After months of hard work behind the scenes, we’re incredibly excited to release a huge update to Geckoboard to kick the year off with a bang! For the full story behind what we’ve improved and why, check out the announcement blog post from our CEO, Paul. Here are the highlights:
New dashboard layouts
Our new dashboard layouts make your key metrics clearer and easier to understand than ever before. Widgets can now be grouped so you can show how metrics relate to each other, and you can make better use of space on your dashboard by labelling groups of metrics.
To learn how to convert your dashboards to use the new look, check out our help article.
We’ve redesigned key visualizations and indicators to make them even easier to read at a distance.
Fresh new design and brand
Our dashboards have been updated with a bold new design that improves legibility and makes them more engaging for your team. We’ve carried this through to our website and help center with a complete rebrand that we hope you love as much as we do.
We’ve made it easier to track performance throughout a business cycle by improving timespan options on certain integrations. You can now display data for the current calendar quarter or year-to-date, and also compare performance to the previous period on the following integrations:
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This update opens up a range of possibilities that make your dashboards even more useful for communicating progress:
Visualize performance against a quarterly sales target
Show customer support performance for the year-to-date
Compare the current quarter to the same quarter last year (ideal for businesses affected by seasonality)
Compare today’s performance to the same day last week
Compare the current month’s performance to the same month last year
Access these new filters simply by adding or editing a widget powered by one of the integrations above.
We’ve rebuilt our Google Analytics integration from the ground up to make visualizing data from your Google Analytics account easier than ever before. Here’s a rundown of what’s included in this update:
Build and edit Google Analytics widgets faster with a brand new interface that allows you to configure your widgets from your dashboard, and easily switch between GA accounts and views
Quickly visualize popular metrics from Google Analytics across seven different visualizations, using a range of one-click presets
Access all your metrics from Google Analytics, including custom metrics and goals, as well as GA-enabled metrics for AdWords, AdSense, Ad Exchange, DoubleClick Campaign Manager, DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Bid Manager and DoubleClick Search
Improved comparison visualizations
Improved filtering options, including the ability to add multiple filters and use custom strings
We’ve launched some big improvements to our Intercom integration! Our overhauled integration makes it easier than ever for support teams using Intercom to keep track of their progress, stay motivated, and react quickly to problems by displaying the metrics that matter on a big screen.
Connect your Intercom account to Geckoboard and you’ll now be able to visualize the following metrics:
First response time
Time to close
Number of users
Number of companies
Number of leads
Depending on the metric, you can now also filter by assignee, state, segment and tags to make your visualizations even more relevant to your team.
For more information on how the integration works, check out our support docs!
Getting important numbers out of a database and in front of your team can be a pain, especially if those numbers update frequently. That’s why we’re excited to launch our new SQL databases integration for MySQL, PostgreSQL and Redshift databases, available today on Team and Company plans!
With your visualizations set up, we’ve made it so you’ll never need to go in and edit them again (unless you want to of course). Your visualizations will refresh automatically in the background to show up-to-date data without you needing to do anything. We’ve even given you control over how frequently they fetch new data.
For more information on how it works, check out our documentation, or give it a spin yourself!
To make building dashboards even quicker you can now set up and edit your widgets without leaving your dashboard. Set status indicators, tweak number formatting and, (for some integrations) configure metrics themselves right from the dashboard itself!
We’ve just added the ability to browse our wide range of help articles from within Geckoboard. Click the ‘Help’ button in the top right, and you’ll now be able to search for a topic and get the answers you need faster!
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Our brilliant support team are on hand at the click of the ‘Talk to us’ button!
When you’re away from your desk your business doesn’t stop. So today we’re thrilled to announce a new mobile experience that makes accessing smartphone-friendly dashboards a breeze no matter where you are and what device you’re using!
We want mobile dashboards to be awesome for everyone, and whilst our old iOS app went some way towards making this possible, keeping it updated with all the new features we’ve been releasing has been tough (plus we’ve always felt it kind of sucked that we didn’t support other mobile operating systems).
Well, today that changes.
Whether you’re using Android, iOS, Windows 10 or any other mobile OS we’re happy to say you can now access mobile-friendly dashboards that support all our visualizations, custom themes, goals and status indicators directly from your smartphone’s home screen.
Access through your browser and as an app
Our new mobile experience is what our developers like to call a “Progressive Web App”. Don’t worry if that means nothing to you - what will mean something to you is you can now load mobile-friendly dashboards on your device of choice simply by logging into Geckoboard in your mobile browser.
Missing the panache of loading your dashboards directly from the home screen of your phone? You can save Geckoboard to your phone as if it were an app using these simple instructions for Android and iOS.
What does this mean for the iOS app?
We will no longer be actively developing our native iOS app and we strongly recommend replacing the Geckoboard iOS app using the tutorial linked above to take advantage of all the good things we’re constantly releasing.
Recently we launched Warnings to help call attention to poorly-performing numbers on your dashboard. But what about when things are going well?
Celebrating numbers that are hitting or exceeding expectations is a powerful way to engage your team with their metrics, recognise hard work and help everyone feel good about what they’re doing. That’s why this week we’re excited to announce a brand new feature called Status indicators and a revamp of our goals on number widgets, that together turn your dashboards into mighty motivational tools that get the most out of your team.
Flag when things are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ with Status indicators
Our new Status indicators allow you to call attention to a number when it is performing above expectations or performing poorly, ideal for those situations when you want the whole team to know a specific number is in a specific state.
Status indicators can be added to any* number widget by clicking the top right of the widget you want to call attention to. Set a Warning when the widget is above or below a certain number, and your widget will turn red - danger!
Set a value for Success when the widget is above or below a certain number and your widget will turn green - yay!
For some metrics (such as your support ticket backlog) you might even want to add both a Warning and a success state to encourage the team to keep a metric within a particular range.
Celebrate success with Celebrations and revamped Goals
We’ve redesigned Goals on our number widgets to create more of a feeling of progression as you edge closer towards your target - great for keeping a team motivated, particularly when working towards longer term objectives. In addition, we’ve given you more control over where your journey towards hitting a goal begins.
Before, your progression against a goal would be measured against zero - not very motivating if you’re trying to improve monthly revenue from $50k to $55k for example. Now though you can set any starting value you like, meaning your progression is more meaningful and much more engaging for your team.
But that’s not all. Hit a goal you’ve set on your number widget and your team will be rewarded with a new celebration animation that calls attention to all your hard work. A great way to recognise a win!
Status indicators, revamped Goals and Celebrations are rolling out this week!
Note: Status indicators now replace ‘less than / more than’ goals on some number widgets.
*Spreadsheets widgets currently unsupported, but we’ll roll this out very soon!