Introduction to the Metric List

Think of the Metric List as a basecamp for your metrics.  Here you can see all your metrics in one place and keep informed on their progress.

At a glance, check metric values, progress, and trends. Filter to see only the metrics you're interested in right now. Get quick access to each metric's background details. Click a metric to open it in its explore view or in a new tab. Delete metrics you no longer need.

There are so many things you can do from your Metric List. This article includes:

Checking in on your metrics

The dynamic, responsive nature of your metric list makes it a great place to quickly check on your metrics and see how they're progressing.

  • The Value column displays the metric's current value, for the selected date range. Transactional metrics will show the value over the whole date range. Current values metrics will show the current value at the end of the date range (the last updated value).
  • The Change column displays a comparison of the metric's current value versus its value from the previous, equivalent date range. For example, if the selected date range is “This month”, the Change column will show a comparison to the “previous month”. Green is used to show a positive (improving) trend and red is used to show a negative (worsening) trend.

Note: If the date range filter is set to "Auto" or "Maximum date range" N/A will display here as there is no previous period you can compare to using those date ranges.

  • The Trend column includes a stylized line chart that tells you, at a glance, how your data is trending over time, based on the selected date range. Trend lines display a more refined view of your data. For example, if your date range is set to "Today", the trend will display data for each hour of the day. If your date range is set to "Jan 1st to Jan 31st" (one month), the trend will display data for each day of that month. You can hover over the trend line to see all of its data points.

Note: If the selected date range is for a period that is incomplete, for example, the date range is "This week" and it's only Wednesday, then the trend line will only display information for the part of the date range that has data.

  • The Last Refreshed column shows you the last time the metric's data was refreshed.

Filtering your list of metrics

Use filtering to quickly find the metrics you're looking for. Filtering options (as shown below) display at the top of your Metric List page.

Filtering by date range.

The date range you select affects all of the dynamic information in the metric list. The information that displays for value, change, and trend will reflect the date range you've selected.

Note: If you choose "Auto" or "Maximum date range" in your filter, the Change column for each metric will display the value "N/A". This is because these date ranges don't enable a comparison to a previous period.

Narrowing down your list using the search field.

Searching is made easier when you give your metrics meaningful names. Enter either a metric name or a service name in the search field to display associated metrics. For example, to see a list of your Google Analytics metrics, enter "Google Analytics" in the search field.

Filtering by metric type or data service.

Choose to see all metrics or filter by metric type or by data service, for example, display metrics created from uploaded files or custom metrics or all Google Analytics metrics. This list grows as you add more types of metrics and data services to your account.

Displaying categories of metrics.

You can filter your list of metrics by category to display:

  • All metrics
  • Only the metrics you created or that are shared with you
  • Only the metrics you starred
  • Only the sample metrics that are included when you sign up for PowerMetrics

Note: To add a metric to your Starred list, click its 3-dot menu and select Add to Starred. You can also quickly add and remove metrics from your starred list by hovering in the invisible column beside the Metric name column in your list. (See below.)

Accessing metric details

Want to learn a bit more about where a metric came from and when it was last modified? Click the 3-dot menu for the metric and then click About. Here you can see the name of the metric view (if applicable), the name of the source metric, the metric’s owner, when the metric was last refreshed and last modified, the metric’s definition, and the formula used to create it (if it was created using a metric from MetricHQ).

Opening a metric to explore

If you see a metric in your list that you want to explore further, click it to open it in its explore view. If you want to open the metric in a separate window, click its 3-dot menu and select Open in new tab. Once you enter the explore view for a metric, you're free to experiment and see your data in multiple ways by choosing different display, data, and filter options from the panel on the right. When you explore, you modify the personal settings for the metric - Your changes persist but are only visible to you. This enables you to experiment with and find the optimal visualization(s) without exposing your changes to colleagues. Learn more about exploring your metrics.

Deleting a metric

You can delete metrics if you created them or someone shared them with you and gave you edit access.  If you're an Admin, you can delete any metric in the account, regardless of ownership and sharing permissions. When a metric is deleted, it is removed permanently from your account.

To delete a metric from the Metric List:

  • Click the 3-dot menu for the metric and select Delete.

Helpful additional information

Sometimes your metric doesn't look like you expected. When that happens, you can learn more by looking at the messages in the Trend column of your metric list.

Here's a list of the messages that may display here and what they mean:

  • More data is on the way: There's nothing "wrong" with this metric - it just needs some time to grow! You'll often see this message on the first day you create a metric. Initially, your metrics only include data for a short period of time. But, as time goes by, your metric history accumulates and you'll start seeing trends. If you see this message, try changing the dashboard date range filter to “Auto” (it includes data counting backward from 11:59 today). If that doesn’t make a difference, check back tomorrow (and every day) to see your metric history grow.
  • No data for the selected date range: The metric list includes a date range filter control. This message indicates there's no data in this metric for the date range selected in the filter. We suggest you try a different date range setting or select "Auto" or "Maximum date range".
  • This data is private: As an Administrator, you can see ALL the metrics in the account, even metrics that aren't shared with you. This is so you can manage account assets. If a metric hasn't been shared with you, you won't be able to see the data within it and this message will display. You will still be able to delete the metric.
  • Can't load data: This message can display for many reasons, including network or other technical issues. If you see this message, check back later. If the data still isn't loading, please contact our Support Team.
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