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How to Set Up Conversion Tracking in Google Analytics 4

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How to Set Up Conversion Tracking in Google Analytics 4

If you are new to GA4, then knowing how to set up conversion tracking in Google Analytics 4 is very important. Firstly, GA4 is an event-based analytical tool.

From purchases to page view, everything is an event.

So, if you want to configure your conversions, then you must set up conversion tracking in Google Analytics 4. You will also need to instruct GA4 now more than ever before in terms of which events are more important than others.

Here’s a few things to bear in mind when setting up conversion tracking in Google Analytics 4.

Events v Conversions

If you’ve been a Google Ads specialist for many years then you’ll be all too well aware of Google Analytics Goal.

However, with the rise of Google Analytics 4, the concept of GA4 goals is no more. Now, the most important interactions are called ‘conversions.’ Though this is only a superficial change, it’s one that’s been long overdue.

That said, the way we configure conversions is now completely different. The types of conversions are also different as Google has done away with the more generic yard sticks.

Thanks to this, it’s now just as important to prioritise events.

Predefined Conversions

When setting up conversion tracking in Google Analytics 4, it’s important to remember that there are a number of predefined conversions that you cannot disable:

  • first_open
  • app_store_subscription_convert
  • app_store_subscription_renew
  • in_app_purchase
  • purchase

That said, there are also a lot of conversions that can be turned on. You can do this by going to ‘Admin’ and then ‘All Events’ and then switch the toggle next to the event that’s imperative to your business.

Once you’ve switched the toggle on, you can wait up to 24 hours before you start to see conversion data.

Create an Event


What sets this new way of looking at Google Analytics 4 apart from anything that has come before it, is the way in which you can create an event.

You can either send a dedicated event from Google Tag Manager, or you can use the ‘Create Event’ feature in the GA4 interface. This feature allows you to create a new event based on other incoming events.

Also, when you create a new event in Google Analytics 4 and you want that to become a conversion, don’t forget to mark that event as a conversion in the Admin Events page I discussed earlier. You can also gain immediate access to your data by clicking ‘new conversion event.

Debugview

Once you’ve set up conversion tracking in Google Analytics 4, it’s time to test it. The best way to do this is by visiting the Debugview section.

To enable the debug mode in GA4, it’s enough to have the GTM Preview mode enabled.

Then all events sent to Google Analytics 4 will have a debug_mode parameter attached to them. As a result, all your debugging should take place in the GA4 DebugView.

Conversion Data Report

Your conversion data is available in numerous places throughout the GA4 interface:

  • Admin > Conversions section in the left sidebar menu
  • Acquisition > Traffic Acquisition, and then Conversions
  • Monetization reports
  • Conversions in the Exploration report

Once you’ve set up how your data is being recorded and displayed, you can also submit these changes in the GTM container to be published.

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Paul Zanelli

Paul is a seasoned marketing professional and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He specialises in crafting, developing and enhancing strategies that elevate online customer experiences, ensuring optimal results.

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