Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio

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Interactive dashboard reporting and data visualization tool

About Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio, a free and cloud-hosted application, allows users to create interactive dashboards and professionally styled reports from a wide variety of data sources. Deployed with a view to presenting the kind of insights useful for informing business decisions, the solution provides built-in and partner connectors that facilitate connections to most data sources. Data Studio reports are therefore able to leverage data from one or more possible sources. Possible data sets include Google Analytics, Google Sheets, Google Ads, Google Cloud Storage, Google Search Console, Google Attribution 360, and YouTube, with Google Drive also used to store generated reports for broader sharing purposes. Additional connectors cover BigQuery, SQL databases, Campaign Manager, plus CSV upload for Excel spreadsheets.

Data Studio's web-based reporting tools allow data to be transformed into "visualization art" and used to build interactive, real-time reports or dashboards. The drag-and-drop report editor offers configurable charts and tables such as line charts, bar charts, pie charts, geo maps, area/bubble graphs, paginated data tables, pivot tables, and more. Viewer filters and date range controls make reports interactive, while report templates can be created from standard reports through the data control tool. Custom text and images allow reports to be rebranded or annotated along with the application of links, clickable images, styles and color themes. Sharing and collaboration features are supported by centralized Google Drive storage of saved reports and data sources, with reports also able to be embedded within websites. When users elect to share a particular report or a data source with other editors, those authorized users are able to work on the same file together in real time.


Key benefits of Google Data Studio

  • Google Data Studio offers a free online solution for connecting multiple data sources to create interactive dashboards and stylized professional reports leveraging a variety of visualizations including graphs and pie charts.

  • Users can generate reports wholly from scratch or utilize a gallery selection of customizable report templates for popular data visualization purposes.

  • CSV file upload allows Excel spreadsheet data to be imported and incorporated, with generated reports stored centrally on Google Drive for convenient sharing.

  • Google Data Studio also connects to data sets including Google Analytics, Google Sheets, Google Ads, and Google Drive, along with BigQuery and other SQL databases, Search Console, Campaign Manager, Attribution 360 and YouTube.

  • Google Data Studio's Data Sources tool promises to facilitate those data connections without requiring any programming or specialist knowledge.

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    Google Data Studio Software - Access interactive dashboards and engaging reports
    Google Data Studio Software - Data can be accessed via over 110 connectors from Google, a growing number of Data Studio partners, and those from the open source community
    Google Data Studio Software - An example dashboard report displaying an overview for Facebook Ads, using data from SuperMetrics
    Google Data Studio Software - The main Google Data Studio home screen showing available templates and new blank report button, plus a chronological quick launch list of previous reports or data sources
    Google Data Studio Software - An example marketing template for a YouTube Channel Report detailing views, watch time, video shares, and additional core metrics
    Google Data Studio Software - The drag-and-drop report editor showing the start of a new blank report and the popup panel shown below for creating a new data source to be added
    Google Data Studio Software - Reports can be shared with others via a sharable URL link that can be copied and pasted, or sent to contacts via email
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    Google Data Studio Software - Access interactive dashboards and engaging reports
    Google Data Studio Software - Data can be accessed via over 110 connectors from Google, a growing number of Data Studio partners, and those from the open source community
    Google Data Studio Software - An example dashboard report displaying an overview for Facebook Ads, using data from SuperMetrics
    Google Data Studio Software - The main Google Data Studio home screen showing available templates and new blank report button, plus a chronological quick launch list of previous reports or data sources
    Google Data Studio Software - An example marketing template for a YouTube Channel Report detailing views, watch time, video shares, and additional core metrics
    Google Data Studio Software - The drag-and-drop report editor showing the start of a new blank report and the popup panel shown below for creating a new data source to be added
    Google Data Studio Software - Reports can be shared with others via a sharable URL link that can be copied and pasted, or sent to contacts via email

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5
    (322)
    Value for Money
    4.7/5
    Features
    4.3/5
    Ease of Use
    4.1/5
    Customer Support
    3.7/5

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    Joseph
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Agrxis Review on Google Data Studio

    Reviewed on 14/05/2023

    Using Google Data Studio has been a very great experience for me. It is a strong tool that has...

    Using Google Data Studio has been a very great experience for me. It is a strong tool that has helped me produce interactive reports with great visuals using data from many sources. I value how flexible and user-friendly it is, enabling me to tailor the reports to meet my particular requirements. Additionally, it is quite beneficial to be able to work together on the same report. Overall, Google Data Studio has met all of my expectations, and I heartily endorse it to anyone searching for a user-friendly data visualization tool.

