Google Analytics

Track the return on investment of your PR efforts with three new Dashboard widgets.

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Written by Nick Lemen
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At Muck Rack, we recognize the value in how Google Analytics provides a measurable way to demonstrate the impact of your work. The Google Analytics Integration provides a means of cleanly tying the data that proves Return on Investment to your outreach efforts through three Dashboard widgets.

📌 NOTE: The Google Analytics Integration is available only to brand customers.

Watch the video below to learn how to configure the Google Analytics Integration.


Set-Up Google Analytics Integration

You can set up a Google Analytics integration from an existing or brand-new connection.

In the upper right-hand corner, select your Account dropdown.

1. Go to Profile> Manage Integrations

2. In the Google Analytics section, check the current connection status, then follow the instructions based on your status.

Set Up A New Google Analytics Connection

Follow the steps below if the status for your Google Analytics Integration shows Disconnected.

(Select the "Step-by-Step Instructions" dropdown to learn more)

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Under Google Analytics, select Connect Account

If you had a previous Google Analytics account connected, Select Remove next to your existing GA3-connected expired instances. Select OK when prompted to remove the connection. This action permanently removes all associated GA3 data from your dashboards. This action cannot be undone.

2. Select Add Google Analytics Account.

3. Follow the prompts to select your email address and allow access.

4. Select your new GA instance and GA4 properties.

5. Select Save and Done. You'll need to update widgets that used the old GA3 data. In the Configure widget settings, head to Google Analytics Settings, then change to your new GA4 data. Repeat for any other widgets to begin using GA4 data.



Set Up an Existing Connection

Follow the steps below if the status for your Google Analytics Integration shows Connected.

(Select the "Step-by-Step Instructions" dropdown to learn more)

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Under Google Analytics, select Add or Edit Account

2. Select Edit next to your existing connected instances

3. Follow the prompts to select your email address and allow access. Select your GA4 Account, Property, and View. Switching to GA4 will replace your GA3 connection, permanently removing all associated data from your dashboards. This action cannot be undone.

4. Select Save and Done. Confirm that your GA4 data appears in your Muck Rack Dashboard by selecting the GA4 instance in a Dashboard widget.


Google Analytics Dashboard Widgets

The Google Analytics Integration has three Muck Rack Dashboard widgets.

Widget

Description

Articles by total traffic over time

The number of articles by date published, plotted against traffic to the customer’s website, showing a correlation between specific placements and website traffic.

Articles by earned traffic over time

Referral traffic to the customer’s website that originated from articles, based on backlink matches, plotted against the number of articles generating the traffic. This widget shows a clear connection between specific articles and the resulting traffic.

Top Outlets by Traffic

The outlets driving the most referral traffic to the customer’s website based strictly on outlet domains contained in the linked data source


Configure Google Analytics Dashboard Widgets

You can configure Dashboard Widgets to pull in information from your Google Analytics integration.

(Select the "Step-by-Step Instructions" dropdown to learn more)

Step-By-Step Instructions

1.Select the Dashboards dropdown in the upper navigation bar. Choose a Dashboard you want to add widgets to.

2. Once you’ve selected one of the three Google Analytics widgets, you can choose to Add Google Analytics Data at the bottom of the page.

3. Select which Google Analytics account and which metrics you want to pull in. Then select Save on the settings page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question

Answer

What security permissions am I granting Muck Rack when configuring the Google Analytics integration?

The Google Analytics integration uses a read-only API to view data—by authenticating your Google Analytics account, you give Muck Rack permission to access the data available to you in Google Analytics and to pull in data from the specific account, property, and view you select in Muck Rack. Muck Rack does not have any permission to edit any data in your Google Analytics instance.

How many Google Analytics accounts can I integrate with Muck Rack?

To better understand how customers are integrating multiple Google Analytics accounts and ensure the feature's reliability, we’re first launching with the capability to add up to 3 Google Analytics accounts. We will continuously monitor and track feedback to see if there’s a need to increase this in the future.

What do Account, Property, and View mean when connecting my Google Account?

An Analytics account is a way to name and organize how you track one or more properties (e.g., websites, mobile apps, point-of-sale devices) using Analytics. Each Analytics user has access to at least one account, either one they created themselves or one they were given access to by someone else. In each Analytics account, at least one property (such as a website) is being tracked.

Property: A website, mobile application, blog, etc, with a unique tracking ID. A Google Analytics account can contain one or more properties.

View: A view is a set of specifications for tracking traffic on a single domain. For example, if you were setting up views to track "example.com," you might want: One view for traffic to store.example.com, one view for U.S. visitors, and one view whose reports can be viewed only by certain people.

Why can't I see my Google Analytics instance or properties when integrating?

This could be due to many reasons. Please check your Google Analytics instance to ensure you have full access to view all properties and instances tied to the email address on your Muck Rack account that you are integrating with. If you are still having issues, please contact our support team.

Why does it appear as though articles are missing at the very beginning or end of the selected timeframe within my widget?

This is due to timezone limitations within the application that will be resolved in 2023.


Get Help

For additional help, contact support by choosing the chat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and selecting Messages > Send us a message.


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