Annie Cushing

  • 8 Ways to Customize Mint to Make Budgeting Easier

    If you’ve spent more than a NY minute on my site you’ll know I love data. Data I DON’T love so much is my own financial data. It’s scary in there. But last month I put on my big girl pants and decided I was going to get on a budget. After doing an excessive amount of research I decided I would use Mint.

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  • 7 Ways to Make Google Analytics Dashboards Sexier

    Google Analytics has offered users some kind of dashboarding option since its inception. You can get to them by navigating to the Customization section in the left navigation bar, and choosing Dashboards. To get started, click the red Create button in the upper-left corner of the screen. You can access a number of dashboards from the Google Analytics Solutions Gallery by choo ...

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  • Why You Should Keep Social and Referral Data Separate in Google Analytics

    Google seems to be of two minds when it comes to social and referral data in Google Analytics. Up until the Channels report came out in 2013 (one of my fave milestones), social and non-social referrals were lumped together in one stew of data. Since the introduction of the Channels report we now have some reports that separate out social and non-social referrals but others tha ...

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  • The Social Network Dimension: An Unsung Hero

    Too many times I see other users try to view social traffic using the Source or Source/Medium dimension. For most social networks this wouldn’t be horrible, just perhaps a bit inelegant. But Facebook is a drama queen. The Many Faces of Facebook This diva network can show up as as a cornucopia of sources in any report that uses the Source dimension: l.facebook.

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  • Cross-Domain Tracking or Referral Exclusion List: How to Choose

    One of the biggest mistakes sites make is send visitors away to do the most important thing(s) you want them to do. For example, sending a visitor off your site to purchase something, fill out a form, apply for a job, reserve a hotel room, book a flight … You get the idea. Why, you ask? Simple. When they leave, they take their data with them.

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  • Referral Exclusion List in Google Analytics Explained

    A common issue I see in analytics audits is confusion over what the Referral Exclusion List is supposed to be used for. I hope to clear up some of that confusion in this post. What Is the Referral Exclusion List? When Google released the Universal version of Google Analytics, one of the upgrades that came with it was the Referral Exclusion List.

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  • Announcing The Annielytics Marketing Strategy Guide

    Right. Find out which SERP features a keyword triggers. Or die. I can do this. As marketers we work with a lot of tools. It’s really hard to keep them all straight and remember which tool does what. I work closely with marketing tools and use them regularly, and I still fire them up and spin my tires as I try to remember how to find what I need.

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  • The Worst Setting In Google Analytics [VIDEO]

    One of Google Analytics’ greatest charms is its ability to be highly customized. However, sometimes the ability to tinker with its infrastructure comes with risks. One of those risks is the unassuming but potentially deadly Default Page setting. The Default Page Setting Hates Kittens That’s just raw, Google! For people who might be confused about what the Default Page setting ...

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  • How To Test Google Analytics Using Real-Time Reports [VIDEO]

    There are great (and free!) tools for testing your Google Analytics implementation, such as the Google Analytics Debugger Chrome extension and Google’s Tag Assistant Chrome extension. But another great tool you can use is Google Analytics’ Real-Time reports. Isolating Yourself The key to using them is being able to isolate yourself in the Real-Time reports.

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  • Demystifying Social Reports In Google Analytics [VIDEO]

    Google Analytics includes quite a few social reports, but they can be difficult to find and interpret. There are quite a few gotchas that you might not be aware of when using social reports in Google Analytics. I share those in the video, as well as why not all reports are created equal. I share which ones I like and use most and why.

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  • How To Create Histograms For Marketers In Excel [VIDEO]

    Histogram charts are great tools for marketers, but unfortunately Excel doesn’t make the process of creating them terribly intuitive. But I’ll try to simplify it for you a bit. Why A Histogram? Histograms are good for summarizing data into groups. Think about a teacher who has given a test and wants to know how many A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s, and F’s there were in her class.

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  • Announcing Annielytics Live – Let’s Hangout!

    If you’ve read any of my guides or checklists, you know that I’m always trying to think of ways to make marketers’ lives easier. And here’s my next attempt! I want to get a bunch of marketers, in a room talking about Google Analytics. With Hangouts Live, I’ll be able to provide a yellow brick road for marketers to bring their burning Google Analytics questions.

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  • Why The Multi-Channel Funnels And Acquisition Reports Don’t Get Along

    I was recently asked this question on Twitter: @AnnieCushing Do you know why Model Comparison won't show the same ecommerce transactions as Channels Report – whatever attribution I use?? — Matt Price (@matt_tate_price) January 22, 2016 It’s a common question, and usually the only reason it’s not asked is that marketers don’t even know what Multi-Channel reports even are, let alone that.

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  • How to Copy Another Site’s CSS Using Chrome Developer Tools

    Have you ever come across something formatted in a cool way on a site and wondered how they accomplished it, so you could something like it on your site? Now let’s get really honest? Do you have hacked up CSS skills like mine? I am constantly breaking things on my site because I (quite literally) know just enough to be dangerous.

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  • Announcing the Annielytics Affiliate Program

    After six weeks of focusing on my site redesign (yay!) and setting up my Annielytics Affiliate Program, I can proudly announce that it’s here! If you’ve ever sold a home, that’s how setting this up felt. It was a great opportunity to get my house in order and in the best shape possible for my potential affiliates.

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  • Annielytics Dashboard Course Comes to SMBs

    As many of you know I recently published a DIY, self-guided audit template. Although I know I could have easily charged over $1,000 for this 140-page checklist and template — replete with boilerplate text and 90+ explainer images — I decided to offer it at a rock-bottom price of $195. Some colleagues thought I was crazy, but I decided when I produced it that I wanted to get t ...

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