As a business owner, you may be wondering how customers are engaging with your ecommerce website. Are they enjoying the products you have to offer or is there more you could be doing to help boost online sales? With Enhanced Ecommerce Reports in Google Analytics (GA), you have the ability to analyze sales reports and monitor consumer behavior for different products you sell online. Utilizing these reports strategically will allow you to build and improve your business over time.
The best way to utilize Enhanced Ecommerce Reports will depend on:
What questions you want answered
The reports you want to use to research data
What you want to do with the info you collect
The goals you want to set and how to optimize and reach them
Additionally, Enhanced Ecommerce Reports help you drill down into purchase and transaction data for your business.
Examples of things you can research include:
Product and transaction data
Average order value
Ecommerce conversion rate
Time to purchase and more
Below, we’ll discuss how your business can benefit from this information. Plus, run through a breakdown of the different features you can use to forecast goals and gain more customers.
What businesses benefit from Enhanced Ecommerce features?
There are two types of Ecommerce Reports that GA supports: Standard and Enhanced. The Standard version is the original tracking report and is helpful if you only need data that occurs after purchases are made (aka the end of the sales funnel). Many startups and smaller businesses begin with this option first, then move up to Enhanced Ecommerce later on.
Businesses that want to track the entire customer journey, from beginning to end, should look no further than Enhanced Ecommerce Reports.
These reports do everything that Standard Ecommerce Reports do, but with a much wider scope of information.
You can drill down into specific questions like:
How many people are viewing your product details page?
What stage of the journey are people abandoning their carts?
Are your coupons and promotions generating a healthy amount of revenue?
Typically, larger and more advanced ecommerce businesses benefit more from these reports since they have a wider range of products.
It allows them to see where they can optimize their product listings, marketing investments, checkout process and more.
It’s important to note that enabling Enhanced Ecommerce features requires resources and planning to get started. It’s the main reason why businesses with a limited budget often opt for the Standard version first.
Additionally, only select third-party ecommerce platforms (WooCommerce included) can integrate with the Enhanced Ecommerce Plugin.
So, hiring an experienced web developer to help run things more smoothly (and efficiently) is a major recommendation here.
But if you have the technical chops to DIY it yourself, you can reference this handy guide from Neil Patel to get started.
Once all the coding and page tracking is in place, you can then turn on the Enhanced Ecommerce view within GA by going to Admin > Ecommerce Settings (in the “View” column). Google also has a detailed step-by-step guide you can reference to easily accomplish this.
If you’re just beginning, you can also experiment with a demo GA account to get a feel for how it works. Note that you’ll need to be using the Universal Analytics version of GA to follow along. But it’s good practice to browse through the different features to see if it’s the right move for your business.
A quick breakdown of the Enhanced Ecommerce Reports
Now that we know the pros and cons of this plugin, let’s dive into the specific reports it has to offer. You can navigate to the Enhanced Ecommerce Reports by clicking the “Conversions” tab in the GA menu on the left and then scrolling down to “Ecommerce.”
In the “Overview” section, you’ll start out with a dashboard that shows the following information:
You can think of this page as a type of business health report, along with additional data on how your users are interacting with your page.
Shopping Behavior Report
The Shopping Behavior Report is where you’ll go when you want to see how your customers are moving along the sales funnel. It’ll provide details on how your new and returning visitors are interacting with your site, based on sessions coming from:
Product views: High product views with low checkout rates could indicate you need to better optimize your product listings. Work with your content team to see how you can make your listings better with added tutorials, videos or reviews.
Add to cart: A high add-to-cart rate with a low checkout rate could signify an issue with your pricing. Work with your marketing department to draft up better promos and check out competitor pricing to see if you need to make some adjustments.
Checkout: If your checkout rate is low, you may need to optimize the checkout process better. Work with your web developer to make the process easier and more convenient for customers to use.
These three indicators will help you get a better sense of where your users are getting stuck in the customer journey. Use the data you collect here to set goals for your team and overall business.
The Checkout Behavior Report is similar to the Shopping Behavior Report, except that it concentrates more on the different stages of your checkout process. You can use this data to see what stage of the checkout process your users are abandoning their carts.
Most ecommerce businesses have multiple steps for customers to fill out before their transaction is complete. But it’s possible your audience may prefer a single-page method, too. You can work with your developer to configure customized labeling for each of your checkout steps under Admin > View > Ecommerce Settings.
