Find Hidden Profit with Google’s New Cohort Analysis Tool


E-commerce users have a powerful new tool to add to their tool box. In early February 2015, Google released the Google Cohort Analysis, a deep-analysis tool added to the Google Analytics suite. Businesses are able to look at their customers in a way that is more meaningful to long-term profits. Rather than presenting analysts with […]

3Q’s SEO Team Takes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a way to understand how people perceive their world, find motivation, and make decisions.  It categorizes people’s tendencies across 4 preferences: Introverted (I) / Extraverted (E): Does someone feel energized by being around others, or by being alone? Intuitive (N) / Observant (S): When taking in new information, does […]

21 Reasons to Grant GA Access to Your Paid Search Agency


Having Google Analytics access is absolutely critical to running paid search campaigns to their full potential. Read-only access is okay, but it falls far short of helping us truly optimize a client’s campaigns (I’ll explain, using several of the examples below, why Edit access is necessary). Here’s a selection of key use-cases for GA access […]

A/B Testing? Use Statistics to Stay on Course


You just launched an AdWords Campaign Experiment to test two ad variations in your top-volume campaign. Great job! But now what? Actual A/B test implementation is only part of the battle to make data-based improvements in your account. The most important part of the testing is often forgotten: test evaluation. Here are a few steps […]

How-to: Reconcile Google Analytics and AdWords Data


While Google Analytics and AdWords can and do report on the same campaigns, it’s important to recognize that comparing data between the two platforms will never be apples-to-apples. The different terminology, tracking settings, and attribution are important to recognize when diving into any problem and marrying data between the platforms. In this post, we’ll examine […]

Top 8 Google Analytics Reports for PPC


So you work in PPC. You’re most likely using Google Analytics. You’re also most likely completely overwhelmed by the volume of data and reports available to you. Let’s break it down to a manageable – and actionable! – number. In this post, we’ll break down 8 essential GA reports for PPC professionals. For each, we’ll […]

Google Analytics for Paid Search: Basic Setup

Ah, Google Analytics. The interface changes regularly, the terminology can be obtuse, and there’s SO MUCH data that it’s hard to know what’s truly useful and what might just be a rabbit hole. Is it even worth learning? In a word, yes. But we’ve got a lot more space than that, so buckle up. In […]

Use Excel Power Maps to Visualize Performance by Location

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Since one of my largest clients is a franchise business with ~100 individual locations, I often need to communicate localized results to contacts who know very little about search and are not data-oriented. Using Excel’s new Add-On called Power Maps (once known as GeoFlow), we can easily create a variety of visualizations to better show […]

Excellent Analytics: Why You Need to Know This Free Tool


We all know that Google Analytics exists. As SEMs, some of us like to pretend it doesn’t so we can happily live out our lives in the Google UI or AdWords Editor. But if you are one of those people, it’s time you wake up and smell the Analytics data that can be directly downloaded […]

Kick-a** PPC tips recap: tracking, metrics, and analytics

In case you missed it — and there’s probably no way you caught all 100 — we kicked off 2013 with a #100PPCtips100days series on Twitter, and we’ve recapped them by category for you each week! (Note: click on each tip to read an expanded blog post.) Today’s installment: kick-a** tracking, metrics, and analytics tips. Enjoy! Tip: Use […]