Don’t Fall for the Web Analytics One-Night Stand

Don't Fall for the Web Analytics One-Night Stand

While attending SES San Francisco this year, I was able to watch a keynote by Google Analytics creator, Avinash Kaushik. During his presentation, he drew an analogy in website data analysis called “the one-night stand.”

Throughout his keynote speech, Kaushik cautioned the audience against focusing on the one-night stand aspect of customer conversions. According to Kaushik, one-night stands are website visits that end only in a visitor making a purchase. Many digital marketing experts have become efficient at focusing on this small group of website visitors. But considering that this group,  represents just 2 percent of your website visitors, is it worth putting 98 percent of your website traffic on the sidelines?

Is this the type of relationship you want to have with your online customers? Wouldn’t it be  nicer to enjoy long walks on the beach, send meaningful letters, or confess your feelings in public? These are the customer relationships that can transcend into brand advocacy with the right amount of nurturing.

Customer Engagement

There’s a ton of business value in customer engagement actions that don’t result in a purchase. For instance, users who tweet or blog about your brand are valuable. Other actions that have business value include signing up for an email, watching a video, writing a product review, or completing a contact form. These are called micro-conversions, and they should be tracked and targeted with the same efforts as purchases.

The savvy Internet marketer could probably come up with a pretty good estimate of what a micro-conversion is worth to the company in terms of dollars or revenue. However, it’s good enough to simply track growth in these metrics rather than to dig in and really find out what a new email subscriber is worth to the company. This may, however, it may be worth looking at web analytics if you’re fighting for departmental budget.

Web Analytics

Most people today do a fair amount of research before making a purchase online. It’s important that you nurture these people. Instead of ignoring them when they visit your website and don’t buy immediately. It’s the 98 percent of your visitors who are the best candidates to turn into that 2 percent who buy. But, more than a conversion, the most value driven from a deeper customer relationship is when you turn these people into brand advocates.

If you’re having trouble identifying which online channel is generating the most conversions for your business, check out our free eBook: Valuing Digital Marketing Channels with Attribution Models.

How does your company work to create long-term relationships with your customers? Tell us in the comments.