Migrating a website can be one of the most stressful times in a digital marketer and web developer’s life. There are typically countless wireframes, layouts, and designs to comb through, as well as an analysis and refresh of content. Not to mention countless hours of collaboration and development, all while trying to hit deadlines and ensuring a successful launch. Unfortunately, this also leads to missing important website elements, such as Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager.
In order to mitigate the loss of vital marketing and business data before and after a website migration, you need to have a Google Analytics migration strategy in place that includes auditing the analytics implementation of your current website and mapping it to that of the new website. This ensures all of your data is being tracked properly as your website migrates to its new home.
Marcel Digital is one of the original and most established Google Analytics Certified agencies in the United States. We’ve migrated hundreds of Google Analytics implementations to new websites, leveraging our in-house team of web development, SEO, and digital marketing experts. Our holistic approach to analytics migrations ensures that we are always considering the long-term success of your analytics and reporting.
Our comprehensive Google Analytics migration strategy consists of a phased approach developed over years of migrating hundreds of websites. These phases include:
A full Google Analytics migration strategy begins approximately three months prior to launch. Once granted access to your Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager, our team of experts will develop a roadmap for migration to the new site. This will include not only migrating your current implementation and tracking, but also improvements to the tracking if necessary.
Once the roadmap is complete, our team will work with the development team to implement tracking on the staging site as far ahead of launch as possible. This will allow us to test the implementation and switch to production seamlessly when the new site launches.
There are many moving parts in a migration strategy, so it is important to employ an expert team of specialists with a proven track record of success.
Our experts will first take full inventory of your current Google Analytics implementation and infrastructure. We start by auditing your existing implementation including Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and any 3rd party advertising pixels you might be using to track digital efforts.
We’ll also evaluate the development site to identify any new or removed conversion points and determine how to track in Google Analytics. We’ll do the same for any engagement points tracked as events.
For eCommerce websites, we’ll want to either audit an existing eCommerce tracking implementation or put new eCommerce tracking in place. eCommerce tracking in Google Analytics unlocks powerful reporting around how users are converting and where they are dropping off during the checkout process. Therefore, it is important to ensure an accurate implementation on your new website.
Once we understand the current analytics implementation and how your data is tracking, our team will map out a comprehensive transition plan, accounting for the migration of your goals, events, filters, pixels, and any additional tracking needed. It will also account for any eCommerce tracking if applicable.
The roadmap ensures every aspect of your tracking is migrated to the new website without issue and accounted for upon launch.
Prior to launch and depending on our initial audit findings, our team of analytics experts will begin building out either a new or existing Google Tag Manager container and Google Analytics property. This stage will also require extensive QA to ensure that the implementations are working the way they should.
By the time the website launches, there will be a final round of QA to ensure everything is tracking appropriately.
Ultimately, your analytics team should have final say on implementations and approval on setup ahead of launch. An incorrect setup could produce bad data that will render your reporting useless, so it is important to transition under the watchful eye of an analytics expert.
Once your site launches, you’ll want to start using your data to make decisions on your marketing and future adjustments to your website.
Marcel Digital offers numerous ongoing Google Analytics services that will help you get the most of your Google Analytics implementation and data. We offer Google Analytics consulting and real-time reporting solutions through Google Data Studio, customized to help you stay on top of your digital marketing efforts and ROI. From strategy to implementation, data collection to analysis, and measurement to reporting, our team of experts will provide you with a customized solution to tie all of your data together.
Don't leave your Google Analytics behind when you migrate your website. Give us a shout and our team of Google Analytics Certified experts will be in touch to ensure your data transfers seamlessly when migrating your website.