Possible points of interest to keep an eye on include:
URL issues: Unwarranted redirects or page links that look untrustworthy can dissuade a customer from following through on a transaction. Ensure that all your links are working properly and optimize your checkout pages so that customers know your site is safe to use. GoDaddy Payments offers streamlined verification and advanced encryption to protect you and your customer’s personal data.
Payment pages: If you’re noticing a high abandon rate within your payments page, it could mean it’s time to analyze how efficient it is. Opt for features that make the process more convenient with things like one-click pay or seek out mobile-friendly solutions that make the process run smoother on different devices.
Specific customer preferences: The way your audience interacts with your checkout process could be different from how they interact with other ecommerce sites. The best way to tell what works best for your audience is to conduct A/B testing. This could help determine whether your customers prefer things like single or multi-page checkouts.
When in doubt, consult with your web developer and UI/UX team to see how you can better optimize your checkout process using the data collected from this report.
Product Performance Report
The Product Performance report is a great way to see how well your products are doing when it comes to sales and customer interaction. You’ll notice the report is separated by Sales Performance and Shopping Behavior metrics.
Metrics under this category will give you a sales breakdown by product, SKU, category or brand. You can find and toggle these different views in the Primary Dimension bar under the graph at the top.
Each view will give you information using the metrics below:
Product refund amount
If you want to dive a little further, you can add a Secondary Dimension using the dropdown menu under the Primary Dimension bar.
This will serve as a type of filter that shows you other insights like:
What landing pages are bringing in the most product sales?
Which devices (mobile vs. desktop) are customers using most to buy certain products?
How effective are your campaigns with promoting products?
Use this information to help you prioritize the areas that can increase your conversion rate most.
This category of metrics will show you the number of customers that are adding products to their carts compared to the number of people finishing their purchase.
These two metrics are categorized by:
The average percentage at the top of each column is a good indicator to use as a reference when looking at the numbers for each product. GA will automatically show you a list with the best performers at the top. But if you want to view products with lower than average numbers, you can add a filter by clicking the Advanced button near the top of the metric columns.
For more information on filters, check out this GA tutorial that breaks it down even further.
Sales Performance Report
The Sales Performance Report is what you’ll use when you want to track your sales over a specific time period. You can customize the date range you want to look into by clicking the dropdown menu in the upper right corner. Below the dropdown menu, you’ll have options to view the visual graph based on day, week or month.
This information will help you get a sense of sales based on two dimensions:
Transaction ID: This represents the purchase information from a specific transaction. It’s typically linked to your ecommerce shopping platform and works in tandem with your CMS.
Date: Sorting this report by date will automatically show you the dates with the highest sales.
Clicking either the Purchase ID or Date number will show you the revenue and quantity metrics of products sold within that transaction or date.
When you’re in the main summary page, you’ll view other metrics like:
You can use this report to pinpoint high transaction dates or dates with high peaks of sales in certain products (like seasonal items). This will allow you to concentrate your marketing efforts (think coupons and promotions) towards those specific areas.
However, you can also use this report to help you target the lower trending sales by switching up your product offerings or branching out to new markets (going global can help).
Product List Performance Report
The Product List Performance report helps you view data for specific groups or categories you have listed for products on your ecommerce website. This snapshot allows you to view which products are performing well and which ones could benefit from additional optimization.
Like the Checkout Behaviour report, you can work with your web developer to customize your groupings the way you see fit.
Here are three different ways most ecommerce businesses tend to group their products:
Categories: Brands can separate a wide range of products into categories that are typically found within a navigation menu. For example, a fashion brand might categorize its products by handbags, dresses, and shoes.
Search results: You can create a list that categorizes all the products that show up whenever someone types specific keywords into a query.
Related products: This list can be made to represent add-ons or suggested items under a product details page.
Once you have your lists configured the way you want them, you can then compare your top performers against your low performers using specific filters in the advanced settings.
Why it all matters
Setting up the Enhanced Ecommerce plugin takes a bit of time and money, but it’s well worth the investment in the long run.
The reports found within Enhanced Ecommerce will give you a wide scope of information that tracks the entire customer journey.
It’s filled with insight on areas of opportunity for your business, along with key areas of success.
