The subject of today's article is "things we do, well, because, and which we should stop doing." https://media.giphy.com/media/3oKIPj8bJ9ky9ubKGQ/source.gif Below, you can find a list of things that I, personally, would a) not do anymore, and b) like to eradicate from any deployments I have ever participated in. I'd also like to erase them from my … Continue reading Out with the Old!
In January 2008, when I joined a company called "Omniture" and started working as a consultant on a product called "SiteCatalyst", ìt (like most web analytics tools at the time) relied on cookies quite a lot. There was one cookie, specifically, which was important. It was called "s_vi", and it held what we called the … Continue reading Cookies, IDs, and the Experience Cloud
So here you are, wondering. Your friendly marketer has told you to add a new tool to the toolbox — Adobe Audience Manager. She told you that you have to implement some code for it to work. You checked the help site and came away none the wiser. Let me help you. There are currently … Continue reading The 2 Faces of the Audience Manager – Analytics Integration
There are tools out there that find bogus links on your site, and some even try to find links outside your site that point to nirvana. But your friendly marketer likely wants to have better data than that, so she asks you to build tracking for 404 pages. Now what? Let me explain, both for … Continue reading Tracking 404 Error Pages
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
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", … Continue reading Discussion – Customize Analytics in DTM
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 on the s_code.js file still is, I keep wondering why would people even look at … Continue reading Everything but the TMS
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 … Continue reading When exactly does doPlugins run?
In March 2013, I wrote an article on Basic Tracking, showing you the minimal set of code on a page that is needed for tracking the page in Adobe Analytics. We're in 2015, now, we have DTM, so it is time for a refresh. This article will give you the minimal setup needed for tracking … Continue reading Basic Tracking – Remix (contains DTM)