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GDPR: Do I Really Need Consent for Google Analytics Tracking

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GDPR: Do I Really Need Consent for Google Analytics Tracking

The GDPR went into effect on May 25th, 2018 and protects EU citizen privacy. Now that we are past the deadline, you may be asking yourself if you really need to gain consent for Google Analytics tracking? After all, if you provide an opt-in consent for Google Analytics, you’ll quickly be missing a lot of data on your visitors. VP of Analytics, Joe Christopher, provides valuable insight on whether or not it’s necessary for organizations to have consent for Google Analytics tracking.

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August 3, 2018    4 Comments

Implementing ETL Process Steps (to Import Google Analytics into Data Warehouse)

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Implementing ETL Process Steps (to Import Google Analytics into Data Warehouse)

In the second installment of this ETL process blog post series, Nick Mannon will share a detailed ETL example using Google Analytics data. Specifically, he will show you how to create the data model, the database, develop the ETL, and test/implement. Ultimately, giving you the ability to setup a data warehouse that best fits your needs and data.

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April 7, 2018    5 Comments

Defining ETL Process Steps (to import Google Analytics into Data Warehouse)

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Defining ETL Process Steps (to import Google Analytics into Data Warehouse)

ETL stands for Extract, Transform and Load, but what does that really mean? In part one of this two part series, Nick Mannon uses Google Analytics as the data source, and he provides a simple explanation of the strategy behind an ETL process, teaching you how to create an ETL infrastructure and define ETL Data Requirements. These two steps are essential in successfully transforming, enhancing, and cleaning your data. Keep an eye out for part two next week where he dives into ETL implementation!

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March 27, 2018    0 Comments

Supermetrics for Google Analytics Elevates Your Analysis

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Supermetrics for Google Analytics Elevates Your Analysis

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Supermetrics! If you haven’t used Supermetrics before, you’ll want to after reading this blog post. Lara Fisher, Senior Analytics Strategist, teaches you five great ways how you can use Supermetrics for Google Analytics to elevate your analysis.

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March 15, 2018    1 Comment

5 Actionable Steps to GDPR Compliance with Google Analytics

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5 Actionable Steps to GDPR Compliance with Google Analytics

If your organization uses Google Analytics and is struggling to understand and become GDPR compliant, then this blog post is for you! Joe Christopher provides valuable tips on how you can achieve GDPR compliance when using Google Analytics.

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February 16, 2018    94 Comments

Repair Your Data in Google Analytics 360 with Query Time Processing

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Repair Your Data in Google Analytics 360 with Query Time Processing

Have no fear! Query Time Processing to the data rescue is here! Google Analytics saves the day again, by providing you with a way to repair and enrich your data. Paul Lear, one of our analytics consultants, shows you how to transform your data, step-by-step using Google Analytics 360 Query Time Custom Data Import.

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February 1, 2018    0 Comments

Don’t be Misled by Sessions in Google Analytics Custom Reports

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Don’t be Misled by Sessions in Google Analytics Custom Reports

Have you ever created a report in Google Analytics only to feel that something just isn’t quite right with your data? You’re not the only one! In this blog post, Alex Molineux goes in-depth on some common mistakes made while using the Sessions Metric, as well as a few other dimensions and metrics, that can lead to misleading data and analysis. He’ll also teach you how to fix and/or avoid this problem altogether. Happy reporting!

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November 8, 2017    0 Comments

Enterprise Analytics Tool Comparison: Google Analytics 360 vs Adobe Analytics

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Enterprise Analytics Tool Comparison: Google Analytics 360 vs Adobe Analytics

Are you wondering if your analytics tools is the right solution for your business? Thinking about switching to a different one? Joe Christopher, Blast’s VP of Analytics, will take you through the steps that are critical in evaluating your existing tool and deciding if a different one is right for you. He also provides an in-depth comparison of two of the most popular enterprise digital analytics platforms on the market today: Adobe Analytics and Google Analytics 360. Keep in mind that the right tool for your company is one that leads to insights, and those insights will enable you to take action.

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April 26, 2017    5 Comments

Problem with Site Speed Accuracy in Google Analytics

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Problem with Site Speed Accuracy in Google Analytics

The Site Speed report in Google Analytics may give you the wrong idea. Find out why this data can be misleading, why it matters, and solutions for getting the real story behind what your data is telling you. Learning how to read the data in this report empowers you to make huge improvements that benefit your business.

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February 6, 2017    7 Comments

Top 7 Google Analytics Feature Suggestions: Holiday Wish List

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Top 7 Google Analytics Feature Suggestions: Holiday Wish List

As the year winds down, and we reflect back, we’re grateful for all of the Google Analytics improvements that have happened in 2016. However, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a wish list! In this post our VP, Analytics, Joe Christopher, reviews his Top 7 wish list for future Google Analytics features. Let us know if you agree, and if you have any additions. Happy Holidays!

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December 13, 2016    6 Comments

Living in a Google Analytics Suite World

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Living in a Google Analytics Suite World

Google’s 360 Suite tools are all about understanding customer behavior, taking action on that data, and evolving your business. But are they the best solutions for your specific needs? The answer depends on your analytics maturity. Joe Christopher digs deeper into the benefits and potential drawbacks of investing in the suite, and offers examples of alternatives.

