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Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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I have been using URL builder to track campaigns for quite a while now and have never had an issue. I am not sure if there was a change recently but, it seems around all the campaigns I generated since the newest URL builder site was released are not showing up in analytics. Am I being thick? 

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Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Jay :-)
Previously utm_source, utm_medium and utm_campaign were required parameters for campaign tracking
and despite what the url builder indicates, for custom campaigns, the source, medium and campaign name are still required


For example, if a campaign name is not given via the url parameter.. how does analytics know that its a campaign or what the campaign name is? It doesnt.

From the help docs under the Parameters heading
When adding parameters to a URL, you should always use utm_source, utm_medium, and utm_campaign.
utm_term and utm_content are optional and can be used for tracking additional information

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1033863?hl=en

I would try adding the two other parameters as per usual. This should sort the issue.
If it doesnt resolve it, then try a # instead of a ? where the parameters are initially added
some sites do not recognize parameters after a ?


 

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Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Jay :-)
Are you able to provide an example of one of the URLs that arent working as expected

(the page being linked to with the generated url would be helpful)


thanks
Bronwyn

 

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I'm having the same issue! Would love some help with this. We've never had issues before. 

 

Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Bronwyn, 

 

Thanks for you reply. Here is the link how I created it ```https://www.outdoorprolink.com/m-166-backcountry-access.aspx?utm_source=10-5-16_bca_email``` The site is password protected. I notice that GA only requires a URL and Source now as opposed to the older version where 4 fields were required. 

 

I am far from a fluent in analytics and use it simply to track some stats with banners and email campaigns that I run. I have always combined all the defining terms into one field as I would like to analyze the info in excel. 

 

Thanks Again,

Jay

 

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Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Jay :-)
Previously utm_source, utm_medium and utm_campaign were required parameters for campaign tracking
and despite what the url builder indicates, for custom campaigns, the source, medium and campaign name are still required


For example, if a campaign name is not given via the url parameter.. how does analytics know that its a campaign or what the campaign name is? It doesnt.

From the help docs under the Parameters heading
When adding parameters to a URL, you should always use utm_source, utm_medium, and utm_campaign.
utm_term and utm_content are optional and can be used for tracking additional information

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1033863?hl=en

I would try adding the two other parameters as per usual. This should sort the issue.
If it doesnt resolve it, then try a # instead of a ? where the parameters are initially added
some sites do not recognize parameters after a ?


 

Bronwyn Vourtis, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Bronwyn,

 

I too am having troubles seeing campaigns created with new URL generator (https://ga-dev-tools.appspot.com/campaign-url-builder/ )  I'm looking in the right place: Acquisition > Campaigns > All Campaigns.  Are you saying that even though the new URL generator only says it requires Website URL and Campaign source, you absolutely must enter content for Campaign Medium and Campaign Name?   Otherwise Google Analytics cannot find it?   Or, manually replacing ? with # fixes it?   Look forward to your response and help.  Jay - did this fix your issues?  Are you able to track now?   


Thank you.

Stacey

 

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Do you have any suggestions to offer when the Source, Medium and Campaign were indeed included in the URLs? I created multiple links pointing to one campaign name, and unfortunately, I'm not finding that campaign in GA. When I follow the link and review the Real-Time > Traffic Sources report, I see the appropriate source referral but no indication of the campaign either. 

Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Stacey,

 

If you don't enter any data for Campaign Name, then in Analytics, for example at Accquisition>All Camapigns, you will not have any name for the campaign and it is hard to figure out who is who.

More details more specific tracking information.

 

Thanks

Tracking campaigns created with new URL Builder

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Hi Andrea,

Follow below path:

Accquisition>All Camapigns

 

Thanks