With Google announcing the end of Universal Analytics (UA) in June 2023, the switch to Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is no longer a question of if but when.
GA4 is the next-generation analytics platform that ensures privacy and offers extensive compliance to maintain analytics data without any gaps. It enables enterprises to address the changing needs and user expectations by providing more comprehensive and granular data collection and usage controls using Google’s machine learning (ML) technology.
Let’s discuss some of the major differences between UA and GA4:
|Goals||Determines conversions using goals||Goals replaced by conversations|
|MEASUREMENT MODEL||Data Model is based on sessions and pageviews||Data Model is based on events and parameters|
|CUSTOM DIMENSION||Numeric custom dimensions||User-friendly custom dimensions|
|TRACKING ID||UA property uses Tracking Id||GA4 property uses Measurement Id for tracking|
|VIEW & DATA STREAM SETUP||Can create additional views for web and app tracking separately||No option to create views but can create data streams for web and apps|
|AUTO EVENT TRACKING||Not applicable||Standard user interactions can be captured without additional tagging|
|Debug View||Simple real-time reports include information about limited parameters/dimensions||Real-time reports with detailed insight into parameters and dimensions|
How to Upgrade to GA4 from Universal Analytics
GA4 offers a comprehensive tracking system that will give you a bird’s eye view of how your customers interact with your brand. Follow the steps mentioned below to successfully upgrade to GA4 from UA.
Advantages of Google Analytics 4
GA4 uses machine learning models to improve ROI. With data by your side, you can run campaigns confidently and generate leads. Privacy controls such as cookieless measurement, behavior and conversion modeling will significantly reduce compliance risks – empowering users to take complete charge of their data.
Additionally, GA4 also includes customizable funnels, advanced analysis, enhanced measurement, and access to BigQuery, among many other features. Stop juggling multiple applications at once, do the bulk of work effectively with GA4.