There’s a lot changing with Google Analytics right now. It can be overwhelming, but below is a list of the most frequent questions that we have received.
GA4 is the new version of Google Analytics.
GA4 was released in 2020 with the name of App + Web. Since then Google has quit making improvements to Universal Analytics and has devoted all of their effort to getting GA4 up and running.
This update is much bigger than the updates that Google has been releasing over the past 10-15 years. This is a paradigm shift for Google. It will require significant planning and a new implementation. This update is not something to overlook or rush.
There are so many changes coming with GA4. We won’t be able to list them all in this FAQ guide, but below is a list of the most notable changes:
Aside from the most notable changes above, there are many others — including but not limited to:
It’s safe to say everything is changing and you should expect there to be a learning curve for you and your team. Which is why getting started sooner vs later is going to be the best approach for a successful migration to GA4.
Yes, you will have to migrate from Universal Analytics to GA4.
Google announced that all standard Universal Analytics properties will stop collecting data as of July 1, 2023 and all 360 level Universal Analytics properties will stop collecting data as of October 1, 2023.
Yes! We would strongly recommend doing this.
We recommend using Universal Analytics as your main reporting platform while you are collecting historical data and getting familiar with GA4. Then once you have enough data collected, you can complete a full migration.
You will be able to see your historical data in your Universal properties for at least 6 months after the deprecation date.
After that grace period, your historical data will no longer be accessible in the Google Analytics interface.
Migrating to GA4 is a great time to reevaluate your current implementation plan and really identify what is working for you and what data you could do without. Below is a list of things that you should consider during the migration.
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Seer has several offerings available, and works to customize all of our offerings to fit our client’s needs.
We have a starter package that is designed to provide organizations with a strong foundation for GA4. This is great for organizations that want to do the majority of the work internally, but aren’t sure where to start.
We also offer a parity package where we strategically evaluate current tracking and then set up tracking to mirror (as closely as possible) what is currently set up in Universal GA. This also comes with a training opportunity so you understand the full implementation. This option is ideal for those that don’t have the bandwidth to do it internally or are not confident with the platform just yet.
If you’re looking for a partner to tackle the migration, reach out and we will work with you to come up with a plan that works for your organization.
New GA360 is the enterprise version of GA4.
GA4 is the new version of Google Analytics. There are two flavors – standard (free) or the enterprise (paid) version of GA4. New GA360 is the enterprise-level of GA4. You pay for New GA360 and that is what allows you to have below features:
Unfortunately there isn’t a hard and fast answer to this question. How you should approach your next renewal period depends on several factors. To learn more about your options, schedule time to talk with your account team to evaluate what is right for your organization.
If you aren’t currently working with Seer, contact us to learn more about how we work with our GA360 clients to ensure this migration is as seamless as possible.
Yes, the pricing structure will change. Instead of paying per hit, you will pay per event.
However, it is hard for us to estimate how many events you will send to the GA4 property without having a GA4 property setup and running in parallel.
You will likely have more events than hits, but that does not necessarily mean that you will pay more for New GA360. For many clients, we’ve seen this reduce the overall cost of the enterprise tool.
If you are currently paying for GA360, you can opt into a beta version of New GA360 for no additional charge. Ask your reseller to opt you in.
We would recommend that everyone do this so you have the ability to add more custom dimensions, event parameters, etc. as you are implementing GA4.
This is just a few of the questions that clients have been asking. This is a new platform for everyone and we are learning together.
If you’re a current client, reach out to your account manager for more information. If not, and you’re interested in partnering with Seer to support your switch to GA4, contact us!
Source: www.seerinteractive.com, originally published on 2022-03-23 11:45:42