Remember, anything that makes the customer experience more convenient and user-friendly will help boost your overall sales and conversion rates.
Do your research, analyze the results, and work with your team to tackle goals that can help grow your ecommerce business successfully.
Elon Musk said Sunday he “somewhat agonized” over the font designs for his companies Tesla and SpaceX.
The billionaire businessman added he “loves fonts” and has tweaked the logos over the years.
He revealed the SpaceX logo also holds a hidden meaning, representing a rocket’s arc to orbit.
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In a series of Sunday tweets, Elon Musk said he “somewhat agonized” over his choice of fonts for his businesses and revealed a hidden meaning behind the SpaceX logo.
Responding to a tweet about serif and sans-serif fonts, the billionaire businessman took a break from posting cryptic memes and discussing politics to say he loves fonts and put significant consideration into how his companies are presented to consumers.
“I somewhat agonized over the Tesla & SpaceX font design (love fonts tbh),” Musk tweeted. “There are some similarities, particularly use of negative space. We’ve made many little tweaks over the years.”
The Tesla logo — a T-shaped design with a custom, sans-serif font spelling out the brand name — is meant to resemble a cross-section of an electric motor. The SpaceX logo, written in a similar font with an extended X, references the reusable rockets made by the company.
“The swoop of the X is meant to represent the rocket’s arc to orbit,” Musk tweeted.
Other business logos have also held hidden messages: Baskin Robbins, a chain that sells 31 flavors of ice cream, has a secret ’31’ hidden in the letters of its logo. Likewise, Amazon’s arrow logo is meant to represent a smile, while the circular ‘B’ logo for Beats by Dre represents a person wearing the popular headphones.
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The internet has revolutionized the business world and changed how we conduct business. Any business that aims to increase its visibility and boost profit needs to pay much attention to top ranking factors, including local SEO — which introduces the topic of the local search algorithm.
Local SEO is one of the top practices that help boost a business’s visibility and generates more sales.
However, achieving better local SEO rankings is not a walk in the park, especially due to increased competition. To appear higher on local results, businesses and marketers need to understand how the local search algorithm works.
Knowing this helps guide the steps for improving rankings in the local pack.
The competition gets stiffer as more businesses open and optimize for local searching. Besides, Google is updating its algorithm consistently, meaning only businesses that can keep up with these updates can appear at the top of local search results.
Luckily, you have come to this post as this article looks at everything you need to know about Google’s local search algorithm and what you can do to get that top spot in the local pack.
Understanding the local search algorithm
Google aims to provide the best results that match a specific local search query. It constantly updates the local search algorithm to determine which business to rank on top of local search results.
Ideally, Google wants to provide local content that is relevant and valuable to users. As with search engine optimization, keyword stuffing cannot give you that top spot in local search results.
SEO specialists and marketers should consider Google’s local search algorithm updates and make the necessary changes to rank higher. Failure to consider these updates means losing your local search presence, resulting in fewer leads and conversions.
Local algorithms check the Google My Business (GMB) listings to determine where to rank a business in local search rankings.
Ideally, Google’s local algorithm ranks businesses with information that matches a searcher’s query. And the higher a business ranks in local search results, the more chances a potential customer will click on it.
This post looks at the three major pillars that determine local search results to better understand the local search algorithm: proximity, prominence and relevance.
Of course, other factors make up Google’s local search algorithm, but since we cannot identify all of them, we’ll focus on the most crucial ones in this post.
By understanding these pillars, marketers can better position themselves for local search success.
Proximity is one of the major ranking factors when it comes to local search. That means the distance between a business and a searcher is a ranking factor in local search.
When a searcher searches for something, Google considers how far the searcher is from the location of the term they use in the search. When a searcher doesn’t specify the location, Google calculates the distance based on the information they have regarding their location.
Ideally, Google aims to provide the most relevant results to a search query. For instance, why would Google provide a list of coffee shops in Los Angeles if the searcher is searching from Colombia?
That would be irrelevant local search results that won’t benefit the searcher.
Unfortunately, while proximity is a major local search pillar, it’s one of the factors that businesses have little control over. After all, you cannot change where your business is located, right?
