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Configuring Analytics


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The Brightspot Analytics plugin accumulates and reports on visitors’ viewing patterns within your site. You can generate analytics accumulated by Brightspot, or retrieve analytics from Google.


Configuring analytics in Brightspot

The Analytics plugin for Brightspot accumulates and reports on visitors’ viewing patterns within your site. You can generate analytics accumulated by Brightspot (known as “Brightspot Analytics”), or retrieve analytics from Google.

This section describes how to configure Brightspot to provide the page views count on the Search page.

To configure item-level analytics:

  1. Click menu > Admin > Sites & Settings > Sites > Global. The Edit Global widget appears.
  2. Under CMS, expand Analytics.
  3. Using the following table as a reference, configure the analytics integration.
  4. Click Save.

Brightspot Analytics settings - CMS tab

Field
Description
Task HostName or address of host running the task that updates the page views.
Page Views SupplierSource provider of page view data.
  • None—Page view data is collected by Brightspot Analytics, but not displayed on the Search results page.
  • Brightspot Analytics—Source of page views is the Brightspot server.
  • Google Analytics—Source of page views is Google Analytics. For information about integrating Google Analytics with Brightspot, see Configuring Google analytics.
IntervalUnit of time used to calculate the number of page views appearing in the search panel and in dynamic lists. See Including page views in the search panel and Sorting dynamic lists by page views. Available only if Page Views is set to Brightspot Analytics or Google Analytics.
AmountNumber of intervals. For example, if you set Interval to Days and Amount to 2, then the Page Views field in the search panel and dynamic lists reflects the number of page views over the past two days. Available only if Page Views is set to Brightspot Analytics or Google Analytics.
Disable ScriptsIf toggled on, disables the JavaScript that triggers the collection of all data by Brightspot Analytics. The data remains uncollected until you turn this toggle off. Also, historical data will continue to be displayed but will not be updated until this toggle is turned off.
Video Analytics SupplierSource provider of video view data.
  • None—Video view data is accumulated by Brightspot Analytics, but not displayed anywhere within Brightspot.
  • Brightspot Analytics—Source of video views is the Brightspot server.

You can also configure the sources for your search and social traffic data, which can be used in the Report widget on your dashboards.

To configure search and social traffic sources:

Note
The fields configured below are only used by Brightspot Analytics and have no bearing on the data imported from Google Analytics.

  1. Click menu > Admin > Sites & Settings > Sites > Global. The Edit Global widget appears.
  2. Under Integrations, expand Analytics.
  3. Using the following table as a reference, configure the integration. Some of the settings at the global level can be overridden at the site level.
  4. Click Save.

Brightspot Analytics settings - Integrations tab

Field
Description
Search SourcesSearch engines from which traffic arrives to the item. If blank, Brightspot tracks incoming traffic referred by Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You can override this setting at the site level.
Social SourcesSocial networks from which traffic arrives to the item. If blank, Brightspot tracks incoming traffic referred by Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. You can override this setting at the site level.
Note
If you add any values to these fields, you override the default settings as shown in the table. Adding additional search or social sources requires that you individually add all of the search and social sources from which you want to collect data, including the defaults (such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo). You add additional sources by clicking add_circle, then adding the desired domain.


Including page views in the search panel

When you enable the Analytics plugin, you can include page views in the search panel’s results.

To include page views in the search panel:

  1. In the header, click in the search field. The search panel appears.
  2. Click Select Fields. The Select Fields widget appears.
  3. From the Hidden Fields list, click Page Views. The field moves to the Selected Fields list.

    Select search panel fields

  4. Click Update.

The Select Fields widget closes, and the Page Views field appears in the search panel.

You can also filter search results by page views using an advanced query; for details, see Perform an advanced query search.

See also:


Sorting dynamic lists by page views

When you enable the Analytics plugin, you can sort dynamic lists by page views.

To sort a dynamic list by page views:

  1. Open or create the item to which you want to add a dynamic list.
  2. Click more_horiz > Overrides > Layout. Drop-down lists AboveAside, and Below appear for the dynamic list’s position. (For an illustration of these positions, see Module overview.)
  3. From one of the lists, select Replace (for an explanation of the possible selections, see Setting the site layout).
  4. Click add_circle_outline, and select List. A form appears.
  5. In the Title field, enter a title.
  6. In the Description field, enter a description. For an explanation of the buttons on this field’s toolbar, see Rich-text editor.
  7. From the Items list, select Dynamic. A form appears.
  8. Using the table in Dynamic list fields as a reference, design filters for the dynamic list. From the Sort list, select Page Views.
  9. From the Call to Action list, select a call to action. Your form looks similar to the following:
    Sorting dynamic lists
  10. Click Publish.