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  • Installing Google Tag Manager in your CMS – HubSpot, Squarespace, and others

      In recent years some fantastic content management and publishing platforms, both commercial and free, have come to market. I'm using one right now to publish this post: WordPress. Hopefully you use one for your site as well. (Side note: If you don't use one, talk to your tech folks - you really should be. We may be able to help you choose one, and measure its use effectively too.) The most interesting of them integrate a variety of other services, including social media and discussion features, analytics and remarketing, and ...

    Posted at June 13, 2014 | By : | Categories : Beyond Analytics,Blog,Google Analytics,Tag Management | 0 Comment
  • The 12 Days of Data: Six Golden Goose Eggs

    On the Sixth Day of Data, my true love gave to me... Six Golden Goose Eggs 5 UTM parameters 4 Advanced Segments 3 French Fans (Viewed in GA Real Time) 2 Profile Settings And an Unsampled GA Data Set By Goose Eggs, I actually mean Zeros.. more precisely: powers ...

    Posted at December 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Beyond Analytics,Digital Analytics Strategy | 0 Comment
  • Analytics Everywhere | The Universal Measurement Protocol C Library

    Well, we're at it again... releasing another Universal Analytics library, this time in C. [And if you're wondering why, check this out.] So let's see, what interesting things are built in C (or compatible derivatives)... Basically anything that needs to run really fast, or with really efficient (limited) resources, is probably written in a language that compiles in ...

    Posted at November 14, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog,Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Analytics Everywhere | The Really Big Picture

    Universal Analytics streamlines our way to a new horizon: measurement everywhere - where and when you engage your customer, when they engage your digital presence, brick-and-mortar presence, personnel and in every interaction thereafter. Literally, let's measure the entire customer lifecycle. With measurement comes optimization: you can optimize for customer retention, but only if you measure it. You can identify predictors of changing customer relationships, and proactively tune the relationship; you might even automate it. With measurement comes the ability to better serve your customer, followed by success and profit, if analyzed and optimized carefully. True e-commerce data Tracking transactions can happen offline now; you don't have ...

    Posted at October 30, 2013 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 1 Comment
  • Analytics Everywhere: Universal Analytics Library for PHP

    A couple weeks ago we released our Universal Analytics library for Python, and today we've released a PHP port of the same library. This opens a huge range of tracking options on some of the most popular (and even the least popular) content and publishing frameworks in the world. (If you didn't know already, PHP remains immensely popular.) If you have a web presence, there's a really good chance you're already using PHP. So what might you want to measure? Your whole ...

    Posted at October 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Recap: Google Tag Manager for Mobile

    This is a recap post from the Google Analytics Summit 2013. Get the full details of the day on our Live Blog from Day 1 of the Summit and also don't miss the Official Google Analytics Blog. Hold onto your hats, folks.  Your mobile apps just got a lot more flexible! Imagine rolling out new features in “stealth mode,” enabling select users to test them and provide feedback, before they’re officially public. Then when you’re ready, you just flip a switch, and the feature’s active for all the ...

    Posted at October 2, 2013 | By : | Categories : Tag Management | 0 Comment
  • Analytics Everywhere: an Open-Source Google Analytics Python Library

    You may have heard about the wonderful things we (and Google) anticipate with Universal Analytics. You may have heard that people are testing it on their websites already, or relying on it exclusively. You may be doing so already. Today, however,  you're one step closer to tracking your customer engagement in completely new and more comprehensive ways. Extend your Business' Engagement Horizon The possibilities and benefits for Universal Analytics are vast.  A few of the applications for organizations fully adopting the potential uses of Universal Analytics include: Integration with call-center systems, enabling reporting of customer ...

    Posted at September 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Google Analytics Debugging

    Let's face it: Google Analytics' documentation contains a lot of examples that work very well for simple use-cases, but advanced configurations require planning and attention to detail, and copying-and-pasting sometimes introduces problems that can affect data accuracy. Historically, the biggest problems we find stem from configuring multiple trackers - often because some third-party script (for user surveys, etc.) is trying to track their usage, but their trackers conflict with your own. Tracker conflicts almost always relate to their handling of cookies, which domains their being written to, and what value is used for the domain hash prefix. Recent changes to GA ...

    Posted at April 26, 2012 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 2 Comments
  • Urchin EOL, But Your Data Is Still Alive

    As you’ve probably heard, Google is retiring the Urchin product line in two weeks on March 28th. Urchin will continue functioning after that date, but new licenses will not be available for sale, and existing licenses won’t be  upgraded. It has served us pretty well until now, but its age is showing. Avoiding Zombie Urchin So is it the end for Urchin? It doesn’t have to be. As long as your IT organization can maintain a server that runs Urchin, running ...

    Posted at March 14, 2012 | By : | Categories : Urchin Analytics | 0 Comment