Column charts are pretty straightforward, but we’ll give you a few tips and tricks here on building and using them.
Column Charts, though one of the most basic chart types, can be very useful. You can use column charts to track the change over time for a certain category or to compare different categories.
For example, you could use a column chart in order to track total number of users over the last two years (or other time frame). Additionally, I could track how many leads I bring in from different sources, and I could do this month over month for the last year.
Building a Column Chart
To build a column 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 Column Chart.
Next, you’ll need to select your data series. This will be the columns that are displayed on your metric. In the column to the left, click the blue Add Value button, then select the column header that you want to add to the table.
If you want to format your column chart, you can do so after you’ve added the data. In the left-hand panel, you can expand the arrow next to your selected data.
In this drop-down, you can format your numbers, change the color of your column, and rename your column data.
If you want to add more columns to your chart, click the blue Add Value button. This will create columns that are alongside the first data series columns. (If you want to see stacked columns, you’ll need to switch the chart type to Stacked Column Chart.)
To add labels to your column chart, expand the Date or Category (x-axis) heading in the left-hand panel. Then enter your label selections under Display.
You can do additional formatting on your chart labels, in addition to setting a key value and/or a goal line.
Questions about Column Charts? Chat in on the site and we’ll be happy to help!