Google Analytics 4 (GA4) for Nonprofits

Staying ahead of the curve when it comes to data analytics is crucial for nonprofit professionals seeking to understand their audience, measure campaign effectiveness, and drive meaningful impact. The introduction of Google Analytics 4 (GA4) brings a new era of data analysis, providing significant improvements over its predecessor, Universal Analytics (UA).

In this blog post, we’ll explore why GA4 is a valuable improvement from UA and how it can elevate your nonprofit’s data tracking and analysis efforts.

What’s New? UA vs. GA4

Enhanced user-centric approach

GA4 focuses on a user-centric model that provides a more comprehensive understanding of user behavior and engagement across multiple touchpoints. Unlike UA, which primarily focused on session-based analysis, GA4 allows nonprofits to track and analyze user interactions over extended periods, providing valuable insights into user journeys, retention rates, and lifetime value. This user-centric approach enables nonprofits to tailor their strategies and initiatives to better meet their audience’s needs.

Improved cross-platform tracking

In today’s digital landscape, users interact with nonprofit organizations through various platforms and devices. GA4 addresses this challenge by offering enhanced cross-platform tracking capabilities. For advanced users, it allows nonprofits to track user interactions across websites, mobile apps, and even offline events. This holistic view of user behavior provides nonprofits with valuable insights into how their audience engages with their organization across different channels, enabling them to optimize their marketing efforts and enhance the overall user experience.

Predictive analytics

While the potential of AI covers a broad range of capabilities, one of the most significant advantages of GA4 is the integration of machine learning. These features empower nonprofits to leverage AI-driven insights and predictive analytics to gain deeper and more actionable insights from their data. GA4’s machine-learning capabilities can identify significant trends, anomalies, and patterns within a dataset, helping nonprofits uncover valuable opportunities and make data-driven decisions. This advanced level of analysis enables nonprofits to optimize their campaigns, identify target audiences, and refine their strategies for greater impact.

Future-proofing your metrics with first-party data

With the ever-evolving digital landscape, it’s essential for nonprofits to future-proof their data analytics practices. Universal Analytics primarily relied on third-party cookies, which are subject to limitations due to increased privacy concerns and browser restrictions. The new GA4 is embracing first-party data collection, which enables tracking across multiple devices and platforms while maintaining user privacy. This approach aligns with the evolving landscape of data privacy regulations and supports the long-term viability of Analytics tracking.

Too much data! 5 key metrics for nonprofits

It’s great to understand how data is processed, but what does it all mean? Below are five metrics that nonprofits can view in GA4 in order to understand their website traffic.

  1. Users 

The Users metric represents the total number of distinct individuals who have interacted with your website or app during a specified time period. It helps you understand the size of your audience and the reach of your digital presence.

  1. Sessions

Sessions refer to the total number of visits or interactions users have with your website or app within a specific timeframe. A session begins when a user begins an interaction on your website and ends after a period of inactivity. This metric gives you insights into user engagement and how often users are interacting with your content.

  1. Engaged sessions

An engaged session event is counted every time a session either lasts longer than 10 seconds, has a conversion event, or has at least 2 page views. It’s the inverse of UA’s bounce rate metric and measures how many meaningful sessions users are completing on your website..

  1. Event Count

Event counts in Google Analytics 4 represent the total number of events recorded during a specified time period. Some events are automatically tracked in GA4 using Enhanced Measurement (ie. pageviews, scrolls, outbound clicks, file downloads, etc.) while others you can manually tag on your site via Google Tag Manager (think internal clicks to a specific button).

  1. Conversions

The conversion metric is used to track the events that are most valuable to your nonprofit. To measure conversions, simply mark events as such with the Conversions toggle in the Admin > Events settings page.

What’s next? Explore!

Now that you’ve learned how data is processed in GA4 and which metrics are most helpful for nonprofits to understand their website traffic, you can explore this information within the GA4 platform. By thoroughly reviewing your collected data, you can extrapolate useful insights that will propel your nonprofit’s marketing strategy forward.

Now you know! With GA4, nonprofits can elevate their data tracking and analysis efforts with a user-centric approach, enhanced cross-platform tracking, predictive analytics insights, and future-proofing data collection. Understanding which metrics offer key insights into their user base and how to report on them will empower nonprofits to gain deeper insights, optimize campaigns, and make informed decisions.

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About Conversion Tracking

What is a conversion?

A conversion is defined as any action a user takes on your website that you deem valuable. For some, this is a donation, for others it’s a registration.

Why track conversions?

Tracking conversions is essential to the success of any digital marketing effort. If you don’t understand what actions are leading to growing your impact, you can’t effectively make the right decision to optimize for them.

How we track conversions

Our team will install and implement platforms such as Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics to track and assess these metrics. Our best practices with this valuable data enables us to optimally manage your account.

The Role Of Your Account Manager

What is an Account Manager?

Each one of our clients is matched with a Dedicated Account Manager (AM), who is both your digital marketing expert and main point-of-contact.

What is their expertise?

Upon joining ConnectAd, all AMs go through an extensive training & certification program before managing nonprofit accounts. Additionally, AMs go through further training each week as part of our culture of learning so that they can continue to develop their skill set.

As a result, AMs become proficient in multiple areas of digital marketing to the benefit of our clients.

A $499 Setup Fee May Apply

Before you apply for the Google Ad Grant, nonprofits require:

  1. Access to an approved Techsoup account
  2. Access to an approved Google for Nonprofits account
If you have both of the above, we will waive the $499 setup fee and complete the rest of the Google Ad Grants application process on your behalf. If you already have the Google Grant but lost administrative access or has been deactivated, we will apply this fee toward helping you getting your account back and reactivated.

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