Analytics Pro: Own your Data and Put it to the Service of your Cause

In one day, we will take you from data curious to data capable. From concept to application, we will empower your use of Google’s Analytics, Data Studio, and Tag Manager products to deliver reports that drive change

We will learn how to use the Google Analytics interface more efficiently, so we can find the information we are looking for and analyze it. We will define basic metrics and explain why common ones such as Bounce Rate and Session Duration are misleading. We will create custom segments to slice and dice our data, and create goals to make analysis a breeze. Event tracking, custom alerts, filters and a slew of other topics will be covered. Whether you are new to web analytics or need a refresher, there will be massive takeaways!

Once we are confident with GA, we will switch gears and show you how best to visualize your data using Google Data Studio. We’ll start with some basics, like leveraging templates to get you started and quickly show how you can incorporate hundreds of data sources outside of the Google Stack into your reports. We’ll also talk strategy and governance.

Last but not least we will cover Google Tag Manager. GTM helps make advanced tagging and tracking easier, even for non-developers. However, general knowledge of HTML and HTML elements will be helpful as we talk about tracking specific items on a page. Attendees will be  given access to a sandbox environment where they can practice implementing Google Analytics on a test site, as well as adding custom event tracking and much more. We will briefly cover ecommerce and provide some sample dataLayer snippets, to help you get started. We will show you how to debug in real-time using dataSlayer and the native Preview mode.

Most importantly, we’ll look at all these tools holistically and strategically. We’ll pair up theory with practical exercises using the google app store dataset. At the end of the day, and optionally over lunch, we’ll offer clinics to improve your analytics and data practices on your existing site. A take-away guide will also be provided offering key recommendations.

Learning Objectives: 

Strategic Objectives:

  • Using search and secondary dimensions effectively in the UI

  • Learn which metrics are important and why some are misleading

  • Get Google Ads data in Google Analytics

  • Using the right reports for the job

  • Track external traffic using UTM parameters

  • Apply a UTM management strategy

  • Create goals to make campaign analysis a breeze

  • Setup filters to ensure data is clean

  • Create custom alerts to provide real time notifications when something unexpected happens

  • Create custom segments to slice and dice your data

  • Enhance data with custom dimensions

Technical Objectives:

  • Apply tags, triggers, and variables to achieve structured outcomes

  • Create your own event tracking in GTM using:

    • Scroll Tracking

    • Video Tracking

    • Phone Clicks

    • Email Clicks

    • File Downloads

    • CTAs such as “Buy Now” 

  • Setup Google Analytics & basic event tagging in 5 minutes via GTM

  • Make your life easier by importing “recipes”

  • Use views and filters in Google Analytics to deliver results

  • Enable native eCommerce tracking in GA/GTM

  • Standardize data collection with a dataLayer

  • Deploy 3rd party software via GTM

  • Use connectors such as SuperMetrics to bring hundreds of data sources into Google Data Studio

  • Leverage Google Data Studio templates

  • Create global filters in Google Data Studio

  • Build custom metrics and dimensions in Google Data Studio

About the trainers:

The Kalamuna team is personable, dynamic, and empathetic. We’re results driven and want to ensure the audience gets as much out of the experience as possible. We were heavily invested in DevOps training in the context of Kalabox, so this effort is a return to our roots in Drupal community empowerment.

Vadim Tchernine, Senior Analyst at Kalamuna, is a data-driven digital marketer with over 10 years experience in both agency and client-side organizations. He's developed and implemented measurement methodologies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies in order to have a streamlined approach to dealing with data & analytics. This includes creating tracking plans, setting up targets, KPIs, creating dashboards, reports, and more. He has worked with brands like American Express, Home Depot, Fiat Chrysler, Red Lobster, and Dairy Queen. He now uses his knowledge to help smaller organizations and institutions get the most out of their data.

Crispin Bailey is the Director of Design & User Experience at Kalamuna, where he harnesses the firm’s design and technical forces to help clients craft compelling and user-friendly websites. In his 20+ years building all things digital, he has lead positive outcomes as a digital producer, web accessibility lead, senior interactive designer, UX/UI designer, project manager and technologist. Crispin brings significant analytics experience to the table, and things astutely about the user-centered and goal-driven nature of digital experiences to ensure we are measuring the right things.

Kristin Sartain is a Sr Project Manager with analytics certification.

Lily Berman is a Strategic Account Manager and past DrupalCon speaker with strong analytics acumen.

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