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August 15, 2016    0 Comments

Top 5 Questions on Enterprise Google Analytics 360 Suite

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Top 5 Questions on Enterprise Google Analytics 360 Suite

With the recent announcement of the Google Analytics 360 Suite, we’ve received many questions from our existing Premium and Standard Google Analytics clients, as well as people reaching out who are interested in considering this new enterprise marketing analytics suite of tools.

As with all things in the analytics industry, change is inevitable and most of these changes are positive. Are you curious how the 360 suite can impact your business? In this post we’ll answer the most common questions we’ve heard from our clients, provide our initial review on what you need to know about each of these new 360 tools, and share how they can help evolve your organization.

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June 8, 2016    0 Comments

Google Analytics Autotrack – Should You Use It?

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Google Analytics Autotrack – Should You Use It?

Autotrack from Google Analytics is a nice tracking enhancement for those not using tag management, and for those using only the most basic tracking snippet. For those who are asking more advanced questions of their data and thus have deeper analytics needs, a more advanced solution is required. That solution should take advantage of automated data collection for speed and ease of use, but include custom options for flexibility.

Learn when Autotrack is the right choice, or when you should reject it for a more robust solution like our BAT (Blast Analytics Tracking) framework that is tool agnostic and has an extraordinary ability to scale and evolve with your needs.

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March 23, 2016    0 Comments

How to Export Google Analytics BigQuery Clickstream Data into Your Data Warehouse

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How to Export Google Analytics BigQuery Clickstream Data into Your Data Warehouse

Google Analytics Premium clients have the option to export clickstream (hit-level) data into Google BigQuery through a native integration. Clickstream data empowers analysts to answer much more complex (and valuable) business questions, namely by integration with other data sources (e.g. CRM).

Many technical teams are new to Google BigQuery and how to work with it. On top of that, the structure of how the GA Premium data is stored in BigQuery may not be obvious at first glance. By following the instructions we’ve provided in this post, you’ll jump-start your knowledge and more quickly arrive at an ETL process that can bring this valuable clickstream data into your own data warehouse.

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June 18, 2015    6 Comments

Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 4)

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Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 4)

This is last post in this 4 part series where we discuss the Google Analytics Ecommerce marketing reports. Here is a look at the Internal Promotion, Order Coupon, Product Coupon, and Affiliate Code reports, which help you optimize your promotional marketing efforts.

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June 2, 2015    5 Comments

2 Simple Steps to Cross Domain Tracking in Universal Analytics

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2 Simple Steps to Cross Domain Tracking in Universal Analytics

Cross domain tracking has been one of those thorns in Google Analytics implementations. Challenges with tracking users across domains can inflate self-referrals and prevent you from being able to accurately track the source of your conversions. Understanding the source of your conversions is essential to being able to evaluate your marketing campaign performance.

Fortunately, Google’s Universal Analytics simplifies the setup process, and we’ve provided some valuable tips in this article that will help you solve common needs and avoid typical issues.

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November 24, 2014    16 Comments

Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 3)

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Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 3)

In this third post in our 4 post series on Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce reports, we take a look at three reports — the newly revised Product Performance and Sales Performance reports, as well as the brand new Product List Performance report.

You’ll learn how reports are more focused on revenue, now include product returns, help track performance of product list displays, how eCommerce Reports can be creatively used to track non-commerce site activity, and more.

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October 29, 2014    0 Comments

Why Your Email Campaign Tracking Might Be Wrong

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Why Your Email Campaign Tracking Might Be Wrong

We all strive for more granularity in our analytics data.

For email campaign tagging, we want to know the campaign name, the time it was sent out, the list name, and much more. This is great if all links within the email are using the same UTM campaign parameters.

What if you decide to put the area of the email or the link name itself in the utm_content parameter so that there are a lot of different Google Analytics UTM campaign parameter values within a single email?

Do you think this could cause a problem with your analytics data? It sure does! Especially in a long, high engaging email newsletter like Houzz’s Updates where the user is likely to click multiple links.

We’ll help you understand the implications of this issue, and provide a custom email campaign tracking solution so that you don’t have to sacrifice important granular data. Plus, make it easier for you to take action on your email data!

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August 26, 2014    6 Comments

Google Analytics Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 2)

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Google Analytics Shopping & Merchandising Analysis (Part 2)

Continuing on from part one in this four part blog series on Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce reports, where I discuss the new Ecommerce Overview report. I am now taking a first look at the Shopping Analysis reports.

First up, is the Shopping Behavior Analysis report, followed by a review of the Checkout Behavior Analysis report.

Spoiler alert…there is a valuable surprise that we uncover in the Shopping Behavior Report which simplifies creating custom ecommerce segments.

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July 18, 2014    3 Comments

Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis

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Google Analytics Focuses on Shopping & Merchandising Analysis

New, enhanced ecommerce reports in Google Analytics empower ecommerce retailers!

For those of you ecommerce retailers who’ve previously been hesitant about Google’s commitment to more in-depth ecommerce reporting, you are about to have a serious increase in new reporting data to crunch and optimize your ecommerce funnel. Specifically, online retailers can now analyze shopping behavior, marketing campaign impact, internal promotion influence, sales by affiliate, coupon code redemption, refund activity, merchandising/product mix, and import product metadata to enrich your analysis.

We had the opportunity to work with a large ecommerce retailer to put these new features into action during Google’s confidential beta release period. Read on to see ecommerce report examples from a real implementation, and stay tuned for three more parts in this enhanced ecommerce blog post series.

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May 30, 2014    2 Comments

 

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