Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking website performance and user behavior, providing valuable insights into how users interact with your website. On July 1st, 2023, Google Analytics 4 will replace Universal Analytics. This means that after July 1st, Universal Analytics properties will stop processing data, and Google will force a property migration if you haven’t proactively made the switch. But NEVER FEAR, Good & Gold is here with answers to your most pressing questions about the change and why you should make it. We’re here to help your business migrate from Universal Analytics to GA4!
With the migration to GA4, Google is making a significant shift in its approach to its data model, cookies, and privacy implications:
UA is built on a session-based data model, with goals measured by sessions rather than users. For example, if a user watches three videos in one session, UA only counts this as one “conversion”. With GA4, Google shifts to an event-based data model, which means that in our previous example, each of the three video plays count as a “conversion”.
Cookies and data privacy are challenges that Google is also addressing with the transition to GA4. As data privacy concerns arise, more and more users want to opt out of sharing their data, and as they do, the UA analytics model can no longer report on website users and traffic as accurately as before. GA4 is designed to fill these collected data gaps using machine learning and other adjacent protocols called “blended data”. It’s also designed to rely on first-party cookies, keeping user data private as they move from website to website.
Well, ya kinda HAVE to. Google will force the upgrade on July 1 if it’s not already been made. But aside from the fact that it’s required, here are five great reasons to upgrade from Universal Analytics to Google Analytics 4 today:
This new version of Google Analytics isn’t just a platform change or OS upgrade, it’s a whole new system. GA4’s advanced machine learning capabilities and cross-device tracking will provide you with a complete picture of your customers' journeys, allowing you to optimize your website for maximum engagement and conversion. With GA4, you'll gain powerful insights that will help you make informed decisions about your website and digital marketing efforts. In addition to the data collection model change we outlined earlier, GA4 has improved key pain points:
If you snooze on the migration and simply don’t perform it, Google will upgrade to GA4 for you. While the automated upgrade might work for smaller businesses with simple analytics set ups, businesses with robust custom tracking and any unique configuration will likely see their analytics properties breaking, leading to gaps in data collection and missed opportunities in analysis and privacy protection.
To ensure your unique business goals and objectives are properly migrated from your Universal Analytics environment to your new GA4 set-up, you’ll need to prioritize this upgrade well before July 1st. Depending on how complex your tracking needs to be, this switch can take up a month to properly configure and complete, so DEF don’t delay! Here are five basic steps to get you started:
Need some help? We’ve got your back. Ask us about our GA4 Migration Services and get the process started today! With our extensive knowledge, Good & Gold can seamlessly migrate clients to GA4, ensuring your digital marketing efforts are optimized for success!