Every one of us has a bag full of little tricks that they carry with them. The bag contains knowledge, ideas that we developed with or for customers, snippets of code, pieces of architectural blue prints, and much more. This blog, every now and again, empties the bag onto the floor and explains some of … Continue reading Useful Data Elements
In a rare case of development on my part, I am today going to tell you to not follow the advice in an article I wrote some time ago. I'm talking about Plugins: New/Repeat vs VisitNum. At the time I told you to do your friendly marketer a favour, track visit number for her instead … Continue reading Don’t track New/Repeat Visitors!
It has been almost 3 years since I wrote my article on debugging. I read through it the other day, and couldn't help but notice that my workflow has indeed changed. Time for a new article! I'll stick with client-side this time, as this is where the changes have happened. The second big difference is … Continue reading Debugging 2017.02
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 when did we lose the site section eVar?" or "Do you remember when we started … Continue reading Tracking Versions
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 friendly marketer at length. But she wants the metric, so you have to make it … Continue reading Measuring Time on Last Pages
The recent article on how to set up a test platform was a success, so I have decided to listen to a suggestion by Mitchell and write a similar article about enabling your friendly marketer to play with the Reporting API. There are a couple of ways she could achieve this. API Explorer This is … Continue reading Setting up for using the Reporting API
Remember when I wrote an Ode to Charles & Map Local? At the time, I wasn't using DTM a lot. Map Local was the top feature I needed, allowing me to test changes I made to an s_code.js file on a live site without causing any harm to innocent bystanders. These days, I use DTM … Continue reading Charles’ “Replace” is a Winner!
I guess this post is pretty specific. It might have a target audience of a dozen or so. I hope the rest of you forgive me, but keep on reading, you might need this one day! Setup At a Swiss financial institution, we implemented an "internal visitor" detection using their reverse proxy. They are routing … Continue reading Quick Tip – Debug server-side manipulations of the tracking call
Everybody who ever pays for traffic should be using campaign tracking! How else will you ever find out whether you spend your money wisely? But how about monitoring a campaign in real time? Well, Analytics has "Real-Time" — three "reports" or maybe "dashboards" that show data very quickly and refresh automatically. The Real-Time reports are … Continue reading How to monitor campaign performance in the Real-Time reports