5 Ways to Optimize Campaign Performance with UTM Parameters

If you’re a digital marketer or anything like that, you know that tracking your campaigns’ performance is a crucial aspect of your job. And while tracking your campaigns may not be the most exciting part of the job, it’s an essential one.

But how do you do that? Enter the UTM parameters! UTM parameters are a fantastic way to track your campaigns’ performance by appending some extra data onto the end of your URLs—a few pieces of information that tell Google Analytics what your campaign is about, your source, and more.

In this article, we’ll walk you through 5 excellent UTM tricks to help you optimize your campaign performance, work smarter, and not harder.

Add UTM Parameters for Email Campaigns

If you’re running an email campaign, then you know how important it is to track its performance. But to track it correctly, you need to add UTM parameters. Fortunately, it’s super easy. When creating your email, add a UTM source parameter to your URL, which should be “email.” So, your URL should look like this:

https://yourwebsite.com?utm_source=email.

Next, add a UTM medium parameter called “email newsletter” (or something else, depending on your campaign). Your URL should now look like:

https://yourwebsite.com?utm_source=email&utm_medium=emailnewsletter

Et voila! You’ve added your UTM parameters to your email campaign.

Leverage UTM Parameters for Social Media Campaigns

If you’re running a social media campaign, UTM parameters should be your best friend. You can and should include UTM parameters in your social media posts. For example, if you’re posting a link to your blog on Twitter, add a UTM medium parameter called “social post” to your URL. Then, your URL should look like:

https://yourwebsite.com/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialpost.

Be consistent with your parameters across all social media platforms to make it easy to track your campaigns’ overall performance.

Use UTM Parameters to Track SEM Campaigns

You’d be surprised how many people don’t use UTM parameters to track their SEM campaigns (search engine marketing). If you’re going to invest in SEM, then it’s vital to know which campaigns are performing well and which ones aren’t. By using UTM parameters, you’ll quickly find out which keywords and ads are driving traffic to your website.

To add UTM parameters to your SEM campaign, make sure to add them to your ad URLs. This will help you track the source and medium of your traffic. For example, your URL should look like:

https://yourwebsite.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc.

Use Dynamic UTM Parameters with Auto-Tagging

Dynamic UTM parameters allow you to capture additional information about your campaigns without the need to manually create unique URLs for each campaign. Instead of adding individual UTM parameters for each campaign, Google Analytics does it for you with auto-tagging.

By enabling auto-tagging, Google will automatically append your URLs with campaign tracking parameters. So, your URL should look like:

https://yourwebsite.com/?utm_campaign=(campaignid)

This way, you don’t have to worry about manually tracking each campaign. And best of all, auto-tagging can work on both Google AdWords and Analytics.

Use Campaign URL Builder

If you’re new to UTM parameters, don’t want to manually create URLs, or not confident with your tracking setup, use Google’s Campaign URL Builder. It’s a free tool that makes it easy to add UTM parameters to your URLs.

With Campaign URL Builder, you can enter your website URL, campaign medium, campaign name, and other relevant info. The tool will then output a generated UTM-encoded URL. Use this URL in your marketing campaigns to track and analyze your marketing efforts’ performance.

Conclusion

By taking advantage of these tricks, you’ll be able to track your campaigns’ performance better, more effectively analyze your marketing efforts, and make data-driven decisions to improve your overall ROI. Don’t be left out of the optimization party, implement these tips today!