Key metric summary

The Key metric summary visualization lets you see how an important metric is trending within a single timeframe. It also lets you compare metric performance across two timeframes. It provides the benefits of multiple visualizations combined into one visualization:

  • Line visualizations that shows how the metric is trending for the primary and comparison date ranges

  • Summary percent change that shows the metric increase or decrease between the primary and comparison date ranges

  • Current total value (summary number) for the metric

Use cases

This visualization addresses a variety of common use cases, including:

  • An analyst trying to understand how opportunity creation looked this month compared to the same timeframe last year.

  • A marketer exploring how lead generation for a specific lead type has changed from this month to last month.

  • An executive wanting to understand how new bookings changed from this quarter to last quarter.

Configure the Key metric summary

  1. Drag the Key metric summary visualization from the Visualizations menu in the left rail into a panel.

  2. Configure the visualization by selecting a metric, a primary date range, and a comparison date range and a filter (if desired):

    Key metric configuration showing the options for metric, primary date range, comparison date range, and segment.

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    Configuration setting Definition
    Metric Select the metric you want to examine. All metrics are supported.
    Primary date range The current date range for the freeform table.
    Comparison date range The date range to which you want to compare the primary date range.
    Filter (optional) Any filter that you are specifically interested in for this summary.
  3. Click Build.

View the output

Key metric output showing the metic, summary change, summary number, and line graphs.

Please note:

  • The Previous period line graph (always displayed in grey) corresponds to the Comparison date range in the configuration step.

  • If a comparison date range is not specified during configuration or is hidden in the visualization settings, only the line graph for the primary date range is displayed. The summary change will be hidden.

  • From here, you can hover over the line graphs to see the statistics for individual days:

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Visualization settings

The Key metric summary offers multiple flexible settings to enable better reporting and communication of important metrics. Settings can be accessed through the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of the visualization.

Key metric summary settings showing Summary display type, general, and display options.

Emphasize percent change
Display summary change in prominent bold type in the center of the visualization
Emphasize number value
Display summary number in prominent bold type in the center of the visualization
Legend visible
Show or hide the legend at the bottom of the visualization
Show annotations
Show or hide annotations added by an admin
Show sparklines
Show or hide line charts at the bottom of the chart. When hidden, the legend will change to no longer visually reference the lines
Show min and max on sparklines
Show or hide minimum and maximum values on primary and comparison line charts
Show comparison
Show or hide comparison data. When hidden, both the comparison line chart and summary change objects will be hidden from view.
Show total number
Show or hide summary number
Show raw difference
Show or hide raw difference between the total value of the metric in the primary date range and the secondary date range
Abbreviate value
Abbreviate number values to simplify communicated insights (e.g. 20,000 -> 20K)

Edit visualization

After building the visualization, you can still edit the original configuration.

  1. Click the pencil icon in the top right corner of the visualization (next to the settings gear icon).

    Visualization edit icon.s

    You are now taken back to the original configuration view.

  2. Change the metric, primary date range, comparison date range, or filter as preferred.