Many online marketers get too wrapped up in measuring data that, though useful, is not the most important for understanding how your website is performing as a marketing channel.
I say that because each investment of your time, money, and people should have a very solid ROI expectation attached to it. Without ROI, there's no pot at the end of rainbow, so you have to focus on those activities/metrics that provide the largest gains.
Therefore, here are five online marketing metrics you should be looking at every day.
1. Conversion Rate
If your website asks visitors to...
- Pay for a product or service
- Sign up for an account
- Provide an email address in exchange for something
- Or take part in any other business engagement
...then it will have a conversion rate. And let's be very, very clear: The success of your online business is directly tied to how well your website is converting visitors to customers/subscribers.
Set up your goals in Google Analytics and monitor your conversion rate by going to Conversions > Goals > Overview
Siddharth Deswal is a marketer at A/B testing software Visual Website Optimizer. He's been involved with Web development for about 8 years and actively looks to help online businesses discover the value of conversion rate optimization. He tweets about A/B testing, landing pages, and effective marketing tips.