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“Analytics is vitally important, and no one explains it more elegantly, more simply, or more powerfully than Avinash Kaushik. Consider buying up all the copies of this book before your competition gets a copy.”
Seth Godin, author, Tribes

“Lots of companies have spent lots of time and money collecting data—and sadly do little with it. In Web Analytics 2.0, Avinash Kaushik helps us grasp the importance of this underused resource and shows us how to make the most of online data and experimentation.”
Dan Ariely, Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University, and author of Predictably Irrational

“Kaushik takes the witchcraft out of analytics. If venture capitalists read this book, they would fire half of the CEOs that they've funded.”
Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder of Alltop & Garage Technology Ventures

“When people ask, ‘who is the smartest guy in the room when it comes to online marketing?’ only one name comes to mind: Avinash Kaushik. His new book Web Analytics 2.0 should be on every marketer’s desk. It’s powerful, awesome and actionable.”
Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image & author of Six Pixels of Separation

Shift to Data-Driven Decision Making and Leverage the Complete Power of All Web Data

The Web, online marketing, and advertising have been revolutionized in the last few years, yet the approach to using data has remained largely the same as a decade ago. Web analytics thought leader Avinash Kaushik presents the next-generation framework of web analytics in this exciting book that will dramatically enhance the ability of your organization to think smart and move fast.

In this book, Avinash lays out specific strategies and execution models to evolve from simply leveraging clickstream tools to incorporating the insightful elixir of qualitative data, experimentation and testing, and competitive intelligence tools.

While expanding upon the industry-shaping lessons from his bestselling book Web Analytics: An Hour a Day, Avinash explains how to measure, analyze, and act upon today's quickly evolving web technologies and trends—including social media, video, mobile, and online user-centric design options. As he updates traditional approaches, Avinash debunks myths, identifies traps, and reveals specific, simple and advanced methodologies to transform your thinking, making this book the ultimate guide for all web professionals.

  • Discover the solutions for the hardest challenges, including multichannel analytics and multitouch campaign attribution analysis
  • Quantify the holistic economic value of your website and measure macro and micro conversions for ecommerce, non-ecommerce, and B2B websites
  • Profit from analytical methodologies that attack the holy trinity of search: internal site search, pay-per-click marketing, and search engine optimization
  • Pinpoint the most relevant Key Performance Indicators for your organization and create actionable dashboards that drive change
  • Master crucial emerging analytics fields including Twitter®, YouTube®, blogs, mobile, and rich-media analytics
  • Leverage experimentation and testing to create truly customer-centric websites and innovate by failing faster
  • Create data-driven bosses and organizations, and cultivate the skills and background you need for a successful analytics career
  • Continue learning with four hours of video, an hour of audio, and valuable presentations, templates, and models on the CD

About the Author

Avinash Kaushik is the author of the leading research & analytics blog Occam’s Razor. He is also the Analytics Evangelist for Google and the Chief Education Officer at Market Motive, Inc. He is a bestselling author and a frequent speaker at key industry conferences around the globe and at leading American universities. He was the recipient of the 2009 Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the American Statistical Association. Avinash donates all proceeds from his books to two charities, The Smile Train and the Ekel Vidyalaya Foundation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470529393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470529393
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Avinash Kaushik is the author of the leading web analytics and research blog Occam's Razor (http://kaushik.net/avinash). He is also the Digital Marekting Evangelist for Google and the Chief Education Officer at Market Motive Inc.

He is the author of the best selling book Web Analytics: An Hour A Day (http://webanalyticshour.com). He is also a frequent speaker at key industry conferences around the globe and at leading American universities.

Avinash received the 2009 Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the American Statistical Association, and the 2011 Most Influential Industry Contributor award from the Web Analytics Association.

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Waisberg on October 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
As with most books, I started by taking a look at a few sample pages of the book before getting deep into it. My first data point was page 248: where Avinash describes elegantly a case study on measuring offline applications using Google Analytics. Exquisite. Than, on page 279 he shows how to analyze video influence on revenues. Amazing.

