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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When exactly does doPlugins run?

In a meeting a couple of months ago, André Urban (a seasoned colleague of mine) and I got into a sudden and unexpected argument about when exactly s.doPlugins is called. I was convinced it was called as a result of calling either s.t() or s.tl(), while he says it was also called everytime a visitor clicks …

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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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Quick Tip – One s_code.js for Multiple Sites

The situation: you are responsible for a couple of sites on different domains. Tracking is pretty much the same on all of these pages, but there are some small differences (e.g. each site tracks into a separate report suite). A new version of the s_code has come out and you want to update all your …

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With DTM you don’t need Plugins! – Part 2

Let's continue on the journey and replace one more plugins with DTM goodness. I even get to introduce an almost hidden feature! getVisitNum I was slightly disappointed last time because I couldn't find an easy way of replacing getVisitNum. This plugin keeps track of how often someone comes to the site. Very useful for segmentation purposes. …

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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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Tagging Forms (w/o Losing Money)

Our post today will touch on two separate subjects (tagging of forms and limiting server calls (and therefore cost) in certain situations). Those two work together very well, so I decided to mix them together. Two subjects in one posting. Surely that's a good deal! Forms A lot of web sites live entirely to provide visitors …

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