You can only ensure your business location is as clear as possible, so that it appears for related nearby queries. Here are steps you can take to achieve this:
Claim and verify the Google My Business listing
Ensure local listings are accurate and optimized for local products or services
Get the Google Maps API Key and optimize for your location and routes
Set up your profile correctly (for Service Area Businesses) to avoid violating Google’s guidelines
Users can perform several types of local searches, including:
Users will perform geo-modified searches when they are planning to visit somewhere. For instance, a searcher in Los Angeles planning to visit Toronto, Canada, may search for a “coffee shop in Oakville.” The results will differ from if they searched for “coffee” while physically in Oakville.
To be specific, geo-modified searches are mainly based on relevance and prominence as opposed to proximity when a user searches for something when outside the city included in the search.
Searchers perform this type of search when looking for something around them. For instance, a user in Los Angeles performing a local search for “coffee.”
Ideally, the user only needs to search for something and is shown results based on proximity. They will get the results that are closest to them.
“Near me” searches
“Near me” searches have been so popular in recent years. Although their popularity has significantly declined, users still perform this type of search when looking for something locally.
For instance, some users could add “near me” when searching for a coffee shop, hoping to get the most relevant results near them. As we’ve stated, this trend has lost popularity because when you perform a local search, you are searching for something near you.
It is not necessary to add “near me” to what you’re searching.
Prominence refers to how important Google thinks your business is, which gets factored into the local search algorithm.
In other words, it refers to how well a business stands from the rest in various aspects, including directories, links, reviews, mentions, among other things.
If search engines view your business as trustworthy and credible, they will likely show it on top of related search query results.
The local search algorithm views businesses/brands with a stronger online prominence as credible and trustworthy. Some of the factors that determine prominence include:
A local citation is the mention of a business’s information online. The mention can include the partial or complete name, address, and phone number (NAP) of a local business.
Citations are an excellent way for people to learn about local businesses and impact local search results.
A business with high-quality citations can rank better in local search results, although businesses must continually manage citations to ensure data accuracy.
Backlinks play a crucial role in local business prominence. Gaining relevant backlinks from high-quality sites is an excellent way to build a business’ online reputation.
If you’re trying to outrank your competitors without much success, your backlink profile could be the reason.
In that case, you should check your competitor’s backlinks and compare them with yours. When doing this, pay attention to the number and quality of their backlinks.
As a rule of thumb, aim to have high-quality local backlinks pointing to your site to improve your page’s authority.
Next, you need to pay much attention to reviews to improve local prominence. Many customers look at a business’s online reviews before deciding whether to engage more with the business or not. Besides, many positive online reviews can increase a business’ ranking factors.
Consider this scenario. A potential customer is looking for a pub around Oakville. When they perform a search, they are presented with two results: one with over 100 reviews and another with less than 10 reviews.
Which business do you think the searcher would trust? The one with 100 reviews, obviously.
As with search engines, customers need to trust a business before they decide to do business with it. Similarly, search engines can view online reviews and analyze them to determine a business’s online prominence.
That said, here are strategies you can use to boost your online review signals:
Have a strategy
You won’t have a strong online prominence if your products or services are not of a high standard. So, the first step to having many great reviews is to develop great products and services.
After that, develop a strategy to encourage your happy customers to leave honest but valuable reviews of their experience doing business with you to help boost your online reputation.
Monitor and manage the reviews
Having many reviews is one thing; you need to develop a plan to engage with your customers for better results. Responding to reviews shows people that you care and are genuine about your products and services.
People will avoid businesses that don’t respond to customer reviews (whether positive or negative).
Search engines, too, can tell whether you engage with customer reviews or not and will use the information to determine where to rank on local search results.
When responding to online reviews, pay special attention to negative reviews and how you respond to them. While no business likes getting negative reviews, how you respond to them can positively impact your business — respond positively to turn the negative reviews around.
As earlier stated, Google wants to provide the most relevant results to a local search query. This key ranking factor will determine a business’s position in local search results — how well does a local business match a search query?
Even if your business ticks the above pillars (prominence and proximity), if the content on your page isn’t well structured and doesn’t cover the topics that a searcher is looking for, you won’t appear on top of local search results.
Here are factors that businesses should consider to create a relevant listing:
Local page signals
Local listing categories and attributes
Social posts and responses to online reviews
Local listing signals and categories
A business GMB listing and category can impact its relevance score for local searches. As such, complete your business profile carefully and continually add quality content to the web page to ensure it is relevant for proximity searches.
