For the purposes of today’s guide, let’s assume you’ve been ordered to conjure up a granular content performance report for site which has none of the necessary tracking in place. If your initial reaction was to shed a tear and brace yourself for the enormous and monotonous task ahead, fear no more! Today we are going to look at how parts of this process can be automated. … [Read more...] about No data? No problem! Retroactive content analysis in Google Analytics
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In some ways, this can be a good thing – many apps do not really have a concept of a ‘page’ or ‘screen’ and instead revolve around activities the user can complete. It can also be much easier to deal with when doing analysis with BigQuery, for example (yes, there is a BigQuery import available). But for certain businesses, such as publishers for example, this data model might be more challenging to work with or require some getting used to. … [Read more...] about Choosing Between Firebase and Google Analytics SDKs for App Tracking
If you set a Custom Variable on your webpage then it will essentially sit on your page, waiting for either a pageview to be tracked, or an event to be called. If you set a custom variable on a page and don’t track a page or an event after it, that custom variable will NOT get passed to Google. Sometimes you might not be tracking any events on a page, but you’ll want to set a custom variable. Because of how code is delivered, it’s possible that custom variable might only get generated AFTER the head document. Usually a page can be coded so that these variables can be determined before the HTML is delivered and then you can have the custom variables created in the head of the document as well. Maybe it could theoretically be put in the head, but the developers didn’t build the page that way, and you’re not willing or able to have them redo everything. In those cases you can set a Custom Variable anywhere on the page, and then rather than tracking the … [Read more...] about Where Should The Google Analytics Tracking Code Be Placed?
If you have a particular scenario where you want to track the cross-subdomain traffic as a single session in one view, and as a referrer in another view, then there’s a special solution just for you. Because the Referral Exclusion List is a property setting, the view that combines subdomains will also receive the referrer information, breaking sessions. In this case, the root domain must be absent from the Referral Exclusion List, and the referrer information must be removed with a Filter on the combined view. … [Read more...] about Two Steps to Correctly Tracking Subdomains in Google Analytics
Director of Analytics Goal Conversion Rate As the Director of Analytics, all metrics are important to you. You’re responsible for monitoring your site’s performance, taking action, and reporting to stakeholders. Ultimately, your mission is to get users to convert, so be sure to include your goal conversion rate in your analysis and reporting. If you aren’t doing this yet, you’ll need to break out your goal conversion rate across all dimensions to find your successes and areas of improvement. … [Read more...] about What Are the Most Important Google Analytics Metrics?