3 Ways Google Analytics Can Help You Book More Parties

3 Ways Google Analytics Can Help You Book More Parties

Laura Cañellas
Mar 25, 2021 6:15 AM

Google Analytics can feel a little intimidating at first, but it’s a great tool that allows you to track a customer’s journey through your website.

There are also free analytics courses you can take to better understand how to use the platform and how to set the right goals for your business. 

3 Ways Google Analytics Can Help You Book More Parties

In this article, I'll go over 3 ways Google Analytics can help you book more parties and grow your business.

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1. Track and Measure Overall Marketing Performance

In Google Analytics, you can track the following:

  • What pages get viewed most often? Any trends? Is a specific attraction more popular than another? 
  • How many views does your booking page get? 
  • How many views convert into parties from your booking page?
  • Which page leads customers “bouncing,” or leaving the site most often?
  • How many people visit your site daily, and what events cause that to spike? Should you be running any rainy day specials?

Google Analytics will help learn more about your customers and how they behave on your website. This will enable you to make more intentional, data-backed marketing decisions.

2. Learn What Channels to Optimize

Just knowing your traffic numbers and sources is not enough. If you get 1000 visitors a month from Google and only 1% of them are purchasing a party, then there is no point in driving more traffic with your existing strategy. It's time to optimize.

Here's how Google Analytics helps with optimization:

  • You can track every website visitor from the beginning to the end of their journey on your website. You will be able to see, for example, how many customers came to your site via Facebook and ended up booking an event. If that percentage is high (anything above 7% is high) then you know this is a good channel and you should continue to invest in it. If that percentage is low, you may consider optimizing this channel!
  • Google Analytics shows you which pages on your website are not performing well. One way to see this is by looking at the Bounce Rate. This is a stat that measures the percentage of people who get to a certain page on your website and then leave right away. 

Once you know that a certain page on your website has a high bounce rate, then you can start to fix it by adding images or shrinking the amount of text or making it more mobile friendly.

Be sure to ask your customers what they think of your website. Ask them what information they would like to see. After all, you're optimizing your website to improve their experience and grow your business!

3. Set Marketing Goals and Determine Revenue Generated

Every site visitor has monetary value. And you can actually determine what that value is by setting up “Goals” within your Google Analytics. 

Goals allow you to see whether the revenue generated from the time and effort you invest into your website is increasing as it should! 

To start, you’ll first have to log into your Analytics account, then navigate to “Conversions” > “Goals” where you’ll have the option to set up new Goals.

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There are so many different Goal types you can play around with. 

Destination goals allow you to track the conversions of a particular action (like a purchase, download, or sign-up) that result in a visitor arriving at a particular page (like an order confirmation or a “thank you” page.)

Duration goals measure the length of time that visitors remain on your site (their engagement with it.)

An event goal is a little more complicated because there are several variables that can be considered depending on what you want to track. An event is an action that happens independent of a page load, so you can’t use a destination, like a URL, as a trigger. The event goal is great if you want to track the amount of times a user interacts with a PDF, video, or blog post OR the type of interaction, so if they’re downloading a video or file or sharing it on social media.

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You can then go on to add the numerical value you’d like to hit once you choose the goal you’d like to track. If you want to add in a revenue goal, this is where you will have to work backwards.

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Let’s say you generate ten leads via a contact form on your website. Out of all these leads, you manage to convert one into a $1000 sale. You divide the total of $1,000 by ten leads, and this leaves you with $100.

You’re not receiving $100 of each person, but you know that you have a 10% close rate. So, you can assign $100 value for each lead coming through your contact form.

This method isn’t a reliable way to measure the value of your goals, but it can provide you with some clues on where your revenue is coming from. 

You can also add a symbolic value. This means that if you’re struggling with calculating your goal value, then you can start with a guesstimate of what each conversion is worth to you.

Remember that if you have multiple ways for people to become a lead on your site (like a newsletter AND a contact form), separate the data you have on your leads and calculate goal values for each. This keeps your data clean and accurate. Be sure to use the most recent data you have.

Over time, you will see a chart like the one below. It will include data like: 

  • Goal Completions (the overall number)
  • Goal Conversion Rate (number of Goal completions / number of visitors x 100)
  • Goal Value (assuming you assigned one somewhere along the way)

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