with some quick information like a graph and traffic information. Look on the left for the navigation options and click on the Admin link at the bottom left.

Admin Screen

 

Once there, you’ll see your account name and then a few links in the middle. One of which says User Management. You’ll want to click that next. This will bring up a screen with any existing users that have access and also display their level of access. You have the ability at this point to modify any of those rights as well as remove any users who should no longer have access to your data.

On the top right you’ll find a big blue + symbol, click on Add new users.

Google Analytics - Add new user

This will being up a screen that will give you the ability to add a new user. You’ll want to enter their Gmail account. And below that you can specify their level of access in the Permissions box. It’s self explanatory, but if someone needs more than just the ability to view and read your data, you’ll be able to grant that access here.

This is helpful when working with a marketing account manager who will be helping you with your digital marketing efforts, as well as a web designer/developer. The data found in your analytics will help show the following:

  • Number of people visiting your website
  • Where in the world people are visiting your website
  • Keywords people are using
  • Bounce rate
  • Average time spent on each page
  • Audience details
  • Mobile and desktop views and behaviors
  • And so much more

I hope this was quick and helpful to you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.

When Doing Your Own Redesign Takes A Long Time

When Doing Your Own Redesign Takes A Long Time

We’ve all been there. Some of us more than others – yet still the idea of a redesign initially starts out with great aspirations, then leads to feverish or lackluster enthusiasm weeks later. Let me back up and explain my story.

It’s been probably three or four years since our last redesign of the Design Theory Website. Years ago I can remember when I first tried WordPress and had a blog in a sub-domain while having our main website in HTML on the root. It worked out better than I could have expected and within about nine months I was ready to convert everything into one site on WordPress.

Fast forward to present day, and I can honestly say that I’ve been working on this redesign for about two months. Not consistently, more on-and-off. Reason being is that, well, we’ve been busy. Being busy is a good thing when you’re a creative but only to a certain point. Some of our best ideas get filtered into our client websites and strategy efforts, meanwhile our own website gets the cold shoulder.

Why Are We Taking So Long

To be honest and short, we want a really good and clean experience for you. We want all of our services laid out in a way that is easier to navigate, lead/sales funnels created with purpose, and products easier to identify and purchase. What we’ve learned over the years is that the customer experience is what matters the most in any website. It kind of needs to be catered to them more so than what I think the website should be designed like.

Another reason for the redesign is to make the new website load much faster than the current one does. Realizing that more web traffic is done via mobile browsers than desktops, we have to make sure that our website loads smooth and fast on hand-held devices. Make sure that it’s also Google Mobile Friendly is key too. It’s important to make sure that the almighty Google deems our website acceptable.

Lastly, we believe it’s time for a refresh. There are a lot of ideas that we want to do that include a rebrand, but we’re going to have to hold off on some of those bigger and more time intensive initiatives to be able to focus on tangible goals and a timeline. Good ideas are great but they’re truly a dime a dozen. It’s really about executing and to be able to launch some of our more necessary ideas we have to stay focused. When it comes to our customer redesigns we treat them the same. We come up with a lot of great ideas from improved functionality, new software, and new graphics, but we also stage things out in milestones so that there is always something to look forward to over the next several weeks and months.

As you can see we’ve got a lot to consider with our redesign. It’s more important to us that it’s done right than just putting together a new design and layout without constructive though behind it for usability. Have you been thinking about a redesign of your website? What is holding you back from getting started? Let us know in the comments below or contact us directly if we can help.

How to Setup Custom Reply Messages for Facebook Pages

How to Setup Custom Reply Messages for Facebook Pages

Recently we were asked to help setup a Facebook Business page and unless you follow the blogs on Facebook, each time you want to go in and make a change, they’ve updated their user interface and move things around. It’s supposed to make things easier but I beg to differ.

Anyways if you currently have a Facebook page now and use Messenger, you’ll want to be sure you turn on or even edit the options in the Response Assistant. It’s easy enough to get to (once you’ve found it the first time) by hitting the Settings at the top right then Messaging on the right menu

Facebook Page - Custom Reply Messages

Once there scroll down until you see the Response Assistant.

Facebook Page Response Assistant

Take a few minutes to fill out what you’d like your custom messages to be for each option. Be sure to save when you’re done, and you’re all set!