After leafing through the book for a while I went back to the beginning and I really enjoyed the way Avinahs Kaushik links the content; bringing basic and important concepts and very advanced techniques side by side. The book has a friendly tone, i.e., it feels like walking down the street and talking to a friend. Avinash knows when to soothe the reader and let him know that this might be frustrating or difficult, he does not pretend to give all the answers.

A central theme on Avinash philosophy also in his previous book (Web Analytics: An Hour a Day) is that people will bring change, not tools. So, even though he proposes several techniques for choosing vendors, he puts in in its place: if you don't have people, you better look for them, no tool will help you. For every $100 you have, you should invest $90 on people and $10 on tools.

This book describes a holistic approach of the Web Analytics field which he defines as "the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from your website and the competition, to drive a continual improvement of the online experience that your customers, and potential customers have, which translates into your desired outcomes (online and offline).
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Allison Hartsoe on August 19, 2010
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I own both the Kindle version and the paperback version of this book. I originally bought the Kindle copy thinking there would be some referece to the CD in the back of the book - a handy place where Kindle readers could download or otherwise access the content on the CD. Not so! The publishers decided not to make this available so the ONLY way to get CD content is by purchasing the book.

That said, a web analytics book like this is really a reference book. I personally find it a lot easier to flip the pages and find what I'm looking for. And while the author does do a good job of starting at the novice or "reporting squirrel" level and leading the reader up to the expert or "ninja" level, this is not a work of fiction. You really don't need to read it start to finish in order.

The content, as others have said, is engaging and highly readable. Even if you have been practicing in this space for awhile, you will still learn much from this book. If you are new to the space, then this book is a requirement!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By eugenebinx on September 21, 2010
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Lots of good information, but there are no descriptions for any software or how to get the reports seen in the book. I am trying to recreate these reports using Google Analytics, Coremetrics and Omniture. It seems that most of the reports are the standard reports out of Google Analytics, but I am having a difficult time recreating some of these with other software.

I think this was a great book, but I have a few things I disagree with:

Page 85, he says if he could only have one report, it would be Outcomes by All Traffic Sources. This report shows Goal Conversion Rates, but he does not describe what these are. In Google Analytics, these are custom, so this could be anything.

I am disappointed, he does say it is important to measure ROI, but does not talk about how to do this. The author says that you can do this by comparing the data from Google to your campaign data. It is not that easy. You have to know how much was spent, and you have to know how much incremental revenue came in from SEO/PPC efforts. It is not an easy task. Test and control or some other method should have been addressed. In calculating ROI for PPC in chapter 11, he assumes that all visits from PPC are ones you would not have without the ad. Not necessarily true.

In Chapter 7, testing is finally addressed. I disagree with his method of testing the impact of PPC by turning it off and on completely; this does not take into account any seasonality that may occur naturally in web traffic. This is also a problem if there is a lot of variation in web visits and sales over time. Why not try test and control markets: turning it off in some regions and have it on in others? This method would allow you to compare the on and off markets and find incremental sales.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tim Dire on May 6, 2011
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To Kaushik's credit he ventures into true analysis that was missing in `Web Analytics: An Hour a Day'. Early in chapter 3 he writes that "when people say "web analytics", they really mean web metrics". Kaushik was aware of the need, and has done a solid job of addressing the earlier analytical shortcomings. Some of the methodologies may not be mega-profound, but enough is done to whet the reader's whistle as to the possibilities.

On the downside Kaushik's writing is irritating. He is very repetitive. For example, he overly evangelizes the need for context. While I fully concur with him on this need, how many times does he have to tell me?!?! In general his writing style is higgledy-piggledy. If he had an editor, his editor let him down. The book is a good 100 pages longer than it need have been. I saw the same not-getting-to-the-point in the one video presentation of his I watched.

I was somewhat perplexed by Kaushik's Analytic Ninja. The analogy is inappropriate. I have always pictured ninjas as working surreptitiously, while the need is for the web analyst to become a visible and integral part of strategy development.
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