4 key things that matter to find the right analytics tool for you

The need for Analytics

If you’re reading this then you likely either have, or will soon have, an app on the market.

In today’s market, new apps are added by the thousands every day, so how do you keep your app from becoming lost in the crowd and bring it to the top of the charts?

With so many competitors in today’s market, you have to do everything you can to ensure that your app is top of the line and gives the customer the best experience possible.

As the famous saying goes from Peter Drucker “If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It”.

A great app analytics tool (or even multiple if that’s what required) is essential to make this happen.

Where to start?

As discussed above – you could need one or more analytics tools.

Every app analytics tool is going to have its pros and cons, the key is to find the one that fits best with your business objectives.

Although every company has different needs, there are a handful of features that one would expect in a good analytics tool. It’s these key elements that we’re going to look at more closely, as well as discuss why these features should be important to you.

Key things that matter for finding the right analytics tool

We have identified 4 key points that matter for you in the quest to find the right analytics tools

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1. Gather:

In order to perform an analysis, a tool needs to gather the data.

These data can be collected in 2 formats:

Quantitative data or Qualitative Data.

Quantitative Data:

Quantitative data points are numerical in nature.

We aggregate the collected numerical data and this helps us to see baseline, make decisions and track progress.

Example of some of quantitative tools are: Google Analytics, Mixpanel and Amplitude.

Qualitative data:

Qualitative data points are captured as Screen Recordings, touch points and user feedbacks.

Qualitative data allows you to make better decisions on the User Experience of your app by enabling you to evaluate opinions that surface in your team.

This also commonly referred as UX analytics.

Example of some of quantitative tools are: UXCam, FullStory and ClickTale.

One key part of the gathering process is the ease of implementing an analytics tool.

Some programs can have extensive procedures for learning the software and implementing it into your app.

This is an added cost to you because of the man-hours required for the switch, the cost of training, and let’s not forget the amount of time it takes to install, during which your system may be down.

To avoid this headache, look for a program that has a simplified implementation process that doesn’t cost as many resources to switch over too.

At UXCam we have worked extensively to make this easy for you with just two lines of code that can be applied in seconds. The program automatically detects screens and doesn’t affect performance of the app.

2. Mine / Analyze:

“Analysis” comes from the ancient Greek work ἀναλύω, which means “I unravel.”

An analytics tool uses the collected data and mines/analyzes this data using various techniques to create results.

It can aggregate this data and show the result – or use sophisticated machine learning and artificial intelligence to find patterns. Tools such as Mixpanel uses these methods to predict user conversion.

This complexity of analysis is an important factor when finding the right analytics tool for you, as one means digging deeper and the other means making it easy for you to interpret the output.

It is important to note is that some tools, such as Snowplow analytics,  also allows you to analyze the data yourself.

This can be an important decision factor if you have a large quantity of data and if you would like to do an advanced analysis that is not provided by custom tools.

3. Visualize

We as human are inherently lazy.

An analytics tools that does most of the work by enabling us to analyze data easily and make decision quickest has the winning bet.

There are various ways that analytics tools uses to visualize the data:

Clear and Measurable Reports

Reports and data received from the tool should be precise and clear to read.

Without easily interpreted data, you are not going to be able to see the problems that need to be fixed, or get enough context to understand how to fix a problem.

This makes the process more stressful and less effective than it should be.

Advanced Filtering

An analytics tool should be able to allow filtering the data precisely and easily.

You’ll want an analytics tool that not only has this but can make these features easy to use and understand.

This may include visuals, being able to sort data in different ways and the ability to be able to run specific searches for particular data.

Without being able to see historical data and do advanced filtering, you would be stuck with large amount of data i.e. “data-overload”.

Session replay

One of the easy way to understand usage data is through Session replay. In summary, it replays videos with the complete touch interaction of the users’ journey through the interface.

Heatmaps

One of the newer, and arguably most useful, feature that an analytics tool can have is heatmaps.

The heatmap is a feature that allows you to see what spots on the screen are touched most often during the use of  your app.

This is shown with the use of a range of colors to represent the different frequency of touches. You can read more about heatmaps and how it works here

4) Act

Finally, analytics tools should enable you to act quickly.

A lot of tool enable you to decide on data automatically.

An example of this is an A/B testing feature of an analytics tool that enables you to choose the winner of an A/B test automatically.

A large number of tools use collaboration techniques, enabling you to collaborate with your team member.

For example, UXCam enables you to download recordings and heatmaps. That way, you can share it with your colleagues easily.

We hope this guide helped you to understand the things that matter to find the right analytics tools for you.

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