Google Analytics for Mobile Applications

December 13, 2010 | Written by Dusty Dean

Mobile Application Analytics

Companies can easily measure and analyze clickstream data from their mobile websites. Most of the time this requires limited modifications to your analytics code.

Today’s JavaScript tags use browser user-agent detection and can quickly and efficiently segment your mobile website traffic from your non-mobile traffic.

However, if your company has produced a mobile application, for platforms such as Android or iOS, you may not be measuring user behavior within your downloaded application.

Those of you familiar with Google Analytics may consider implementing their SDKs (software development kit) for iOS and Android.

You’ll find familiar analytics implementation methods such as pageview tracking, event tracking and custom variables.

Pageview tracking and event tracking can be used to measure and analyze mobile application behavior just as you would on your website.

And with custom variables (available for Android now), you can measure the paid vs. non-paid user behavior, subscriber vs. non subscriber usage, platform and device type to name a few.

As platforms evolve, users adopt new technologies and behaviors begin to change online, your company should stand ready to measure, analyze and extract valuable insight from your customers and your market.

Adopting Google Analytics SDKs for two of the largest mobile application platforms is a great first step toward measuring mobile application behavior.

Photo Credit: Johan Larsson // CC

December 13, 2010 | Written by Dusty Dean

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