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2023's Introduction to The New Google Analytics 4

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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is the latest Google update - but it's more than an update; this is a new platform. It has an updated new tracking code with far more features and advanced machine-learning capabilities, allowing healthcare service providers and medical marketing agencies to use accurate and actionable data. This system focuses on the customer journey and user behavior rather than sessions and pageviews.

For over a year now, Google has been preparing for the switch, and as of July 1, 2023, Universal Analytics (UA) has been deprecated.

How Does GA4 Differ from the Previous Version of Universal Analytics? 

  1. One of the most anticipated functions of GA4 is the ability to track website and app data in the same property. Tracking app data may not apply to many local doctors and solo practice owners. However, as we move further into the future, access to apps may become more inexpensive and popular. 
  2. Another significant difference between UA and GA4 is how interactions are captured. UA focused on page views, transactions, and social interactions. By contrast, GA4 captures every interaction as an event - additional information about the action (event) a user took. 
  3. In GA4, session events generate a session ID with which all subsequent events during the session are associated. This limits discrepancies with timeout settings.
  4. Metrics related to bounce rate have been reversed. Google has taken a more positive approach to reporting engagement rates. Instead of looking at how fast some left your website, Google now looks at metrics presented as a percentage with each engagement.
  5. Event-Based Tracking is the primary focus of GA4. 
  6. Google has gone to great lengths to make GA4 as privacy-centric as possible. GA4's new system collects data without using third-party cookies or collecting IP addresses.
  7. GA4 uses an advanced learning system. One aspect of Google Analytics 4 is the use of machine learning. GA4's machine learning capabilities can help predict what actions might be recommended in the future. It is something that was missing in previous Google Analytics versions. 

Benefits of GA4 within Healthcare Marketing Services

When making marketing decisions, it may be tempting to follow your emotions. However, analytical numbers in the competitive healthcare sector should support each marketing strategy.

GA4 enables medical practices to track user behavior across various devices and platforms. It allows healthcare practices to understand the patient journey better. SEO does not need to change. However, the most significant change SEOs may need is updating reporting strategies. GA4 lets SEOs create much more informed reports.

GA4 is designed in a way that makes it scalable and flexible, which makes it better equipped for handling the evolving needs of healthcare businesses in the future.

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Posted on Jul 10, 2023
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