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|Insight to Assess||Where to Find Report in Google Analytics or Elsewhere||Notes|
|Where can I get a general overview?||Customizations>Dashboards<Core Analytics|
|How many people (users) are visiting the site (sessions)?||Audience>Overview>Sessions
|Compare to last year.|
|Which pages are most / least popular?||Behavior>All Pages||Review Pageviews and Unique Pageviews|
|Are users engaging with the site content? (bounce rate)||Audience>Overview>Bounce Rate||50% is industry indicator but this bounce rate needs context|
|How compelling is the content and what is the ease of access?||Audience>Overview>Pages per Session||2 pages/session is standard but this metric needs context|
|How long are users staying on the site?||Audience>Overview>Average Session Duration||2-3 minutes is industry standard but needs context.|
|What external websites are referring traffic to our website?||Acquisition>Channels>Source||Set the Secondary Dimension to Landing Page|
|What internal webpages are referring traffic to our website?||Behavior>Site Content>All pages||Set the Secondary Dimension to Previous Page Path|
|What is the efficacy of marketing efforts at driving new traffic?||Audience>Overview>Percent of New Sessions||No benchmark but range of 45%-75% is common. Needs context.|
|Are social networks driving traffic to our website?||Acquisition>Social>Network Referrals
Social Media Analytics Dashboards
|Set the Secondary Dimension to Landing Page|
|Are e-newsletter, social media post or other external posts (campaign sources) driving traffic to our pages?|| Acquisition>Campaigns>All Campaigns
Social Media Analytics Dashboards
|Requires use of Google’s URL builder|
|What keywords are people using to find our pages?||Acquisition>Campaigns>Organic Keywords||Set the Secondary Dimension to Page|
|How are people moving to and through the site?||Request the Web team turn on a Heatmap.me
Behavior>Site Content>All Pages
|See above answer to: What external websites are referring traffic to our website?
Switch to the “Navigation Summary Label.” Use Page Groupings or select a specific page to see previous and next pages.
|Are people clicking on a specific link or button?||Request the Web team turn on a Heatmap.me
Ask the Web team to track the clickable areas with Google Tag Manager
|Once Google Tag Manager is enabled, find the data at Behavior<Events<Overview|
|Are people downloading files (PDFs) from the site?||Behavior<Events<Overview<Downloads||Learn more about Google Analytics Events|
|Are people clicking on an external link?||Behavior<Events<Overview<Outbound Link Clicks||Learn more about Google Analytics Events|
|Which browsers are people using to visit the site?||Audience>Technology>Browser & OS|
|What is the screen size of devices used to visit the site?||Audience>Technology>Browser & OS>Screen Resolution|
|Where are our visitors located?||Audience>Geo>Location|
Please be aware that Google Analytics is frequently reorganized. Please let us know if any of the paths or terms need to be updated.