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Website Bounce Rates: Create Meaningful Insight and Improvement with Benchmarking | Part 5 of 5

December 13, 2018

Ongoing insight is the payoff to analytics investment. To get the most from your bounce rate strategy, define helpful benchmarks, create a habit of regular analysis, and commit to a troubleshooting plan of action.

In this edition of the Corbae Creative bounce rate optimization series, hypothetical company SunClarity completes the fifth and final step of the bounce rate strategy:

  1. Define the Goals of Every Section or Page
  2. Provide Clear CTAs
  3. Track Engagement Events
  4. Segment Bounce Rate Results
  5. Set Benchmarks for Ongoing Monitoring

Five: Set Benchmarks for Ongoing Monitoring

The last step for SunClarity is to establish a plan for ongoing monitoring and maintenance of bounce rate analytics.

Bounce Rates 05 | Benchmarking image 02The company’s marketing group has chosen a set of five segmented bounce rates from the work in step four and adds them to a weekly Google Analytics report that’s automatically emailed to several departments, using the Share feature.

SunClarity also determines benchmarks for each of the five rates based on industry, Google, or internal data.

To monitor the blog, the company uses an industry benchmark of 65-90% to determine high and low bounce behavior [Source]. To monitor the bounce rate of traffic from an external referral partner, SunClarity uses the high and low bounce rates from the second fiscal quarter of the last year.

Determining analytics benchmarks may not be perfectly consistent across metrics, but that’s OK. The goal is not perfection but a continual increase in meaningful insight using industry and internal information as a guide.

As a final step, the company creates a troubleshooting checklist to respond to bounce rates that rise or fall beyond the chosen benchmarks. This gives them a clear course of action when responding to unexplained changes in engagement.