With Tend, you really don’t have to do much work to know what websites are driving people to your website.
But if you are running several ads, on Facebook for example, you’ll probably be curious which specific ads are working. For that, you’ll need to add tags to the links you use in the ads. These are called UTM parameters. Don’t worry though, it’s pretty dang easy.
Here’s an example URL with UTM parameters:
When you create your ad, you’d just use the above link like this:
Then in the Tend dashboard, anyone who came from that ad would have the “via Cap_2″ note next to the referring website like this:
Then you’ll see a list of all your links with UTM parameters (we call them campaigns) that resulted in a contact in the campaign report:
UTMs are commonly used in ads, likes shown above, but they can also be used in:
You can also use them very narrowly to measure specific elements of an effort. For example, you could have multiple UTM parameters within one email newsletter to test calls to action. Or you could give each social media post it’s own UTM parameter. But unless you have a lot of traffic, that’s often overkill.
We recommend that you use UTM parameters when:
You have sufficient traffic from a tactic. If you only get ten visits a month from Facebook and it generates one contact a year, it’s probably not worth your time to go crazy with UTM links.
You’re actually going to make changes based on the data. If you aren’t going to change your efforts regardless of what happens, then you may not need to track the data. For example, if you do one email newsletter a month and you’re not doing an A/B test, then you probably don’t need to use UTMs to track every link in your email.
The beginning of UTM parameters start with a question mark “?” at the end of the base URL.
Then, each UTM parameter begins with it’s name (e.g. utm_campaign), followed by the equal sign “=” and ends with the input (without spaces). Every UTM parameter is separated by an ampersand “&”.
utm_source – identifies where your traffic came from like: search engine, newsletter, or other referring website
utm_medium – identifes the medium the link was used in such as: email, CPC, newsfeed_ad, or social media post For a facebook ad, the medium could be “newsfeed_ad”
utm_campaign – identifies a strategic campaign (partnership, specific promotion, new feature, etc.)
utm_term – tracks specific keywords, usually for paid search campaigns in Google or Bing
utm_content – tracks any other detail you want. For example, a certain image you used in an ad or A/B testing you do for different calls to action in an email newsletter.