2023-06-26 | Article | Insights
Google Analytics 4 is a powerful tool that provides valuable insights into website and app performance. To unlock its full potential, users can harness the capabilities of report customization. This feature empowers businesses to tailor reports according to their specific needs, enabling them to extract actionable data and make informed decisions. In this article, we delve into the benefits of report customization, the challenges it addresses, the approach to implementing it, the resulting advantages, and the requirements to get started.
The default reports in Google Analytics 4 offer a wealth of data, but they may not always align perfectly with your organization's specific objectives. Every business has unique metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) they prioritize, and generic reports might not highlight these critical areas. This challenge necessitates the need for customizing reports to focus on the most relevant data points.
Report customization in Google Analytics 4 allows users to create tailored reports that align precisely with their business requirements. With this feature, you can choose the dimensions and metrics that matter most, and visualize data in a way that enhances understanding. It offers flexibility in structuring your reporting interface from scratch or modifying existing templates. Furthermore, you can also remove reports that are not important for your business goals, allowing you to tailor the Google Analytics reporting interface according to your specific needs. Changes to your reporting interface will be available to every user of your property.
How the reporting interface is structured
The reporting section in Google Analytics 4 contains multiple reports. The reports can be organized into topics, which act as navigational elements that can be expanded and collapsed. Topics can be combined into collections to group and structure similar areas.
How to create and edit your reports
You can edit your reports in the report library. In order to create a new report from scratch, simply click on “Create new report”. To edit an existing report. Select the respective report and click on “Edit”. You can create and edit both overview reports and detail reports, and you can have up to 150 reports in your property.
When creating a new detailed report, Google offers you a variety of templates to jump-start your reporting. If you use the templates, then the reports are automatically updated when Google adjusts the report template. This way you are always up to date with the most appropriate reporting dimensions and metrics.
You can apply the following changes to your existing reports:
How to add reports to your overview and customize the report navigation
Reports can be organized in collections and topics to be reflected in your report navigation. You can create a new collection or add a report to an existing one.
When editing a collection, you can simply drag and drop your reports to add them to the collection. You can also rearrange the order of the reports within a topic, move reports from one topic to another, and also change the order of the topics within the collection to change how they appear in the navigation. Further, you can edit and rename the topics or create new ones to structure your navigation even more.
Once you are satisfied with your changes, you can decide whether you want to save your changes to the current collection, which makes the changes available immediately, or you want to save it as a new collection.
If you created a new collection and you want to make it available to everyone, you have to publish your changes:
After publishing your collection, it will immediately be available to you and all other users of your property in your report navigation:
Removing reports, topics and collections from your reporting interface
Of course, you can also edit your collection to remove specific reports that might not be relevant to your business, remove topics or remove entire collections.
that the report or is part of, and then click “X” to remove the respective item and save your changes. When removing a topic, all reports that this topic contains will also be removed. For the changes to be reflected in the interface, you need to save your changes to the current collection. Alternatively you can save the changes to a new collection and use it elsewhere at a later time.
In order to remove an entire collection from the reporting navigation, you need to unpublish the collection:
Adjusting the reports snapshot
In addition to changing the standard reports, you can select an overview report from your library to appear as your reports snapshot. The reports snapshot is the overview that is displayed as soon as you open your reporting section in Google Analytics and is shown as the first item in your navigation bar. This way, you get an overview of your most relevant KPIs at a glance.
By customizing reports, your business can gain a deeper understanding of your website or app performance. You can focus on crucial metrics and uncover valuable insights that might otherwise go unnoticed. For example, as an e-commerce company, you can create a custom report to analyze the effectiveness of a specific marketing campaign by tracking conversions, revenue, and user behavior, or content website owners can remove the e-commerce reports from their overview if they are not required. This creates a curated and easily accessible view of the data you need.
To leverage report customization in Google Analytics 4, you'll need a few key elements. Firstly, ensure you have a Google Analytics 4 property set up and properly integrated with your website or app. Familiarize yourself with the Google Analytics interface and reporting features to better understand the customization options available. Additionally, basic knowledge of dimensions, metrics, and filters will enable you to make the most of the customization capabilities. In addition to that, you need sufficient permission (editor or admin) to create and customize reports. Be careful - once published, all changes to your reports will be visible to each user of your Google Analytics property.
Report customization is more suitable for advanced users who are comfortable navigating the intricacies of Google Analytics and possess a solid understanding of their business objectives.