Over the weekend I spent some time digging into event web site statistics. Some intriguing information came to light when doing a comparative analysis of web stats from three very different events. The events compared include an air show, a brew fest, and an aviation safety event. Each event had a distinct demographic profile. In spite of demographic differences, there were some very intriguing correlations in web statistics. Even when accounting for dynamic IP addresses, some specific statistics were within a percentage point or two for all the web sites.
Some Event Web Site Statistics
One interesting statistic was the number of times a user visited a web site (visitor loyalty). Across all three sites, only 10% of visitors came to an event web site more than three times. For the same three sites, approximately 70% of the visitors only visited each event web site once. See the graphic above from an actual event web site. If visitors are only coming to your site once, you need to make sure the information you have on your web site is doing a great job of selling your event. Are you trying to capture people’s name and email with an opt-in box? For all the sites 60-75% of all visitors came to each site within 30 days leading up to each event. The more an event organizer spent on advertising their event, the greater the traffic to the site within 30 days of the event.
Diligently Look at Your Statistics
If you have a recurring event, properly analyzing your web stats is an invaluable resource. Not enough event organizers look into their web stats. Digging into the data goes well beyond just the total number of visitors. Carefully look at what visitors on your site are doing. At the same time, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out when looking at your web stats. Knowing your stats can save you a ton of money on marketing.
If you haven’t already, be sure that you have a good analytics suite installed on your event web site. My personal favorite is Google Analytics. Analytics is free and you can get some pretty amazing information. Pay careful attention to your statistics, it could be costing you dearly.
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