3 ways to make Google Data Studio faster

Piyush Gupta
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Data Studio faster

You might use Google Data Studio to create reports and dashboards for your clients or yourself. Data Studio is a fantastic tool for data visualization that greatly simplifies the process of exploring and visualizing data while requiring almost no programming skills. However, because of its simplicity of use and enormous data load in the backend, Data Studio dashboards might slow down more than they should. Occasionally, it can be a little slow, especially if you have a lot of data in your account or if you have a poor data structure. We will demonstrate 3 ways to make Data Studio run faster and smoother.

Click here to read “A quick comparison between Google Data Studio and Tableau – Digital Marketer Version”.

What is Google Data Studio?

A platform for data visualization called Data Studio makes generating and comprehending reports simpler. It enables you to combine data sets from many locations into one place to create a report that is simple to interpret. Additionally, Data Studio is freely accessible. For marketers, analytics can be challenging, and data can be confusing, intimidating, and difficult to understand. 

Data is challenging to comprehend due to information overload. But if you use Google Data Studio, it provides you with everything you need to leverage data visualization to turn analytics data from your client into informative, simple-to-understand reports. You can generate reports that both you and your clients can easily understand using Data Studio.

Why is your Google Data Studio dashboard slow?

Without EasyInsights
Without EasyInsights

The performance of the underlying data set may also be the cause of the dashboard’s poor performance. It can also be because of the amount of data being queried by the visualizations in the report and the complexity of those queries. In essence, Google is saying that a report’s poor performance can be caused by a great volume of complex data flowing into it.

Suppose your Google Data Studio reports are taking a long time to load. In that case, it’s likely that you’re using either the native Sheets connector, your own MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, or Postgres database, a Google API (like Google Analytics or Google Search Console), or one of the other Partner Data Connectors. The way they are made and the resources used to make them contribute to their slowness. 

For instance, Google Sheets is not designed to hold massive amounts of data. While having ‘live’ connectivity to an API like Google Analytics is convenient, the connector wasn’t built to retrieve huge amounts of data quickly. When you run a query that already-existing data can supply, Data Studio nevertheless returns to the original data source, discarding all of the previously-arrived data, because it is not built to cache the results intelligently.

How to make Google Data Studio Faster?

Use pre-processed Data Sources

We recommend using a data source that contains processed data to speed up your dashboards, instead of processing data in Google Data Studio.

Blending:

Data blending is the process of combining data sets from different sources and devices to get deep insights into customer behavior and journey. With full-funnel blended data you can calculate metrics like acquisition and LTV and use those to distribute your budgets to the best performing advertising channels and campaigns. 

Instead of blending your data in Google Data Studio, we recommend using blended tables as your data source. It will dramatically improve the performance of your dashboards. But it requires a deep understanding of marketing data and a good data engineering team to get error free results.

Calculated Fields:

Calculated dimensions and metrics can be used to build new fields depending on the data you already have, such as creating “product groups” based on utm_campaign, utm_term and utm_content, or calculating the engaged user on the amount of pageviews per visit, and other things. This is quite useful, and you should use it, but keep in mind how it has been used.

Our recommendations are as follows:

– In Google Data Studio, use data tables containing calculated fields as your data source.

– Create calculated fields at the chart level (for each individual chart/table/etc.)

Create calculated field on the chart level: choose chart > add dimension/metric > add field

– In Google Data Studio, create calculated fields at the Data Source level. It will prevent calculated fields from being processed multiple times.

Create calculated field on the Data Source level: Resource > manage added data sources > edit > add a field

Flow chart of Data Processing in Google Data Studio with Single Data Source

Flowcharts Google Data Studio Data Processing - Single Data Source
GDS : Google Data Studio

Flow chart of Data Processing in Google Data Studio with Multiple Data Sources

Flowcharts Google Data Studio Data Processing - Multiple Data Source
GDS : Google Data Studio

Use the extract connector in Data Studio

A unique connector for Data Studio performs significantly differently. Google’s extract data source simply asks for a portion of your data each time instead of all of it. As the amount of data is set, it saves and stores the data in a middle step, speeding up the request. However, this data processing and data freshness have some limits. The 100MB data limit may not be sufficient for detailed, useful reports. Data is updated daily, weekly, or monthly rather than in real time. This means that you cannot maintain real-time automatic reports in the same manner.

Create Dataviews in Easylnsights

With EasyInsights

EasyInsights has an innovative method for transferring information to Data Studio called Dataviews. Of course, you can provide Data Studio with all of your metrics and dimensions. However, in order to make your data more usable and, of course, faster, we advise using dataviews where you can pick and choose which metrics and dimensions to transfer across to Data Studio. You can get the most recent data with EasyInsights’s Dataviews since there are no restrictions on the amount of data that can be requested in a single call. To ensure that the data is as current as possible, you can have it sent in whenever you wish, and it can be refreshed hourly, daily, weekly on the basis of your requirement. You can use EasyInsights to send data not only to Data Studio but also to Google Sheets, Tableau, PowerBi, and other BI tools. You can use Easyinsights to visualize data by connecting Data sources like your store, analytics, and ad data sources with a single-click sign-on. Customized cross-platform metrics and dimensions can be created as well. Create all of your custom metrics and dimensions with EasyInsights, and join/blend all of your data sources in EasyInsights itself. Finally, c reate your Dataviews and link them to your Google Datastudio to complete the process. This will speed up and improve the usability of Google Data Studio.You can also get insightful reports directly in BI tools of your choice that will help you make data decisions quicker and save a lot of time. 

Final Words

Data Studio is an excellent tool. It’s excellent for marketing departments, agencies, and anyone else who wants to analyze and visualize data. But when a tool doesn’t work as well as you’d like it to, it may be really annoying. We hope that these pointers have assisted you in speeding up your Data Studio dashboards and reports so that you can spend more time analyzing your data and applying it to have a positive influence and less time waiting for a loading screen.

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