Attribution is the “great white whale” of any digital analytics effort.

Providing a clear view of what channels and campaigns contributed most to your business’ success is fundamental to iterating, improving, and growing your marketing efforts. Even companies with advanced analytics setups face the challenge of how best to attribute performance across many user interactions.


The Attribution Problem in the Wild

Let’s start off with an example scenario. Say you’re a brand that sells toasters from your website. And Greg is a prospective customer looking to buy a new toaster:

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The question is, what channel or campaign gets credit for the sale?

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Using Last Non-Direct Click Attribution (i.e. the default setting in Google Analytics and Google Ads reports) would mean the Shopping ad received 100% of the credit for converting Greg into a customer.

So, would you agree that the channels assisting Greg before his purchase shouldn’t get any credit at all? Yeah, we didn’t think so!

That’s the problem with the default Last Non-Direct Click Attribution Model in Google Analytics. Greg would never have purchased that toaster without your SEO team, your search ads, or even those display ads! Up until now, you might have continued funneling most of your marketing budget to your product feed team because you thought inherently that they were driving the most value.

We say, Stop Guessing, and Google seems to agree with the new rollout of Attribution Beta in Google Analytics.


Data-Driven Attribution

Attribution is a new closed beta in Google Analytics to bring free, cross-channel data-driven attribution to all customers. It’s intended for customers tracking conversions in Google Analytics who want to move past last-click attribution and begin accessing data-driven models, which have not been historically available to non-GA360 customers.

What makes Attribution stand out is that it gives users better visibility into the full customer journey across all touchpoints. This increased visibility helps users make more informed marketing decisions in an easy-to-use interface. There’s no additional setup or tracking required to start leveraging this feature!

Google Analytics Features

Getting Started

Once you’ve linked Google Ads and Google Analytics, identified a view to using specifically for Attribution, configured your goals or Ecommerce tracking, and set up consistent URL parameters across your paid media channels you can get started! 

Create an Attribution Project

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MICHAEL RODINO