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Introduction xv Part I Data Studio Basics 1 Chapter 1 Data Studio and the Data Citizen 3 Data, Data Everywhere 4 Accessibility of Data 4 Deriving Value from Data 5 The Role of Data Studio 7 A Brief History of Data Studio 9 Fundamentals First 12 Where to Go for Help 12 Time to Get Started! 13 Chapter 2 Cooking with Google Data Studio 15 Our First Example 15 Step 1. Select a Dish to Prepare: Visualizing a Bank Account 16 Before We Start: Things You'll Need 19 Step 2. Let's Go Shopping! Getting the Data 19 Step 3. Unpack the Groceries: Setting Up Google Drive 21 Step 4. Preparing the Ingredients: Working with Google Sheets 22 Step 5. Familiarizing Yourself with the Kitchen: Data Studio Home Screen and Starting a New Report 25 Step 6. Assemble the Ingredients: Connecting the Data to the Report 28 Step 7. Set the Table: Adding Your First Chart 35 Step 8. Keep Score with Scorecards 40 Step 9. It's About Time: Building the Time-Series Chart 45 Step 10. Serving Suggestions: Finishing Touches and Sharing Your Report 50 Summary 55 Chapter 3 Enhancing Basic Graphs 57 Static Report Design 57 Before Getting Started: Things You'll Need 59 Step 1. Copy the Report 60 Step 2. Modify the Header and Set the Date Range 61 Step 3. Modify Scorecards 63 Step 4. Modify Time-Series Chart 65 Step 5. Modify the Transactions Table 66 Step 6. Save the Report as PDF for Sharing 69 Summary 70 Chapter 4 Data Exploration with Interactive Elements 73 Building Our Workbench Example 73 Step 1. Selecting a Dish to Prepare: Exploration Workbench for a Bank Account 74 Step 2. Let's Go Shopping! Getting the Data Set 77 Step 3. Assembling the Ingredients: Connecting Data to the Report 78 Adding Chart Components and Graphic Elements 82 Step 4. Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose: Copying Elements from Other Reports 82 Step 5. Easy as Pie! Adding a Pie Chart 84 Step 6. Step Up to the Bar: Adding the Bar Chart 85 Step 7. Lining Things Up: Adding the Line Chart 90 Step 8. Tables, Again!? Setting Up the Table 91 Adding and Configuring Filter Controls 92 Step 9. Fun with Filters: Setting Up the Standard Filter Controls 92 Tips for Using Interactive Filters 94 Find the Answers: Filter Challenge 95 Summary 97 Part II Business and Marketing Applications 99 Chapter 5 Web Data Visualization with Google Analytics 101 Google Services for Websites and Business 102 A Brief Primer for Google Analytics 104 Using a Template to Create a New Report 106 Building the Google Analytics Report 110 Modifying the Charts 112 Working with the New Report 117 A Real-World Example: The Effects of a Beach Party in Spain on Web Traffic 117 The Limits of Demographic Data from Google Analytics 124 Now for a Side Dish: Adding a Page and Using Filters 126 Summary 132 Chapter 6 Using Google Search Console for Audience Insights 135 Search Console and Search Results Pages 136 Creating a Search Console Report with Data Studio 141 Step 1. Selecting the Dish to Prepare 142 Step 2. Let's Go Shopping! 144 Step 3. Assemble the Ingredients 147 Step 4. Setting the Table 153 Bon Appetite! Using the Search Console Report 157 An Example for Your Soul! 161 Summary 170 Chapter 7 Viewing Local Organization Data from Google My Business 173 Google Search and the Local Organization 173 GMB: The New Home Page in the Search Results 175 What the User Sees in a GMB Listing 176 What the Owner Sees in a GMB Listing 180 Why Use Data Studio for GMB? 185 Step 1. Selecting the Dish to Prepare 187 The Actions Page 189 The Reviews Page 190 The Search Page 192 Before You Begin: What You Need to Get Started 194 Step 2. Let's Go Shopping and Assemble the Ingredients 195 Step 3. Setting the Table 202 Report, Page, and Header Setup 203 Page Navigation Button Setup 206 Building the Actions Page 209 Building the Search Page 213 Building the Reviews Page 215 Summary 218 Part III Beyond the Office 221 Chapter 8 Getting Personal 223 Creating Your Own Data 223 Using Google Forms to Collect Your Own Data 225 Curating Data from Other Sources 248 Setting Up IFTTT to Capture Tweets 250 Preparing the Google Sheet for Data Studio 256 Create a Data Source for the Google Sheet 256 Create the New Twitter Report 258 Working with Data Generated for You 262 Music Service Tracking Example 262 Google Fit Community Connector Example 269 Community Connector Setup for Google Fit 270 Bringing It All Together 280 Created Data 280 Curated Data 283 Generated Data 284 Summary 288 Chapter 9 Going Public 291 Shared Data Sets 291 Searching for Data Sets 292 Getting Data from Kaggle 294 Using a Kaggle Account 294 Building the UFO Sightings Workbench 302 Dealing with Performance Issues in Reports 307 Using the Extract Data Connector to Speed Up Reports 307 data.world and Makeover Monday 314 Bringing It Home: Real Estate in Your Neighborhood 330 Selecting the Dish to Prepare 331 Going Shopping: Hunting for Housing Data 332 Unpacking the Groceries: Moving the File to Google Drive 337 Preparing the Ingredients: Fixing Data Formatting Issues 338 Assembling the Ingredients: Connecting the Data to the Report 340 Preparing the Meal: The Plan Meets Reality 340 Sharing Your Dish: Embedding Reports 346 Embedding a Report in a Google Site 351 Embedding a Report in a WordPress Site 353 Dealing with Pivoted Data 356 Summary 361 Chapter 10 Where Do You Go from Here? 363 Helping Your Audience See the Light 363 Annotation Ideas for Static Reports 364 Annotation Ideas for Interactive Reports 367 Providing Detailed Instructions for Users 371 Community Visualizations 375 Data Studio as an Application Development Platform 377 Exotic Ingredients and Your Pantry 383 Data Blending 383 File Upload 388 BigQuery for Big Data 390 Community Connectors 395 The Latest Dishes: New Developments and Releases 396 Summary 396 Index 399

About the Author

LEE HURST began doing application development in 1995 as a consultant, later joining IBM where he worked as a web application developer. Since 2006 he has worked for EnPro Industries building custom eCommerce solutions and consulting for global web development, analytics solutions, and SEO. He assists small businesses and agencies through his Helpfullee website, and maintains the Google Data Studio Resource Finder, a free service he created in 2017.

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