Category Archives: Implementation

The Event-Driven Data Layer

Recently, I wrote an appeal to Adobe suggesting they implement first-party support for an event-driven data layer in Adobe Launch. I specifically mentioned an “event-driven, asynchronous data layer”. Let’s just call it the Event-Driven Data Layer (EDDL) to keep it simple. Since the article’s release, I’ve had a number of good conversations on this topic.… Read More »

Adobe Launch Data Layer: An Appeal

Adobe doesn’t have a recommended way to send/receive a data layer for Adobe Launch and I think they should. I’m not talking about your schema. Send whatever data you want in whatever naming schema makes sense for you or your business. I believe Adobe should take a stance on how the data is sent to Adobe… Read More »

Pixel Loader: Adobe Launch Extension Review

There are thousands of vendors out there. Dozens have already created Adobe Launch extensions to load tracking pixels specific to their product. For everything else, there’s the Pixel Loader by 33Sticks. My first reaction when seeing this was: “Pasting snippets into rules is easy. Why would I need this?” In fact, Adobe DTM was intentionally… Read More »

Data Layer or CSS Selectors?

So… should you use a data layer? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes. I’ll explain why. This is a simple concept, but I’ve worked with enough experienced analysts who still do not buy into this best practice. I’ve heard every excuse of why someone won’t implement a data layer and as I get older it’s… Read More »

Data Element Viewer for Adobe Launch

View all of the values of all of your Data Elements with the Data Element Viewer for Launch, by Adobe. The Data Element Viewer is a bookmarklet that returns an object in your console. The basis of this was to mitigate the amount of tedium that it takes to find the name of your Data… Read More »

The Price Tag of Analytics Precision

Precision in digital analytics is unobtainable. This isn’t an edgy statement, it’s a fact. You will never achieve precision in your Adobe Analytics account. Your A/B test data will always contain noise. If your company is larger than a mom-and-pop shop then your automated QA tools will never be totally comprehensive. As an analyst, you must figure out… Read More »

Google Analytics Data Quality Checklist

Google Analytics is interesting. It has the lowest barrier to entry of any analytics tool (because it’s free) but is deceptively complex. As analysts, we should understand that no implementation is perfect. You can hire a team of consultants to audit and correct low-hanging fruit of your implementation, but your business isn’t stagnant. It’s fluid. Even… Read More »

The “Track Everything” Mindset

If you subscribe to this blog, you have probably heard this 100 times before. It’s a classic case of some stakeholder or HiPPO wanting to measure clicks on every single element on every single page so they can ask every single question that will waste every single minute of every single day until you burn… Read More »

Fuller, Go Easy on the Semantic Dialog Boxes!

In the beginning, things were just OK. Everyone accepted this until the great designer had a bright idea and decided things should be OK GREAT! This tickled humans because OK GREAT was much more exciting than OK. OK was still acceptable – so was ACCEPT – but people began to feel OK wasn’t enough. “We want some personality”… Read More »