Why Your DXP Needs A Powerful Analytics Tool

A key function of a DXP is to optimise digital journeys. But how can brands make meaningful improvements if they can’t make data-informed decisions?

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May 30, 2023

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For many years, the digital landscape was fairly simple: a website was the only way someone could digitally interact with a brand. Then, that landscape grew to include email and text message communications, multiple social media platforms and accounts, mobile apps for iOS and android, third-party listings and even reviews. And even the ways that consumers find your digital experiences is evolving right alongside search engine updates and the rise of chat-based experiences.

The complexity of users' digital journeys has created a need for organisations to build their own customised digital experience platform, or DXP.

What is a DXP?

In the Digital Experiences Platforms Landscape Q2 2023 by Forrester, a digital experience platform is defined as "the portfolio of core components of a platform that provides the architectural foundation and modular services for developers and practitioners to create, orchestrate and optimise digital journeys at scale – driving loyalty and new commerce outcomes across owned and third-party channels."

A key function of a DXP is to optimise digital journeys. But how can brands make meaningful improvements if they can't make data-informed decisions?

You Need A Holistic View of Your Users’ Digital Journeys

A comprehensive, holistic view of your data and analytics, from across all digital touchpoints, provides true visibility into how your brand is performing.

For example, consider how many analytics tools and reporting software solutions that your team is using today:

  • Search performance: You probably monitor your website's organic search performance with analytics software, like Google Analytics, Google Looker Studio or Tableau.

  • Listings performance: Customers may find your Google Business Profile or Apple Business Connect profile on their search engine results page, while your listings on Yelp or industry-specific apps like Vitals and OpenTable are monitored within those site-specific reports and dashboards.

  • Reviews performance: Reviews are a critical source of feedback for your brand, a space to engage with your users and an area that provides a significant impact on search. Reviews live on sites like Yelp and Trustpilot, as well as within social media platforms and search engine listings.

  • Social media performance: You may use a social media management platform like Hootsuite to schedule and monitor social media performance, or you may be working within individual social media platforms. Your business may also leverage video in your marketing strategy, meaning you'll be referencing performance analytics that live within sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

  • Marketing performance: Your marketing team's tools – such as a CRM like Salesforce or a marketing automation platform like Hubspot – will also need to integrate with this data to measure lead quality and the effectiveness of your customer nurturing strategy.

  • Website performance: When a customer finally lands on your website, you'll want to view marketing analytics like conversions, interactions on your site and even common questions and pain points surfaced within your own search experience.

That's a lot of data, and it's all trapped in different platforms and applications.

Without one holistic view of your performance in these channels, even a small fracture in the customer journey (like a broken link to your website in your Yelp profile) can be overlooked and forgotten. While a broken link is typically a minor issue with an easy fix once discovered, every single customer on that particular digital journey will be impacted until the problem is resolved.

If you're building a composable DXP, you've already committed to building the best digital experience possible for your customers. To better understand your users' digital journey (and your role in it) you'll need to choose a data analytics tool with one centralised view for your data. This will help you and your team to understand the digital journey as it stands today and plan for what it can become in the future.

Use Reporting Tools to Inform Strategic Business Decisions

A holistic view of your analytics data isn't the only benefit of a reports-based analytics tool. Remember, a key component of your DXP is that it enables you to optimise your customers' experiences. But if you can't even see how users are interacting with your site, how can you expect to optimise the entire digital journey?

For better or worse, the most accurate view of your holistic digital experience is the one in your main analytics dashboard. It's your opportunity to find out whether your customers are succeeding or struggling on their digital journey.

For example, the marketing analytics from your search experiences will tell you a lot about how customers interact with your brand, and how they want to interact with your brand. From here, you gain a better understanding of your users (like where they came from, where they ended up and what they did from there).

And the insights don't stop with third-party reporting. Your first-party search experience is a treasure trove of information. From individual users' searches to trends in customer queries, your customers will tell you exactly what they're looking for, and by extension, where you can optimise your digital experience.

How to Find the Right Analytics Tool For Your DXP

DXPs are built, not bought – but the same can't be said for your analytics platform. Third- and first-party search experiences, analytics on your listings, data from your reviews across third-party sites and mobile apps, and even social media analytics are features that must be included in your DXP's analytics.

If your analytics platform can't capture these interactions, then it will not provide the holistic view of the customer journey that you need.

When searching for an analytics solution that supports your DXP, it's important to find a solution that captures and consolidates data from across multiple digital experiences.

This will empower your team with a holistic view of your customers' experiences throughout their digital journey, to make inferences and develop insights, and to make strategic, data-informed decisions.

For businesses that prefer to manage analytics within their native or preferred technology, automated data delivery to another system is required to meet the standards of a DXP. The key here is to look for a platform that has an accessible and robust API that allows you to easily extract data for input into your own business intelligence systems or software. This will enable you to see your analytics alongside the rest of your metrics.

And, just like every other solution within your DXP, look for an analytics solution that will complement a composable architecture. One key item to look for is the MACH Alliance seal. This seal indicates that the solution you're considering meets the standard for modern technology. This is necessary to build the composable, best-of-breed DXP that you want (and stay agile for when business and customer needs inevitably evolve).

If knowledge is power, then your analytics might be your most powerful tool. Investing in the best analytics platform for your DXP will give you the information that you need to improve and optimise your users' digital journeys.

Now that you know what to look for in your central analytics platform, you can start to confidently build your full, best-of-breed DXP. Download our ebook today to learn more about the five core requirements of a DXP (and how to architect your own).

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