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October 2, 2022
By Laurel

Google Analytics Changes That Affect Your Business

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Changes to Google Analytics Announced

Google recently announced that Universal Analytics will officially retire and stop processing new hits on July 1, 2023. But not to worry! You don’t need to necessarily send your Marketing team to look for alternatives for your website analytics. While alternatives do exist, Google Analytics is making things simple for you to stay.

About Google Analytics 4

Google Analytics 4 is the next-generation measurement solution, and it’s replacing Universal Analytics. On July 1, 2023, standard Universal Analytics properties will stop processing new hits. If you still rely on Universal Analytics, we recommend that you prepare to use Google Analytics 4 going forward.

Here are some of the things the Google Analytics 4 (GA4) property measures as described on their support site:

  • Collects both website and app data to better understand the customer journey
  • Uses event-based data instead of session-based
  • Includes privacy controls such as cookieless measurement, and behavioral and conversion modeling
  • Predictive capabilities offer guidance without complex models
  • Direct integrations to media platforms help drive actions on your website or app

Understanding what’s happened

As of July 1, 2023,  Google Analytics will stop collecting new data in your Universal Analytics properties.  However you will still be able to access your previously processed data in your Universal Analytics property for at least six months.  Going forward, new data will only flow into Google Analytics 4 properties. We know your data is important to you, and we strongly encourage you to export your historical reports during this time.

There is no information yet on when the existing Universal Analytics properties will no longer be available.  Once this happens you’ll no longer be able to see your Universal Analytics reports in the Analytics interface or access your Universal Analytics data via the API.

Check if your Google Analytics property is impacted

  • If you created your property before October 14, 2020, you’re likely using a Universal Analytics property.
  • If you created your property after October 14, 2020, you’re likely using a Google Analytics 4 property already, and no action is required.

Still not sure? You can check out the link below to self-assess which type of property you are using or contact us for an assessment.

Confirm which type of property you are using

Complete your next steps

We strongly encourage you to make the switch to Google Analytics 4 as soon as possible. Doing so will allow you to build the necessary historical data and usage in the new experience, preparing you for continuity once Universal Analytics is no longer available.

For help or support feel free to contact us.

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