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Why Marketers will Flock to Google Tag Manager

In the normal Google spirit of jumping in and demolishing the competition in growing industries, Google has launched Google Tag Manager. But it is not all bad. On the contrary, Google Tag Manager looks like an excellent option for better aggregating and analyzing specific data. In this post we will go over the basics of Google Tag Manager.

First, What is a Tag?

A tag is a piece of code that can be placed on your website that measures traffic and visitor behavior. Tags can help a website owner understand how online advertising, email marketing, social media management, remarketing or different tests are influencing their website. If you are not making use of tags and you are involved in many different avenues of marketing, there is a good chance that you are interpreting data incorrectly.

Why Have a Tag Management System?

It is true, tags can be created manually. But why do anything manually when there is a faster way? A tag management system such as Google Tag Manager will automate and simplify the process.

How Does Google Tag Manager Work?

According to Google, “Google Tag Manager keeps track of a set of tags and tag-firing rules that define when those tags should be made available on your site. When a user visits the site, the most up-to-date tag configuration is sent over to the end-user’s browser with instructions for which tags should fire.”

The tag manager is implemented site wide and can load Google and non-Google tags. Once the system is set up it basically runs from there. It is good to know that Google tag manager is an asynchronous tag, so when it loads it doesn’t block other elements on the page. According to Google, “It also causes the other tags that are deployed via Google Tag Manager to be deployed asynchronously, meaning that a slow loading tag won’t block other tracking tags.”

Setting Up Google Tag Manager

Setting up an account with Google Tag Manager only takes a few minutes. You create an account and copy and paste a piece of code onto every page of your website. Place it immediately after the opening <body> tag.

But migrating over from an old tag system can take hours. What nice is that Google Tag Manager already has a built-in template for AdWords Conversion Tracking, Google Analytics, DoubleClick Floodlight and AdWords remarketing. It can also be deployed on mobile sites and has specific mobile tagging options.

Google Tag Manager

Here is what it looks like when you get a tag set up.

Example Test Tag

The Final Word on Google Tag Manager

Personally, I am pretty excited about Google Tag Manager. It’s like other tag managers, but it’s by Google, its asynchronous and it has integration with all the main Google products you need tags for. This is definitely a product to test.

About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for Homepage.com, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee, Entrepreneur.com., Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.