Event-Based Analytics: Use Cases, Examples, and Tools
Why is event-based analytics important for SaaS businesses?
Event-based analytics allows product teams to gain insights into how customers are using their products. You can identify patterns and trends by tracking user behavior, leading to more informed decision-making about product development and marketing strategies.
In this article, we’ll discuss:
- The benefits of event-based analytics in detail
- How to collect and use data for analysis
- The best platforms for getting product growth insights
- Event-based analytics is the process of tracking and analyzing user interactions with your product.
- Event analytics helps you interpret user interactions, measure and improve overall product performance, and build personalized engagement.
- With Userpilot, you can set up custom events using APIs, use click tracking, or track custom events without coding to collect data for event analytics.
- Event data allows you to do funnel analysis and segmentation analysis. Event analytics lets you see how users progress the conversion funnel and provide contributing criteria needed to segment customers.
- Event-based analytics lets you improve user activation, segment customers to increase product adoption, understand feature usage to drive feature adoption, and personalize the user experience.
- Userpilot, Amplitude, and Google Analytics are the top 3 event-based analytics tools.
What is event-based analytics?
Event-based analytics is the process used to track and analyze interactions between customers and your product.
Events are any behavior or action a user takes at different touchpoints across the customer journey. Examples of such user interactions in your app include engaging with a feature, completing a checklist, purchasing a subscription plan, or clicking on a help article.
Benefits of tracking event-based analytics
Tracking event involves monitoring most business value metrics. Moreover, it lets you track product metrics and helps you know why it’s happening.
Here’s how event analytics benefits your business:
- Understand how users interact with your app: Event tracking allows you to identify patterns in user behavior within your app. User behavior reflects the motivation and intention behind actions taken by a customer.
- Measure the overall product performance: Conducting event-based analytics at multiple touchpoints throughout the user journey enables you to evaluate the overall product performance.
- Identify opportunities for product improvements: Understanding how users interact with your product helps you identify friction points in the app and improve these areas to improve customer satisfaction.
- Build personalized engagement: Event-based analytics lets you understand user expectations and segment them into groups based on common needs. You can then offer personalized customer experiences to each segment and enhance user engagement.
How to collect data for event-based analytics
Events and users are the two keys to performing event-based analytics. Here’s how you can collect event data to understand what users are doing with your product.
Set up custom events using APIs
All you have to do is specify the event data you wish to track along with its API key. The APIs will track events about the customers that meet any criteria used to describe the event.
There are two common use cases for tracking events using APIs:
- Tracking server-side events: There are situations where some events can only be reached by your server, such as high-volume critical events like marketing campaigns.
- Importing historical event data: Users usually want to import historical data upon evaluation or migration. This allows you to use APIs for historical user identification.
The ‘Tracked Event’ option below is easy and quick to implement. Once the tool completes tracking, you can see the analytics results in the overview tab.
Track events with click tracking
You can tag UI elements to track hovers, clicks, or text inputs made by customers. Userpilot lets you do this without any coding.
However, click tracking through UI tags doesn’t involve server-side events. Therefore, the results may not be as accurate in certain situations.
The GIF below shows how to track clicks using Userpilot’s feature tagging functionality. You can capture clicks on several elements together, and the red borders highlight what the cursor detects.
Track custom events without coding
With Userpilot, you can track multiple events by grouping them under a ‘custom event.’ One custom event can consist of any combination of server-side and non-server-side events.
To create a custom event, you only have to name it and choose the events you want to cluster together. The custom event will match when any of the specified events occur.
The gif below illustrates this unique feature of Userpilot.
How to use event data for event-based analytics?
Let’s see how you can leverage all the data for event-based analytics.
Identify friction and drop-off points with funnel analysis
Tracking event data enables you to perform funnel analysis. Use custom events to include all events that sequentially lead to a particular conversion point.
Moreover, conversion funnel analysis can reveal friction points in the journey to conversion. These points create frustration and can even hinder users from meeting their goals. Therefore, these friction points could also cause some customers to drop off.
For instance, you can track key performance indicators such as the number of users visiting your site and making a purchase.
Furthermore, you can use funnel analysis to monitor customer success at various stages of their journey and check how quickly they complete each stage. If they take too long or fail to complete the stage, you have to take steps to optimize your product.
Here’s a view of the upcoming funnel analytics feature in Userpilot.
Understand user behavior patterns using segmentation analysis
Customer segmentation is the process of dividing users into distinct groups based on certain common characteristics, such as their roles and the jobs to be done. You can collect the required data through customer surveys, such as those in the sign-up flow or welcome screen.
Event-based analytics is a very effective tool for segmentation analysis.
You can track and compare user behavior over time. Analyzing user behaviors help reveal potential churn patterns, and you can proactively reach out to dissatisfied customers.
