While bar charts look like column charts on their sides, bar charts serve different purposes and can be extremely useful. This article will give you an overview of how to build and use bar charts.

Use Cases

Bar Charts have many different purposes, but here are some of the more common ones we see. 

Anytime you have longer chart labels (as opposed to dates), a bar chart will allow those to be easier to read. Displaying any data by date will be best visualized as a column chart

Sales Leaderboard. Any kind of leaderboard metric---“top 10” or “top 15”---makes for a great bar chart. This kind of a metric allows you to see the progress your sales reps have made towards reaching a goal or quota. This can also be tweaked to other team metrics, such as chats by support representative.

Success of Products. If you are eCommerce business, one potential use of a bar chart would be to track the sales on different products. Are there certain products that are selling better than others?

Have other use cases for bar charts? Let us know!

How to Build a Bar Chart

To build a bar chart, first log in to your Grow account and click Add Metric. Choose your data source, connect your data, and press continue.

In Edit Metric, click on the chart type menu to view the list of charts. Go ahead and select Bar Chart.

Next, you’ll need to select your data series. Once you’ve selected your data series, you can format each series, if you want to change the formatting.

Finally, be sure to add chart labels and key values to your metric.

Questions about Bar Charts? Chat in on the site and we’ll be happy to help.

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