Three "secret" marketing tools in Google Analytics 4

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A new article on says that the Admin screen is usually frequented by analytics practitioners, but there are marketing benefits in its features.

For marketers involved in Google Analytics, measuring events, campaigns and conversions in the interface will sound familiar. However, there's another area one click away that gives opportunities to support data collection and analysis.

The "Admin" screen is usually frequented by analytics practitioners and those implementing data collection, but there are marketing benefits to getting familiar with the features available. Exploring Admin capabilities involves the consideration of property settings for account governance, attribution, reporting enhancement and overall user tracking.

What are properties in GA4?

In Google Analytics, a property is where the reporting on web or app data collection is located. Right now, there are two different types of properties -- Google Analytics 4 and the previous version of GA, Universal Analytics (sometimes referred to as "GA3"). The latter version will sunset and stop accepting data by July 2023, so all marketers should be migrated to GA4 or in the midst of migration.

As a tip, you can determine if it's the old version by looking at the property ID. The ID is visible under the property name in the main dropdown or in parentheses in the Admin > Property column. Does the number follow the letters "UA" and look something like this: UA-12345-1? If yes, that means that it is not a GA4 property.

Universal Analytics property IDs are tracking IDs. So, that ID would go on the website or in a tag manager to collect the data. It's important to know that the data source should be reviewed or added if you see any missing data or broken tracking. The number to request for GA4 is "measurement ID."

Properties aren't just about base measurement and they do much more than house the data and reports in GA4. Property settings and governance can affect remarketing capabilities, data integrity and even interpreting conversions.

How account structure relates to measurement strategy

Account structure is the foundation of a reliable and actionable analytics implementation. Decisions around where data should flow into which properties affect the analysis of the user journey. This is why it's important to have an understanding of how properties work with each other.

When dealing with only one website or app, it's typically straightforward and only involves creating a single data stream for a single property. For multiple websites and apps, websites with multiple domains and Google Analytics 360 customers, there are more great features to keep in your back pocket.

If a website has different domains (such as and, it's essential for marketers to make note of where the data is and why. This is a step where things can go wrong, resulting in a drop in data integrity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweetface
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  • So in essence if you had a duplicate data on multiple domains for SEO purposes, the Account structure will negatively impact the page ranking of all domains of the website.

    Very informative!
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  • Profile picture of the author zarrartahir
    Thanks for sharing this article on Google Analytics 4 and its marketing benefits. I think it's important for marketers to get familiar with the new features and capabilities of GA4, especially as the deadline for migration approaches. Here are some of my questions for you:

    - What are some of the "secret" marketing tools that you found useful in the Admin screen of GA4?
    - How do you manage the transition from Universal Analytics to GA4? What are some of the challenges or best practices that you encountered?
    - How do you use GA4 to measure and optimize your marketing campaigns and conversions?

    I would love to hear your insights on these.
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