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Web Analytics: An Hour a Day [Paperback]

by Avinash Kaushik
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June 5, 2007 0470130652 978-0470130650 1
Written by an in-the-trenches practitioner, this step-by-step guide shows you how to implement a successful Web analytics strategy. Web analytics expert Avinash Kaushik, in his thought-provoking style, debunks leading myths and leads you on a path to gaining actionable insights from your analytics efforts. Discover how to move beyond clickstream analysis, why qualitative data should be your focus, and more insights and techniques that will help you develop a customer-centric mindset without sacrificing your company’s bottom line.

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Develop a Successful Web Analytics Strategy

A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn web analytics the right way with this unique, thoroughly modern guide to today's web analytics challenges and opportunities. Written by an in-the-trenches practitioner, this book goes beyond concepts and definitions to challenge prevalent thinking about the field and provide a step-by-step guide to implementing a successful web analytics strategy.

Web analytics expert Avinash Kaushik, in his thought-provoking style, debunks leading myths and leads you on a path to gaining actionable insights from your analytics efforts. Discover how to move beyond clickstream analysis, why qualitative data should be your focus, and more insights and techniques that will help you develop a customer-centric mindset without sacrificing your company's bottom line.

  • Learn the pros and cons of data collection methodologies

  • Find out how you can stop counting page views and still get a rich understanding of your customers

  • Discover how to identify valuable metrics with the "three layers of so what" test

  • Optimize your organizational structure and choose the right analytics tool

  • Understand and apply advanced analytics concepts, including SEM/PPC analysis, the power of segmentation, conversion-rate best practices, and others

  • Leverage quick-start solutions for blogs and e-commerce, support, and small business websites

  • Learn the key ingredients of a great experimentation and testing platform

  • Use competitive-intelligence analysis to glean insights and drive actions

You'll also find:

  • Ten steps to turbocharge your web analytics

  • Seven steps for creating a data-driven culture in your organization

  • Six ways to measure the success of a blog

  • Three secrets behind making web analytics actionable

  • Ten signs of a great web analyst

Valuable CD Included

The innovative CD includes more than three hours of insightful audio podcasts, a 45-minute video, PowerPoint presentations that mirror key topics in the book, and other useful analytics resources.

About the Author

Avinash Kaushik is the author of the highly rated web analytics blog Occam's Razor (www.kaushik.net/avinash). He is an independent consultant and currently the Analytics Evangelist for Google. Prior to that he was the Director of Web Research & Analytics for Intuit, where he was responsible for the business, technical, and strategic elements of the analytics platform that supported more than 70 Intuit websites. Avinash is a frequent speaker at such conferences as Emetrics Summits and Ad-Tech, and he is often quoted in the media as a web metrics expert.
Avinash is donating all proceeds from this book to two charities, The Smile Train and Doctors Without Borders.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470130652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470130650
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,634 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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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning online data into wisdom May 31, 2007
Format:Paperback
'Web Analytics: An Hour a Day' describes in an absorbing and insightful way the most important topics for a Web Analyst or any professional related to the management of a website. Topics covered include: basic terminology, tool selection/implementation, online segmentation, conversion rates improvement, competitive analysis, and many others.

The Business trinity, created by Avinash, is a very powerful business process that can radically improve the performance of online efforts. It is also the spirit of the book. Avinash describes the trinity as follows: "The goal of the Trinity mindset is to power the generation of actionable insights. Its goal is not to do reporting. Its goal is not to figure out how to spam decision makers with data. Actionable Insights & Metrics are the uber-goal simply because they drive strategic differentiation and a sustainable competitive advantage (...) The Trinity mindset empowers you to Understand the customer experience so explicitly that you can influence the right customer behavior which will lead to win-win outcomes for the company and its customers."

The book is indispensable to those who want to understand and practice the art and science of web analytics. It is organized in a very friendly way, turning the reading into a pleasant break amid the rush of day-to-day duties; like a challenging conversation. It is rich in examples, facilitating the understanding of the `what', `how', and `why' of online measurement strategies.

I have profited from Avinash's writings in various situations; the practical advices given in the book are clear and bring great results. I warmly recommend reading this book and following the author's blog.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not analytics ... more data collection May 28, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you buy 'Web Analytics ...' looking for some guidance, or even a few ideas, as to analysis of your internet marketing/sales endeavors, you will be disappointed. This book is about data collection ... nothing more.

