Web analytics

Referral spam: attack patterns and countermeasures

Do you find that lots of the traffic that arrives on your site comes from suspicious sources? There’s no need to worry since website operators encounter inconsistencies in reports from analysis tools (such as Google Analytics, Piwik, or etracker). The reason: referral spam falsifies visitor statistics. Learn how hackers can manipulate referrer information and traffic data, as well as which countermeasures can help fight them off. [...]  

The best smart speakers: Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – which smart speaker is best? Google Home is the first major competition in a field dominated by the Amazon Echo. But which one is a better smart speaker? Which of the two speakers answers your questions more reliably and accurately? Which one has the most extensive smart home features? We provide a comparison of the two smart speakers. [...]  

Geo-targeting: the regional optimisation of web content and how it works

Geotargeting is a unique way of directly addressing a target group using its geographical information. Many websites and applications used on mobile devices use the device data in order to locate their users. Knowing an individual user’s location allows website owners and app providers to tailor their content and advertising directly to the user in his or her respective region. But geotargeting does have its limits, namely the choice of available localisation methods and the possibility of anonymous surfing. [...]  

Testing-Tools: The best applications for A/B testing

Website optimisation is more than just SEO: throughout your efforts to optimise your own website for Google etc., you should not lose sight of the actual person who is visiting the site. Factors such as usability, design, and content are critical when it comes to achieving the desired conversions. Anyone who does not want to be restricted to a single version from the beginning can use A/B testing tools to present their visitors with various possible alternatives and to check which version is the best for site visitors. [...]  

Google Data Studio: setting the scene with your data

Data analysis is a purely theoretical matter for most people. But in order to provide the customer with information, it’s important to be able to visualise sets of data. With Google Data Studio, you can summarise data from different sources into one handy report. Our guide gives you an overview of Google’s latest offering. [...]  

Attribution models in web analytics

Any marketer will tell you that getting your marketing strategy right is the most important thing for businesses online. To reach your potential target group as effectively as possible, it makes sense to have an ideal mix of different advertising channels. But how do you know that you’re spending your marketing budget in the right areas? Which ad channel is the best one for you to invest in? This is where web analytics come into play, helping you see which channels will bring you the best returns through the use of different attribution models. [...]  

Tag management: basics & systems

What’s important here is: data, data, data. Big data is no longer a buzzword and web analysis has become one of the most important disciplines in the context of marketing. After all, you can’t optimise your website and increase your conversion rate if you don’t understand the user by closely tracking their activities. A basic requirement of web analysis is to collect user information using so-called tags. In order to implement the increasingly higher demands and complex tracking strategies required in the modern business environment, tag management systems have proved invaluable. [...]  

Statistic problems and other obstacles with A/B testing

Website usability tests are a common method of optimising your web project. A/B testing is especially popular and this method consists of comparing two variants of a page with each other. However, actually implementing and analysing one of these tests isn’t easy, even with powerful tools. Statistic problems and poor decisions quickly lead to you defeating the purpose of the optimisation. [...]  

Behavioural targeting: tailored advertising on the internet

In the world of advertising, behavioural targeting is the method used by advertisers to record surfing behaviour of potential customers, with the aim of categorising visitors into key demographic groups. Website owners can create profiles based on users’ interests, preferences, and motives. This information determines the ad campaigns presented to the user, simultaneously reducing scattering loss and saving advertising costs. Beneficial to both the advertiser and the consumer, relevant advertising is no longer a nuisance. However, due to data security concerns expressed by the online community, certain countries now have strict guidelines for the legal implementation of targeted advertising. [...]  

Data warehouse systems: get success with big data analysis

More and more businesses are adopting dispositive data with the aim of making strategic decisions shaped by reports, prognoses, and patterns. The database is usually supplied by an information system that functions as a central data repository, separate from a data operating system. This is known as a data warehouse, or a DWH for short. A data warehouse is a modularly built system made up of various tools for data entry, data processing, and data retention. Our digital guide offers an insight into the structure of a typical DWH architecture, introduces you to commercial suppliers of established data warehouse systems, as well as showing you some open source alternatives. [...]