Load Times & DTM

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If I say “BAADFX”, do you flinch? You’re a developer, so I guess you should. I’m talking about the results for your pages on webpagetest.org. Each letter is the result of a specific category of the test. A is better

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Setting up for using the Reporting API – with R

I recently spent a very valuable two hours listening to Tim Wilson’s introduction to R at the eMetrics Summit in Berlin. Given that when I last wrote about setting up for using the Reporting API, I ignorantly omitted R completely,

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SPAs, DTM, and clearVars

For some reason, I see a lot of SPAs right now, some of them actually embedded into otherwise harmless and perfectly likable web sites. I guess they’re not going to go away anytime soon. This article is part of my

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Tracking Versions

I have seen a lot of different people do the same thing: track some sort of a version of their tracking setup. It makes sense, because it allows you to track down bad choices in your tracking. Questions like “so

Posted in Automation, DTM, Javascript, Tips

Everything but the TMS

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You know what the problem with luxury is? You get used to it. And then it becomes hard to enjoy the little things. I am so used to tag management by now, that when I see how popular the mini-series

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Privacy with DTM

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I am no lawyer, and I do not want to go into any legal or even ethical or moral aspects of EU privacy law. Let’s just say this for our American friends: people in the EU do not like to

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Posted in DTM, Javascript, Principles

Measuring Time on Last Pages

Your web site might not sell anything. Instead, your friendly marketer might look at the time that visitors spend on the content. Let’s not discuss how accurate or useful that metric is. Someone else has likely discussed this with your

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Testing is like an Onion

I have tried to justify my approach to testing for digital marketing a couple of times. Given that tools like ObservePoint or HubScan are available, the fundamental question is: do you need my approach at all? My personal answer to

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Dynamic Report Suite ID with DTM

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Adobe Analytics has always had a feature that allowed you to dynamically set the Report Suite ID (rsid). It works with a list of domains, matched against the current domain automatically. See dynamic accounts in the Marketing Cloud Help. Nevertheless,

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Test-driven & agile Analytics revisited

In 2014, I went to Berlin to attend “Digital Analytics Hub”, probably the best “conference” in our business. DA Hub evolved out of Gary Angel‘s Xchange. You sit in small groups of people with one discussion leader, and you speak

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