To Avinash Kaushik's credit he appears thorough. I did appreciate his flagging the limitations of data collected by the various methods. On the downside the book is repetitive and could have been better ordered. The '... Hour a Day' is appropriate, as that is about all a reader can risk in one sitting. The text makes an arduous read. If better structured, this book could have been half its length.

If I learned one thing, it is this. I'll architect my approach to web analysis, define the data I need, and then recruit an IT type to build the process to collect the data. Having read the book, I now know what data there can be. For this I'm grateful to the author.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Marketing Driven September 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
One of the first things that impressed me about this book was the fact that it went beyond what I was expecting to read: how to better read analytics dashboards. What I found was a sophisticated and marketing-oriented book that teaches how to use the available data to create a clear picture of return on investment in the online world. This is more than your typical programming book, this is a marketing book.

Kaushik does a great job with the format. As is the fact with any subject you are committed to knowing, reading the information and applying it in small pieces is the best way to learn. The bulk of the content is arranged by subject and segmented into daily readings allowing you to focus and build upon the knowledge one brick at a time.

The book is easy to read, full of practical application, and one that will be tattered, bookmarked, and referenced often.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
We here at the ISG media & analytics team have been anxiously awaiting the publication of Avinash Kaushik's book, Web Analytics: An Hour A Day, since we first "met" Avinash at a webinar back in February. Avinash's passion for web analytics was evident throughout the webinar, and we've been subscribers to his blog, Occam's Razor, ever since.

Web analytics is an important part of what we do at ISG. Years of experience in online marketing has reinforced the idea that there's no point in having a website, microsite, or campaign page if you have no idea how it's performing. That's why Avinash's book is a must read for anyone involved in Internet marketing. His book is a great read for anyone from the director of media & analytics to senior analyst to summer intern. Whether you are involved in complex decision-making and web strategies or are looking at conversion rates to provide actionable insights, this book is great for people of all levels of experience, while providing a fresh look at web analytics.

The book is "a step-by-step guide to implementing a successful web analytics strategy." It is meant to be enjoyed over a span of eight months, but you can read it as quickly or slowly as you like. We here at ISG are sharing a couple of copies between us and are relishing each page as we read, so what follows is a summary of the book based on what we've read and reviewed so far.

The book is divided into four parts:

Part I: Foundation
Part II: Trinity Approach
Part III: Implementing Your Web Analytics Plan
Part IV: Advanced Web Analytics "Data in your DNA"

Part I gives a brief history of web analytics, which makes this book perfect for someone just starting out in the field.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars good book but outdated
i wish they showed more clearly when it was published- book contains good information but its old. wish i bought the most current one
Published 20 days ago by Mariam B Hussain
1.0 out of 5 stars Out dated
I love Avinash but there needs to be a serious update on this book. Everything is really really old. Not worth the money. His blog is worth reading though.
Published 2 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, read twice
Businesses or websites, like people are unique and a one size fits approach to analytics or analysis will not provide the meaningful answers required to drive a successful program... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Avinash explains the what and the why
I have purchased this book 2 times. I read it when it was first released and it brought together concepts and application. It is required reading if you in marketing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars need not to read if you have already read "web analytics 2.0" by...
the content is actually very insightful for me as a digital marketer, but since i bought this book after "web analytics 2. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tsang june
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Super easy to read! Perfect for people who are just starting on analytics. Im looking forward to buy another Avinash book.
Published 9 months ago by Maria Fe Carcelen
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a little difficult to follow
I am sold on this authors authority in the matter and I have to re read the book to make sure I understand all the information presented.
Published 11 months ago by Tony Scarpelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically, Web Analytics for Dummies
I first read this book without any background knowledge of web analytics. I found that reading this book was very useful to me because it really delved into the fundamentals of web... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nerelle Que
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Okay, admittedly some of the current events are now ancient history, but Kaushik provides a clear framework and timeline for getting web analytics up, that is still quite relevant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gen Miake
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty worthless
Not really too much valuable information in this book.... I got about half way through and tossed it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert L. Crocker
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