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What is a heat map and how does it visualize visitor behavior?

Modified on: Tue, 29 Nov, 2022 at 1:24 PM

Siteimprove's heat map is a component of Behavior Map. The heat map is a visual overlay that collects click coordinates (or finger touch coordinates on mobile devices) by all visitors on a specific page. The heat map maps all visitors' attention by marking the page with colored spots ranging from dark (cold;little attention) to warm (bright; a lot of attention).

Like the other Behavior Map components (click map, scroll map, segmentation map) heat maps can be used in combination with a filter to analyze the specific behavior of individual visitor segments - an example could be to analyze how traffic from social media is engaging with a landing page. For more on creating filters see "Analytics: Filters, Internal Search and Behavior Maps".

Note: The Siteimprove Heat Map is based on click coordinates and finger touch coordinates and not on eye tracking.


A screenshot showing where on Siteimprove's front page visitors pay most attention to (marked in white/yellow) in Siteimprove's heat map.

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