I came across this question on the Google Website Optimizer group:
Hi, I run a website where I sell 7 different products each at a different price level.
I am wondering whether there’s a way so that I can track the changes I make in terms of their effect on my overall revenue?
From a marketing perspective, this raises an interesting question.
Will the test version with the best conversion rate always bring the most revenue?
If what you are testing has no relationship to what you are selling, then probably yes.
On the other hand, lets say you want to test what product you should be highlighting.
In such a case, measuring overall revenue makes sense.
So here is how I would do it…
The first thing you want to do (which you should be doing in any case, even if you’re not tracking revenue) is apply the Google Website Optimizer + Google Analytics hack.
This provides you with all of the Google Analytics data for each one of your combinations.
Next, you need to use Google Analytics E-commerce Tracking.
Here are the instructions from Google:
Tracking e-commerce transactions in Google Analytics
If you’re just testing a single page, this alone should be enough as you can get the revenue data on a per page basis (Pageviews * $ Index).
But what if you’re testing a site wide change, like the “add to cart” button or “product of the month”?
You can easily get revenue data for each combination using the Google Analytics e-commerce tracking by simply over-riding one of the item fields in the addItem call.
Here’s the original example:
pageTracker._addItem( "1234", // Order ID "DD44", // SKU "T-Shirt", // Product Name "Green Medium", // Category "11.99", // Price "1" // Quantity );
I’m going to put the GWO combination number in the SKU field.
Here’s the modified example code:
var combo = 'combo - ' + getcombo(); // getcombo function from the GWO + GA hack. pageTracker._addItem( "1234", // Order ID combo, // SKU "T-Shirt", // Product Name "Green Medium", // Category "11.99", // Price "1" // Quantity );
Then simply use the GA e-commerce report for product SKU performance.