10 GREAT WEB ANALYTICS TOOLS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS IN NIGERIA
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Every business in Nigeria, regardless of size, requires multiple tools to understand the performance of its website, happiness of its clients and gain key context from competitors. Here are great top 10  tools to help you gather that important data.

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Whether you are a seasoned Webmaster or someone who has just been recently introduced to Internet Marketing, you probably have already heard of Google Analytics (one of the most popular web analytics tool). It’s such a popular web analytics tool that it seems like everyone is using it.

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I’m guessing you’re using Google Analytics, or possibly thinking of installing it on your website. And why not? It’s free, it’s very useful, and it’s so simple to use. But did you know that there are also Google Analytics alternatives available? We have at least ten such alternatives that you can use so why limit your options, right?

To assist you to settle on which ones to use, I’ve come up with a list of the hottest web analytics tools on the Internet right now.

I’ve also provided a run-down of their advantages and disadvantages just to give you an idea of the features they have which you may or may not like. I’m sure the information provided below will cut your research time significantly.

CLICKY

Clicky is one of the most comprehensive web analytics tools on the market, next to Google Analytics. Also, all of Clicky’s data is real-time, so you don’t have to wait around to generate reports you may need.

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The main dashboard includes a variety of website stats that can be customized based on date. It offers a link report that shows all external websites sending traffic to you. It offers an actions metric that measures all visitor actions like video views and downloads by the user.

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It offers search data which provides a list of incoming search keywords that brought the users to your website and, with its Sheer SEO tool, Clicky also shows the ranking for those keywords.

Advantages

  • Its analytics feature is nearly as good as Google Analytics.
  • It provides real-time data so you don’t have to wait the following day to find out what’s going on with your website today.
  • Unlike other free tracking tools it is very easy to install. Infact, wordpress users can install it with a simple plugin.
  • Clicky automatically feeds your website with keywords people are using to access it; plus, it shows your ranking as well.
  • It offers an interesting feature called Twitter Search Tracking, with which you can monitor twitter tags, keywords and retweets.
  • It also has an iPhone app called Clicky Touch which gives allows you to stay updated right from your mobile device.

Disadvantages

  • It will require you to pay a fee if you install it on multiple sites or if your site gets more than 3000 page views a day.
  • The data available is great, but there is a definite learning curve involved as the interface is not exactly user-friendly.

Price

Its pricing depends on the page views. You can find more specific pricing info by clicking here. It also offers a 21 day free trial for all accounts.

 Google Analytics

By far the most popular web analytics tool is Google Analytics. Google Analytics is geared toward Internet marketers and small business owners who want to learn more about their website.

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Google Analytics helps marketers and website owners understand traffic patterns, traffic sources, conversions, bounce rates, paid search statistics, and more. The data available is robust and intuitive enough for anyone to learn.

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While it is intuitive, there is a bit of a learning curve, and you may need to take a few tutorials in order to really get the full benefits of Google Analytics.

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Advantages

  • Google Analytics  is free and is integrated with the Internet’s largest paid search platform, Google Adwords.
  • It provides Internet marketers with a great way to track landing page activity, and make improvements as necessary.

Disadvantages

  • Some ad filtering programs have the capability to block the Google Analytics tracking code. This means you may not receive data on some of your visitors.

Price :Free

KISSmetrics

The developers of KISSmetrics claims it is a customer web analytics tool that will help you in customer acquisition as well as customer retention by giving you information in great details on user engagement and habits before and after, they buy from your website.

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 Google may tell you what is happening on a website, but KISSmetrics tells you what the visitors is doing and when. What is happening on a websiteand it is especially great to use in  conjunction  with  KISSinisghts, but the tools that it has in place are definitely made for commerce sites, and I would recommend them over other tools for those sites above all else.

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Advantages

  • It provides real time data. The full time report is automatically updated allowing you to see the trends as they happen.
  • With its data funnel feature, it helps you find your site’s weakest point/step that might be costing you conversions.
  • The API integration makes it very easy to incorporate analytical data into your website or customer application. The revenue tracking feature not only shows you what you earned, but it also shows you what your customers does after purchasing your product.
  • It’s a great tool for SMBs with an online presence.

Disadvantages

  • Since it is built more around Customer Insights and actionable metrics, It lacks some of the features that Google Analytics has, particularly when it comes to getting data surrounding only traffic.

Price :Starter = $150/month (up to 500,000 events/month), Basic = $250/month (up to 1 million events/month),  Professional = $500 (over 1 million events/month

Woopra

Woopra is another real-time web analytics tool that helps you track page views, events, and learn about your customers.


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Woopra also provides information about conversion funnels, customer activity, and when customers lose interest. Woopra helps you learn about your customers’ actions in order to improve conversions on your site.It offers top-notch web analytics that allows you to seamlessly monitor more than one website simultaneously.