Userpilot has an advanced segmentation functionality that lets you create user segments based on multiple criteria. You can then track the events each segment completes to find their feature engagement level, helping you identify any inactive user segment.
Real-world event analytics use cases
Here are some use cases for event-based analytics.
Track activation goals with feature tags
User activation occurs when users reach an activation milestone and experience the value of your product. Event analytics helps by letting you use feature tags to track your activation goals.
Tag the features that are the key to driving value for users and activating them. You can then monitor feature usage and check how users engage with each feature.
Here’s a summary of one of Userpilot’s use cases.
Funded by the Microsoft Foundation, The Room is a platform built to create 3 million job placements for young tech workers from Africa in the next ten years. The company approached Userpilot when they found users weren’t reaching a key activation point, i.e., uploading their CVs after signing up.
The Room achieved a 75% boost in its CV uploading rate only after the first ten days of implementation. Userpilot tracks the action of uploading CVs using a feature tag, and the engagement analysis results for this tagged feature are displayed on Userpilot’s dashboard.
Segment users to track product adoption
One of the benefits of segmenting customers is that they better help you track product adoption. With event-based analytics, you can monitor how customer segments adopt your product.
Tracking the adoption rate for your power users will help you know what inspires loyalty among users. You can capitalize on these strengths to improve the user experience and replicate the power users’ behavior for other customers.
Furthermore, you can understand why some users are slow to adopt or do not adopt your product. As a result, you can take measures to prevent churn.
For example, Kontentino uses Userpilot to build onboarding flows and segment customers based on their actions. Userpilot enabled Kontentino to increase its activation rate by 10%.
Below is a welcome screen that helps users get set up with the product.
Track feature usage and drive new feature adoption
With event-based analytics, you can see user interactions with new features through feature usage and heatmaps.
Feature tags allow you to monitor feature usage, collect data, and find out which features customers prefer most. Using a heatmap’s visual graphics makes it even easier to track feature usage.
You can know which features provide value to customers, and thus you should prioritize them for future product development. Then, you can highlight these features to prospective users in your marketing campaigns and later during onboarding.
Customers may not engage with certain features either because it doesn’t generate value or because they aren’t aware of them. You can devise strategies to improve feature adoption based on insights from event analysis.
You can trigger in-app guides or messages (like tooltips and modals) to drive new feature adoption. For instance, Asolvi uses Userpilot’s onboarding features to trigger in-app communication.
Moreover, you can use Userpilot to track user behavior when they use a feature. This can let you figure out the parts of the feature they engage with the most and trigger behavior-driven user experiences.
Customize user experience based on segmentation criteria
One of the most effective ways of improving user experience is customizing it. You can trigger personalized in-app guides, onboarding flows, or in-app messages for each user segment based on their needs and in-app behavior.
CRM PipeRun is a B2B CRM business that uses Userpilot to develop guided onboarding flows and release announcements in its platform to improve the customer experience.
Best event-based analytics platforms for actionable product insights
Your product growth efforts would be incomplete without the right platform. So let’s look at the 3 best event-based analytics tools.
Userpilot – Best for collecting actionable data for event-based analytics
Userpilot is a product growth platform that enables users to increase product adoption and improve the onboarding experience. It’s the best tool for collecting actionable user data for event-based analytics.
Userpilot supports event data management and lets you gather various types of event-based data:
- No-code events (through feature tags)
With its powerful product analytics feature, Userpilot allows you to use advanced segmentation and provide hyper-personalized experiences to each segment.
Moreover, Userpilot lets you select and put specific events under a custom event without coding. You can use the actionable insights to track goals for funnel analysis and heatmaps to monitor feature usage.
Userpilot integrations let users use other event-based analytics tools such as Heap, Mixpanel, Google Analytics, Amplitude, and Segment.
Amplitude – Best for creating event-based analytics dashboards
Amplitude is an analytics platform that includes various analytics dashboards for displaying event-based data. It also lets users build custom dashboards.
Amplitude’s features include:
- Customer segmentation/cohort analysis
- Milestone analysis to track goals
- Funnel analysis and finding conversion drivers.
However, Amplitude Analytics doesn’t offer as many actionable products as Userpilot.
Google Analytics – Best for conducting event-based data analysis for websites
The next generation of Google Analytics GA4 allows users to track event-based analytics, particularly for websites.
Its analytics features consist of the following:
- Event action, event category, and even label filtering
- Goal/Conversion tracking
- Real-time reporting
- Acquisition reports
- Behavior reports
- Audience reports
- Custom dashboards.
Event-based analytics is one of the most crucial analytics for obtaining product growth insights. You can incorporate these insights into growth strategies to enhance the customer experience and boost retention.
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