You can't escape it - numbers have a level of importance in every business. And not just sales and profits and expenses but also your online presence and engagement with potential customers.
For example, I write this blog for a few simple reasons - 1) It is a way for me to share the process of creating and running the store with friends and other interested parties, 2) It provides me with a method for documenting all of the key events (and helps remind me how far I've come!), 3) It provides a reference for anyone who might want to know more about the experiences of a normal person trying to build and run a boutique, and 4) It provides a real look at the person behind the business.
I will never know who reads it and, unless they comment or email me directly, what they think of it. But I do enjoy looking at the statistics for the blog to see what topics are being read, where my readership is located, and how they arrived at the site. (Don't worry, I don't know who any of you are!) This week, I seem to have a strong readership in The Netherlands (Juice, were you carrying a Zoe bag when you visited Amsterdam?)
Google provides not only the map shown above but a detailed breakdown of the browsers used and even the operating systems/device types used to read the blog.
The blog is one thing because it is fun and interesting and if people enjoy it or find it useful, that is wonderful. But I decided this week that I needed to start tracking the visitors and their engagement with Zoe's webpage (shopatzoe.com), especially with the knowledge that I am planning to add eCommerce to Zoe's site next year. I contacted Web Developer Phil and had him apply the Google Analytics code to Zoe's website. And timing was perfect as I had just sent out a Constant Contact email that included a link to Zoe's site.
While it has only been up and running for a few days, I'm already finding the statistics fascinating. Please note I do control myself and only check it once a day! It is really interesting to see what city the user is located in while looking at the site, what browser and operating systems are used, which service providers they are using and even the screen resolution if they access it via mobile device! It is also very helpful to see "where" they came from (the referring sites vs. an organic search). I know there is much more to learn from the information!
Next: Halloween at Zoe!