Category Archives: Analytics

Create incremental value with analytics using a GPS

I use my GPS almost every day. The whole concept of a GPS is fascinating. The way they work is that 3 satellites measure the distance between their position and your position. This calculates your 2D position (latitude and longitude). Google Maps only needs your 2D position to tell you where you are and where… Read More »

The Price Tag of Analytics Precision

Precision in digital analytics is unobtainable. This isn’t an edgy statement, it’s a fact. You will never achieve precision in your Adobe Analytics account. Your A/B test data will always contain noise. If your company is larger than a mom-and-pop shop then your automated QA tools will never be totally comprehensive. As an analyst, you must figure out… Read More »

Quick Tip to Test GTM’s dataLayer.push Calls

When I code I Google things. A lot. Sometimes I get so caught up in writing the right code that I forget there is an easier way to test things. Google Tag Manager’s dataLayer object is a little interesting in that it isn’t exactly a true JS object like you would see with the w3c standard for… Read More »

Building a Testing Culture with the 3 Second Scan

Yet another article trying to diagnose and solve a problem that every organization could likely solve differently. I’m solving this problem for companies that are in very immature stages of testing/optimization. That means you may have run one or two tests but want to run tests continuously and simultaneously. Go to any other site to find best… Read More »

Google Analytics Data Quality Checklist

Google Analytics is interesting. It has the lowest barrier to entry of any analytics tool (because it’s free) but is deceptively complex. As analysts, we should understand that no implementation is perfect. You can hire a team of consultants to audit and correct low-hanging fruit of your implementation, but your business isn’t stagnant. It’s fluid. Even… Read More »

My Secret Sauce: Building a Forgettable Donation Form

A big part of my job over the past 2 years has been managing a single donation form. During this time I’ve operationalized the A/B testing program and turned our focus from the “big and sexy” to… well… boring and iterative. It’s not all that bad, though! We’ve grown our revenue substantially each year – largely attributed to… Read More »

What I learned working analytics at a “fixer-upper”

I think any analytics professional who has worked in consulting has run into these clients. There’s one person in the company who wants to be incredibly data-driven. How do we do this? Let’s bring in the experts who can lead us to data-driven nirvana. I LOVED these clients. You can spit in any direction and hit… Read More »

Introducing Tagtician (Beta): The Tag Management Companion

I’d like for you all to formally meet your first and last tag management companion tool for DTM: Tagtician. I’ve been talking about it for the past few months… now use it. We’re pleased to announce our open beta launches today. So… if you haven’t been keeping up, what exactly is it? Tagtician is a DTM… Read More »

DTM Tagtics

You get that play on words? TAGtics? Like… tagging tactics? So we’ve had DTM for a while and I think it’s time we have a heart-to-heart. I think it’s time you tag your site differently. DTM was created with the intent that you would create your tags based on user behavior. Why would you want to do that?… Read More »