Web analytics

Referral spam: attack patterns and countermeasures

Do you find that lots of the traffic that arrives on your site comes from suspicious sources? There’s no need to worry since website operators encounter inconsistencies in reports from analysis tools (such as Google Analytics, Piwik, or etracker). The reason: referral spam falsifies visitor statistics. Learn how hackers can manipulate referrer information and traffic data, as well as which countermeasures can help fight them off. [...]  

The best smart speakers: Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – which smart speaker is best? Google Home is the first major competition in a field dominated by the Amazon Echo. But which one is a better smart speaker? Which of the two speakers answers your questions more reliably and accurately? Which one has the most extensive smart home features? We provide a comparison of the two smart speakers. [...]  

Testing-Tools: The best applications for A/B testing

Website optimization is more than just SEO: throughout your efforts to optimize your own website for Google etc., you should not lose sight of the actual person who is visiting the site. Factors such as usability, design, and content are critical when it comes to achieving the desired conversions. Anyone who does not want to be restricted to a single version from the beginning can use A/B testing tools to present their visitors with various possible alternatives and to check which version is the best for site visitors. [...]  

Google Data Studio: setting the scene with your data

Data analysis is a purely theoretical matter for most people. But in order to provide the customer with information, it’s important to be able to visualize sets of data. With Google Data Studio, you can summarize data from different sources into one handy report. Our guide gives you an overview of Google’s latest offering. [...]  

Data warehouse systems: get success with big data analysis

More and more businesses are adopting dispositive data with the aim of making strategic decisions shaped by reports, prognoses, and patterns. The database is usually supplied by an information system that functions as a central data repository, separate from a data operating system. This is known as a data warehouse, or a DWH for short. A data warehouse is a modularly built system made up of various tools for data entry, data processing, and data retention. Our digital guide offers an insight into the structure of a typical DWH architecture, introduces you to commercial suppliers of established data warehouse systems, as well as showing you some open source alternatives. [...]  

The best translation apps: which is the right one for you?

Finding the right translation app can be quite a challenge due to the ever-increasing choice available on the market. Which translator app is best when traveling abroad? We provide a detailed overview of the best translation apps for Android and iOS. [...]  

Geo-targeting: the regional optimization of web content and how it works

Geotargeting is a unique way of directly addressing a target group using its geographical information. Many websites and applications used on mobile devices use the device data in order to locate their users. Knowing an individual user’s location allows website owners and app providers to tailor their content and advertising directly to the user in his or her respective region. But geotargeting does have its limits, namely the choice of available localization methods and the possibility of anonymous surfing. [...]  

Predictive analytics – definition and examples

What is predictive analytics? The subsection of big data analysis has similarities to data mining. But what exactly is the difference and how does predictive analysis actually work? We provide the answers on this method of data analysis, show you what it is used for, and what tools there are for using the technique of predictive analytics. [...]  

Browser fingerprints: the basics and protection options

In recent years, so-called browser fingerprinting has established itself as a tracking method that doesn’t rely on the use of cookies. Web servers capture different characteristics from visitors’ browsers and determine their digital fingerprint based on them. They enable visitors to be recognized at a later date. While some information is automatically transmitted, it is mainly active elements such as Flash animations or JavaScript applications that provide crucial information. [...]  

Behavioral targeting: tailored advertising on the internet

In the world of advertising, behavioral targeting is the method used by advertisers to record surfing behavior of potential customers, with the aim of categorizing visitors into key demographic groups. Website owners can create profiles based on users’ interests, preferences, and motives. This information determines the ad campaigns presented to the user, simultaneously reducing scattering loss and saving advertising costs. Beneficial to both the advertiser and the consumer, relevant advertising is no longer a nuisance. However, due to data security concerns expressed by the online community, certain countries now have strict guidelines for the legal implementation of targeted advertising. [...]