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campaign tracking and landing page mismatch

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I've found something strange in Google Analytics and was wondering if other people have encountered the same thing.


It involves campaign tracking and landing pages.


My organisation has a few newsletters that we send out to a few thousand people. We use campaign tracking parameters in links to our site.


When I go to Acquisition>All Traffic>Source/Medium. I can filter to just the Source/Medium combination for a particular newsletter issue. I then add a secondary dimension of Landing Page. My expectation is that it would list the page that people came to from the newsletter.


However, I am finding that many of the landing pages are not linked from the newsletter. I'm not sure how this is possible.


I've tried some small-scale tests and it always works the way I would expect, ie when following a link with campaign parameters, the source/medium comes from the parameters and the landing page is the one I first arrive at.


Anybody advice would be welcome.

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Re: campaign tracking and landing page mismatch

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Hi Justin,

the probable solution are returning visitors that entered your site via email link but returned to it via direct access at a later point. Google Analytics keeps 'strong' referrers if it's followed by a 'weak' referrer, i.e. direct traffic [1].

According to this, a custom report containing a flat table (Source / Medium + Campaign + User Type + Landing Page) should show the landing pages from the emails only if 'user type' equals 'new visitor', and other landing pages if it's a returning visitor.

Also check the conversions > multichannel funnels > top conversion paths report to assess the source/medium paths of interest.



Re: campaign tracking and landing page mismatch

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Hi Christoph,
Many thanks for your reply, that helps a lot.