utm info and URL not working if clicked from 3rd party site, appears as "Referrral" instead
We are using a custom URL w unique number and standard utm logic:
My testing worked out perfectly when I input the URL into an internet browser: 1) I see the complete URL used for back-end reconciliation purposes), AND I see the utm_ related data in reports on Source / Medium / Campaign.
My reporting problems arise when the user clicks on the URL from a 3rd party web site:
- I do not see the full URL the user clicked on (so I cant see the unique number for back-end reconciliation)
- The utm code (ie Source = Relay) is not appearing on standard reports. Instead, it is showing as a "Referral" from the relay company's web site. I am glad at least I can see the traffic and goal completion came from the vendor, but I just don't understand why the utm code works perfectly if I plug it into the browser myself vs not working if clicked from the 3rd party vendor's web site.
I am perplexed as to why my test of inputting right into the browser works perfectly but when from a referring site it does not. Wondering if the referring site's platform is doing something wrong.
Thanks all for any input!
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