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- 06/06/2014


The SumBudsman: Selecting Date Ranges

Jacob here, with the newest edition of “The SumBudsman.” Today I’m going to talk about date ranges. No, this does not mean the myriad types of dates that you can go on, i.e. mini-golf, four star restaurant, drive-in movie, ice cream, Russian bath house, hot sauce convention, batting cages, the list goes on.

What I am talking about are the temporal date ranges you can select in SumAll and I’m going to give you some quick tips on how to best select these ranges for what you’re looking to accomplish.

Date range selection screen for SumAll.


So Far…

First off, SumAll allows you to show your data for the day, the week, or the month by selecting “this” day, week, or month in the black drop-down at the top of your screen. This can provide a current snapshot of your performance up to the minute. For example, you want to quickly check your site visits for the week so far via Google Analytics or your mentions on Twitter for the month so far, this is where you want to be.

The only real drawback is if it’s the beginning of the day, week, or month, you’re only going to have a small sliver of what you might have if you instead took a look at yesterday, last week, or last month, which will show more completely. How do you do that you ask?

How to select a date range in SumAll

Let’s Get Specific

First click “or set a date range…” and voila! From there you can target a specific day, week, or month at the top of the light-box, then just click on the specific days you want. That’s certainly easier than an awkward first date, now isn’t it?

SumAll graph of date range

Many of you have asked about being able to select a true-blue custom date range (for example, May 10 – May 19). While you can’t do that in the “date picker” just yet, you are able to select any single date, week, or month, as I just said. Once you  you pull a metric into the graph, you can compare that piece of data to many of the previous (and post) days, weeks, or months. Just hover over the graph itself to see the exact date and metrics.

As always, if you need any help or have any questions, you can e-mail or ask us questions via @SumAllSupport.