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Visitor Behavior Analytics To Improve Website Engagement


Your visitor behavior analysis for your website to improve user engagement is very important in converting your audience to business.

What is visitor behavior analysis?

Visitor behavior analysis is the process of studying how visitors interact with a website.

This interaction can be in the form of clicks, scrolls, and mouse movements.

By understanding visitor behavior, businesses can optimize their website design and layout to better meet the needs of their target audience.

With the success of your website and business hinging on it, you need to be able track every single action that occurs.

A web analytics tool will help give a clear picture as what pages are performing well for audience engagement so we can make changes accordingly in order ensure long term growth

Visitor behavior analysis on your website

Visitor behavior analysis is a powerful strategy that companies can use to understand how well their marketing is working.

Visitor behavior analysis looks at how people are reacting to your marketing, rather than just looking at things like demographics or how many backlinks you have.

This information can help businesses figure out what is and isn't working so they can make changes and improve their marketing.

The methodology used to track a user's browser interaction is by monitoring their sessions and events that occur on the website.

The idea is to set a baseline for how users interact with your website and then compare and observe how it changes over time.

Website behavior analysis with Google Analytics

A fundamental to growing your online business is to do great at ACQUIRE traffic, ENGAGE your audience, and CONVERT your audience to business.

When you analyze your visitor's behavior, the first thing is to ask yourself is the desired outcome you want out of the visitor and analyze that segment.

Once you segment to a particular subset of data, you can look into three data areas to start with.

  1. Where do they come from? The traffic source
  2. What are the popular page they engage with
  3. How are your site visitors converting? We want to review the micro outcomes or the events that lead users to conversion.

Let's focus on the engagement party of the behavior analysis

Here in this image, you're looking at top pages that transacted visitors (people who completed the purchase on-site) viewed.

Notice that the home page does not rank high at the top. Also, the ‘Nest’ product page ranks 7th, but it has a pretty high Entrances volume.

That means this product is a very popular page that this site’s customers view and enter from (aside from Home Page) and engage with.

Another interesting point that you see in this report is that people are spending much time on /payment.html (1 min 12 sec), while most of the product page seems to have a time spent on a page at around 30 sec.

So maybe there is an opportunity to build more engagement with the product page and reduce the time people spend on the payment page (so they can move forward quickly).

This is another great report to analyze. When you look at a traffic segment for those who did not buy anything on your site, which page are they viewing the most, and which courier has the highest exit rate.

It looks like some of the apparel pages are very popular, but it has some room to improve the engagement because the exit rate seems to be worse than the site’s average.

This directionally tells you that there are rooms to improve and focus on optimizing your website or web pages.

Understanding the website traffic data would be the key to understanding your visitor behavior and eventually help your online business improve engagements and ultimately improve performance.

I hope that these examples inspire you to start looking into the data that matters to you to put this back into your optimization planning.

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Kris Twitter

As a data journalist, I enjoy curating and analyzing marketing trends, and data. The things that fascinate me the most are the transforming business landscape due to evolving marketing technologies.