There are two key concepts underpinning analytics reporting – dimensions and metrics.
Dimensions describe data. They are things like country, channel, location, age, gender, and device used. Metrics measure data. Metrics might include visitor numbers, revenue, goal completions, and so on.
We segment metrics using dimensions – for example, visits by device type – to get a complete picture. So we can see the total visitor metrics for a website segmented by the device category dimension – that is, desktop, tablet, or mobile users. This allows us to better understand the effectiveness and scale of each device in driving visits and conversions on a website.
Some common dimensions within Google Analytics include:
- Channel Name
Some common engagement metrics within Google Analytics include:
- Percentage New Sessions
- Page Views
- Pages per Session
- Average Session Duration
You should explore the metrics that are available to you, and see how they can be segmented using dimensions to get a deeper understanding of your website traffic and customers.