Is it possible to over-optimize how you use your TMS?

The short answer is yes. We’ve talked before about how important it is to have a clearly defined methodology for how you and those in your company will use your tag management system (TMS). We’ve worked with clients who didn’t take that step and what happened was they ended up developing a point solution approach. They created a new deployment condition or rule for every new element of data they wanted to collect or marketing vendor they wanted to deploy. Un-optimized set ups like this lead to management nightmares and are very difficult to maintain. Instead of rehashing a conversation we’ve already had about optimizing how you use your TMS, this conversation is meant to warn you of going too far to the other side and over optimizing the use of your TMS. One condition to rule them all. We’ve recently worked with a couple of clients where their analytics implementations were deployed through a TMS and when we started looking, we saw that there was a minimum number of rules to collect data for fairly robust analytics reporting. As we dug deeper we found that each rule was designed to handle multiple conditions and variations. On the surface the analytics implementation looked clean and streamlined. It looked easy to manage as part of a TMS configuration that was also responsible for deploying marketing vendor tags. As we began to look under the hood, however, it became apparent that it wasn’t very clean. These few rules relied heavily on custom JavaScript to evaluate what the visitor was doing and generate the required analytics tracking. These rules were also rife...

Adobe EMEA Summit 2016 – Day 1

Adobe’s EMEA Summit 2016 is being held on May 11 & 12 in London and this year 33 Sticks will be present. Both Guy Dahan, our Director of Client Success, and I are attending. As we’ve begun working with more UK based clients we felt it was important to have a presence.

read more...

TMS Usage Methodology – The Blueprint to Create a Manageable Implementation

As Tag Management Systems (TMS) have become ubiquitous technology in the web analytics and digital marketing space, there are multiple ways to approach using them. Regardless of the way your organization decides to use it, it is important to identify the methodology. Having spent the last several years using multiple TMS platforms and designing solutions revolving around them, those clients that don’t identify the methodology, or the best practices, their organization is going to adopt, the technology usually end ups in the same spot.

read more...

Tag Management: The ROI of Free

Ever since Google released a free version of Google Analytics, we have discussed the inherent trap of using a “free” analytics solutions — that trap being a lack of investment in the people needed to drive value from the solutions. And while many companies continue to fall into that trap, and fail to drive value from free solutions, the industry has reached a state of maturity where many other companies are in fact driving amazing value from free platforms.

read more...