Understanding Web Analytics In Digital Marketing

Understanding Web Analytics In Digital Marketing


Marketers use web analytics tools to understand how their campaigns are performing, in particular, how users behave on their website and how they interact with their content.

Web analytics tools can help you understand what content on site is working well and what objectives you want it to… and also understand how traffic from different sources differ in their behaviour on site.



Web analytics tools provide insight into the full user journey, from source to interaction, through to the completed conversion; for example, you can find out the source of the traffic from an organic search on a search engine through the pages viewed and any micro and macro conversions along the way.


Web analytics can provide insights into who your customers are (such as their main demographics), the market we are in (whether it is increasing or decreasing), how your content is resonating with your audience (by showing positive or negative actions by users), the success of campaigns (including helping understand ROI and the most profitable campaigns) and conversion challenges (like blocks or pain points in conversion paths).


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Web analytics enables marketers to understand their customers better and provide insights into who their audience is and their interests, an enhanced appreciation of what consumers like or don’t like, and an understanding of how to improve the user experience for the consumer.


The insights marketers obtain through their analytics help to optimize content and campaigns by providing data on: 

  • what content to update or create to increase engagement
  • what campaigns to increase investment in
  • what changes to make on the website to improve user experience and
  • what updates to make to the positioning of products and services to appeal more to consumers.


The result of this analysis should mean marketers are making smarter decisions on their marketing spend, therefore driving increased levels of traffic and improving their conversion rate onsite.

Analysis is not a once-off, however, and should be used to continually increase knowledge and constantly improve campaigns and onsite experiences to increase traffic and conversion even further.

google analytics in digital marketing

By using web analytics tools and collecting, measuring and analyzing campaign data, marketers can use insights collected from these tools to gain a better understanding of what is and what isn’t working in their campaigns or on their website. They can therefore, make more informed decisions on their future marketing strategies and activities in order to optimize and improve future activity.


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There are dozens of web analytics tools on the market. Some of the main tools used are:

Google Analytics: the most commonly used analytics tool worldwide and has both free and paid versions.

Adobe Analytics: an enterprise solution that is part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud and has only a paid license.

Webtrends: another paid-for enterprise solution that has integrated heat mapping software.

Kissmetrics: this has a CRM as well as email marketing packages alongside its analytics tools and offers only paid subscriptions.

Woopra: an analytics package that also has integrated CRM analysis, with both free and paid levels.

Piwik: an open-source analytics tool that offers both paid and free versions.


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Adeniyi Salau

Adeniyi Salau Scrum Master Certified , CCNA R&S , BeingCert and Scrum Certified Digital Marketing Professional, CEP, MOS, MCP, CSCU (Project 2016), Microsoft Certified Security and Networking Associate is a Google and Beingcert Certified Digital Marketer, Project Manager and SEO Expert of repute with about a decade of Blogging and online marketing experience. He is always ready to share his experience with others.

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