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Manage marketing channels

Add or enable marketing channels in the Marketing Channel Manager. For report suites that have no marketing channels, an automatic setup lets you create several channels for you, along with their rules. You can edit predefined channels to suit your needs, or create your own (up to a total of 25).

Manage marketing channels

Add or enable marketing channels in the Marketing Channel Manager. For report suites that have no marketing channels, an automatic setup lets you create several channels for you, along with their rules. You can edit predefined channels to suit your needs, or create your own (up to a total of 25).
Here are guidelines for creating channels:
  • Plan ahead by making a list of all your channels, so that all of your visitor hits are categorized to the right channel.
  • Always include channels for the categories of Internal hits and Direct hits.
Adding channels to the Marketing Channels page is done independently of creating rules on the Marketing Channel Processing Rules page. You associate rules with channels when creating the rule.

Add marketing channels

Add marketing channels in the Marketing Channel Manager.
You cannot delete a channel. If you do not want to use a channel, you can disable or rename it, and preserve it for later use.
  1. Click Analytics > Admin > Report Suites.
  2. On the Report Suite Manager page, select a report suite.
    If you select multiple report suites, select a template that copies settings from the template to the selected report suites.
  3. Click Edit Settings > Marketing Channels > Marketing Channel Manager.
    If your report suite does not have channels defined, the Auto Setup page displays.
  4. On the Marketing Channel Manager page, click Add Channel.
    This option is not available when 25 channels are defined.
  5. Click Save.
  6. To configure rules for the channel, click Marketing Channel Processing Rules.

Marketing Channel Manager - interface definitions

Field definitions for the Marketing Channel Manager page.
Field
Definition
Enabled
Enables or disables this marketing channel.
Channel Name
The friendly name of the marketing channel.
Override Last-Touch Channel
Lets you choose whether to override an existing, persistent last-touch channel with the selected channel. If you select this checkbox, any channel (including Direct and Internal) would override an existing last-touch channel. The result is conversion being attributed to a channel that might not deserve credit. For example, this option can ensure that the Direct channel does not receive credit for conversion if the user had previously been acquired via the Natural Search channel.
Channel Breakdown
Lets you break down a channel by this value. You can add possible channel breakdowns (subchannels) when creating marketing channel classifications.
Type
Specifies how the user came to your site. You can select Online or Offline. Use Online channels for visitors who come through a search engine or email campaign. Offline channels apply to visitors who found your site through newspaper coupons or magazine advertisements. Offline channels usually include data imported through reporting Data Sources.
Color
The color associated with this marketing channel. This color represents the channel in the Marketing Channel report.