By Maria Langer | Monday, November 3, 2014
Not long ago, Twitter quietly rolled out an analytics feature that helps you understand the impact of your Tweets.
It’s called the Tweet Activity Dashboard, and it graphically illustrates the total daily impressions—the number of times your tweets have appeared in other users’ timelines—for any given period.
Why should you care? Well, the stat lover in me just thinks Twitter Analytics is kind of cool.
But it’s also extremely useful for individuals and organizations that want to measure the effectiveness of their social networking activity on Twitter.
By Chelsea Adams | Monday, April 14, 2014
If you can copy and paste text, you can install Google Analytics to WordPress. All you need is an established self-hosted WordPress.org website or blog, a Google Analytics account, and five minutes or less.
Note: You can only install Google Analytics on self-hosted WordPress.org sites and blogs. WordPress-hosted WordPress.com blogs won’t let you alter your header file or otherwise make low-level changes to your website infrastructure.
By Ray Villalobos | Saturday, April 7, 2012
What comes next? What skills do I have to develop ? What techniques do I have to learn? These are some of the questions I regularly asked myself when I was facing the radio station build, and questions I often ask myself now when I am coming up with View Source topics, so I wanted to share three things I learned in my early transition that helped me to move on and start a new project.
One of the first things that caught my eye even while working as a small cog in the newspaper industry was analytics, and in particular, traffic patterns on web sites. My first experience with analytics was learning how to use a program called Urchin, which was the precursor to Google Analytics. Working in Urchin I learned that web sites, like most things, obey certain patterns. For example, web sites tend to have more traffic on weekdays than weekends, and traffic goes down dramatically on holidays. I learned that it’s important to track your web apps as soon as you launch them, and then to make your future plans are based on how people are interacting with your product.
One of my tasks I preformed on the radio station web site was to build a small 1-10 rating system feature that I didn’t think much about. The rating system worked by letting you give Kudos and ratings to your friends directly on your friend’s pages. It didn’t take me that long to program, and I had no real plans for doing much else with it, but people went nuts over the feature. Soon rating wars and a reciprocal rating requests (‘I’ll give you a 10 if you give me a 10′) starting breaking out as people wanted to make sure to always have a lot of votes and a perfect 10 rating. I didn’t see it coming, but using analytics to study the usage of the network allowed me to adjust my programming accordingly.
Learning how people use your products is even more important than your road map. Your users are the most important thing, so it’s very important to make sure you know how they’re using your product, and using analytics allows you to really track what is working (and what isn’t).
In this video from chapter two of the Google Analytics Essential Training course, author Corey Koberg discusses the concept of web analytics as not only a tool, but also a process.
In the coming weeks, there’s going to be more discussion of back-end technologies on View Source. In this week’s episode, seen below, I focus on showing you how to parse XML from a YouTube channel.
Why YouTube? Building a YouTube Channel lets you tap into YouTube’s huge audience which views about three billion videos per day, and sees about 800 million unique visitors per month. Creating a YouTube channel is easy, free, and allows you to incorporate video into your site without any bandwidth costs.
If you’ve got seven minutes, take a look at this View Source tutorial that shows you how to build a photo rotator using jQuery:
Every week, I plan on expanding the list of technologies featured in the View Source series, including a focus on mobile, CSS, CMS, and others. I will also continue to focus on tricks I’ve learned along the way, and emerging technologies like jQuery mobile. As always, if you have an idea for something you’d like covered, please feel free to let me know in the comments section below!
Interested in more?
• The entire View Source weekly series
• All developer courses on lynda.com
• All web + interactive courses on lynda.com
• All courses from Ray Villalobos on lynda.com
Suggested courses to watch next:• Mobile Web Design & Development Fundamentals•Google Analytics Essential Training•Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Hands-On Training•Web Form Design Best Practices
By Bonnie Bills | Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The web has completely changed marketing from a primarily one-way form of communication to an interactive, two way customer-centered conversation. It has also changed the rules of participation. You don’t need a big budget or a marketing team to embark on an effective online marketing campaign, you just need to know the fundamentals of online marketing so you can get started on a new campaign, or optimize the campaign you have. The smallest businesses—the one-woman design shop, the auto repair place down the street, the ten-employee consulting business—can engage in many of the same marketing activities as a multinational fast-food chain with a massive marketing budget.
In Online Marketing Fundamentals, web marketing expert Lorrie Thomas Ross explains how businesses can:
• Set themselves up for success by defining their audience and creating an effective website
• Use social media sites from Facebook to Foursquare to interact with customers and prospects in new ways
• Blog to become credible sources of information and reach new audiences
• Use SEO and SEM to reach customers interested in their goods or services
• Analyze their online efforts with web analytics software
• And much more
Whether you’re contemplating your first web marketing efforts or are an experienced web marketer looking for new ideas, you’ll find plenty of information in Online Marketing Fundamentals.
Interested in more?
• All business courses in the Online Training Library®
• Courses by Lorrie Thomas Ross in the Online Training Library®
Suggested courses to watch next:
• Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter• Effective Email Marketing Strategies• Analyzing Your Web Site to Improve SEO• Google Analytics Essential Training
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