Marketing Campaign Attribution – Take 2

It’s been 3+ years since I wrote my original blog post (http://www.kristaseiden.com/guide-ga-tracking-for-marketing-campaigns/) on campaign tracking, but it’s one that has aged well. I still point people to this post when they ask me for more info on best practices for setting up UTM tracking (or campaign tracking) because for the most part, things haven’t changed. I still recommend the below hierarchy for manual tagging of campaigns, using the (up to) 5 UTM parameter slots available to you in the URL: Campaign -name of your overarching campaign – e.g. spring-2013-collection or summer-2013-announcements. Be sure to follow a consistent campaign naming structure. Medium – the medium used to send your campaign. Include “email” for an email campaign, “cpc” for ads, “social” for a social network or “landing-page” if you’re tracking button clicks from a landing
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The Education Series: Introduction

I’ve spent the past 2.5 years as Google’s Analytics Advocate (and unofficially filled part of this role for 2 years prior to that) focused on advocacy for our GA360 Suite products, including (but not limited to) product design, user feedback, training, troubleshooting, and education. This role has stretched my mind (and at times, my patience), given me the opportunity to engage with and learn from users all over the world, forced me to become a better writer, and provided opportunities to grown and scale Analytics Education more than I could have ever imagined. Breaking it down by a few stats of my time in this role, it *roughly* looks like this: ~100 speaking engagements & webinars, many of which were large conference keynotes all over the world 80-100 client and agency meetings 30 livestream/hangout
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Women in Analytics: Finding Allies

This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in my first MeasureCamp event. This was actually my first un-conference, and even though I had a vague idea of how the day would go, I had no idea what to expect when it came to running a session. I had heard many things about strategizing to pick the best session slots (and avoiding the time slot Simo chooses), room layout, etc. Thankfully, MeasureCamp founder Peter O’Neill recommended a specific room to me after I described the setup/style I was after. I was also not sure which time slot to book, but I ended up grabbing session #3 which was right before lunch. I figured that this could either be a blessing or a curse, depending on how hungry people were.
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Google Analytics Academy Launches 2 New Courses!

The Analytics Academy is back and better than ever! Ok, it didn’t actually go anywhere, but there are a few important changes with this update which will hopefully help you in your analytics education! There is a new URL, a new look and feel, TWO NEW COURSES, and evergreen certification opportunities! You can now access the Analytics Academy directly at https://analytics.google.com/analytics/academy/ We’ve updated the look and feel of the new site Two new courses are replacing the old Digital Analytics Fundamental and Platform Principles courses. The new courses are called ‘Google Analytics for Beginners’ and ‘Advanced Google Analytics’ Google Analytics for Beginners: teaches the the basic features of Google Analytics including how to create an account, implement tracking code, analyze basic reports, and set up goals and campaign tracking. Advanced
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Step by Step: Using GTM Workspaces

There are many use cases you may want to explore for GTM Workspaces (see the HC article here), but I wanted to take the opportunity to run you through a simple one: I have some edits in progress in my container that I’m not ready to publish, but I need to launch a new tag to add the Optimize code snippet to my website. This is a perfect use case for using a Workspace in Google Tag Manager. Step 1: Create a new Workspace To create a new workspace, on the left hand nav, click into the place that says ‘Default Workspace’. This will open a slider showing your current workspaces, and on the top right hand side there is a blue plus arrow. Clicking it will open an additional
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Custom Funnels Joins the Periodic Table of Google Analytics!

A couple weeks ago I was in Australia for the Loves Data Analytics Conference and had a chance to chat with Jeff Sauer, better known as @Jeffalytics, about some of my favorite Google Analytics 360 reports. You may be familiar with Jeff’s Periodic Table of Google Analytics. I’m excited to say that I’ve added a new element, Custom Funnels. I’ve written about Custom Funnels before, and am always excited to share more about them, because they can be so powerful, especially for remarketing based on fallout from a determined path, such as a checkout funnel. Check out some of my thoughts in this video:   Watch @kristaseiden explain how to 📈🚀💪 make your #business #data speak volumes with @googleanalytics 3️⃣6️⃣0️⃣ feature – Custom Funnels! pic.twitter.com/BoNkUPxEX4 — Jeffalytics (@jeffalytics) November 11,
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Reflecting on 4 Years at Google

Reflection is part of growth. Looking back and examining what has gone by, what has been accomplished, where I’ve fallen short, and where I still need to improve is an important exercise to move forward. This morning, I read back through my blog post reflecting on my first year at Google, and I was surprised to remember how much happened in that first year. It made me think about all that’s happened since, and most recently, this past year at the Goog. I’m writing this post while on vacation in the Philippines, at the tail end of a quarter long assignment to work in Asia. If that one sentence doesn’t sum up the adventure that the past 4 years has brought me, I don’t know what can. To hear more
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Using GA Attribution Reports to Optimize Ad Spend

Over the past couple of months, I have spoken several times to a variety of audiences about Attribution, specifically about using the Attribution reports in Google Analytics. It’s a topic that doesn’t get a lot of spotlight even though the insights and findings can help you to significantly influence Return on Ad Spend (ROAS hereafter) for integrated ad campaigns from DoubleClick and AdWords. You might be questioning me when I say this topic ‘doesn’t get a lot of spotlight’, because yes, Attribution is a major buzzword and if you’ve been at any analytics conference in the past 5 years you’re sure to have had your fill of hearing it. What I mean though, is that we don’t often hear much about actually using these reports, from an analyst’s perspective. So
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A/B Testing Dried Mangoes for Fun and Learning

Recently, a coworker brought back a bag of dried mangoes from the Philippines as a gift for me, telling me that they are the best dried mangoes in Southeast Asia (hereafter, SEA). This coworker happened to be from the Philippines and was for sure a bit biased in her opinion here… Another coworker sitting next to me overheard the convo and piped in, saying that everyone wants to claim that mangoes from their country are the best. Apparently, this was an ongoing and playfully heated convo in the office. I’ve been known to host data-driven social tasting events in Mountain View for the Google Analytics team, such as a Scotch tasting, Craft Beer and Guac-off, and Whiskey and baked goods. These events are always fun, get people talking and interacting,
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