Recently, Google announced in their that Universal Analytics will stop working as of July 2023, as it will be replaced by Google Analytics 4 (GA4). This new version was designed to adapt to a digital ecosystem that is more respectful of user privacy – cross-platform and cross-device.
In a recent post on the company blog, Russell Ketchum, director of product management for Google Analytics, explained:
“Universal Analytics was designed for a generation of online measurement anchored in desktop websites, separate sessions, and data tracking via cookies. But this form of measurement has become obsolete. Google Analytics 4 operates across platforms, does not rely exclusively on cookies, and uses event-based data models for user-centric measurement.”
Here are the main changes and advantages provided by GA4 compared to the current Universal Analytics:
- New privacy controls to minimize data collection at the user level.
- More integrations and metrics.
- A complete view of the customer lifecycle, with an event-based measurement model that is not divided by platform.
- Use of machine learning to generate predictive insights on user behavior and conversions. Audiences can be created of users who are likely to buy or abandon.
- Default data-driven attribution model and the option to obtain predictive insights on user behavior and conversions.
- GA4 will no longer store user IP addresses; instead, it will switch to using anonymized IP addresses.
It’s time (as it has been for a few months!) to configure Google Analytics 4 as soon as possible. In this way, you can generate the necessary historical data before Universal Analytics stops processing new hits.
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