Microsoft Clarity: All features, price, how to install & activate

Microsoft Clarity is a free analytics tool that gives you more insights on how users are interacting with on your website. It’s a very good free alternative to Hotjar and it was launched on October 28, 2020.

The company claims that Clarity is a GDPR compliant tool, being privacy-focused while helping websites managers together insightful data without invading the users’ privacy.

If I’d compare it with Hotjar, the tool I currently use, Microsoft Clarity is boosted by stronger analytics, which brings more eCommerce value to marketers.

What are the features of Microsoft Clarity

Microsoft clarity tool offers three categories of functionalities:

  • Session playbacks
  • Heatmaps
  • Insights

What metrics does Microsoft Clarity include

Non-clickable metrics in the Clarity dashboard:

  • Sessions
  • Pages per session
  • Scroll depth
  • Engagement (active/inactive), measured in minutes
  • Dead clicks (when the user clicked on an area or element without effect)
  • Rage clicks (when the user clicked rapidly several times on an area or element)
  • Referrers
  • Devices
  • Browsers
  • JavaScript errors
  • Countries
  • Operating systems

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These are also two metrics in Clarity that allow seeing recordings, heatmaps or both:

  • Quick backs (when the user returns back from one page to another)
  • Popular pages (with URLs)

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Why you should use Clarity

  • First of all, it’s GDPR compliant;
  • Another important aspect is that for now, it’s free of charge;
  • Clarity is very easy to use and doesn’t load your website with heavy scripts;
  • Data is being analysed and presented in real-time;
  • You can set up as many websites as you like in your account. There is no limit to it;
  • The script is suitable for a small size and lifestyles website as well;
  • Clarity is very easy to customise;
  • There is no traffic limit for analysing your websites;
  • Microsoft put to work artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to analyse the users’ behaviour.

Session Playbacks feature in Microsoft Clarity

The sessions playbacks section allows you to see how your visitors interacted with your website, where they clicked and which areas made them pause.

This section also allows you to watch the videos of your users’ sessions, which elements they clicked with the cursor, how many clicks were registered, but also where they decided to scroll.

The elements in your pages that have been clicked are highlighted as boxes, so you can click them to see more insights on how the users interact with them.

Filters in Clarity

Another cool feature is the generous list of available filters.

You can use the filter button in the top bar that will show you lots of options, including the device that have been used by visitors, time frame, user actions, interactions and more.

Standard Filters

Here is the complete list of standard filters in Microsoft Clarity:

Time frame

  • Today
  • Last 3 days
  • Last 7 days
  • Last 30 days
  • Custom

Insights

  • Rage clicks
  • Dead clicks
  • Excessive scrolling
  • Quick backs

Device

  • PC
  • Tablet
  • Mobile
  • Other

User actions

  • Cursor movement
  • Entered text
  • Selected text
  • Resized page

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Advanced filters

In the Advanced filters tab you also have more options to narrow down your insights pursuit:

User info

  • Browser
  • Operating system
  • Device

Path

  • Visited URL
  • Entry URL
  • Exit URL
  • Referring site

Session

  • Session duration
  • Session click count
  • Session page count

Page

  • Page duration
  • Page click count
  • JavaScript error
  • Image error
  • Page size
  • Screen resolution
  • Visible page
  • Hidden page

Insights

  • Rage clicks
  • Dead clicks
  • Excessive scrolling
  • Quick backs

User actions

  • Cursor movement
  • Entered text
  • Selected text
  • Resized page
  • Page scroll depth

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Heatmaps in Microsoft Clarity

If you’re reading this I assume you may know what the heatmap is. In case you don’t, I will mention that the heatmap is a digital marketing tracking tool that shows visually where our website registers clicks from the users.

Heatmaps are extremely useful to see User Experience (UX), to measure customer experience KPIs and to redesign your website’s pages so they can generate maximum engagement.

Unfortunately, the scrolling feature is not yet available in Microsoft Clarity, but the company mentioned that it is on the pipeline.

Insights dashboard in Microsoft Clarity

Microsoft Clarity also offers an insights dashboard of aggregate metrics, where we can see if users clicked on areas or elements that are not linked, helping you to increase page engagement.

On the technical side, you may see how many JavaScript errors are registered on your site, but also the time spent by users on your website.

How to sign up for Microsoft Clarity

First, go directly to Microsoft Clarity page. For now, the tool is free to use and you may sign up via:

  • Microsoft Account
  • Facebook Account
  • Google Account

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How to setup Microsoft Clarity in WordPress

For WordPress or WooCommerce you have three options to set up and activate Clarity.

Install the dedicated plugin

Microsoft launched its own plugin for Clarity which you can download from the WordPress plugin repository. Here is the link: Clarity plugin for WordPress.

microsoft clarity wordpress plugin install

Install the tracking code manually

The tracking code is very easy to install, you just have to copy-paste it, similar to Google Analytics.

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Clarity script impact on Page Speed

I didn’t see a significant negative effect in PageSpeed insights or GTMetrix, so I am very pleased how smooth the manual tracking code runs on this site.

page speed gtmetrix after installing microsoft clarity

Google Analytics integration with Clarity

Although integration with Google Analytics 4 isn’t yet available, you can choose to collect the data by connecting your Microsoft Clarity account with Google Analytics.

Go to your Project Settings and connect to Google Analytics directly from there.

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Install tracking code on other CMS platforms

Besides WordPress and Woocommerce, you can install and activate the script also for other platforms:

  • Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager (DTM)
  • ClickFunnels
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Shopify
  • SquareSpace
  • unbounce
  • Weebly
  • Wix

As you may see, I tried already the tool and I think it’s worth installing and using on a daily basis.

FAQs

What is Microsoft Clarity?

filters microsoft clarity

Clarity is an online tool to measure the behaviour and user experience (UX) on your website. It helps gather valuable insights on how users are engaging with your website. It provides three categories of functionalities: heatmaps, sessions recordings and data insights.

What is the price for using Clarity?

Currently (2020) the tool is free of charge.

Is Clarity respecting GDPR?

Microsoft is compliant as a data controller, and Clarity is following GDPR regulations - for more details, check Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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International Digital Marketing Manager @ Medicover

I am currently in charge of eCommerce, digital marketing, and SEO performance for 10 markets where Medicover operates diagnostic services (medical laboratories): Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

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