Come July 2023, Google Analytics 4 will be the standard. But many marketers are asking, should I switch now? We show you exactly why you need to set up your GA4 account now.
Google Analytics is the must-have tool when it comes to website analytics.
It can help you better understand activity on your website including how users engage with your content and your marketing campaigns.
But it does have its limitations.
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And, as the marketing world and its technology continue to evolve, Google is left trying to catch up.
In this blog, we’ll go through:
Let’s get started.
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Technology is evolving rapidly. That rapid pace affects marketing too.
How we buy and make purchasing decisions is constantly changing. And as our buyer journeys get more complicated, Google is left trying to keep Universal Analytics ticking over.
But the simple truth is this.
Universal Analytics gives basic analytics to websites and businesses that don’t need in-depth website data.
Google Analytics 4 promises flexibility and robustness when it comes to effectively tracking users across multiple platforms.
It will also put machine learning and AI at the forefront of its technology.
So, while we’re all familiar and comfortable with Universal Analytics, GA4 promises some extensive tools and features that will support marketers and businesses to better analyse their data and performance.
GA4 was implemented in May 2022. But, the sundown of Universal Analytics isn’t due until 2023.
Why is this?
Well, it looks like they’re still working on some snags in GA4.
Plus, there’s a lot of safety in introducing a new app as opposed to just updating a pre-existing one and then it breaking.
This crossover gives us time to plan.
So, make sure you do the following:
By doing these two tasks early, you can ensure you won’t lose any old data.
Whether or not you’re sold on GA4 yet is irrelevant, as it’s coming.
So we’d advise you to check out some online learning courses that can help you understand how the tool works.
Remember, Universal Analytics and Google Analytics 4 work very differently.
Chances are, you will need to freshen up your skills.
But once GA4 is set up correctly, there are a few benefits you stand to benefit from:
This is a big one. With GA4, you’ll be able to more effectively track full customer journeys across platform and device.
One of the main limitations of Universal Analytics was its reliance on simple reports. GA4 allows deeper analysis of user behaviour.
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You can also create individual funnels that can be customised based on segments and interactions.
Previously, this feature was only available to paying customers on Google360.
Offering this out to all GA4 users means you can use Google Analytics as a basis for your own CDP. Plus, you can work with machine learning models.
Finally! What you’ve all been waiting for. Audience builder is upgraded meaning you can now build segments based on interactions.
Google Analytics 4 will offer out-of-the-box AI, meaning that machine learning will be at your fingertips for better data analysis.
Ideally, you will have set Google Analytics 4 up prior to July 2022.
Because that means you’ll get one whole year of data to use as historical data ahead.
If you haven’t already set it up, then do it now.
It’s so easy to do!
Make sure you’re set up before December to at least have all of your 2023 data.
Follow these easy steps to set up GA4.
You’ll need to create a GA4 property within your existing property to collect data in parallel with your Universal Analytics property.
This won’t impact your current Universal Analytics property at all.
If your site uses the gtag.js tag,g you can Enable data collection using your existing tags.
If your site doesn’t support the gtag.js tag then you’ll need to add the tag yourself.
For more info on setting up Google Analytics 4, read more here.
Remember, the sooner you get set up the better!
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