Do you feel restricted by the custom report and dashboard options in Google Analytics? Perhaps you have heard about visualization tools like Google Data Studio but don’t know where to begin? We have a quick and easy solution for you! In literally a single click, you can view your audience, acquisition, or behaviour data from GA in a customizable Data Studio dashboard.
This feature is the quickest way to get started with Data Studio. You would otherwise need to manually connect your GA property by configuring a data source in Data Studio and then connecting the data source to a new report. This one-click integration does all the work for you!
You will also hit the ground running with a report full of interactive charts, tables, and filters. Especially when you’re new to the tool, it can be intimidating to begin by staring at a blank page. This integration eliminates that barrier by giving you 3 templates to choose from. Not only are these dashboards a good place to start, you can fully customize them to more specifically meet your needs.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get started viewing your GA data in Data Studio:
Creating a Google Analytics Dashboard in One Click
- In Google Analytics, select your main reporting view. (Note that this integration is only available for Universal Analytics properties at this time.)
- Navigate to Customization > Dashboards or Custom Reports
- Click on one of the report thumbnails (Audiences Overview, Acquisitions Overview, or Behaviours Overview) to open the report in Data Studio.
You can use any of the 3 dashboards as is and access them through the Customization menu in GA. Each dashboard offers several ways to refine your data. At the top of each dashboard there are dropdown controls that allow you to filter by geography, traffic channel, and device type, as well as a date range selector. There are also functions within each chart to filter, sort, and drill down.
Once you are comfortable with Data Studio and wish to customize your dashboard beyond these templates and share it with others, you can click the “Edit and share” button. This will take you into the Data Studio report editor interface where you will have full control over the contents and appearance of your dashboard. You can then change chart types, substitute other metrics and dimensions, style the report with your company’s logo and colours, and much more!
If you are interested in learning more about Data Studio, we recommend checking out the Introduction to Data Studio course on Analytics Academy.
Complete list of posts in our 2020 Data Studio series:
1. Visualizing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Google Data Studio
2. Creating a Google Analytics Dashboard in One Click (this post)
3. Using Google Maps in Data Studio
4. Visualizing BigQuery Public Datasets in Data Studio
5. Measuring Web Vitals – Part 2: Monitoring in Data Studio
6. Using Parameters in Data Studio
7. How to Style Links in Data Studio
8. Using Filter Controls in Data Studio
9. Extracting a Theme from an Image in Data Studio
10. Building a Google Analytics 4 Dashboard in Data Studio
11. How to Convert Text to Dates in Google Data Studio
12. 12 Tips for Enhancing Your Tables in Data Studio