Path Analyzer

Last updated Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Sitecore Experience Platform for Analyst, Marketer
Keywords: Analytics, Campaigns, Goals

The Path Analyzer is an application that enables you to create a map that shows the sequential paths that contacts take as they navigate through your website. You can see the paths that contacts take while interacting with campaigns, and trigger goals and outcomes.

You can create new Path Analyzer maps to track the different types of experiences contacts have as they interact with campaigns or digital assets. You can also configure the Path Analyzer to track different kinds of visits to your website, such as the experience of a first time visitor or a returning customer. This information can provide you with insight into how different kinds of contacts interact with your content.

The Path Analyzer shows you which paths have the most traffic, which paths provide the highest engagement value, and which provide the highest engagement value per visit or efficiency. This enables you to gain insight into what content works well and what content is less efficient and could be optimized.

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Page Analyzer

You can use the Path Analyzer to view how contacts interact with your content on a large scale, viewing the most frequently travelled paths through your website. To view interactions on a smaller scale, you can use the Page Analyzer. The Page Analyzer shows you the paths to and from specific pages on your website.

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The Page Analyzer allows you to explore paths that lead to a page and then view the individual contacts that had this particular path experience.

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In this way, with Path Analyzer, you can go from the very high level path map view showing all paths, to a page-specific analysis view, down to an individual contact who had this path experience, and then pull up his or her Experience Profile:

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Analyzing different contact experiences

The Path Analyzer lets you map and view the experiences that your contacts have on your website. You can see which pages that contacts visit on their way to triggering specific goals or page events. You can also configure paths that identify traffic coming from particular channels or particular campaigns. The Path Analyzer then shows you which paths efficiently lead contacts to desired business outcomes, and which paths are less effective.

You can also map different types of interactions that contacts have with your website. For example, you can map the experiences of first-time visitors to your website, and then create maps that show the experiences of returning visitors and compare how the two experiences differ. You can create maps that are based on location, devices, and so on. Comparing contact experiences can provide insight into how your content works with different audiences.

After you have created a map, you can use the Map overview to see:

  • The specific reports that provide you with information about the paths. For example, you can see reports on the number of contacts who have visited a path, the engagement value that they generated, and the average value per visit that the path generated.
    • The Metrics tab provides you with more in-depth metrics about how this particular path performs.
    • The Contacts tab shows the contacts that have taken a specific path and the pattern cards that they match, the goals and outcomes that they have triggered, and where they come from.
  • Funnels that track contacts as they come to your website from external channels and progress through your content on their way to converting a goal or outcome.