It is difficult to imagine a marketer happy to know the site didn't load. But it's almost as difficult to imagine a huge percentage of marketers knowing that load time would be directly correlated to site abandonment. Often they don't know because their analytics tools don't tell them about load time.
We know the meme--that information wants to be free. For the sake of argument, let's say we buy into the notion that information has volition, even metaphorically, and can "want" something. But isn't it just a cuter way of saying "People want information to be free for them to use"?
Doesn't it sound a little less self-serving when we look to the information itself for an answer? It isn't the person who wants something for nothing. It's the information itself which, like a living organism, has a need to be disseminated freely and not be associated with any nasty credit-card stuff or invoices or anything yucky like that.
Of course that's what it is!
And so it goes with web analytics. Apparently there is no human drive to seek better value--no human desire to have both great analytics and no bill to pay. It must be web analytics that wants to be free, because it keeps getting harder and harder to ignore "free" in the marketplace (see: Google Analytics) even if you're deploying for an enterprise. And of course Google has a paid version for those that really don't want web analytics to be free, but want to make sure that if Google... Read more