ConversionXL Institute (CXL), Simo Ahava – Advanced Google Tag Manager
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TURN YOUR WEBSITE INTO A TRUE TRACKING MACHINE BY MASTERING GOOGLE TAG MANAGER
Google Tag Manager is so much more than deploying tags or remarketing pixels. You need to understand the interplay between tags, triggers and variables, and learn to work with GTM API, data layer and events. This course is going to teach you.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW GOOGLE TAG MANAGER, BUT THERE’S A LOT MORE TO KNOW?
Here’s your chance to master Google Tag Manager’s complexities with Google Developer Expert Simo Ahava.
This is what this course is about.
IN THIS 6-CLASS TRAINING PROGRAM, YOU’LL LEARN
- Customizing GTM event tracking to track interactions on a site
- Customizing your Google Analytics setup using Tasks API, hitCallback, the Google Analytics Settings variable, and regular expressions
- Ins and outs of the dataLayer
- Turning GTM into a true force of power in your data organization
GET MORE CONFIDENCE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY STACK OF THE WEB
Google Tag Manager sits firmly in the fascinating interface between different parts of the organization: marketing, IT, HR, sales, and products & services.
To understand this interplay between the different departments of an organization and the systems they use to communicate data to and from the website, it’s important to understand the web browser and how GTM is firmly entrenched in the capabilities and limitations that the browser technology stack imposes.
LEARN INS AND OUTS OF DATA LAYER
In this course, you’ll learn about the multiple faces of the Data Layer. You’ll understand how the Array is actually just a message bus, feeding messages to Google Tag Manager’s internal data model. You’ll learn how Google Tag Manager introduces an imitation of “state” in the browser, and how you can use this to your advantage when passing data to and from the website.
Understanding the interplay between the website, the Data Layer, and Google Tag Manager is vital if you want to make the most of the tool.
UNDERSTAND HOW GOOGLE TAG MANAGER WORKS UNDER THE HOOD
Much of this course will be about how Google Tag Manager works under the hood. It’s not just a theoretical exercise, though, as the learning curve of GTM is very steep and necessarily involves understanding how things like GTM’s data model, event tracking, and end-to-end debugging work. These lessons can be easily translated to actual use cases, and you can use this knowledge to make the container more than just the sum of its parts.
THIS COURSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF…
- You want to know how to make GTM management easier with the API
THIS COURSE IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU IF…
- You are looking for a deep-dive into mobile GTM or the GTM programmatic API
- You are only just starting with GTM and don’t like technical descriptions, live coding, or browser developer tools
- Web analytics deployment and implementation is not important to you, or you think GTM replaces your IT department or developers
SKILLS YOU SHOULD HAVE
- Intermediate understanding of how GTM works, especially how tags, triggers, and variables interact
- Basic understanding of how the web browser works, especially when it comes to event tracking, the Data Layer, and Chrome’s developer tools
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR, SIMO AHAVA
Simo Ahava is a recognized expert on customizing web analytics and tag management solutions to improve the entire “life cycle” of data collection, processing, and reporting. His main areas of expertise lie with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. Google has appointed him as a Google Developer Expert in these fields.
Simo holds the position of Senior Data Advocate at Reaktor. He also writes a popular blog on all things Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager development at www.simoahava.com.
An experienced speaker and prolific blogger, Simo can be seen and heard in conferences, product forums, support communities, and developer meet-ups alike.
YOUR FULL COURSE CURRICULUM:
ADVANCED GOOGLE TAG MANAGER
You’ll also get a refresher on function syntax, closures, callbacks, good coding practices, and how these all tie in with Google Tag Manager. It won’t be just a coding lesson–we’ll also learn some cool tips, tricks, and custom variables you can use to power up your container.
- Dealing with race conditions, asynchronous loading, jQuery, etc.
Event tracking is one of the defining features of Google Tag Manager. Using GTM’s native listeners, you can track user interactions on the site with great accuracy. However, there are pitfalls you need to be aware of, and we’ll cover these in this lesson.
- How GTM’s triggers work.
- How to debug GTM’s triggers and the underlying mechanisms.
- What typically breaks event propagation.
- How to create custom event listeners.
THE DATA LAYER
The Data Layer is another key feature of Google Tag Manager. It serves multiple purposes – acting as a message queue that feeds data from the website to Google Tag Manager (and back), as well as structures the data in GTM’s own internal data model. There are ways to manipulate the data in the data model, and we’ll take a look at these methods in this class. You’ll learn about Data Layer messages and events, about the interface to GTM’s data model, how to manipulate the data in the data model, and how this all relates to GTM’s core features like tag sequencing.
- The dataLayer array
- State in Google Tag Manager
- Debugging the Data Layer in Google Tag Manager
- Google Tag Manager’s internal data model
- Recursive merge and the Version 2 of the Data Layer Variable
ADVANCED GOOGLE ANALYTICS TRACKING
Google Analytics is, for many, the main reason to migrate to Google Tag Manager. In this class, we’ll take a look at how you can use GTM to manipulate the data collection of GA, by focusing on advanced features like hitCallback, customTask, and the “transport” field. We’ll also go over things like cross-domain tracking, and how GTM interacts with the tracker object created by analytics.js.
- Google Tag Manager and the tracker object
- Cross-domain tracking using GTM
- customTask for advanced configuration
- Enhanced Ecommerce tips and tricks
THE API, TIPS AND TRICKS
In this final class, we’ll first do a live walkthrough of the GTM API, by programming a Google Sheets add-on, which pulls in information from Google Tag Manager. Not only will you learn about Google’s APIs and their authentication methods, but you’ll also have a good grasp on how to use these APIs to automate your own tasks. We’ll wrap up the whole course with a handful of tips and tricks learned after using Google Tag Manager since day 1.
- Quick overview of the Google Tag Manager API
- Live coding lesson for pulling account/container data from the API into a Google Sheets document
- 30 hand-picked tips from 5 years of working with Google Tag Manager
In this bonus session, Simo will:
- Tackle any lingering questions that attendees might have had in FB or the previous class chats
- Repeat some of the key lessons from the previous five classes
- Go through any material he might not have had time to visit during the five classes
Internet Marketing Course
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