Google Analytics Summit 2013

October 1, 2013

As every year I’m here, in this case with Richard Dawson (Intellignos) and Diego Salama (Mercado Libre) at the Google Analytics Summit, in this case in it’s 2013 version.
This post is in real time so you will see things in draft and not finished…don’t worry, will be done after the event is finished.

Google Analytics Summit 2013

Great introduction by Paul Muret, Vice President of Engineering at Google Analytics talking about history and the Analytics Market.
Paul gave the voice to Bebak Pahlavan the Director of Product Management of Google Analytics who after saying that they launched more than 70 new feature, will introduce 14 new Features:
1. Auto-event tracking en Google Tag Manager.
2. Premium Service Level Agreement for Google Tag Manager.
3. Upgrade to Universal Analytics for the standard accounts!
4. Management UI and API.
5. New ABC report.

ABC Report Google Analytics
6. New Unified Segments.

Google Analytics Unified Segments

7. Audience Data and reporting!

Google Analytics audience analysis
8. Audience data within unified segments!
9. Export GA hit data into google big query for premium customers
10. Double click campaign manager integration – view through, click through data.
11. Double click data import into Multi channel funnels.
12. Google Play integration with GA Analytics to analyze the impact on downloads.

Plays with Analytics
13. Analytics Academy.

Oct 1: Course opens for registration!
Oct 8: Units 1-4 will be available, Google Group opens for discussions.
Oct 15: Live Hangout #1, Units 2-6 open for access.
Oct 22: Live Hangout #2
Oct 30: Course closes, get your certificate by this date!
14. In-Product help videos

SDX – more granular and complex querying of unsampled data
The upcoming BigQuery integration is a planned feature for Google Analytics Premium that allows clients to access their session and hit level data from Google Analytics within Google BigQuery for more granular and complex querying of unsampled data. For those unfamiliar with Google BigQuery, it’s a web service that lets you perform interactive analysis of massive data sets—up to trillions of rows. Scalable and easy to use, BigQuery lets developers and businesses tap into powerful data analytics on demand. Plus, your data is easily exportable.

Google Analytics big Query

APIs For Enterprise
Large companies have unique needs; they have many websites and many users. In the past, it could take many hours to setup Google Analytics. With our new Google Analytics Enterprise APIs, IT teams can programmatically setup and configure Google Analytics accounts, saving time, and giving them more time to analyze data.



After the break Tom Davenport, Professor, Author and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics is presenting Marketing Analytics 3.0. Speaks how old is Big Data and ask to the attendants “Who would anytime say I work with small data?” :-)

Tom Davenport at GA Summit
Marketing Analytics 2.0 is the big data era which is
1. Complex, large, unstructured data about customers
2. New analytical and computacional capabilities.
3. “Data scientists” emerge
4. Online and digital marketing firms create data-based products and services.

Marketing Analytics 3.0
Fast, Pervasive Digital marketing:
1. A seamless blend of traditional analytics and big data
2. Analytics integral to marketing and all other functions
3. Rapid, agile insight and model delivery.
4. Analytical tools available at point and time of decision
5. Analytics are everybody’s job
6. Heavy reliance on machine learning “However we are very sceptical about it’s potential”
7. In-memory and in-database analytics.
8. Integrated and embedded models.
9. Analytical apps by industry and decision.
10. Focus on data discovery.

GE has been creating the new analytics and industrial internet model and invested 2 Billon on that.

“75% of marketers don’t know their ROI”

Recipe for a 3.0 world
1. Start with an existing capability for marketing data management and analytics.
2. Add some unstructured large volume customer data.
3. Throw some product/service innovation into the mix.

Now is the turn of Russell Ketchum Product Manager at Google Analytics In-app measurement: Going native.

Conversions, are they doing what matters?

[In Apps]: when you’re looking at behavior metrics, you’re looking at what people did / how they’re using your app.

