Campaign UTM Tagging for Google Analytics
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About UTM Codes
Below is an example of a URL that has UTM parameters added to it for tracking traffic from Facebook to a webpage:
Building the UTM code is easier using the tool provided by Google here:
You'll see there are multiple inputs, but few of them are required. It's important to remain consistent. The easy part is that nothing has to be included in Google Analytics to make this work. Any link with a UTM code is automatically recorded in all analytics accounts tracked on any webpage.
Related Article: Using the Google URL Builder
Below are some general guidelines:
- Google Analytics is case-sensitive. Keep all tags in lower case for consistency.
- Use underscores or hyphens for spaces. Hyphens may improve SEO.
- Source: should refer to the origin of the content.
- Examples: magazine_story, press-release, news_story
- Facebook, Twitter, and social media platforms should only be the source if the content is housed in there and not anywhere else. Ex: paid ads.
- Medium: should describe where the link was shared.
- Campaign: should describe the content
- If we are sharing links on behalf of other social media accounts, specify the account in the medium. For example social_perimeter.
- Content: should describe the content when testing campaigns.
- Keep tagging consistent to analyze the performance of similar content over time.
- No need to tag external links. Only links to GSU-managed websites.
- Articles shared through multiple channels should have the same source and campaign for consistency. The medium should change to describe how it’s shared.