Tracking a Campaign's Inbound Traffic with Google Analytics

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Testing assumptions is key to an effective, iterative cross platform marketing campaign. Understanding how users are navigating their way through the website and interacting with content. The starting point of the journey is often a social media or newsletter campaign, and the numbers of users coming through different platforms and campaigns is a key indicator of the success of both individual posts and the wider campaigns.

As part of the campaign Software Cornwall has planned, being able to distinguish between different social networks for the promotion of one piece of content. Thankfully, the site already uses google analytics, meaning we can plug into the UTM parameters to highlight certain incoming traffic.

https://www.softwarecornwall.org/falmouth-university-games-academy-visit/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=digital_gurus

The three parameters shown here are:

Head over to the Campaign URL Builder. You’ll see a screen like the one pictured below, where the details for a individual post to be shared on twitter under the digital guru campaign has been entered.

Campaign URL Builder Screenshot

Simply copy and paste the resultant campaign url and share on the appropriate platform.

Generated URL by Campaign URL Builder

Viewing the results

Open up google analytics and head for the appropriate properties main dashboard. From there, navigate to Acquisition > Campaigns > All Campaigns. Keep an eye out for your campaign name.

Campaigns in Google Analytics

Clicking campaign name will allow you to view the source and campaign type in more detail.

Sources of campaigns in Google Analytics

Now that posts from different are grouped together, the effectiveness of different traffic sources can be determined.

Tony Edwards

Tony Edwards

Education Outreach, Software Cornwall

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