Geckoboard Updates

Geckoboard mention · February 16, 2016

Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts

Humans love patterns—in fact, our superior ability to process patterns is what sets us apart from other species. We still need help drawing conclusions from data, though. That’s where reports come in: They provide a visual overview of information, From summarizing work expenses to recapping research findings, reports...read more
Geckoboard mention · December 30, 2014

30 Highly Shared Posts from Company Blogs in 2014

We're serious about blogging at Zapier, and we have high admiration for companies that carry the same commitment. In fact, we have a channel in our team messaging app, Slack, dedicated solely to getting updates when a blog we subscribe to in Feedly publishes a new post. For the...read more
Geckoboard mention · January 30, 2014

15 Tools for the Non-Tech Marketer

Editor's Note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Unbounce blog earlier this month. "Learn to code." This honorable slogan has become the focal point of campaigns targeted at students, new graduates and job seekers alike. It’s received plenty of praise and its fair amount of...read more
Geckoboard update · March 8, 2013

Track Anything with Geckoboard

"You can expect what you inspect." - W. Edwards Deming When running a business one of the things you notice quickly is that the things you measure are the things that tend to get better over time. If you focus on revenue, then revenue will likely go up. If you focus...read more
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Last updated September 7, 2016

When you're wondering how close your team is to this month's revenue target, or are trying to figure out if your Twitter campaign is working, or just want to know when you last published a blog post, it typically takes a few minutes at least to find the answer. You'll need to open the app, drill down to find the data you're looking for, and hopefully not get distracted by something else in the mean time.

Geckoboard makes it simpler by giving you a live dashboard that shows your most important metrics at a glance. You can open your dashboard in a browser tab, dedicate an entire TV in your office to the dashboard like your very own airport arrivals time screen, or even use the Geckoboard iOS app to glance at metrics on the go. It's the tool that'll give you answers about your data without having to search.

First, though, you'll need to tell Geckoboard what's important to your team. Starting out with one default dashboard, you'll add widgets anywhere on the screen with the data you want to be able to see at a glance. Widgets come in a handful of sizes, either as tiny squares, medium-sized rectangles, or large squares with bold text. And, they each have their own settings, with graphs and data visualizations that fit the type of info they show.

Your board will first need some configuration. You can choose how many columns your board will have—perhaps only a couple if you want to view stats on the go, or a half-dozen to fill up a full TV screen. Your dashboard will be dark by default with bright text—similar again to a departures board—but you can also use a light theme or add your own custom CSS.

Then, add in the widgets you want. Geckoboard comes with some built-in widgets to show the time, custom text, an RSS feed, QR code, or data from a spreadsheet. Or, you can use its built-in integration to tools like Google Adwords, GitHub, Twitter, Amazon Cloudwatch, and more to monitor your most important apps in widgets. And for everything else, Geckoboard's Zapier integrations let you connect hundreds of other apps to bring their data into your dashboard.

The steps are similar for most of the widgets. You'll select the app you want, connect your account, then choose the widget you want. Say you add Geckoboard's Twitter integration—you'll connect to your Twitter account, then choose to show your follower count, recent mention, or anything else you want. Choose the size and any other settings, then the widget will show up on your dashboard. You can then drag-and-drop it to the position you want, and copy the widget to reuse it elsewhere.

Your widgets will refresh in real-time, so you can say monitor new Stripe purchases or RSS feed posts as they come in. You could get their direct data in a text widget, or monitor their growth and change over time in a number or graph widget.

Then, you can make more dashboards to separate your data the way you want. You could have a welcome dashboard to start the day with announcements and the weather, then a financial dashboard with the latest numbers, and a marketing dashboard with blog posts and social data. Geckoboard could show those on separate screens for you, or could automatically rotate through them during the day on one TV. Then when you need info, you could select that specific dashboard—and can even mouse over a widget to scroll through its data if you want.

You won't be doing any number crunching or creative work in Geckoboard. What you will use it for is staying on top of your data without having to search for it. And that's valuable enough to make it part of your team's daily workflow—without even having to remember to open another app. All you'll have to do is look up and see what's happening. It's a HUD for your company.

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