Getting started with Google Analytics integration
Olark’s Google Analytics integration allows you to gain additional visitor insights, track conversions for chatting visitors, and much more.
Wait! First, make sure that you have your Google Analytics tracking code on every page that has Olark installed.
Turning on the integration
- Log in to olark.com, click Reports at the top, and then click Google Analytics at the top of the page. (Direct link)
- Check both of the boxes that you see, and then click Save at the bottom.
You’re now ready to start tracking Olark chat events in Google Analytics!
It can take 24-48 hours for Google Analytics to start tracking and displaying Olark events. This is the standard “processing latency” time for all data in Google Analytics.
Overview of events sent by Olark
All Google Analytics events have a Category, Action, and Label associated with them.
All the events that Olark sends to your Google Analytics account will have the Category
Olark_Chat and will have one of the following Actions:
† For a single
Conversation, there can be many associated
For example, if you wanted to see how many messages were sent by operator Jane in the last week, here’s how it would look in Google Analytics:
- Category: "Olark_Chat"
- Action: "Operator_Sent_a_Message"
- Label: "Jane"
Conversation Event Action is sent when one of the following happens:
- The visitor sends the first message, and then the operator replies. In this case, the Event Label will look like:
- The operator sends the first message, and then the visitor replies. In this case, the Event Label will look like:
- An automated Targeted Chat or Greeter message is sent to the visitor, and then the visitor replies. In this case, the event label will be:
- The visitor sends the first message, and then they receive an automated Targeted Chat or Greeter message. In this case, the event label will be:
Conversationin Google Analytics and Total Chats in Olark's reporting dashboard are calculated differently, and their totals will differ. Total Chats includes all chat sessions where at least 1 non-automated message is sent, including when the visitor or operator sends a message and never receives a reply.
Viewing Olark events in Google Analytics
- From the Google Analytics reporting interface, select Behavior > Events > Top Events in the left-hand menu
- In the data table, click on Olark_Chat in the Event Category column (or use the search box) and you’ll be able to see a breakdown of the different Event Actions
If you click on
Operator_Sent_a_Message, you’ll be able to see a further breakdown of how many messages each of your operators sent.
If you click on
Conversation, you’ll be able to see a further breakdown of how many visitor-initiated conversations each of your operators received.
To make the most of Olark's Google Analytics integration, check out our other Google Analytics help guides below!