HEADS UP: we’re going to be rolling out a major redesign to Filament’s Overview and Individual URL screens later this week!
We’ve been busy listening to all your feedback, suggestions, raves and rants and carefully distilling them down into the concentrated goodness that’s fueling this next update – and I think you’re really going to like what comes next! So read on to get the scoop on the ch-ch-changes headed your way.
The challenge: Make Filament even simpler and quicker to use
We’ve heard feedback from many of you, via emails, Skype calls, smoke signals, folded up secret notes passed in class, the works – and the content of your comments have boiled down to a few major areas of focus for us during this redesign (if you want to skip straight to the shiny new stuff coming up, step right this way):
Reduce the info overload
Filament provides you with a ton of info right up front, but we realize there can be too much of a good thing (sorry, we’re just eager to help). With this redesign, we sought to cull things down to just the things you really care about, and provide convenient jump-off points into deeper dives when something catches your eye.
Unearth the buried treasure (matey)
Sometimes, it takes a few clicks to get to the really good stuff – so we’ve put a special focus on surfacing useful insights up to you, right off the bat. Aye, Cap’n…
Give it to me straight
Finally, in talking with many of you, we heard you want help understanding what to do with the numbers we’re serving up, so you can get back to writing posts and kicking ass. Loud and clear!
So with all that said, check out some sneak peeks of your brand new redesign that’ll begin rolling out in just a few days!
Your Post Scorecard
Currently, each post tracked in Filament has a separate report for its Traffic, Social Sharing and Visitor Behavior metrics, but often the real breakthroughs happen when you connect the dots between these metrics. Thus we asked ourselves “Wouldn’t it be easier to just have all these categories of metrics in one, simple screen?”. So we did just that – now you can see all the relevant metrics for your post, presented on one screen, with further details available if you go digging.
Did I say digging? Sorry, I meant revealing. Most of the tiles on your scorecard contain useful additional info and tips if you just click “More Details” to slide them into view. This way, you never have to click through multiple reports, or worse, awkwardly position multiple browser windows side-by-side, just to start finding useful connections between the numbers.
A Leaner, Meaner Overview
Although there’s a wealth of information made available to you on the current Overview screen, we can understand it’s maybe a bit much to swallow all at once (especially pre-morning caffeine). We felt your pain, and have streamlined this screen to give you just the numbers you need to know, as well as act as an immediate jumping-off point to get a closer look at whatever piques your interest. We’ll be adding more tidbits and info to this screen over time, so speak up in our public features roadmap and tell us what you want to see.
New! Filament Tips
When you’re moving fast, it’s hard to pull out the actual next steps from the numbers, so we’ve incorporated plain-english Tips into the Post Scorecard to help you come to actionable conclusions from your metrics – which social networks are sending you the best traffic, which posts are keeping visitors on your site, and more!
Other Upcoming Stuff
And that’s not all! We’ll be rolling out a ton more interesting things in updates over the next few weeks, including:
- Daily Email report redesign – You didn’t think we’d stop at just your dashboard, did you? Soon we’ll be diving into making your daily report the most useful email in your morning inbox (besides that one about there being free donuts in the breakroom).
- Deeper WordPress insights – Ever wondered which of your Categories is most engaging to your visitors? How about which of your Authors is doing the best job of keeping your visitors’ attention? Soon, Filament will be able to tell you…
- Ta-ta for now, Form Submissions – Sometimes, you gotta just prune a little bit. We’re pausing tracking for Form Submissions, but are planning to circle back with a much more detailed system for telling you where those email subscribers actually came from, and which comment threads are blowing up right now.
In the meantime…
We thrive on your feedback, so tell me in the comments, what are you most excited to see?