Tools: Google Tag Manager

There’s a lot of really neat tools out there for effective online marketing.

Are you currently using:

  • ClickTalk
  • The Facebook Tracking Pixel
  • CrazyEgg
  • Google Adwords
  • Google Remarketing Tracker
  • Google Analytics
  • ???

You probably should be, but the installation of all of these Google and third-party tools is just… well… a little bit geeky, and a little bit painful.

Every time you’re setting up a new tool, you’re faced with directions like this for code snippets:

Google Tag Manager helps manage all of these – and more – without constantly editing code. You can manage all of these scripts from a single dashboard.

It’s built for small businesses – like us – to deploy website tags:

Google Tag Manager is a free tool that makes it easy for marketers to add and update website tags -- including conversion tracking, site analytics, remarketing, and more—with just a few clicks, and without needing to edit your website code.

Google never make the most user-friendly tools, so here’s a few tips to help you through the process:

Installation

Signup for a Google Tag Manager account: Google Tag Manager.

The “Add a New Account” is essentially telling it about your website:


And here comes the only really geeky part: you’ll still need to get a code snippet into your website:

If you’re a WordPress user, DuracellTomi’s Google Tag Manager for WordPress plugin is very highly rated and super simple: Google Tag Manager for WordPress Plugin

If you’re a SquareSpace user, this guide from Yo! Web is super helpful for your install: Google Tag Manager: How to add to Squarespace template

Usage

Once installed, your initial state should look like this:

Whenever you want to install a new tag – or tool – you choose “New Tag”:

And find your chosen Tag here:

The parameters for each tag installation vary, and while words like “Conversion ID” or “Track Type” can seem confusing, the steps to guide you through each tag installation are helpful.

As an example below, if you were installing the Google Analytics tag, the “Tracking ID” value from your Google Analytics account here:

Is exactly what you would insert into Google Tag Manager here:

It’s almost that easy!

(Our 12 Weeks to Wedding Photography Marketing Mastery Course takes full use of the Google Tag Manager when it walks you through setting up your Google Ads Remarketing tag.)

Do It!

Go on, install Google Tag Manager – you’ll save so much pain and time when you need those amazing new marketing tags in the future!

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