FullStory to Google Data Studio

This page provides you with instructions on how to extract data from FullStory and analyze it in Google Data Studio. (If the mechanics of extracting data from FullStory seem too complex or difficult to maintain, check out Stitch, which can do all the heavy lifting for you in just a few clicks.)

What is FullStory?

The FullStory digital intelligence platform lets you replay customers' website journeys to solve problems, find answers, and optimize customers' experience. It features funnel analytics, click maps, and robust search and segmentation.

What is Google Data Studio?

Google Data Studio is a simple dashboard and reporting tool. It's free and easy to use, but it lacks the sophisticated features of higher-end reporting software. Many of the connectors it supports are for Google products, but third parties have written partner connectors to a wide variety of data sources. Its drag-and-drop report editor lets users create about 15 types of charts.

Getting data out of FullStory

You can use the FullStory API to get a list of sessions for a particular user. For example, to get information based on a user's email address, you could GET https://www.fullstory.com/api/v1/sessions?email=john@example.com.

Sample FullStory data

Here's an example of the kind of response you might see with a query like the one above.

[{
 "UserId": 1234567890,
 "SessionId": 1234567890,
 "CreatedTime": 1411492739,
 "FsUrl": "https://www.fullstory.com/ui/ORG_ID/discover/session/1234567890:1234567890"
}]

Loading data into Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio uses what it calls "connectors" to gain access to data. Data Studio comes bundled with 17 connectors, mostly to pull in data from other Google products. It also supports connectors to MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, and offers 200 connectors to other data sources built and supported by partners.

Using data in Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio provides a graphical canvas onto which users drag and drop datasets. Users can set dimensions and metrics, specify sorting and filtering, and tailor the way reports and charts are displayed.

Keeping FullStory data up to date

Now what? You've built a script that pulls data from FullStory and loads it into your data warehouse, but what happens tomorrow when you have new transactions?

The key is to build your script in such a way that it can identify incremental updates to your data. Thankfully, many of FullStory's API results include fields like CreatedTime that allow you to identify records that are new since your last update (or since the newest record you've copied). Once you've take new data into account, you can set your script up as a cron job or continuous loop to keep pulling down new data as it appears.

From FullStory to your data warehouse: An easier solution

As mentioned earlier, the best practice for analyzing FullStory data in Google Data Studio is to store that data inside a data warehousing platform alongside data from your other databases and third-party sources. You can find instructions for doing these extractions for leading warehouses on our sister sites FullStory to Redshift, FullStory to BigQuery, FullStory to Azure Synapse Analytics, FullStory to PostgreSQL, FullStory to Panoply, and FullStory to Snowflake.

Easier yet, however, is using a solution that does all that work for you. Products like Stitch were built to move data automatically, making it easy to integrate FullStory with Google Data Studio. With just a few clicks, Stitch starts extracting your FullStory data, structuring it in a way that's optimized for analysis, and inserting that data into a data warehouse that can be easily accessed and analyzed by Google Data Studio.