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  • Debugging a dataLayer push event in Google Tag Manager

    A question on the Google Tag Manager support forum caught my attention and I wrote a response there, which is now the basis for this blog post. In case you were ice climbing in the Hymalayas or under a rock for the last couple weeks, Google released a Tag Management platform called Google Tag Manager last week.  This platform enables marketers to manage marketing tracking tags without the need for IT involvement to launch new tags or make tag changes. The Data Layer Feature of GTM One of the very awesome features of Google Tag Manager is called ...

    Posted at October 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Tag Management | 1 Comment
  • Sampled vs. Unsampled Data: Does it Matter?

    This post is inspired by something that's become a bit of a pasttime for me these days: diving into unsampled data working with our GA Premium clients.  It's almost addicting! After working with unsampled data more and more, working with sampled data sets are just not as much fun because I know what's likely missing. If you've ...

    Posted at October 9, 2012 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Best Unknown Google Analytics Updates for 2012

    We all know about the highly publicized attribution modelling tool, remarketing, viz flow and social media tracking but what about some of the more soft-spoken updates to Google Analytics that have taken place the last 10 months. Well, at GAUGE Boston Justin Cutroni highlighted some of the lesser-known (but awesome) Google Analytics updates. We’re taking a few minutes here to highlight the best unknown Google Analytics updates for 2012. Google Analytics Report Automation (Magic) Using a simple script, provided by Justin and the Google Team you can easily get data from Google Analytics into Google Spreadsheets ...

    Posted at October 4, 2012 | By : | Categories : Events,Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Day 1 Recap from GAUGE Boston 2012, the Google Analytics User Conference

    The first day of GAUGE Boston, the Google Analytics User Conference, wrapped up with the first ever GAUGE Hacknight & Application Showcase.  From a packed agenda of learning sessions to an inspiring keynote from Onswipe CEO Jason L. Baptiste, to the reception and hacknight competition, it was a fast-paced info-packed day! Highlights included: GAUGE Hacknight ...

    Posted at October 4, 2012 | By : | Categories : Events,Google Analytics,News | 1 Comment
  • Our Take: Marketing Made Better with Google Tag Manager

    Introducing Google Tag Manager Today at eMetrics Boston, Laura Holmes of Google stunned the audience with the release of Google Tag Manager, a platform enabling marketers to manage measurement and conversion tags through a user-friendly, self-serve interface.  With Google Tag Manager (GTM), you can deploy new tags or modify existing tag placements with a few clicks, taking what ...

    Posted at October 1, 2012 | By : | Categories : Tag Management | 0 Comment
  • Where should you put your Google Analytics tag?

    The big question: where should you put the Google Analytics tag in your page code?   It used to be (now, years ago - as in before 2009!) that Google recommended placing the tag in the bottom of the <body>, right before the </body> tag.  So, for years, many people have done just that.  Why?  To protect the site from Google Analytics slowing it down or, if Google's network of servers were somehow totally inaccessible (and your website's server still able to be reached by some miracle), breaking the site entirely.  However, the "async" code version launched in 2009 is recommended ...

    Posted at August 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Understanding Changes to Average Time on Site After a Redesign Launches

    I often post to the official Google Analytics User Forum - this post is an expanded response to a question I answered on the forum. Question Posed: "I've recently launched a big redesign on an ecommerce site. After that, the Avgerage Time on Site increased by around 1.5 minutes, and the Pages/Visit dropped by half. Now I could explain the Pages/Visit to making the site's structure easier and faster, now the customer finds the product he wants with less clicks. But then why is the Average Time on Site increased? The combination of these two statistics is what makes me think that ...

    Posted at August 17, 2012 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • 3 Reasons to Register for GAUGE Today!

    Ready for some great news to help lead you into the weekend? Early Bird Savings for GAUGE! If you register today, you can still receive these fantastic savings leading up GAUGE Boston (Google Analytics Users' Great Event). Why should you register? 

    Posted at August 17, 2012 | By : | Categories : Events,Google Analytics | 0 Comment
  • Google Analytics Premium + Fusion Tables = Awesome Data

    It's Saturday afternoon, and what better to be doing than enjoying a mocha, watching by littlest kid so my wife can take a nap, and... geeking out on Google Analytics! So, here's what I've come up with - a really nifty chart visualizing the relationship between dimensions and various metrics of interest.   How I Did It The process was "fairly" simple.  I'm using a ...

    Posted at April 28, 2012 | By : | Categories : Google Analytics | 2 Comments
  • 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