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Make your web analytics data easy to understand by visualization. Here are the ways to visualize your data with charts and graphs.
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Web analytics data is worth nothing if it can't be used in the correct way. In order for it to be used, it has to be understood. So how do you make data easy to understand? With visualization of course!The best way to do it is to know what your audience might like the most – infographics, tables, graphs, etc.
The struggle that slows down reporting is deciding which chart to use. Because choosing the wrong one can leave your audience in confusion or might result into wrong data interpretation.
So before we dive into charts for friendliest data illustration, we will see which charts should be used when.
When comparing single or multiple value sets the use of following graphs is perfect. They easily show the high and low values.
Following charts should be used to show individual chunks standing for the whole of something. For example total sales sliced by sales rep.
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The following charts help understand the range of information in your values, normal tendency and outliers.
When analyzing how a particular data set performed over a given period of time, the following charts perform very well.
To understand how one variable is related to multiple other variables, you could use these charts to show how a variable affects the others positively or negatively.
This chart is used to draw a comparison between things. It can also be used to show a comparison of things over a period of time. For example, you can see the revenue of each landing page or customers acquired per day. To make it easier to understand and look at, use soothing colors that is constant throughout. Make the text readable by placing them horizontally rather than diagonal or vertical.
When you have more than 10 things to compare, bar graph should be used. It will help avoid clutter when the labels are longer than usual. This visualization chart makes your data look clean while maintaining its readability. The bar and the column graphs are not preferred by most as it does not show where the data came from and where it is going. The information provided in these visualization charts is limited in nature.
This chart fills the gap that a bar or column graph can’t. It shows trends over time in different sets. Use it when you want to show where the data was and where it is going. It is usually used when the data is in continuation. To get the best out of this chart plot not more than 4-5 lines. Keep it less cluttered and easy to understand.
This visualization chart is used to show correlation between data sets or the lack of it. The graph has two y axis and a shared x axis. It is used with three data sets when one is continuous and the others grouped category wise. Use different graphs to show the distinction. For example, use a line graph to show continuation and a column graph to show the rest.
An area chart is used to show how individual parts make a whole. For example, showing how sales rep contributes to total sales. It is basically a line graph which has spaces filled with some pattern. It is useful in analysing whole and individual information from the data set. Break down segments and see how they relate to one another individually and as a whole over a period of time.
This visualization chart is used to show how parts represent the whole. It shows static numbers in percentage. Each part is formed based on the percentage it represents and the sum of all is 100%. You show percentage representation of new v/s returning visitors, mobile v/s non mobile, visits from each device, etc. When using this chart make sure there are not too many sections. Make those sections according to the size they represent and be sure all of them add up to 100%.
A scatter plot is most useful when looking for outliers or for understanding the distribution of data. If you want to draw attention to the similarities in the data sets that have multiple data points, this visualization chart must be used. It shows how different variable are related to each other.
A bubble chart is a combination of scatter plot and area chart where the dots are replaced with bubbles and an additional dimension of data. The plotted bubbles represent the third variable by the area of the bubble. Use different colors to differentiate between the bubbles. Too many bubbles can make the chart hard to read. Keep your visualization chart clean and clutter free by having just the amount required to pass the information.
This chart is used to show steps and the orderly completion of each step. This can be used to highlight the sales process with the number of conversions that took place across a number of pages. Show each slice of the funnel chart as per the size assigned to it. Use contrasting colors to differentiate between the slices and to make them easy to understand.
This visualization chart is used to show progress towards a goal. It compares this to another measure and provides rating. They are handy for measuring growth in the direction of a goal. You can use it to show a key performance indicator and its context. It can help you measure a current metric alongside contextual markers including historical results.
Data Visualisation & Reporting is art and science combined. Web analytics experts works together in pulling out data from your campaigns to report how they have been performing.
There are many other methods for visualizing data. As we all work with unique information and different data sets, choosing the right one depends entirely on what you want to showcase. Visualization charts are a powerful source to deliver information and insights when used in the right manner.