Percent New Sessions

Date created: Oct 12, 2022  •   Last updated: Oct 12, 2022

What is Percent New Sessions

Percent New Sessions gives the percentage of total user sessions that come from new visitors to a website. This metric helps track two performance goals: the extent to which users are being retained and growth in terms of attracting a new audience.

Percent New Sessions Formula

ƒ Count(New Sessions) / Count(Total Sessions)

How to calculate Percent New Sessions

A company sells clothing online and offers styling tips on their blog. Last month, this blog generated 50,000 sessions, out of which 20,000 sessions were from new users. The Percent New Sessions for that month was 40%, indicating that more than half of the sessions were returning users while a healthy amount of new traffic was generated as well.

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How to visualize Percent New Sessions?

Use a line chart to visualize changes in your Percent New Sessions data over time.

Percent New Sessions visualization example

Percent New Sessions

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Here's an example of how to visualize your Percent New Sessions data in a line chart over time.
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More about Percent New Sessions

Sessions refers to a single user’s interactions with your website in a fixed time-frame, timed out by a period of inactivity or by exiting the website. Your website’s sessions can be generated by new users or returning users.

Percent New Sessions lets you measure the percentage of sessions that were generated by new visitors to your website. By tracking this metric, you gain an understanding of your website’s retention rate as well as the extent to which new visitors are interested in your site. Depending on your business goals, it may be desirable to increase new sessions over time, especially if growth or reach is your primary focus, as opposed to stickiness.

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