If you read my post about Soft vs Hard Bounces you may have noticed that I was trending single page visits. Typically, when you are trending a metric “sans dimension” (just on its own and not broken down against specific line items in a report) you can look to the trusty Site Metrics menu for most metrics.

However, some metrics (Single Page Visits, Average Time Spent, Click-throughs, Custom Link Views, etc.) are not included here.

To trend these metrics you can simply navigate in the left-hand menu to Site Metrics > Calculated Metrics > Manage Calculated Metrics. From here, choose to define a new metric and notice that the missing metrics I mentioned earlier are in the list of Standard Metrics. All you need to do is simply create a new metric that is equal to the metric you want. When doing this I like to apply some sort of special character in the name of my metric (in this case I’m using brackets) so that I can easily distinguish the new metric from the original.

Once you have saved this metric it will be available under Site Metrics>Calculated Metrics and you can then trend to your heart’s content.

Note: you can also use this same approach to trend, in SiteCatalyst, the standard Product View event which is typically only available within a products report and not as a stand-alone trend.

5 comments
Rapid Prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

, I was just going to ask you this exact question and here I get the perfect answer and a great add on for Discover!! This is simply a cool tip because it helps you trend some of the metrics not given in the earlier one on the Soft vs. Hard Bounce!! I found the detailed explanation and illustrations so useful and had no trouble following it and the best part is we can use the same approach to trend in SiteCatalyst too!!

Kevin Willeitner
Kevin Willeitner

Hi n-nakajima, In order to do this with the standard product view event in SiteCatalyst you need to first navigate to the products report and then open the Metric Selector and the event will be there.

n-nakajima
n-nakajima

Hi,Kevin I dont see any Product View event in Standard Metrics on the Calculated Metrics Interface.

Kevin Willeitner
Kevin Willeitner

To see the Product View event you need to first navigate to the products report. When you open the Metric Selector from this page you will be able to see Product Views under the standard Metric.

vgurugubelli
vgurugubelli

@Kevin Willeitner 

hi Kevin,

I have a question related to trending..I have an article landing page from that i want to fetch  top 5 trending topics in period of 3 months and want to display in my component as list.please help me how can i achieve this.


Regards,

Vasu