Google Analytics: How are Users Measured?

Understanding how the user metric is measured in Google Analytics (GA) is a more complex process than its straightforward definition. In layman’s terms, a user, is a person who has visited a website within a reported time frame. Where this understanding gets more complex is when reporting criteria is layered into that count in GA and forces the metric to be processed in the form of a pre-aggregated table or recalculated based on the dimensions being used. It is not as simple as a static counting metric like sessions, which is why so many people get confused as to

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Google Tag Manager Pageview Trigger Types

An overlooked and relatively under-documented feature of Google Tag Manager (GTM) is the ability to adjust the trigger type of a pageview trigger. The reason why this capability goes unnoticed to many is because the functionality is not as intuitive as the other custom trigger settings available and it is uncommon to have a lot cases that require varying pageview load scopes. While these reasons alone will make the common user avoid exploring deeper into the functionality, a recent issue I ran into related to this feature changed my perception and made me realize that every user should understand this

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Users vs Sessions: Conversion Metric Dilemma

There is a point in every business's life where an agreement must be made about which visit-based metric, sessions or users, should be used to calculate conversion rates at each step of a sales funnel. This metric is the leading barometer of performance and the first to be scrutinized for drops in performance. While it may seem like a schoolyard debate that ultimately has no major impact on business performance, standardizing one metric for reporting and understanding the differences in how they are calculated will assure that data is consistent across all reports and ensure that any performance changes are

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Why You Shouldn't Use Medium for Your Company's Blog

Medium has long been considered a leader in community-driven content management systems (CMS). Bloggers and publishers first flocked to the platform for its community-focus and minimal-design approach and now businesses have followed suit with the hope that they can leverage the blogger community to grow their brand exposure. Unfortunately, using this platform to fulfill your blogging needs has certain drawbacks in the form of SEO and terms of service that don't make the platform as appealing as businesses would think. One of the biggest drawbacks of using Medium for business purposes is its lack of support for link building SEO

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Google Tag Manager Event Listeners: How to Debug (Part Two)

In the first installment of this two part series, we created our first Google Tag Manager event listener to track all outbound link clicks. In part two, we are going to test this setup and make sure that our trigger logic fires tags with the correct outbound link information. Preview and Debug mode To kick off this process, enter Preview and Debug mode. Preview and Debug mode is Google Tag Manager's default testing console that tracks all on-page events and the tags, triggers and variables that are being triggered with each event. Brief interruption: For information on this tool, as

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Connor Phillips

Senior Marketing Analyst


Connor Phillips is a Senior Marketing Analyst located in New York City. He enjoys digging into data and making data-driven marketing decisions. In his spare time he bartends, works on coding and loves to run.