bryan coe digital marketing strategist

Launch Day! Analytics Migration From Adobe to Google Analytics

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For the last few months I’ve been working on a project to migrate our analytics from Adobe Analytics and Dynamic Tag Manager (DTM) to Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager (GTM). The project encompasses 3 main sites with around a half million visits per month, plus about 9 other smaller or internal sites.

The motivation for the change was an effort to simplify our analytics as well as to replace an overly complex implementation that was in my opinion botched by the vendor we used to implement it. Plus, there’s a small cost difference since we have found that the free version of Google Analytics suits our needs currently. We also have the option to upgrade to the paid version in the future if needed.

Today will be filled with testing, but once it all settles down I’ll post a full report on how the migration went and the pros and cons of the two platforms as well why we decided Google was a better choice.

Google Search Console Finally Gets Historical Data!

Google Search Console full duration report

Everyone that has a Google Search Console account should have recently received a notification "Introducing the new Search Console (beta)."  And if you're an SEO or a marketing agency you probably been suffering from an onslaught of emails notifying … [Continue reading]

Whopper Neutrality (AKA Net Neutrality)

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You may have seen me share information about Net Neutrality and try to explain what it really means to real people. Something like: In reality the recent FCC ruling will likely end up costing consumers a lot more money and hurt innovation and the US … [Continue reading]

Facebook Says Goodbye To Brands (and Businesses and Media)

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You may have noticed a trend on Facebook that organically (not paid ads) businesses and brands are showing up less and less. Recently Facebook was running a test where they moved these types of post from the main feed into the new … [Continue reading]

Google Updates Meta Descriptions Length – But Don’t Panic!

google updates meta description length

OK Melodrama aside, you may or you may not need to rewrite all your meta descriptions. Here's why. If  you have searched for anything recently you may have noticed a lot more text under each result.  Google has changed their rules for meta … [Continue reading]

Google’s Year in Search 2017

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How did you search this year?  View the trending list for 2017.   … [Continue reading]

Why Conversion Attribution Modeling is Important – Who Gets the Credit?

“First click attribution is akin to giving my first girlfriend 100% of the credit for me marrying my wife.” ~A. Kaushik Many analytics reporting platforms use First touch as their default for conversion attribution.  Like the above quote says, … [Continue reading]

Why You Always Need Editors #HomeDepot

home depot SEO - bad meta description

As SEOs we often look at a lot of website pages. It can sometimes be monotonous to write meta-descriptions, titles, H1 copy and other SEO bits that go into a site. But it’s always a good idea to have an editor (or at least a second set of eyes) no … [Continue reading]

If You Can’t Measure IT, Should You Do IT?

analyitcs graph - if you can't measure it don't do it.

In this world of all things digital if you can't measure it you probably shouldn't do it. In the marketing world of yesteryear TV, Radio, billboard advertisers sold ads on hunches, beliefs and maybe correlation at best. We believe 1,000 people drive … [Continue reading]

Of Course I Can Track That, But So What?

of course I can track that, but so what?

As analytics experts, this is the question we have to ask ourselves every time we work on reporting. With today’s tools we can track just about anything you can think of, but the real question is SO WHAT? You have to ask yourself, “Why is this … [Continue reading]