Google Analytics introduces Mobile App Analytics

Mobile is changing the way that people communicate, work and play, and much of the growing adoption and innovation we’re seeing in the industry is driven by mobile apps. There are already more than 600 000 mobile apps on Google Play and over 500 000 apps in Apple’s App Store.

Last month, Google announced a new set of reports in beta called Mobile App Analytics that help marketers and developers better measure their mobile apps. The reports are tailored for mobile app developers and marketers, speaking the language that matters to them. They are designed to measure the entire mobile customer journey – from discovery to download to engagement. This enables the creation of app experiences that are more useful and engaging through data-driven decisions at each stage of the app lifecycle:

  1. Acquisitionand user metrics such as downloads and new users
  2. Engagement metrics such as retention, crashes and conversions
  3. Outcome metrics such as app sales and in-app purchases

Acquisition and User Analysis Reports – discover your best sources of new users

New and active users – measure the number of new and active users who launch your app everyday and analyze your most valuable segments.

Google Play traffic sources – understand which traffic sources are driving new users and in-app conversions through Google Play to fine-tune your marketing initiatives.

App versions – keep track of the distribution of active users over the older and newer versions of your app so you know what to support.
Device overview – check out the top mobile devices and OS versions that your app runs on, and optimize the experience for each device.

Engagement Reports – see how users interact with your app

User behavior - assess how loyal your users are, how frequently they use the app, and the engagement level of each loyalty group.
Engagement flow - visually see the screens, actions and paths users take to move throughout your application in order to optimize usage.
App crashes – see trends in crashes and exceptions that will help you troubleshoot problems on certain devices and operating systems.

Outcome / Business Impact Reports – identify whether users are accomplishing your goals

Goal conversions – set up conversion events in your app, like spending 10 minutes in the app, or clicking on ads to gauge success.
In-App purchases – if you sell virtual or tangible goods in your app, you can measure the number of purchases and the revenue generated.

The new reports are part of a holistic experience tailored for mobile app measurement, including a new  SDK v2.0 that’s easier to implement. Google will be opening the beta up to whitelisted users in waves