In last week’s post, we explored how to tag individual users and hits with unique identifiers in Google Analytics, so that an analyst could export raw data from the Google Analytics API for complex statistical analyses not possible in the GA interface. But there are undoubtedly some situations in which even that solution isn’t good enough – Google limits the number of metrics and dimensions you can download in a single query, for example. What do you do then?
Luckily, there’s a solution for this. We’ll just send Google Analytics data on a little detour from the user’s browser to our own web server, process it ourselves, and query to our hearts content!
The 1945 movie, Detour, starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage.
In this how-to video, the author merges customer data with Google Analytics data via Google BigQuery. Luckily, you can unlock these kinds of features without having to take out a second mortgage.
Think that sounds like a cool idea? Let’s get started.
What if your business was paying a bunch of extra money to bring in sales that would have happened anyway?
In the e-commerce business, affiliate marketing promises to deliver increased sales by getting your name and products showing up on dozens of sites, blogs, and social media pages. Of course, this sounds like a great boon – more traffic, more sales, more profits. But, in many cases, the results aren’t nearly as good as you might expect. If you’re not careful, your affiliate program can cannibalize sales that were going to happen anyway…