Acting on an idea

Users should spend time with their data

The drawer is the fastest way to data

Improving the drawer helps users get to data


Lunch time at GA Summit

At 13.40hs cames along Jody Sarno, Customer Insight Senior Analyst at Forrester to talk about solving marketing challenges: How attribution can help.

Clear up the confusion. Marketing Mix modelling (MMM) is the process of using statistical analytics to estimate, optimise and predict the impact of paid, owned media.

Key Findings

1. Marketers leverage attribution to uncover marketing and consumer trends.

2. Opportunities. Data integrations, change management and customer purchase path.

End of Jody conference

While the next speaker begins you can take a look and register at the brand new Google Analytics Academy.

Now Bill Kee, Head of Attribution Products at Google Analytics talks about how to make attribution works.

There are two important new integration, the first is Youtube Display Network with Google Analytics and the second is Double Click with Google Analytics allowing to understand the full clickstream (user journey) of a user.

Data driven attribution model.

Calculate the impact of each touch point. “All models are wrong! But some are useful.” Bill Kee – Head of Attribution Products, Google.

Bill invite Melissa Shusterman, Strategic Engagement Director at MaassMedia to talk about a case study.

Melisa says that attribution allow them to optimise all displays campaigns an not just the ones that drives conversions…(sorry I don’t understand what she wanted to say).

1. Initial Analysis, click throughs.

2. View Throughs conversions, confusing. This contradicts click throughs. conversions.

Key areas of attribution:

1. Last Touch Sales.

2. Attributed Sales.

3. Percent Non-last touch sales.

4. Cost per attributed sale.

Results: The traffic decreased but the conversions with the Data Driven Model increased.

Making it work

“Data Driven Attribution forces Display teams to get smarter” 

Next presentation is Steve Yap, Head of Emerging Products at Google. Required to win: The integrated analytics imperative.

Integrations thorough principle. Today’s market and todays consumer demand more from us. They want relevancy, engaging creative and meaningful content.


1. Whatever we built has to be the best in the market.

2. The system have to work well with one other and be better together.

3. They are easy to use.

Progression toward action like Doubleclick, Teracent, Invitemedia and Google Analytics.


if you wanted to know what they are thinking just go and ask them

September 3, 2013

Multivariate or A/B testing is very cool and useful. Today’s solutions are very flexible and allows you to test several pieces of marketing (ads, lading pages, etc) in real time without the need of being an expert. You have tools for any particular need, free solutions like Google Content Experiments; paid solutions for a low price like Convert, Optimizely, Unbounce and VWO; and paid solutions for bigger budgets like Adobe Test & Target, Sitespect and Autonomy optimost among others.

Multivariate testingMultivariateTesting

Even though this kind of solutions are great and useful it is important to know what are they useful and are not useful for. A/B testing and Multivariate solutions are useful to test a “Short list” of changes or optimisations after you already know them. What they can’t do is let you know what are those changes you have to test. Let’s put it this way, if someone tells you “what do you prefer, that I give you a punch in your eye or in your stomach?” You will probably chose the eye or the stomach depending on what bother you less.  However that doesn’t mean that you like to be beaten.

Before running A/B testing or a multivariate testing I highly recommend you to run surveys to let your users chose the short list to be tested (without they knowing that). If you just show them just a few combinations that you have in mind, you could be leaving aside some other possibilities that can drive you in a better manner to your business result.

A/B testing or multivariate testing are a behavioural source of information. Behavioural information can just answer you “WHAT” the user is doing but not “WHY”. It is important to know what kind of information source can answer different questions so you can go there and get the answer. The “WHYs” can just be answered by Attitudinal information sources like surveys.

You have also a full range of surveys solutions both Free like Survey Monkey and Google Forms; and paid like Zoomerang. So, if you wanted to know what they are thinking just go and ask them, no excuses.

Optimize Web and Mobile Apps across devices using Google Analytics

August 26, 2013

I leave you this very interesting video presented at the Google I/O 2013 about how to use Google Analytics (Universal Analytics) to optimize Web and Mobile Apps across devices. Enjoy it!