[GA4] Attributing conversion to online publications

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Understanding the KPIs

Catalogs are very powerful in reaching your top-of-funnel audience, creating brand awareness, and inspiring conversion. Online catalogs' success can be tracked across the entire funnel, looking at Reach, Impressions, Traffic, and Conversion as they are all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). 

Depending on the industry, catalog-inspired purchases may happen in the same session or on a later date. This article will help set up an Audience in Google Analytics that tracks users who completed a purchase that was directly inspired by an online catalog.

Creating an Audience

Use the instructions below to create an Audience that collects users who, within a single session clicked on a link they found in a publication after which they completed a purchase.

  1. In Google Analytics 4, go to Admin
  2. Select Data display > Audiences
  3. Click on New Audience and select Create a custom audience
  4. Enter a name for the new audience (e.g. Catalog driven purchasers)
  5. Remove the default container for conditions and Add sequence to include
  6. Change the Sequence scoping to Within the same session (use the dropdown in the top right corner of the sequence)
  7. Add a new condition, look up, and select the pbl_link_click event
  8. Now, add a new step for which you select the purchase event (keep the default condition that the new step indirectly follows the previous one)
  9. Set the Membership duration to whatever duration you feel is most applicable to your use case (when in doubt, use the default 30 days).
  10. Save the new audience

Creating the Audience in GA:


Once the Audience is set up you can select it as a comparison in your acquisition reports.



Customizing the Audience

Feel free to add or replace steps in the sequence and tailor the audience to your use case.

For example, you can broaden the scope by tracking users inspired to buy by just reading the catalog, replacing the pbl_link_click event for pbl_user_navigation.