Setting up an Amplitude Dashboard: An Easy Guide

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AMPLITUDE DASHBOARDS

Every business should do whatever it takes to understand its customers better. It will help the business to know what its customers like and what they don’t like about their products. The best way for a business to understand its customers is by analyzing their behaviour. However, it’s difficult to analyze numerical customer behaviour data. There is a need for a technical tool that can help businesses extract insights from customer behaviour data and Amplitude is considered one of the best tool for it. 

Amplitude helps you create a dashboard with several graphical elements to visualize data. It becomes easy for the business to extract meaningful insights from numerical data for sound decision making. In this article, you will be learning how to set up an Amplitude dashboard. 

Let’s see how this blog is structured for you:

  1. Prerequisites
  2. What is Amplitude?
  3. How to Set up an Amplitude Dashboard?
  4. Limitations
  5. Conclusion

Prerequisites

This is what you need for this article:

  • An Amplitude account. 

What is Amplitude?

Amplitude is a tool for analyzing user behaviour data. Product, marketing, and growth teams use it to extract insights about user behaviour from numerical data for decision making. Knowledge about user behaviour can help a company come up with new strategies to improve user engagement, retention, and revenue. 

The following are the key features offered by Amplitude:

  • Real-time User Analytics: It includes retention, funnels, revenue analysis, and flexible user segmentation. 
  • Growth Discovery Engine: It helps you to predict behaviours that predict conversation or retention and drive exponential user growth. 
  • Microscope: It helps you to analyze the user behaviour behind any data point. You can also make a comparison between the behaviour of engaged and churned users. 

You can create an Amplitude dashboard and add various visual elements to it. Amplitude is highly preferred over its competitors by managers. The reason is that it makes it easy to extract insights from data. Some of the most popular companies that use Amplitude are OrderAhead, StackShare, and Intuit. In the next few sections, you will be learning how to create and edit an Amplitude dashboard. 

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How to Set up an Amplitude Dashboard?

In this section, you will learn how to work with Amplitude dashboard in detail.

This section is structured as follows:

  1. Create a New Dashboard
  2. Add to the Sidebar
  3. Add a Chart to the Dashboard
  4. Add Behavioral Cohort to Dashboard
  5. Chart Width
  6. TV Mode
  7. More Options
  8. Share

Create a New Dashboard

To create a new dashboard, click the “+ New” button located on the top left corner of the screen. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Click New

A new window will be opened, showing several options. Choose the “Dashboard”. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Start New

Type the name of the dashboard in the new window and click the “Create Dashboard” button. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Create New Dashboard

The new dashboard will be shown in the workspace. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Click MyDashboard

By default, the dashboards are private or undiscoverable. However, you can make them discoverable using the Discoverability toggle button. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Toggle Discoverability

You can use the search bar shown on the top left corner of the screen to search for discoverable dashboards and charts. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Select Search

Add to the Sidebar

When you create a dashboard, it will be automatically added to the left sidebar. You can find it by scrolling downwards using the vertical navigation bar. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Scroll to MyDashboard

You can browse for any discoverable dashboards and pin it to the left sidebar. In the Dashboard menu, Pin will pin the dashboard to the left sidebar while Unpin will remove the dashboard from the left sidebar. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Select Pin

Add a Chart to the Dashboard

A chart is a used for visualizing data. Amplitude allows you to add a single chart or multiple charts to your dashboard. You should save the chart before adding it to the dashboard. You can add the chart to your dashboard when saving the chart. Click the “+ Add a Chart or Cohort” button from the dashboard workspace. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Click Add a Chart or Cohort

The “Add to Dashboard” window will pop up from the right side of the screen. Identify the chart that you need to add to the dashboard, point to it with the mouse cursor, and click the “Add Item” button. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Click Add Item

You can also search for the chart that you need using the search bar. 

Amplitude Dashboard Select Search bar

The chart you’ve chosen will be added to the dashboard. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Report

You can also open the chart to be added to the dashboard, click the “+ Add to” button and select the dashboard where the chart needs to be added. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Add Chart

Add Behavioral Cohort to Dashboard

You can add a Behavioral Cohort to your dashboard, and see the number of users in a cohort and the last time it was computed. You have to open the Cohort, and click the “+ Add to” button. You can select the dashboard to which you need to add the cohort. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Add Behavioral Cohort to Dashboard

You will be able to monitor the number of users in a cohort from the dashboard. 

Chart Width

You may want to have a full-width chart. Click the settings icon and choose “Resize”.

Amplitude Dashboard: Select Resize

The chart will be made full-width. 

Amplitude Dashboard:  Full Width Chart

TV Mode

If you want to show your dashboard in full-screen mode, click the “Enter TV Mode” button. 

Amplitude Dashboard: TV Mode

It is good for displaying dashboards on shared monitors or TV screens. When you are in the TV mode, the dashboard will be refreshed after every 5 minutes. However, the charts added to the dashboard will be refreshed according to the rates listed in Cache Times. 

More Options

The “More” button comes with a number of options as shown below:

Amplitude Dashboard: More Options

These options are described below:

  • Copy: It creates a duplicate version of the dashboard for you to edit. You will become the owner of the copied dashboard. 
  • Subscribe: It helps you to subscribe to a dashboard to get an HTML formatted email report with optional CSV files. 
  • Download Chart CSVs: It creates a CSV downloadable file for every chart on the dashboard, and each file will have a summary of the chart and the URL to the dashboard, the events, and the segments and/or user properties. 
  • Templatize: It allows you to create a template based on an existing dashboard. 
  • Refresh All Charts: It refreshes all charts and re-computes all cohorts in the dashboard to get the latest information. 
  • Archive: You can archive your dashboard. It should be done when the dashboard is no longer supported or used. 

Share

This button allows you to share your dashboard with more viewers via email. When you click it, a new window will pop up asking you to enter the email addresses of the dashboard recipients. 

Amplitude Dashboard: Share

Limitations

The following are the limitations associated with Amplitude dashboard:

  1. Amplitude does not provide its users with standard dashboards – ready for use. You have to set up a dashboard from scratch. 
  2. Amplitude dashboards have limited functionality. You can only add basic tools to your Amplitude dashboard, and these only provide limited functionality. 

Conclusion

In this blog, you’ve learned more about Amplitude, how to set up an Amplitude dashboard from scratch, and the limitations of Amplitude dashboards. You can use Amplitude to analyze user behaviour and draw insights from it. But, if you want to consolidate your user data from multiple sources before analysis, then try Hevo.

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Nicholas Samuel
Technical Content Writer, Hevo Data

Skilled in freelance writing within the data industry, Nicholas is passionate about unraveling the complexities of data integration and data analysis through informative content for those delving deeper into these subjects. He has written more than 150+ blogs on databases, processes, and tutorials that help data practitioners solve their day-to-day problems.

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