Think of your website as your top salesperson. Always remember this. It is not a beauty competition, it’s a tool to sell a product or service.
In a perfect world people would visit your website and either call or submit a contact form. These can easily be tracked and sourced. The problem is, fewer people want to give out their email address because they are afraid of spam.
This is why it’s important to measure engagement. There are many thing you cannot measure in Google Analytics alone without the help of Google Tag Manager. This is why I measure leads AND intent.
Car Dealers spend way too much money on digital advertising, and they are forced with noisy vehicle detail pages that have too many calls to action. There are only three things I want to achieve:
So I want either a lead or a sale. The problem is most people will visit a dealer’s website and simply show up at the dealership unannounced. This is why it’s very important to measure micro conversions.
I am not a fan of having videos on websites. So I track who clicks play, pause and who watches until the end. Here are the numbers from January 1, 2018 to yesterday:
What a waste of money these videos are. Nothing is free, and this probably cost the dealer thousands of dollars.
The following micro conversions cannot be tracked without the help of Google Tag Manager:
The Importance Of Measuring Mobile Click To Call
This is clearly a good amount of phone calls. If you don’t have the correct markup in your code you will not be able to measure this.
It should look like this:
<a href="tel:5555555555">Call Us</a>
If you don’t have it installed properly, most mobile web browsers will make it clickable on their own, but you won’t be able to measure and source it.
I set up three different triggers and tags for this because I’m tracking sales calls, service calls and parts calls separately.
Now we can source each call, and find out what traffic sources are bringing the most leads.
Every other event we enabled can be sources just like this. One of my favorites for the car business is the CarFax report trigger. When a CarFax is pulled from a used vehicle detail page, it’s an external link. So it cannot be measured eith Google Analytics unless you use tag manager.
The trigger will be similar to the click to call, but we’ll have to use a little regex because the url will always be different.
To me, any user who looks at a vehicle history report on a dealer’s website is showing interest in a vehicle. So I want to know where they came from because I want more. I can also setup a remarketing audience and serve these people ads for the next week or two.
I manage paid search for this client so I believe in measuring everything I possibly can. All of these micro conversions can be scrutinized right down to the keyword I am bidding on.
I've been working in digital marketing since 1994. I'm the original founder of Showroom Logic based out of Miami Florida, which was the 26th fastest growing private company in the United States in 2015. It was also the fastest growing marketing company in all of the US. In 2016 I sold by shares and moved back to Massachusetts.