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Implementing Analytics with Google Tag Manager

Published February 23, 2017
You know you could be getting more insight from Google Analytics, but adding code to your website to track conversions and other statistics seems like a daunting task. Thanks to Google Tag Manager, it doesn’t have to be! Google Tag Manager exists to make analytics implementation easier, allowing you to add or update your website tags without having to involve your very-busy IT or development department. An easy process means a greater ability to track new campaigns and to collect the data you need.
This post introduces Google Tag Manager and explains how it can be used to ease the burden of managing tracking code, and to get more insight from Google Analytics.

How to Set Up Facebook Ads Conversion Tracking

Published December 15, 2016
When social media marketing first started, it was often seen as a way to merely “be present” or to help spread awareness about a brand by being a part of the conversation.
As social media platforms have evolved, so too have the opportunities to grow a business and produce revenue as a result of social media-related efforts. While social content may continue to be a mixture of interesting tidbits, attention getters and demonstrations of culture, other posts, and paid ads in particular, can provide strong calls to action and drive new business.
Facebook has also become an increasingly valuable platform for reaching target consumers outside of standard search and display advertising. The ability to layer demographic targeting criteria like age, gender, interests, occupations and income has allowed for incredible granularity in getting your message to potential customers.
This combination of features gives us the chance to equate our Facebook activity with actual income. But only if we’re measuring it properly.
In proving the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook (as with any other channel), the bottom line of success often comes down to conversions. Ultimately, you want to look at which campaigns, ad sets, and ads were the most effective in motivating people to download resources, submit contact information or make a purchase.
Thankfully, the Facebook Pixel offers a clear solution for tracking these results. This code snippet is a one-stop solution that, once installed, allows you to create remarketing audiences and track multiple conversion points across your site.
In this article, we’ll review how to set up the Facebook Pixel on your site and configure conversion tracking within the Facebook Ads interface.

 

 

How to Modify Your 3rd Party WordPress Theme using a Child Theme

Published September 8, 2015
You’ve created your website using a WordPress theme that your company purchased. Now you need to modify the appearance or functionality on the site. What do you do?

Adding Google Analytics Content Group Tracking to a WordPress Theme using Google Tag Manager

Published June 11, 2015
The marketing team just told you they need Google Analytics configured to track statistics based on the type of content users are consuming. Specifically, they want to know if visitors are watching videos or if they’re reading blog articles. Your answer will help inform content marketing efforts companywide—either bumping up the video investment or dedicating more time toward writing and researching authoritative articles.
You are the go-to person for setting up Google Analytics tracking, so you know the right way to do this, and the best way to get the marketing team their answer, is by using Content Grouping. You do have some concerns, though. The website content that marketing wants to track is all in WordPress; the theme developers are not going to be too happy with you modifying their code to introduce the Google Analytics tracking code needed for Content Grouping.
Luckily, there is a solution!
Combine a WordPress plugin that captures content attributes with Google Tag Manager (GTM) to add the necessary tracking code without modifying any of the WordPress theme code.
This posts walks through how we used this method to successfully add Content Grouping to the Megalytic Support website.

 

 

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Remember how your mom told you not to stand too close to the television because it might hurt your eyes?
The same rules can apply to data. If you’re too close, you may miss the patterns and trends that are crucial to understanding your website’s performance. You can’t judge a site’s performance looking at data in the bubble of a single day, you must consider any day’s traffic compared to the days before and after.
Google Analytics makes it fairly easy to analyze trends over long periods of time. But it also allows you to stand right in front of that TV, to look at more granular levels of time, right down to the hour.
There’s a better way to get that close to the data, without burning your retinas. We’ll cover how to analyze traffic effectively in today’s post.

 

 

When the client first came to you, you talked up the value of Google Analytics. You emphasized the importance of seeing where your traffic was coming from. You went on and on about how Google Analytics can show traffic sources to pinpoint whether people came from search, social media or a specific site referral, and how valuable this data was. You sold them on it, so much so that your client looked forward to receiving that first report, the magical day when they would finally understand where visitors were coming from.
But then the report came, and it looked like this:

 

 

It showed that 10% of your client’s traffic came from “(direct)/(none)”. What does this label mean? How do you explain Direct traffic to your client? Better yet, how do you explain “none”?
Let’s take a closer look at understanding Direct traffic in Google Analytics and how we can address it with clients.
One of the most exciting and important aspects of digital marketing is the ability to understand exactly how your customers are finding you. It informs every single part of integrated campaigns and helps determine which efforts are working and which ones need to be revisited. Google Analytics allows you to zero in on the performances of different marketing channels to evaluate everything from brand awareness to social media messaging. To get the most insight from that data, it’s crucial to understand exactly how Google sorts your traffic.
Channels in Google Analytics are high-level categories indicating how people found your site. While the Source/Medium report shows you in more detail where people came from, Channels are broader, more “user-friendly” names lumping visits together in buckets useful for high-level reporting categories.
For instance, Facebook Sessions often show up in multiple ways in the Source/Medium report. They may appear as facebook.com, m.facebook.com, and l.facebook.com, all of which are variations of the same source. The Channels report will include all of these in the Social bucket, so you can see less granular, aggregate numbers on social media performance.