Discussion – Customize Analytics in DTM

There is no "standard deployment". A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a colleague who hadn't worked with DTM before. He asked me lots of intelligent questions about his somewhat non-standard requirements, and I replied with what I think is the best approach. Whilst doing that, I kept thinking about "the other approach", …

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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 that, obviously, is yes, you do! If I have formerly convinced you, feel free to …

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Tracking Single-page Applications

or: why AngularJS makes our lives harder Single-page applications are web sites that "live on a single page", i.e. when the visitor clicks anything, the browser will not load a new page (as it usually would). Instead, it will modify the existing page using Javascript. SPAs can be quite complex, and people build them because …

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Data Layer – Yet Another Reason

If your new year resolutions for this year included "help your friendly marketer be more successful", I have something for you today. It's a fairly straight-forward thing to do, but it'll help her big time: build a proper, solid data layer for her. There are countless blog articles out there about the advantages of having …

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Plugins: New/Repeat vs VisitNum

Here: I would always use the getVisitNum plugin instead of the getNewRepeat plugin. They have a similar use case. Your friendly marketer will probably compare your new visitors against those who've been to the site before. I bet you she has targets that are linked to acquisition of new visitors or rather new customers. Most …

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What does a Digital Analytics department do?

I was going to move on to the next step of my journey, replacing more plugins with Dynamic Tag Management features when I came across and article written by Richard Hayes, that I really want you to read, especially if you are a developer and not an analyst or marketer. Read this: What does a …

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Data Elements vs Data Layer

Have you used a Tag Management system yet? And a Data Layer? Both are good ideas in our business, for a variety of reasons. The one I think is most relevant in this context here is that defining a Data Layer makes a lot of requirements, possibilities, assumptions and limitations explicit. I think in a …

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