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Marketing Your Website - The Importance Of Using Analytical Tools

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You create a beautiful website for your business, optimize it for search engines, market it through social media, and start receiving visitors. But wait! Do you even know where your visitors are coming from? Are they interested in what you have to offer, or are they just passing their time? How many of them are actually going to purchase your product or service?

Answering such questions might seem difficult, but it won’t be once you set up a tracking tool within your website. A tracking tool will enable you to track your visitors, their sources, the number of clicks, the number of conversions, etc. Analytics are crucial because they will help you understand why something in your digital marketing strategy works or why something doesn’t.

For example, you can determine how engaging your latest Twitter or Facebook post was, which landing page is working the best, etc. Since you have invested time and money on your website, it’s important to define goals and use them when measuring web analytics. You can use this valuable information to improve your website and make the necessary changes to correct the particular problem.

What Will You Determine?

Website analytics will help you determine five essential pieces of information:

  • The type of people visiting your website - do they belong to your target audience?
  • Their physical location. 
  • The pages they visit and the kind of action they take on pages.
  • The time when your visitors are using your website.
  • The channel through which they reached your website.

Why Is Analytics Important?

Website analytics are important because they will provide you with the following capabilities:

  • Set Specific Goals: The goal of having a website is not to just receive visitors, but to have those visitors take specific actions. With analytics, you can set up particular goals and determine how close you are to achieving them. For example, you might want your visitors to go to a booking form, online store, inquiry page or a particular landing page.
  • Improve Your Website and Marketing Campaign: With analytics, you will understand both your website’s and your marketing campaign’s shortcomings. With this information, you can improve upon them. You will get to know how your visitors interact with your website and how they navigate through it. Then you can adjust your website to better guide your visitors. For example, you can place calls-to-action on pages with the most traffic to guide users to a specific page.
  • Enhance Your Visitor’s Experience: Through analytics, you can see what devices visitors are using to access your site. Are they browsing your website using a tablet or smartphone? If so, you may need to optimize your website for mobile devices and make other adjustments to improve your visitors’ experience.
  • Improve Your Marketing Strategy: Since marketing is a critical component of a business, analytics will aid you in determining the weaknesses and strong points of your marketing strategy. For example, you can modify the keywords that visitors use to reach your website, improving your SEO or paid advertising. Or, you can develop tailored content depending upon the visitors’ geographical location.

Analytics Tools

There are a number of free tools available to track your website traffic. Two of the most popular are:

Google Analytics- sign up at https://www.google.com/analytics/

Statcounter- sign up at http://statcounter.com/

In most cases, you will simply add a code to your website to enable traffic. Full instructions are provided after you set up a website analytics account.

Sources
http://www.professionalacademy.com/blogs-and-advice/why-are-web-analytics-so-important-to-marketers-and-businesses-alike-
http://lazcreative.com/blog/business/web-analytics-the-importance-of-measurement/
https://www.yola.com/blog/how-to-use-analytics-and-why-theyre-important/
https://www.smartdatacollective.com/4-top-advanced-web-analytics-tools-to-get-more-out-of-your-website/

 

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