JangoMail’s integration with Google Analytics allows you to track website activity that results from JangoMail email campaigns using Google’s free Analytics tool. This feature allows you to determine precisely where a user moves throughout your website after having clicked a link to your site in an email. You can determine what pages your visitors are viewing most frequently, and you can also determine how successful your email campaigns are in converting mere visitors into purchasers on your website.
How do I use this feature?
There are three things you must do to track a visitor’s activity on your website:
- Create a free Google Analytics account directly with Google.
- Turn on Google Analytics in your JangoMail account. Go to Settings → Tracking → Google Analytics Integration, and check the box to activate this feature.
- Enable click-tracking in your broadcast emails.
Advanced settings for this feature
The following is a screenshot from the Google Analytics Variables tab in Settings → Tracking → Google Analytics Integration. This page allows you to customize how JangoMail works with Google Analytics.
First, keep in mind that the checkbox for "Activate JangoMail / Google Analytics integration" is marked in order to activate Google Analytics with JangoMail. Checking this box will force JangoMail to append the four Google Analytics variables to the end of your destination URLs within your email campaigns. For more information on the variables that Google Analytics uses, see https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=55518&hl=en.
JangoMail uses four out of the five available variables.
Secondly, the Domains box in the Procedure tab is set to an asterisk (*), which indicates that all domains will be tracked. If you want to designate specific domains to be tracked, then enter the full domains of the websites that you want tracked, one on each line, including the www. For example, if you want to track the website www.browniekitchen.com and www.cupcakekitchen.com, you would enter:
Lastly, on the Google Analytics Variables tab you can customize the four Google Analytics variables. These variables determine how the data presents itself within the Google Analytics screens. The substitution parameters you can use within all four variables are:
%%Subject%% (subject of your email campaign)
%%CampaignID%% (numeric JangoMail identifier for your campaign)
%%EmailAddress%% (recipient email address)
To access the JangoMail data within Google Analytics, log in to your Google Analytics account and go to Traffic Sources → Sources → Campaigns.
Then, you will see the JangoMail campaigns in the list of campaigns. By default, the campaign is labeled with your campaign’s Subject Line, followed by the JangoMail Campaign Identifier in parentheses.
You can customize how the name of the campaign appears by modifying the Campaign Name variable.
After clicking on a campaign, you can choose Traffic Sources → Ad Content as a secondary dimension to view the recipient email addresses that visited your site. The individual email addresses show up in Google Analytics as variations of Ad Content. You can customize this view by modifying the Ad Content variable.
Lastly, you can customize how the Source and Medium appear within Google Analytics.
In summary, you can customize the four Google Analytics variables so that the data is presented within Google Analytics in the desired format.
What happens to my URL and what will my recipient see?
When click-tracking and Google Analytics is turned on in your account, this is what will happen to your URL.
You link to http://www.browniekitchen.com
You enable click-tracking, and your recipient clicks on:
Your recipient is eventually taken to and will see this in his browser’s address bar:
Notice that all four Google Analytics variables are present after the URL.
In rare cases, some web servers are unable to handle unexpected variables appended to the URL, so be sure to test your web server to ensure that your pages display correctly with these appended values.
Google Analytics is a free and powerful website analysis and tracking tool. When used in conjunction with JangoMail, it allows you to gain deep insight into your campaign recipients’ behavior once they’ve left your email campaign and landed on your website.