How Google Analytics Can Help Your Small Business

How Google Analytics Can Help Your Small Business

Google Analytics is a service that provides businesses with the tools they need to understand their customers. Better still it allows you to understand your customers better. You will be more prepared to make strategic decisions that helps your business grow.

Despite the potential value, the standard analytics service is completely free so there’s little reason not to take advantage of it. Google also has an entire library of courses (also free) dedicated to teaching you how to use these these tools. So with a little time, you’ll gain a lot of insight into your business. The benefits of Google Analytics include many things and the following are some examples.

Understand Which Marketing Channels Are Most Effective

If you are trying to spread awareness and draw people to your website, you might be running more than one marketing campaign to do it.

With Google Analytics, you’ll not only be able to see which of these campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site. But you’ll also learn which advertisements are leading to the most conversions on your website or landing page. By knowing which ads are most effective or the most profitable, you’ll know where to put your money for the next month.

The rest of the information you get from Google Analytics then can be used to improve the ads that are under performing.

What Google Analytics can do for your small business
What Google Analytics can do for your small business

Learn About Site Traffic and Demographics

You want to know who’s visiting your website so that you know whether your marketing campaigns are reaching the right people. If you aren’t hitting your target audience, you might be wasting a lot of money on irrelevant traffic. Even for small business websites, though, Google Analytics will report on a lot of things, including:

  • Age of visitors
  • Gender
  • Geographical location
  • Interests
  • Marital status
  • Education level

If you are running a PPC campaign, you’ll pay for every click regardless of who clicks so you want to limit the number of irrelevant clicks. When you know the above information, you can tweak your ads to include or exclude certain groups to reach a more relevant audience.

Additionally, you’ll know the browsers and operating systems that your visitors come from, which can be valuable info as well.

Google Analytics Knows How Your Visitors Behave on Your Site

Not only will you be able to see who your visitors are and where they come from but you’ll also be able to see what they do once they arrive at your site.

This is valuable because you’ll get to see how consumers interact with your website. You get to see which pages are getting the most attention and how well each of them is converting. If there are particular pages that aren’t getting as much traffic as you’d like, you can make the necessary adjustments.

Small business websites can see where visitors click, how long they stay on the site, and which items they are most interested in. If you have a lot of people leaving your site, you can start to think about why that is.

Learn About Your Keywords with Google Analytics

When consumers arrive at your site through a search engine, you’ll know what they searched to get there. Effective use of keywords when creating content is essential to SEO. The content that goes with it matters but you have to know what they are first.

Google Analytics will show you which keywords attract the most visitors to your site. You can then begin to prioritise words and phrases based on their success rate.

No one wants their website to appear on the second page of the search results. Using the right keywords is one of the ways that you can get yourself on the front page. As a result you could see a lot more traffic.

Develop More Cost-Effective Marketing Campaigns

The benefits of Google Analytics help you develop more cost-effective marketing campaigns. As a small business with limited resources, everything is about cost efficiency. You want to maximise your results without overspending and marketing. This means making sure that your ads are doing what they are supposed to do. If you can limit the amount of irrelevant traffic and increase your conversion rate, you can get a lot more out of your advertisements.

Google Analytics gives you the tools to learn about your consumers, your advertisements, and your website. In doing so, you can strategise and make more intelligent decisions that produce those results.

If you want to learn more about how I can help with your website analytics don’t hesitate to get in touch.

RenComp Web Design

Kevin Gilmour is a freelance website designer and the business owner of RenComp Web Design. He has been creating, designing and providing support for WordPress based websites since 2011. He recently decided to turn that accumulation of knowledge into a web design business based in his home town of Johnstone in Scotland.

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