A mashup, in web development, is a web page or web application that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface. For example, a user could combine the addresses and photographs of their library branches with a Google map to create a map mashup. (Wikipedia)
How to Configure:
Before you can configure your Mashup Widget, you will need the following information:
- Desired widgets configured on one or more existing dashboards.
Once you have the required information, you can perform the following steps to configure your widget:
- Follow the steps for "Adding a Widget."
- When the widget window appears, select "Configure Widget."
- Enter the following information:
- Widget Title: Title you would like displayed for the widget.
- Metric 1/2/3...: Set a label, data type, and select a data vector from one of your existing widgets (these can be located on different dashboards.)
- Add Data: Will allow you to add more data vector from one of your existing widgets (these can be located on different dashboards.)
- Create New Metric: Will allow you to create additional metrics.
- Select "Save Widget."
Mashup Tips and Tricks:
Idea #1) Create custom widgets beyond our preconfigured, prebuilt widgets. Include the metrics you want your colleagues or clients to see.
Idea #2) Use the divide function to spot new correlations and trends between 2 completely different parts of your organization.
Idea #3) Use the add or subtract function to create net or aggregate/cumulative values (example below)
Make sure you have all your Google websites available through 1 (or more) connected Google profiles using the Google Analytics widget.
Create an individual widget for each website, focusing on a consistent metric you want to monitor in order for the data to be consistent and "apples to apples."
For example, Widget #1 could be "Website A" with the Metric of Sessions. Widget #2 would then be "Website B" with the same Metric of Sessions. Place them wherever (and even hide the widgets, if you'd like).
Tip: it doesn't matter where you place these, it can be a separate or "staging" dashboard. That said, it's a great idea to monitor all sites on one screen, so you could keep them in the same place!
Use the Mashup widget to add in all of the sites from Step 2! In our example above, simply pick each "Sessions" metric from Site A and Site B and add them together using the "+" icon.