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Web Analytics: Data Redefining Website Call Conversions in 2016

Web Analytics: Data Redefining Website Call Conversions in 2016

Numbers are a business person’s best friend. If you aren’t convinced yet, perhaps statistics by the Economist Intelligence Unit will do the trick. It appears 60% of professionals believe data generates revenue within their companies and 83% feel that data increases profitability for existing services and products (source: Forbes).

Closely related to CRM strategies which include website phone call tracking, a recent survey on Statista shows that industries with the worst customer service are government offices, telecommunications, health care, utilities, insurance, airlines and retail. With each industry offering customers the possibility of phone calls directly from their website, let us address the importance of data and tools of trade for website call tracking. Welcome to 2016, quarter two.

Industry worst customer service

    Redefining Success in Online Business

    There are probably a thousand things an online business needs in order to become successful. However I have found these three to determine the actual success rate more than anything:

    1. Strong community management, both online and offline. With relationships being built on a H2H level (human to human), community management has a proven track of not just growing the social media channels, but also significantly contributing to the actual business growth.
    2. Conversion tests and experiments/trials using your business channels. In many ways, it makes sense why marketing and sales complete one another: if your marketing efforts convert into more business and sales, then your strategy proves successful. In an article on Hubspot, marketing and sales align with one another, the result being an increase in lead generation.
    3. Custom web data reports. Data of any kind is a must if you plan on building a sustainable business, both online and offline. Custom data is the key to understanding user behavior and what happens before and after the decision making process.

    Analyze customer and web data, and create custom reports that include relevant findings. These practices can make the difference in knowing what your audience wants, how they get the product/service they want and if there is any follow-up. Check below how a custom report looks, courtesy of Nextiva Analytics.

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      Tools to Monitor Website Phone Call Conversions

      Following Google’s new implementations which now allow tracking phone calls with Google Analytics (GA), companies using call centers as part of their CRM strategies can start seeing better actual sales conversions. The process is quite simple to implement: add the GA code to your website and then set up Events and Goals (free) or an integration software (paid) to track phone calls from your website.

      Overview of Nextiva Analytics

      Nextiva Analytics launched in March as a “disruptive new reporting and analytics tool which integrates Nextiva’s Next OS platform”.

      “Up until recently, businesses using call centers as part of the customer support experience were only able to run in-depth reports, but now companies can gain unprecedented visibility for quick and informed decisions…Stakeholders can now ‘View, Analyze, and Act’ like never before, and get exponentially more value out of the platform,” says CEO Tomas Gorny.

      The tool offers more than 225 report combinations and “sky is the limit” ways to analyze real-time data, as well as historical data in the form of modern graphs or traditional tables.

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      Key Features

      Nextiva comes with a user-friendly interface, allowing any tech or non-tech savvy individual to create and analyze reports. A summary report offers a snapshot for call activity independent of time and dates.

      Account Summary Nextiva

        Call group reports are also available and offer the option of analyzing data for a specific target group (i.e. company employees), with the purpose of a deeper understanding in terms of business needs.

        Call Group Nextiva

          Custom reports and custom dashboards can be tailored to custom business needs, while reports always in-demand are easy to view and access.

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          Custom Dashboard Nextiva

            In order to empower agile decision-making processes, the wallboards allow transparency and displays of critical information for the business.

            Wallboards Nextiva

              The Gamification option can be used to motivate performance and increase engagement among operation teams. 

              Gamification Nextiva

                Last but not least, businesses can turn data into call-to-actions for competitive advantages, long-term goals, KPIs and predictions of future success rates.

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                Trend Analysis Nextiva

                  “As a data-driven company, we understand the importance of data for deep business insight and agile decision-making,” adds Gorny. More information and how-to’s can be found on their webinar resources page.

                  Takeaways

                  Keeping in mind the trends, the demands, and the solutions out there, how prepared do you see your own company in embracing the web analytics of tomorrow? Remember, even if your company is traditional, it doesn’t mean your marketing and sales strategies should be old fashioned. Trend them up by studying your audiences, your customers and creating an ideal environment for your employees and clients. Don’t let the small details out of your sight; they might define the success of your business. Online and offline.

                  Featured photo credit: Walter Pro via flickr.com

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                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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