Instapage With Advanced Google Analytics Variation Tracking Now Available

by Fahad Muhammad in A/B Split Testing, Instapage Updates

As experienced marketers like you know, A/B testing is the most proven method to determine which post-click landing page variation performs best. By knowing the winning design that converts most, you can get more out of your advertising campaigns and maximize ROI.

Equally important is knowing how to track and analyze data because that is a determining factor between an A/B testing success and failure.

You also know that Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking monitors data such as total sessions, bounce rate, pages per session, etc. What you may not know is that GA can also track variations to give you a breakdown of how each post-click landing page version stacks up against the other.

Why is this a big deal and why are we talking about it? Not only has Instapage integrated with Google Analytics for years, but now we are the only platform to pass post-click landing page variation data to Google Analytics. (Note: This feature is for Instapage Enterprise customers only.)

Partnering with Google on post-click landing page variation tracking

Instapage is an official Google partner and is the only post-click landing page platform that offers post-click landing page variation data functionality:

Google Analytics variation tracking Instapage

This means Instapage can pass data to Google Analytics for each specific post-click landing page variation you create in the builder. Now, you can attribute performance to the correct variation and make more accurate conclusions from the GA data.

Combining Instapage and Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking, you can successfully monitor the following metrics while running A/B tests.

Tracking variation views

What to do in Instapage

If you want to track variation views, connect your Google Analytics account to your Instapage post-click landing page. To do this in the page builder, go to Settings > Analytics > Google Analytics:

post-click landing page tracking Instapage settings

post-click landing page tracking Instapage analytics

post-click landing page tracking Instapage Google Analytics

After selecting your Google Analytics account, you will get a “successful connection” message where you can now view all your Google Analytics reportstoday. with data regarding your desired Tracking ID.

What to do in Google Analytics

To view specific post-click landing page traffic, go to the Behavior panel, click “post-click landing page report” and add the filter for that particular page:

Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking Instapage

To view traffic for different page variations, click Behavior > Site Content > post-click landing pages:

Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking site content

Click the Secondary Dimension and select Custom Dimensions > Page Variation Name:

Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking variation name

You can now see all the data collected for that variation:

Google Analytics post-click landing page tracking numbers

Conversions triggered on the main page

(Note: Google Analytics sometimes modifies the code to perform the following actions. Please consult this help center article for the most updated information.)

Once you have variation tracking set up, you can go even further by tracking events. All you have to do is customize and add their tracking script following the instructions here.

You can add Google Analytics events that fire as a result of a button click, just use the code snippet and paste into Settings > JavaScript > Header:

Google Analytics variation tracking code snippet

Don’t forget to customize your event parameters and to change the element ID number with that of your button. For any Google Analytics event, you will need to customize the event parameters by replacing the square brackets with your event fields:

Google Analytics variation tracking element ID

Please consult Google’s documentation for more information about how to configure your Google Analytics events.

(Note: If you want to track multiple buttons you must add the code for each button. Plus, don’t forget to customize each code snippet to have the correct element ID number and event parameters for each separate button.)

Conversions triggered on the thank you page

You can also track conversions with a thank you page. First, create and publish a thank you page, and set your main post-click landing page to redirect to the thank you page after form submission. In this case, both pages should have the Google Analytics ID added in Settings > Analytics, and the thank you page should contain this code snippet as well, in Settings > JavaScript > in the Header Section:

Google Analytics variation tracking thank you snippet

Start tracking variations with Google Analytics

A/B testing is an essential component of conversion rate optimization since it helps you systematically improve your marketing funnel by selecting a post-click landing page variation that drives the most conversions and optimizes the user’s post-click landing page.

Instablocks™ helps you create multiple post-click landing pages without a hassle, the A/B testing functionality enables you to run A/B tests, and with Instapage’s Google partnership you get to track variation data easily.

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Fahad Muhammad

by Fahad Muhammad

Fahad is a Content Writer at Instapage specializing in advertising platforms, industry trends, optimization best practices, marketing psychology, and SEO. He has been writing about landing pages, advertising trends, and personalization for 10+ years.

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