How to Track User Journey with Custom Funnels in GA 360

Users can navigate most sites in a nearly infinite set of combinations. If you don’t have a set way to approach this more complex data, tying back how users got from point A to B, and then ended up at Z can make you feel like a detective on the hunt.

Thanks to Google Analytics 360 (GA360) Custom Funnels you can now analyze the user journey and no longer need to have a genius-level IQ to find out what steps your users are taking through your site.

And if you think about how people make decisions in life, having a step-based approach to your data aligns with how people make decisions. Not everyone will take a direct path, or make their decisions in a single session, and your data should be aligned to deal with all of these situations.

What is a Custom Funnel Report?

Custom funnels let you visualize the steps your users take to complete a task and quickly see how well they are succeeding or failing at each step. You can act on this information to improve your site and reduce inefficient or abandoned customer journeys. You can also create Remarketing Audiences to re-engage with users who do drop out of the funnels. See Google’s link here for more relevant details.

With GA 360 Custom Funnels, you can finally visualize a user’s journey. Let’s take the first step and learn how to track the individual user journey in Google Analytics 360.

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GA 360 Custom Funnels: How it Works

Custom Funnels are really just a next level option of Custom Reports in GA 360 that will allow you to take up to 5 stages (i.e. parts of the funnel), of which each can have up to 5 rules (i.e. the definitions to isolate the stage - this channel, device type, region, etc.).

  • Custom Funnels let you visualize the steps your users take to complete a task and quickly see how well they are succeeding or failing at each step.
  • Custom funnels differ from traditional GA goal funnels in that steps can include events as well as pageviews.

How to Create Custom Funnels in Google Analytics

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Custom funnels allow you to choose between the following options:

  1. Analysis type - Should all steps occur within one session or multiple?
  2. Funnel type - Closed (set pacing through funnel) or Open (users can start at any point)
  3. Metric - Users vs. Sessions (should be matched to analysis type choice)
  4. Subsequent stage should follow - Should the stages be immediately after the other, at any point, or decided for each individual stage.

Here’s what the flow set-up looks like in GA 360:

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So, this is all great, but what do custom funnels get you?

First off, you are able to conduct a Closed Funnel Analysis in order to analyze how often users drop-out at each point between the stages. This is key because it shows you what your critical drop-off points are for users in your specified path. This can create immediate ways for you to optimize the flow on your site as a whole.

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  1. As you can see above, only 2% of users make it from step 1 to 2, but for those that do, there are >20% rates of users making it to the subsequent pages.
  2. Secondly, you can create segments based on funnel stage to dig into further. This gives you the ability to take this user group and see how it applies to other reports in GA 360.

Want to know how often conversion rate rises for users who make it through certain steps on your site? You’ve got it! Want to know the split of new vs. returning users for those who fall off quickly? You’ve got that too!

Anything you could want to see is available.

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Finally (but perhaps most powerfully), you can create remarketing audiences based on any funnel stage to use for paid search.

This means that you could take users who fall-off on your desired path and attempt to regain their attention in the future. Or, if you have users that are extremely close to reaching your end goal, you can use remarketing to (hopefully) push them over the finish line.

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GA 360 Custom Funnels: Use Cases

Now that you know how powerful custom funnels can be in GA 360, what kind of use cases can you see someone using this for? A few noteworthy business questions this GA 360 feature can answer:

  1. Where are people going from my homepage?
  2. Why aren’t my users converting?
  3. How are users viewing our blog/content?
  4. For a sign-up/application/purchase path, what stage is most often a drop off?

Interested in Upgrading to GA Premium (GA 360)?

Check out some of our additional content on:

  1. Introducing the Google Marketing Platform
  2. The Benefits of Using GA 360 vs GA
  3. Roll-Up Reporting in GA 360
  4. GA 360 & Salesforce Integration
  5. Measure Marketing Impact with Attribution 360

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