    Pros

    Google Data Studio is a great tool for producing aesthetically beautiful and useful reports, in my opinion. I particularly loved how simple and user-friendly the interface was. To successfully share my thoughts, I was able to quickly connect to a wide range of data sources and design my own dashboards and visualizations. It was also ideal for team work because it allowed for real-time collaboration, which I enjoyed. Overall, Google Data Studio exceeded my expectations and has grown into a crucial component of my toolkit for data research.

    Cons

    Thus far, my experience with Google Data Studio has been very positive and I have not encountered any issues or concerns

    Belal
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Love the flexibility

    Reviewed on 19/07/2023

    I've been using it for over 5 years and have tried other tools however it's always been my go to.

    I've been using it for over 5 years and have tried other tools however it's always been my go to.

    Pros

    I love the flexibility that Google Data Studio provides. Most other data visualisation tools are very structured while data Studio is flexible which makes it great for aesthetically designing the dashboard. It allows me to easily create dashboard for my stakeholders as well as small business owners who can become data driven.

    Cons

    Slow, GA4 connector, paid connectors, there's no good user journey visualisation and now there seems to be some limitations of the number of charts I can add.

    Alternatives Considered

    Tableau

    Reasons for Choosing Google Data Studio

    Qlik Sense was not easy to use while Data Studio was very flexible and easy to use.

    Switched From

    Qlik Sense

    Reasons for Switching to Google Data Studio

    It's free works better with Google products such as search console and GA4
    Andrew
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Monthly for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Data Studio Review

    Reviewed on 08/02/2021

    Overall, my experience with Data Studio has been mixed. The learning curve is definitely steep and...

    Overall, my experience with Data Studio has been mixed. The learning curve is definitely steep and it is not the easiest tool in terms of collaboration compared to other options on the market. Importing data can often be a pain and it is sometimes quite difficult to set up connections to refresh data sources, which makes reporting more manual and time-consuming than it should be.

    Pros

    Data Studio is an extremely powerful tool for reporting and has allowed our team to share out extremely in-depth reports with our clients. It's suite of features is vast and allows our teams to provide highly valued insights into data we previously never had access to. The software is extremely flexible when it comes to customization to fit the needs of our client on a case-by-case basis, which is extremely important since each client has different preferences, nuances, and objectives and Data Studio makes that customization super simple.

    Cons

    Since Data Studio has so many in-depth reporting features, the software itself can be confusing to adapt to and the learning curve for reporting is quite steep if you have no prior experience. It took our team a long time to learn and adapt the software and collaboration on one report was often difficult, which resulted in one member being delegated to handle reporting responsibilities. It would be nice if the Data Studio was able to incorporate task management and campaign tracking alongside its powerful reporting abilities; I think that would really push Data Studio above the competition from software such as Domo and Tableau.

    Alternatives Considered

    Domo and Tableau

    Reasons for Switching to Google Data Studio

    We chose Data Studio for its pricing options and our ability to integrate easily with our client partners.
    Lucia
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    My Experience With Google Data Studio

    Reviewed on 27/03/2024

    Pros

    Has best business intelligence and reporting features
    It makes data visualization easy and is affordable too.

    Cons

    Not specific hurdles that I can mention. Google Data Studio is amazing.

    Hany
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    • Industry: Higher Education
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Easy to use Data Analysis Application

    Reviewed on 29/04/2023

    Google Looker Studio ( formerly Google Data Studio ) allows my team members to access and create...

    Google Looker Studio ( formerly Google Data Studio ) allows my team members to access and create analytical reports and share them with stakeholders and teammates. It helps my team visualize performance reports and run simple ad-hoc analyses. The service enhances our productivity and improves the information workflow internally over the company and externally with our clients.

    Pros

    Google Looker Studio ( formerly Google Data Studio ) is easy to use and has an intuitive user interface that allows the average user to create and consume reports and dashboards. It integrates seamlessly with google analytics and workspace applications like Sheets, docs, and Google Drive. It facilitates self-service data analysis and business intelligence practices.

    Cons

    Google Looker Studio ( formerly Google Data Studio ) has a relatively slow performance and limited features regarding data connectors and visualization. Although the paid version has advanced features, it comes at a high cost with more difficulties and barriers to scale.

    Alternatives Considered

    Tableau

    Reasons for Switching to Google Data Studio

    The service suits our small-sized data workflows and is considered one of the easiest-to-use business intelligence applications. It's quick to start and requires minimal training for new users as long as we use it on a limited scale.
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    Google Data Studio FAQs

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    Google Data Studio offers the following pricing plans:

    • Pricing model: Free Version
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Google Data Studio is available for free.

    Google Data Studio has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    Google Data Studio supports the following languages:

    English

    Google Data Studio supports the following devices:

    Google Data Studio integrates with the following applications:

    Google Ads, Google Analytics 360, Google Campaign Manager 360, Google Cloud SQL, Google Sheets, MySQL, PostgreSQL, YouTube

    Google Data Studio offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base

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