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Hi I'm @beussery welcome to the Analytics API session at PubCon Las Vegas. Richard can't be here today... Dax Herrera is filling in....
Up first, Nate Griffin
1. Attribute actual revenue to sources
2. Visualize data for transparency
Unless ecommerce tracking is enabled in GA, you can't get actual dollar amounts from Google Analytics.
If using GA you can't add data
Website belongs to marketing
CRM belongs to sales
Product belongs to support
Marketing doesn't have an interest in closes
Sales doesn't have an interest in long term relations
With lead ID in CRM you can calculate revenue, lifetime value & satisfaction.
Apply the same logic as Omniture transaction ID and Coremetircs CDF. As a result all have vested interest.
Pitfalls, you've got to really want to to this because it isn't easy. You don't want to do this for real time data. For every date range, this has to be run again.
- doesn't have access to everything
- how much would you pay for Omniture implementation
Biggest problem, internal sabotage because this project isn't easy and takes time.
Get C-Suite buy in
Dax is up now...
In any consulting firm, bandwidth is a challenge. Anything Dax can do to help in this area is important.
You can speed things up by using enterprise APIs.
To some folks enterprise APIs might seem geeky but Dax loves creating valuable services for company and client.
There are two functions in SEO:
- Figure out why you suck
- Fix it
At the enterprise level there is one more:
- prove it
Dax is working on a new tool that analyses site and figures out why target terms aren't working. Dax talks more about the tool and offering "Prove it" technology via APIs.
11:54:28 AM Brian Ussery: Dax talks about Microsoft wanting to rank for "Try Windows 7" but "try" isn't on the site. They were able to help show this in enterprise speak by using APIs. Dax will go over API specifics in a minute.
11:55:13 AM Brian Ussery: Every SEO is as good as his ability to analyses data. That is what APIs can help to do.
In terms of tools, there are:
- Google Analytics
Point is, there are a lot of tools with APIs.
I always give this speach but nobody listens. Don't reinvent the wheel use what is already out there. You get one engineer who wants to change something and it is all over...
12:02:33 PM Brian Ussery: Every API is about people, the people who use the tools provide all the value.
12:03:17 PM Brian Ussery: If you want to get started applying tools go to o-desk and get someone to help you start mashing up APIs.
What is the most interesting thing you've seen in the past year for SEO related analytics?
Answer: Infographs data visualization, content is more difficult to create now. Content needs to be fresh and targeted.
12:06:07 PM Brian Ussery: What is the best way to combine AdWords and Mongoose to connect offline sales?
12:06:51 PM Brian Ussery: ANS: Developers are good at implementing API. The biggest part is explaining to developers what you need and why...
12:07:59 PM Brian Ussery: What is your opinion on using marketing automation instead of Google Analytics?
12:09:37 PM Brian Ussery: ANS: Use marketing automation systems as a bridge.
12:10:07 PM Brian Ussery: When building large scale analytics what do you ask clients in terms of their needs?
12:10:43 PM Brian Ussery: ANS: First question is about revenue, second is about time and cost savings...
12:11:20 PM Brian Ussery: Nate avoids getting in to great detail for high level buy in...
12:13:01 PM Brian Ussery: Thanks for checking out the live blog, I'll be blogging more sessions later today!