Heng Kiong teaches Information Technology, including business analytics and management information systems, at a tertiary institute.
Google Data Studio is a free service by Google for creating interactive reports. In the last article, you have successfully imported (using Google Sheets Data Connector) data from Google Sheets. You are now ready to visualize it in charts and tables, and make interaction with the Report in real time.
Google Data Studio allows you to automate your Report. Once you have created a dashboard, you can share it with others to self-serve that data, giving them easier access to what they need.
How to build your first report
Now that you have linked your data in Google Sheets, it’s time to build your first Report.
There are many different types of charts, tables, and scorecards that you can add to your dashboard in Google Data Studio.
- Time Series
- Geo Map
- Pivot Table
Chart Elements To Visualise Your Data in Google Data Studio
Building a dashboard from scratch
We will not be using any of the templates or reuse reports built by the community. Instead we shall create a new Report from scratch.
Google Data Studio makes it extremely easy for anyone, even without technical knowledge or prior experience in data visualisation, to create custom dashboards that pull from multiple data sources.
In this tutorial, we are going to build a simple Sales Report Google Data Studio dashboard.
Give an appropriate name to your first Report and delete any charts that has been auto added by Google Data Studio.
Click on the "Add a Chart" button on the toolbar and then click on the Table icon.
Add a Table To Your Report
Click anywhere on the Canva to add that Table
Adding Fields To The Report
Look to the right, can you see all the fields which correspond to the YHK Company Sales Sample Data in Google Sheets?
Click "Add Dimension" and start to add all fields in the following sequence.
Drag the Table so that it occupies the entire width of the page.
Adding Fields To Dimension and Resizing Table
Next, we are just going to add a title to the Page to finish off your first Google Data Studio Report.
From the right, choose the Font type and Size.
Click on the Title you have just entered, select Make Report Level so that it will appear on each page of your report.
Congratulations, you have just created your first Google Data Studio Report.
Google Data Studio unlocks the power of your data with interactive dashboards and beautiful reports.
Up next, we will learn how to turn your Report interactive for richer reporting.
Your First Visualisation Report using Google Data Studio