UTM The acronym UTM, commonly paired with the word “parameter”, is a data tracking term associated with the process of manually tagging campaign data within Google Analytics. UTM tracking is common practice among marketers and despite heavily reliance on the feature on to understand campaign performance, very few users know what the three letter acronym means and its historical link to the creation of Google Analytics . The following history lesson reveals the words behind the letters, as well as touches on the the acronyms roots in the evolution of web analytics. So what does it mean? UTM stands for “Urchin
Custom campaign tracking (or utm tracking), is Google Analytics' URL tagging system that allows collected data to be properly labeled for custom reporting needs. It has been a foundational element of Google Analytics since the purchase of Urchin Software Corporation and is the only way for marketers to reliably tag their custom marketing campaigns. The process of tagging a custom marketing campaign is a fairly simple task, requiring a marketer to append a short query string parameter at the end of a URL path, but is a process that many marketers botch without knowing that an issue is ever present.
Connor Phillips is a Senior Marketing Analyst located in New York City. He enjoys digging into data and making data-driven marketing decisions. In his spare time he bartends, works on coding and loves to run.