So you know that you are tracked by e-mails. You are going to beat the system. You are not even going to use a search term to get to the website because you know Google will track you along with the website. You are going to direct load – typing the URL into the address bar – and avoid being tracked. Almost, but no. Chances are that the site gave you a cookie last time you were there. Oh well, you tried. But that is not what this post is about. Just because you got to the site without tracking, does not mean that you will not be tracked.
Internal campaigns are exactly what they sound like. They are campaigns that are internal to the site. A campaign is anything that the site is doing to try to get you to buy more stuff (or whatever the conversion metric would be, such as filling out a survey or something). E-mails are campaigns. Billboards are campaigns. A site or company runs advertising campaigns. You get the idea.
The banner that you see across whatever site you are on is sure to include an element that says that you clicked it – a tag. Note that I am only talking about a banner that is on the site and for the site, not an advertisement for a different site. The advertisement for a different site would be an external campaign for the company that bought the ad. We are talking about an ad for another item on your site – perhaps for an LCD monitor when you are looking at computers. I call this a real estate campaign or an internal campaign. I call it real estate because the site is tracking based on the tag on the banner and the site knows the location of the banner, the real estate. I call it an internal campaign because it is for another product that will take the visitor somewhere else internal to the site, not push them out the door to an external site.
So you clicked the banner and were tagged. It is in this way that the site can track how often the banner is being used (instances) as a rate of how many people saw the page it was on (page views). This also allows the site to understand where someone is clicking on the site. Each area of the banner could contain a different tag, thus if you clicked the t-shirt you could get tagged with a value of tshirtclick while if you clicked the jeans on the same banner you would get tagged with a value of jeansclick.
Internal campaigns are very useful for a site because they allow for a wide variety of reporting. The site will know how many conversions they got that clicked on the banner and how much revenue is associated with it. This also is a much easier way to track traffic from a page. Perhaps a single page has multiple banners and the site wants to know how many people clicked the banners. With no tagging on the banners, all the site would be able to do is look at what pages visitors went to next and add them up. For instance if there is no way to get to the jeans page from your home page and yet 20 of the 100 visitors took that path you can assume that they must have clicked on the jeans banner. But then to add that up with the page that took them to the t-shrits and the page that took them to the pants, and to…etc. is a huge pain. By the time you get to the number of estimated clicks (because in theory they could have the page bookmarked or something like that) you won’t care any more.
Look for more the post forthcoming about purchase influencer tagging on Thoughts From Thee Cake Scraps.