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What is Google Data Studio?

In this article, you will learn about Google Data Studio and how its connection with LiveFlow reports can take your dashboards to a new height.

What does Google Data Studio do?

Google Data Studio is a business intelligence (“BI”) tool that allows you to process, analyze, and visualize data quickly and efficiently. 

It is also handy if you need to share essential information among team members promptly, as other BI tools do. Here’s an example of a company dashboard that tracks its live performance in Google Data Studio and LiveFlow:

This is what you will need to do to visualize your data in no time:

  1. You need to prepare a chuck of data streamlined in the format that Google Data Studio requests.
  2. Import it to Google Data Studio. You can import data to Google Data Studio from the services Google provides, such as Google Analytics, Google Ads, Google Sheets, or third-party products. In our example, we rely on QuickBooks data streamlined into Google Sheets with LiveFlow. Here’s a Google Sheet you can use to sync your QBO data in Google Sheets, make a copy here.
  3. Make a copy of this free LiveFlow Google Data Studio template and track your Profit & Loss, Cash Flow, and Balance Sheet performance 
  4. Design and customize your report as you want.

What does Google Data Studio enable you to do?

  • Design variations you can create are infinite, as many types of objects are available such as scorecards, graphs, tables, maps, etc.
  • You can compare the latest data with previous data (e.g., a performance in the latest month against one in the same month in the last year).
  • The comparison results, such as performance in the last month vs. this month, can be easily shown as text or visualized objects in scorecards or charts.
  • You can flexibly change periods of data sets, daily, monthly, quarterly, yearly, and customized ranges, depending on the granularity of dates in your imported data.
  • The report is easily shared among team members.
  • If you connect your accounting data with LiveFlow to it, it will always be up to date and present your metrics in real-time.

Why should you leverage LiveFlow as a data resource for Google Data Studio?

  1. You can automate your repetitive work and save days. LiveFlow lets you update your dashboard automatically as it pulls data from QuickBooks in real time.
  2. LiveFlow can minimize your work and focus on the metrics that matter to you and your business. You can extract only the necessary data and customize the scope, so you don’t need to process information from scratch to create a new sheet to export. 

Here is the video of one of LiveFlow users, Terrell Turner,  explaining how valuable LiveFlow is to keep a KPI dashboard for his client up to date

What are the other advanced tips in Google Sheets?

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you are interested in learning the other advanced tips in Google Sheets, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Check the following articles to use Google Sheets more efficiently.

Named Range in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Find and Replace Words in Google Sheets

How to Enable Excel Shortcuts in Google Sheets

Relative Reference and Absolute Reference in Google Sheets: Explained

Read the articles below to organize your data in Google Sheets.

How to Remove Duplicates in Google Sheets

Pivot Table in Google Sheets: Explained

Go to the following pots to learn how to create a pull-down menu or limit data input in a cell.

Drop Down List in Google Sheets: Explained

Dependent Drop-down List in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Use Data Validation in Google Sheets

Do you want to learn how to use Google Data Studio? Navigate to the article below.

What is Google Data Studio?

Analyze your live financial data in a snap

Are you learning this tip to visualize financial data, build a financial model, or conduct financial analysis? In that case, LiveFlow may help you automate manual workflows and update numbers in real-time. You can access various financial templates on our website, from the simple Income Statement to Multi-Currency Consolidated Financial Statement. You can also customize these templates as you want without breaking the automated data inflow.

To learn more about LiveFlow, book a demo.

Automate any custom financial dashboard in Google Sheets with LiveFlow

Learn how to do this step-by-step in the video below 👇

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