Macro for collecting, analyzing and reporting on clickstream data

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Today, everyone from chief marketing officers to the senior vice president of sales to bloggers want to know more about the behavior of the readers and consumers who are clicking on Web pages, Internet articles and blogs.  Clickstream data is a valuable source of information about the products, services and information that resonates with the customer, but how can you analyze this mix of structured and unstructured data that comes from such a variety of places? 

Sumit Sukhwani, Satish Garla and Goutam Chakraborty from Oklahoma State University have written a macro to help you do just that!I saw Sukhwani present the group's paper during a 10-minute Coder's Corner at SAS Global Forum in Orlando. Sukhwani says that the goal of his presentation is to show that SAS - which you already have - can give your organization the same deep insights as Google Analytics.

"Web logs are complicated, but they can provide a lot of information, including which is the most visited Web page, where are the visitors spending the most time, average time spent by a vistitor on your website and who are your regular visitors," said Sukhwani.  "With this insight, you can change your site."

He says the benefits of using the SAS macro versus Google Analytics or sending your data to a vendor to analyze are reduced cost, control of your own data and flexibility. For example, in response to an audience question, Sukhwani and his colleague Satish Garla said that the code can be altered to include a session ID so that your customers could be tracked through to a sale or download.

To get their code and view the plentiful charts and examples, download Analysis of Clickstream Data Using SAS®.


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Waynette Tubbs

Editor, Marketing Editorial

+Waynette Tubbs is the Editor of the Risk Management Knowledge Exchange at SAS, Managing Editor of sascom Magazine and Editor of the SAS Tech Report. Tubbs has developed a comprehensive portfolio of strategic business and marketing communications during her career spanning 15 years of magazine, marketing and agency work.

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