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The Best Google Analytics Reports You Didn't Know Existed

Google Analytics is a solid cornerstone for any marketing program. Google’s custom reports and dashboards are highly effective in data analysis with the standard reports and dashboards they offer. But deep inside the tree of default GA reports lay numerous classic reports and more advanced reporting modules that Google has rolled out to their users that go virtually undiscovered.     If you’re a frequent Google Analytics user, you’ve probably become very good at creating...
By Tony Cohen
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Tony Cohen is a Senior Analyst at Stratigent.

Campaign Tracking in Adobe Analytics: A Beginner’s Guide to SAINT

The SiteCatalyst Attribute Importing and Naming Tool (SAINT) can be a remarkable resource in the right hands, particularly for campaign tracking. No matter your skill level, tracking can be complex business, especially when it comes to classifying inbound traffic correctly. With this tool, you have the ability to retroactively apply and edit metadata, adding considerable value to your analytics program without the complexity and level of effort required for tagging. As long as a unique key is ca...
By Luke Johnson
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Luke Johnson is a Senior Analyst, Team Lead at Stratigent.

The Monetate – SiteCatalyst Plugin: A Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed

A common challenge with international travel is the ability to speak the same language as the locals. If you have this ability, it can open the door to deeper connections, as well as a more memorable experience. If you do not have this ability, you may often find yourself playing a guessing game.   Several of our clients have found themselves in a comparable situation. When efforts were directed toward the launch of new digital personalization and optimization projects, some foun...
By Tim Walker
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Tim Walker is Optimization Strategy Practice Lead at Stratigent

The New Normal: Shifting Your Data Analysis From Hype to Value

Back in the day, data analysis was nothing more than looking at spreadsheets and guessing what the numbers meant. But with increased competition, unlimited options, and an ever-changing marketplace, a higher priority on how we analyze data is needed, particularly in regards to value. The industry has shown this growing need with more than 75 percent [1] of companies investing or planning to invest in big data over the next two years -- a steep difference from the days of toiling over Excel sh...
By Autumn Rogers
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Autumn Rogers is an Analyst at Stratigent

To Personalization and Beyond! The Evolution of Optimization

Once upon a time, ownership of data was not a concern for most companies -- getting your hands on any data was all that mattered. However, the landscape of optimization has changed immensely over the last few years. Gone are the days of developing consumer channels built on rigid data sets that hold limited value to your company. Now we are entering into a new era with more available data, which comes with a more focused lens on whom and what to target.    Today, non-ownership of...
By Kyle Westgate
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Kyle Westgate is Manager, PMO at Stratigent.

How to Exclude Bot Traffic in Google Analytics

Bot traffic can severely impact your reporting data, leading to false assumptions, hampering your site performance, and even increasing site maintenance costs. While you may believe bot traffic does not impact your site, recent reports suggest that 59 percent of all site visits may be associated with bots. With this in mind, it’s important to understand how to spot bot traffic in order to accurately report your data.    This post outlines some best practices to detect...
By Akshay Ahluwalia
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Akshay Ahluwalia is an Analyst at Stratigent.

The Importance of a Client Controlled Data Layer

A data layer is a variable -- or set of properties and values -- that define a piece or grouping of information to be accessed and used for the purpose of tracking data and/or interactions. At its best, a data layer creates a "one-stop shop" for referencing any data that needs to be tracked.   Client controlled means that it is created and maintained by the client, whether it is done via the IT department, marketing department, or within a CDN. But, what are the core reasons why...
By Jeremy Banks
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Jeremy Banks is the Quality Assurance Practice Lead at Stratigent.

3 Trends I’d Like to See in 2016

While it may be difficult to believe, here we are at the end of October and many of you are likely preparing for your upcoming Holiday Code Freeze. November always ends up being a big month for our company, as we spend a bit of time doing a post-mortem analysis of the business over the past year, while focusing most of our efforts on the innovation for the year ahead. So, I thought I’d share a partial list of the trends with you that we hope to see catch on in 2016:   Evolu...
By Bill Bruno
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Bill Bruno is the CEO - North America, Ebiquity.

Uncover the Hidden Riches from Your Data with the Google Cohort Analysis Report

  Buried within your data are treasures waiting to be revealed. One way to uncover these insightful bits of information, aka ‘gems,’ from your data is by effectively and strategically utilizing cohorts and cohort analysis (aka ‘your treasure map’) within Google Analytics. These tokens of insight can help in addressing business questions, but many still don’t effectively understand how cohort analysis works and what information it provides. In this post, I am going to outlin...
By Yang Zhang
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Yang Zhang is a Senior Analyst at Stratigent.


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