How we use Google Analytics: As a social media marketing team, we appreciate the ease with which we can see traffic from the different networks (Acquisition > Social > Network Referrals). We can check the engaged reading time by looking at Time on Page. And for the real-time stats of who’s on our site right now, we can simply click on Real-Time > Overview.
What works well on Facebook doesn't usually drive the most organic traffic to my site. So I've discovered from Google Analytics that my boring, simpler topics that are more basic, like “how to get more search engine traffic” or “how to get your website instantly indexing on Google” do extremely well from a organic perspective. But they don't always do to well from a social media standpoint. So nowadays I'm creating articles that both appeal to my social audience and that cater towards people who use Google to find marketing related articles. That's why I love Google Analytics, because without it, how are you going to get those insights? Plus it's free.
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