The website had been live for a month and it was all going downhill.
It didn’t start out like this. There were hundreds of hours poured into making everything just right and carefully crafted campaigns sending visitors every day. The first reports showed good revenue and a frankly fantastic sales conversion rate of 3%.
But the next time I looked, it was 2%. Then 1.5%. What was going wrong?
Well, nothing. It was exactly what I expected. But to a stressed-out business owner, these numbers looked terrifying. The site is failing!
Why would two people interpret such obviously bad results so differently?
Love him or hate him, Josh Silverman is one of the big names of 2017. Not a politician or part of the Hollywood elite, but creating controversy nonetheless at a place that’s close to our hearts.
When Silverman stepped in as the new Etsy CEO earlier this year, his mandate was growth. That meant growth for shareholders, but also growth for sellers.
The past few years haven’t been easy, for Etsy or sellers. Despite their increasing Gross Merchandise Sales, 2014 through 2016 saw the average amount spent per buyer and per item fall. More buyers who buy cheaper things for less is not a good outcome for handmade businesses trying to crack a luxury market!
Despite this, sellers as a whole haven’t welcomed Silverman with open arms. They see him representing “big capitalism” and fear the changes he’ll bring will destroy the last vestiges of the Etsy they once knew.
A scary story, perhaps. Let’s take a break for a moment and think about ourselves…
If you ever find yourself on a dark, empty road and see a lone car far ahead indicate to change lanes, you might think, “Why are they bothering? I bet they even checked their blind spot…”
Well that person might be me. And I did check my blind spot.
I’m just the kind of person who does things the same way, every time.
So if you’re anything like me, I can only assume that you’ve been super diligent in using your Test View to trial changes in Google Analytics.
But what about when you’re confident everything’s working? Everything took so long to set up the first time… surely you don’t need to go through it all again?!
Nope, you don’t!
(Ok, there are a couple of tiny things you’ll need to do again, but bear with me because there’s still an easy way to do it.)
IMPORTANT: These instructions are for Universal Analytics. Google Analytics 4 comes with a new way for testing filters so you no longer need to move them between Views.
I think I’m lucky. I get to talk to people about digital analytics almost every day. (Hey, it’s fun for me, ok?)
But over the years I’ve noticed something a bit silly.
Everyone’s always talking about how to measure more stuff and see more reports.
They need to capture every movement of every visitor.
They want to dip their fingers into a swirling ocean of numbers.
They’re desperate for a veritable avalanche of interactive charts straight off the set of Minority Report.
And it’s all a complete waste of time if you don’t know how to take the next step.
The most important work you will do in Analytics isn’t setting up traffic attribution or installing dashboards. It’s actually analysing your data.
And wow, can that be a daunting prospect! Where on earth do you start? What should you look at first? How do you know when something is important and what can you even do about it??
Luckily, there’s a simple place to start and it’s called segmentation. It’s the bread and butter of analysis, is super easy to learn and will make finding those important insights so much easier.
Pinterest is a wonderful and fun tool for collecting inspiration and aspiration… so it only makes sense that it’s also a fantastic marketing channel for your Etsy stores! But how much traffic does it generate?
Find out how to measure your Pinterest visitors more reliably and control how they appear in your Google Analytics reports.
We all know it.
A high bounce rate is bad! Right?
Well, that depends. On a lot, actually.
Let’s have a look at what a bounce rate really is and what a “bounce” means for different parts of your online shop.
Not all traffic is equal. It’s incredibly important to be able to identify valuable visitors.
Visits that lead to sales.
Unfortunately, you can’t track Etsy sales in Google Analytics right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have conversion rates. I’m not talking purchase conversions here (sales) but goals that imply something good: engagement, getting-close-to-the-sale-ness. Then you can say what percentage of your visits met this criteria, and whether some traffic sources, products etc. performed better than others.
Let’s call this an Engagement Rate!
IMPORTANT: These instructions are for Universal Analytics. Google Analytics 4 comes with built-in Engagement and Engagement Rate metrics that measure roughly the same visitor behaviour – yay!
Google Analytics lets us see all sorts of interesting things about our visitors, like where they came from, what city they’re in, or what search term they used. But there’s a whole bunch of information that you’ve probably never seen!
Yep, that’s gender, age & interests straight into your Analytics reports!
If you have an Etsy shop, you probably use Instagram. And if you don’t, you probably should.
But if you look in Google Analytics, you’ll see close to no traffic from this supposedly wonderful handmade-marketing-engine. What’s going on?
Is it a failure? Or are your Instagram visitors just hidden?
See, when somebody taps the link in your profile and it opens your Etsy shop, Instagram doesn’t pass on any “referral” information to your shop. It doesn’t tell it that Instagram opened that link. As far as your shop is concerned, and therefore your Google Analytics tracking code and even Etsy Shop Stats, that person may as well have opened up their mobile web browser and manually typed your shop address in.
In other words, Google Analytics and Shop Stats track that as a Direct visit.
And you have no idea which of all your Direct visits came from Instagram. You can guess by looking at which ones came from mobiles or tablets, but it’s not reliable.
This is where campaign (or UTM) tagging comes in.
Yes! You can do this for any website. Keep reading to find out how.