More specifically, ensure that all information on all listing pages, including Yelp, Bing, and Google, is complete and accurate. Aside from these factors, here are two crucial features you should pay attention to:
Selecting the right categories for your local business listing is among the crucial factors for ranking locally. With over 4000 GMB categories, you want to choose categories that best describe your business — ensure they are relevant and specific.
Here are guidelines to follow when selecting a category:
Describe your business as opposed to your services
Be specific to minimize competition
Reduce the number of GMB categories to describe your business better
Without a proper description, users won’t know what your business is about. This section is about adding an introduction to your business so that customers and search engines can know more about your business.
However, don’t use this section for marketing your business. Just give users and search engines descriptive info that can help determine whether your business matches their needs.
Local page signals
Another way a business can improve its standing in the local search algorithm is by optimizing web pages for specific keywords. For multi-location businesses, it’s essential to have separate, localized pages for each location, with relevant information and contact details for customers to reach you.
Performing competitor research is advisable to determine what terms or keywords to use for a specific query. Here are top on-page signals to consider when trying to gain relevance for a given topic:
Keyword research — Before creating local content, you need to find keywords that matter to your business. Perform keyword research to determine highly relevant keywords with high intent. When finding relevant terms to use in your content, base your research on the customer perspective; think about what they search for and the type of content they are looking for.
Create local content — After finding the right keywords, it’s time to create your content. Google values the quality of content more than the length of the content, so keep this in mind when creating content. Another crucial thing to pay attention to is localizing the content. For example, you can create content on local news and events or use your city’s name within your content.
The goal is to create a connection between what’s happening in your local area and your business. Also, use pictures with your specific geolocation to increase your content relevance.
Creating quality and relevant content is only the start. You need to optimize your content for on-page signals so local search algorithms can discover and rank them better. Here’s how you can optimize your local content for on-page signals:
Meta descriptions — Include keywords in your meta descriptions to encourage searchers to click through and increase visibility
Title tags — Title tags are some of the factors that search engines use to determine where to rank content. Incorporating keywords naturally in your title tags can help boost local rankings
Image tags — Another way to improve local rankings is by including relevant keywords in your image tags. Including geotags also comes with an added advantage
Headings — Users and Google value pages with clear structures. Consider creating headings within your content to capture readers’ attention and encourage them to read on. However, ensure your heading tags describe the content that comes after them well. Also, include keywords in your heading tags to help search engines understand them and their importance.
Off-page local signals
Gaining high-quality backlinks is a great way to boost credibility and trust. Backlinks refer to external links from another website to your site. Aim to have more high-quality backlinks to boost your website authority.
Ideally, having many quality backlinks shows search engines that your website or page is credible and trustworthy, which boosts the chances of ranking it higher in search engine results.
Guest posting is one of the best examples of link-building strategies you can use. Finding great guest posting opportunities provides an excellent opportunity to share your content to a new but relevant audience, which helps boost your website authority.
Another strategy you can use is to create longer and better content than what is already available on the web. When your content is high quality and relevant, it will be easier to get high-quality backlinks.
Review and social signals
Online reviews can also help boost relevance for your local business. Aim to get as many positive reviews from your happy customers as possible.
Remember, when customers perform a local search, they get not only the relevant businesses but also reviews related to the search. The more positive reviews a business has, the higher chances a potential customer will do business with them.
Closing thoughts on the local search algorithm
Ranking on top of local search results can seem daunting, but it shouldn’t when you know the vital things to focus on. As you have seen above, the local algorithm is based on three pillars: relevance, proximity, and prominence.
Of course, other factors determine local search rankings depending on your industry and competition.
Ah, email. Why did you send my friend’s birthday party invite to my spam folder? Why do you make it so easy to archive an email when I don’t even know what that means? Why are you … blue now … Gmail?
Email is a necessary evil. So whenever I hear about startups looking to innovate on the decades-old communication tech, I’m instantly intrigued considering the huge number of potential areas of improvement. Plus, talk about a large TAM!
Startups have taken note. Boomerang launched its email productivity software in 2010, and since its 2014 launch, Superhuman has raised $108 million to help users get through their inbox faster. Trying to build a better email mousetrap isn’t exactly a novel concept, but it could be big business.
I recently received pitches from two new upstarts, both of which launched their email innovations in the last year, that really piqued my interest. Let’s meet them.