There has been a shift in the analytics landscape. Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is replacing Universal Analytics (UA). Partly in response to Amplitude Analytics, which has emerged as a powerful tool for data analysis, offering several advantages over GA4.
Adobe Analytics is also a key player in this battle for analytics supremacy. But Amplitude is the modern analytics tool that integrates with open tech stacks.
Switching from GA4 to Amplitude Analytics can seem daunting. However, with some planning, the transition can be relatively seamless. This post will outline the steps you need to take to make the switch and the number one mistake we see clients make repeatedly.
While you need to consider a few tools when moving data between to analytics platforms, with the right instructions — the process can be seamless.
Step #1: Set Up Your Taxonomy Tracking and Reporting
The first step in switching from Google and Adobe Analytics is setting up your taxonomy tracking and reporting. This process is often overlooked (more on that later) but is crucial to getting accurate data in Amplitude Analytics.
Here’s an example template we use to map taxonomies between tools:
To set up your taxonomy, you’ll need to:
- Review important goals, triggers and properties associated with your events, including custom dimensions
- Revisit your core company objectives together with the reports you frequently use in UA or Adobe Analytics
- List the additional dashboards and reports to create in Amplitude Analytics
- Build an Amplitude taxonomy that clearly defines all the events to be tracked, their tracking priority, the associated parameters, and the conversions
Based on the information gathered in this step, you can start tracking events in Amplitude Analytics that accurately reflects your business goals. This process will be helpful when configuring your Amplitude account to receive data from UA and Adobe Analytics.
Step #2: Build Your Digital Analytics Data Layer
Building a digital analytics data layer is essential for tracking website activity and migrating data between platforms. There are three elements to consider:
- SDKs (software development kits): Collect data from websites and mobile apps
- Data layers: Store the collected data
- Tag management systems: Manage the tags to track the collected data
Amplitude Analytics, GA4, and Adobe Analytics each plug into tag management systems that manage these elements. This common ground is exciting, especially for websites, as you can reuse most of your existing instrumentation work.
For instance, you can use Amplitude Analytics to pull data from GA4 and Adobe Analytics by creating a data layer. Data layers can also help you troubleshoot implementation issues and ensure that your information is accurate.
Data layers may seem daunting. However, it’s essential for any website that wants to maximize its analytics capabilities. Otherwise, you may end up with incorrect data, or worse, lose it.
Step #3: Configure Amplitude’s Google Tag Manager (GTM) Template or Use Adobe’s Launch Extension
The Amplitude Google Tag Management template is the best way to migrate from GA4 to Amplitude. The template includes client-side and server-side tags, making it easy to transfer all your data with just a few clicks.
The client-side tag uses the same measurement protocol as GA4, so there’s no need to change your code.
The server-side tag sends data directly to Amplitude, so you’ll get the most accurate and complete picture of your user’s behavior.
If you want to migrate from Adobe Analytics to Amplitude Analytics, the Adobe Launch Extension from Amplitude is the perfect tool.
To configure the extension, you’ll need to add your Amplitude API key to the extension’s general settings page.
Once you’ve added the API, the extension will automatically map all your Adobe Analytics events to their corresponding Amplitude events.
You can also use the extension to send custom events to Amplitude. Simply create a new event in the extension’s interface and specify the Amplitude event name, properties, and user ID.
Adobe’s Launch extension makes it easy to start with Amplitude and take advantage of its powerful event tracking capabilities.
Step #4: Import Your Historical Data
BigQuery is a powerful tool to help you migrate historical data from Google Analytics to Amplitude Analytics.
The process is to export your Google Analytics data into BigQuery, then use Amplitude’s built-in migration tool to import the data into your new Amplitude account.
You can complete this process in just a few minutes, and it’ll give you access to all of Amplitude’s powerful features.
Amplitude’s Adobe Analytics integration makes it easy to import your Adobe Analytics data into Amplitude Analytics without any engineering work.
To start, connect your Adobe Analytics account to Amplitude and select the data you want to import. Amplitude will then automatically create a mapping of the data types between the two platforms, ensuring that all of your historical information is accurate.
The entire process can be completed in just a few minutes, making it easy to get up and running with Amplitude without starting from scratch.
Being awarded #1 in product analytics by G2, Amplitude is the leading data analytics platform for businesses today and our recommended GA4 alternative. GA4, while a powerful platform, doesn’t offer the same depth of data or analysis capabilities that Amplitude provides.
The Main Differences Between Amplitude Analytics and GA4
Below we’ll compare and contrast Amplitude Analytics and GA4 in approach, identity resolution, advertising attribution, insights, and integrations.
Product Analytics vs. Marketing Analytics
At its core, Amplitude is a product analytics platform known for tracking user engagement, conversions and providing insights into how users interact with your product.
GA4, on the other hand, is an evolution of UA that has roots in marketing analytics and has only recently entered into the product analytics space. As expected, GA4 offers more marketing-centric features like campaign measurement and attribution.
However, Amplitude is ahead of GA4 in custom funnel reporting, user activation and retention analysis. Amplitude is also closing the gap between product and marketing analytics by offering some features specifically for marketing teams, such as attribution and campaign management.
Amplitude is known for product analytics, while GA4 focuses on marketing analytics. As a result, Amplitude Analytics is better at tracking user engagement, conversions and providing insights into how users interact with your product.
For these reasons, Amplitude is quickly becoming the go-to platform for product and marketing data analysis.
GA4 is leveraging Google’s superior browser strength and logged-in users in Google accounts like Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Photos. In contrast, Amplitude uses a proprietary ID system to track activity across devices and browsers. This makes it much easier to create a complete picture of customer behavior.
With Amplitudes’ user profiling, you sometimes forget you’re in an analytics tool, not a CRM—and it’s one of the main drawing cards for our clients switching over from GA.