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Advantages

  • On its online app, When you click on the number of visitors on your website, it shows exactly what those visitors are individually doing on your site.
  • It has a really good UI and a very well thought dashboard, for advanced webmasters.
  • It lets you track blog posts, comments, and searches through its WP plugin.
  • It also features live chat, which allows you to talk to your customers when they’re on your site.
  • Goes one step ahead and brings you customer insights from website visitors ie It tells you how the website is being used, instead of who is using the website.
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Disadvantages

  • The dashboards have so much of data (which is a good thing) but it can be confusing for beginners.
  • Managing multiple sites using sub-folders is slightly difficult for new users.

Price:$0 to $199.95/month, depending on how large your website is. Free for up to 30,000 actions per month.

GoSquared

GoSquared has actionable metrics that is essential for e-commerce websites. It is a great web analytic tool that measures visitor engagement. With its real time reporting system, GoSquared notifies you of traffic spikes, social trends and much more.  They pride themselves on being intuitive, functional, and beautiful.

Advantages

  • Tells you how long the visitor stayed on you site. Through a tool called Pinging, GoSquared calculates this data more efficiently than Google Analytics. When a visitor visits enters your website it sends a signal to GoSquared at frequent intervals. This signal lets them know that the visitor is on your website.
  • It has a very user-friendly interface, with widgets that you can customize based on your requirement.
  • Integrated chat support- You can chat with your visitors while they are on your website.
  • A very well built API.

Disadvantages

  • Once you have consumed your monthly page view limit, you will be unable to access your data until the following month,or you can upgrade your package.

Price :Plus = $24/month (500K page views),  Pro = $49/month (1 million page views), Extreme = $99/month (2.5 million page views), Enterprise = Not disclosed. Call their sales reps for more information or check their website. (unlimited page views).

FoxMetrics

FoxMetrics is another great web analytic tool, it  will allow you to specifically use metrics that your business requires.

It offers four key features: Funnels which help you identify the points at which users drop an action (such as a purchase) and so that you can “fix them up” for maximum profits; Profiles which automatically builds user profiles and create customer life cycle, Segments which help segregate website traffic into categories and Triggers which are actions, on the basis of which you can assign a reaction.

you can also track the customer life-cycle including where they are clicking, what e-mails they are opening, what products they are purchasing, and more.

Advantages

  • Not just limited to laptops and computers.
  • It allows you to track events such as software installations and newsletter views.
  • It’s quite inexpensive in comparison to other applications, in its segment.
  • It’s quite inexpensive in comparison to other applications, in its segment.
  • Helps measure conversion rates and improve them.
  • Measure funnels and see where your users are doing, after exiting from the funnel.
  • Works well as an analytics tool with desktop applications too.

Disadvantages

  • Funnels, Segmentation and some other features, only available to enterprise accounts.

Price

 Small = $20/month (100,000 requests),Medium = $50/month (500,000 requests), Large = $120/month (1 million requests), Enterprise = call for custom pricing (1 million+ requests)


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Gauges

Gauges is a Javascript based real time web analytic tool that varies in pricing based on number of pageviews. It gathers and analyzes web traffic in real time.

Advantages

  • It has an intuitive user interface.
  • It can track real time visits and activities.
  • Focuses on the basics of Analytics – “How Much? Where From? Where To?”
  • Provides clean and simple stats overview of all websites in one dashboard

Disadvantages

  • The product website is not detailed enough.

Price :$6 – $48 per month.

gauges dashboard

 Mint

Mint Analytics is one of my favorite new web analytics tools, and it comes at a great price, since it is the only tool on the list that you only have to pay once for.  Mint is a self-hosted web analytic tool that is comparable to Google Analytics in terms of the kinds of data it collects. It tracks all basic statistics like referrals, searches, popular pages and traffic trends.

Advantages

  • Displays the total page views along with unique visitors. The referrer information is divided into the most recent, the newest one and the repeat referrers. The pages section showcases the most popular and most recently browsed content. The bird feeder feature measures feed subscriptions trends and click through for each item. The User agent 007 feature tracks some nifty user information such as their browser type and flash version.
  • It has a nice interface.
  • One time cost, instead of a recurring subscription.
  • Its can be customizable which is pretty good, if you are savvy with website tools.

Disadvantages

  • The data it provides is not as exhaustive as that of Google Analytics.
  • It needs to be configured in your server, which may not be a good thing for those who are not tech savvy.
  • Since it is not a hosted solution, dependencies on your server can affect the stats’ accuracy and collection.

Price:  $30 for each website.

Summary

It is important for you to keep track of your site and your traffic.If you plan on turning your website into a business, you should be treated as such, and no self-respecting businessman (or woman) would let the important stastics about their business go unnoticed, and for web businesses, understanding your traffic and thus your visitors themselves is key.

So find a good analytics tool from one of the above (or even another), And the tool you end up selecting will really depend on what you are trying to measure, how much experience you have in the industry, what your budget is, and how much time you are willing to put into learning an analytics program.

Try it out, measure your success with the information provided, change and tweak if needed, and keep your site moving in the right direction.

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