Understanding User Explorer Reporting: Google Analytics Latest Feature

User Explorer Reporting In Google Analytics

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The Google release notes for April 11, 2016 bought a nice little surprise. Google has introduced a new feature named User Explorer Reporting. It is quite an awesome feature that shows very specific visitor interactions across the website.


What Is User Explorer?

According to Google’s latest release notesConfusedUser Explorer Reporting is a new set of reports in Google Analytics lets you perform analysis of anonymized individual interactions with your websites and apps.

User Explorer utilizes existing anonymous Google Analytics data to deliver incremental insights that marketers need to improve and optimize their sites and apps.

The feature is now available in the Audience sections. Anonymous Client ID and User ID will be surfaced in this report as a part of the release.

Too much technical? Alright lets simplify things like we always do!


User Explorer Reporting GuideUSer Explorer

You can find this report by navigating to Audience menu > User Explorer in your Google Analytics view.

Landing Page Overview

After you click, you will see the following screen.

USer Explorer

As you can see, you now have access to information based on individual users (client ids).
Client Id is a unique ID that Analytics assigns to each device from which users engage your content. Of course you won’t be able to know who the actual user is, but you get a better idea as to what a particular user stats are.

You will also notice a box (like a chess) below the date range option on top left. This is an important feature that lets you control the sample size of the number of sessions used to calculate this report.

User Report

In Analytics, sampling can occur in your reports, during your data collection, or in both places. Sampling your traffic allows for accurate reporting without a decrease in processing speed.

All the other options like sessions, bounce rate are self explanatory. Lets dive deeper into the user reporting part.


Introduction to User ReportUser Report

The ‘user explorer’ report is made up of several individual ‘user reports’. Each client Id will give you an individual report. The report provides details about an individual user like attributes Acquisition date and Acquisition channel.

After selecting the 1st client id you will see the following screen.

User Group

Lets go through every thing in this page and understand what it means:

  1. It shows the date range for which you want to see the the report.
  2. It depicts the client id which you selected.
  3. This shows that the user was first acquired on 15th April, 2016.USer Group
  4. The user came directly to the website. (This can be social and organic)
  5. The device used to access the website was a Desktop (or Laptop).
  6. If you want to go back to the main user explorer page select this.
  7. This user has generated 106 sessions in total so far and has spent 31 hours 39 minutes and 40 seconds on the website. The user has not generated any revenue.
  8. You can combine two dates to form a segment to view common results.
  9. You can opt for how many filters you want to apply. It is better depicted in the image on right.
  10. You can select descending if you want to see report from finish to beginning or ascending if not.
  11. This shows the last time the user was active on your website and how many sessions took place. In this case the user last came on 20th May, 2016 and had 3 sessions.

Did you find any analysis that I have missed? Please write in the comments below.


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Now once you know what a user report contains, the most important question still remains: What do I do with this? How to use the report?

With the report you can:

  1. Generate thousands of reports for each user.
  2. See which particular user is more active.
  3. See how many people are making a purchase completing a goal.
  4. Get a better understanding about the conversion path
  5. Sort the report by sessions, session duration, bounce rate, revenue, transactions and goal conversions
  6. Get report on Pageviews, Goals, E commerce and Events.

Hopefully you have a better understanding about this very useful feature. Please implement it yourself and if you face any challenge or have any questions, feel free to write to me.

Here is a short video by Measureschool explaining User Explorer. Enjoy!

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