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Yellow NZ: Using Enhanced Ecommerce to Track Ad Listings


Overview

Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce tracking…isn’t it great? It can provide you with multiple product impressions tracked on a single page, click throughs on individual products, and individual product page impressions. But, what if your site has a structure that needs those tracking capabilities, and you aren’t ecommerce?

Challenge

That is what Blast Analytics & Marketing ran into with their Google Analytics Premium client, Yellow (New Zealand). As a business directory, finda.co.nz does not sell products on the site, instead they sell ad listings. Tracking ad impressions is of highest importance to Yellow, but they were lacking a solution for tracking their multiple ad listings per page. Currently, Enhanced Ecommerce is the only method of tracking data for multiple items within a single hit.

Yellow was capturing data across all ads shown on a page and stringing that data together to pass as a Google Analytics Event. To view impressions, clicks, and click-through rate, the Event reports would be exported, strings parsed, data sorted, click-through rate calculated, and then presented outside of Google Analytics. The system worked for monthly reporting, but it was unsuitable for one of the main strengths of Google Analytics – the ability for an end user to apply on-the-fly breakdowns in the interface.

Finda New Zealand Screenshot

Solution

Blast implemented a custom Enhanced Ecommerce tracking solution, which enabled the ability to track ad impressions in the same way that product impressions would normally be tracked on an ecommerce site. This new process saved time since they no longer needed to export, reformat, and digest the data. Yellow is able to collect listing name, position and list type, and easily report on those metrics within Google Analytics.

Product List Views

Google Analytics Product List View

Product SKU by List Views

Google Analytics Product SKU View

Results

With reports right from the Google Analytics interface, Yellow can now:

  • Easily report on product list name, position, and list type
  • Quickly access statistics for a specific advertiser for any time period
  • Easily identify the best-performing listings by category and/or location for potential up-sell

Analysis of list position is now at Yellow’s fingertips, enabling the assessment of the relative value of each position, as well as the differences in user behavior in different industries.

The Ecommerce reporting has provided us with the ability to view ad impressions, click-through-rate and ranking position data for any customer, for any time period. Any GA user can use this functionality which is much more efficient than waiting for specific reports to be built. Blast proactively pointed us in the direction of this feature of GA and handled the entire set-up for us. We are very happy with the end result!

Scott Brooker, Head of Business Intelligence
Yellow NZ

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Project Overview

Goals

  • Find a better way to track their multiple ad listings per page and apply on-the-fly breakdowns

Approach

  • Implemented a custom Enhanced Ecommerce tracking solution
  • Enabled ability to track ad impressions the same way that product impressions are normally tracked on an ecommerce site

Results

  • Easy report on product list name, position, and type
  • Quickly access statistics for a specific advertiser for any time period
  • Easily identify the best-performing listings for potential up-sell

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