You Ask, I Answer: Tracking Non-Digital Marketing in Google Analytics

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You Ask, I Answer: Tracking Non-Digital Marketing in Google Analytics

Stephanie asks, “How can you use Google Analytics to track non-digital marketing like billboards and other real world marketing?”

You’ll want to use a combination of two techniques: UTM tracking codes and custom subdomains in your DNS. Watch the video for the complete explanation of how to set it up, what software you’ll need including services like GoDaddy and Cloudflare, and what mistakes to avoid.

You Ask, I Answer: Tracking Non-Digital Marketing in Google Analytics

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In today’s episode, Stephanie asks, How do you track non digital marketing assets using Google Analytics.

The good news is that because of things like these devices, even non digital things become digital.

The trick is to make sure that we’re tracking them correctly. If we are using Google Analytics, the UTM tracking codes we talked about many times

properly, we can track

pretty much anything as long as the call to action for whatever is we’re talking about trade show, booth, billboard, bus, bus, rap, whatever it is, as long as there’s a call to action that goes to a digital property, we can track it with Google Analytics, the easiest way for most people and you will need some help from it if you’re not skilled with your domain name system, your domain name server.

But the easiest way to track people

is with

custom subdomains, that route to very specific landing pages. We used to say in the old days, like just buy a domain name, well, that’s great. If you have a lot of budget, I’m doing it as a cheap 30 bucks a year. But if you’re going to roll out 2030 4050

campaigns in your small business, you don’t have a ton of money that that can get expensive. So subdomains are the way to go. If you’re not familiar with the sub domain, it’s pretty simple. It is something like, you know, billboard 23,

dot trust in,

that’s a sub domains, you could billboard 25 plus rap five, whatever it is, and you don’t even have to use the numbers, you can just, you know, billboard trust, as long as it is custom and unique to


So if you’ve got 44 billboards along the highway, you need to have 44, different subdomains, you’ve got a trade show booth at a show, you might want to have like, you know, Dream force, trusted insight study, CES trust the insights today, whatever it is, as long as you got a custom subdomain that’s

easy to remember, but also trackable. And here’s how this works. So what you’re going to do is you’re going to set

up a sub domain,

and then that sub domain is going to get redirected via, via your web server with your UTM tracking links. So

billboard 23, Trusted Sites, Ai, big becomes trust,,

slash landing page, whatever the landing pages, it’s

a trade show, booth, whatever.

UTM source,

billboard UTM, medium out of home or trade show or whatever

UTM content that were 23. So what we’re doing is you’re creating a redirect that

takes an easy to remember, easy to photograph, easy to QR code, whatever URL that goes out in the real world.

And you redirect it to the landing page

that has all your Google Analytics UTM tracking codes, this is using the power of DNS, domain name service, because what

you’re doing on the back end,

is you are taking that visitor and redirecting them

on your web server to the appropriate landing page

with the appropriate tracking codes.

That’s the easiest way

that and the cheapest way to track things

that are in the physical world that are out of home that are out of office that are out of

the digital realm.

There are other ways you can do custom domains, you can even do beacons that are connected to apps, but for a lot of people, that’s not realistic. A lot of people that’s very expensive.

Something as simple as a domain name will help you solve that problem.

The catch is going to be, you need

to either be skilled at or have someone else who can help you. With DNS. Most companies have an IT person who can help out with that, if you use DNS service, like cloud flare, for example, you can do this right inside a cloud flare and set it up. If you use a popular domain name host like GoDaddy, for example, you can use, you can do this right inside the interface, make your sub domains, and then point them to

the appropriate coats.

This way,

you know exactly what it came from where it came from.

But remember,

one of the most important things about this is that you can’t be lazy, you have to have custom tracking codes, custom sub domains, for every single implementation that are different. So if you have just one wrapped car, right, for example, or just one URL on the back of your company’s

truck, that’s fine. But the moment you have two trucks, you need two different custom sub domains,

so that you can track them independently. So you can track them. In the context that you want to understand is that thing working? is married truck better than sorry, those truck

right in terms of who’s who drives in more valuable places. If you don’t have the custom tracking codes, you can’t know that. Likewise,

even if you keep the same general

thing over time, you’re going to want to change depending on context. So you’re at a trade show, you don’t want booth trust insights, ai to just to be you set up

once you want. You want to be event context specific CES trusted insights, ai

marketingprofs, b2b form Trusted Sites, whatever it is, change that custom sub domain, so that you are

is contextually relevant,

which makes the audience more likely to engage with it. And from a tracking perspective, it’s easier to keep a handle on now I would recommend very strongly that you do a Google Analytics tracking code spreadsheet

and decide in advance what at the sub domains.

And then what are the the UTM codes, the source, the medium, the content, the campaign,

the key word, if you’re going to use keywords, whatever the case is, do that in advance

so that you’re not doing the last minute, or making it up or clobbering somebody else’s content. You want to make sure that you’ve got this in place. So great question, Stephanie. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel in the newsletter, I’ll talk to you soon.

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