Creating a Standard Data Layer for the Tag Management Industry – via @googleanalytics


It’s been an exciting few months for Google Tag Manager. As referenced in our previous post this morning, Google Tag Manager is now serving twice the amount of traffic it was in April 2013 and we have been steadily adding features. Recently, at Google I/O, we announced that  Google Tag Manager will also work with mobile applications.

Source http://analytics.blogspot.com.ar/

 
This week, a consortium of companies, including IBM, Accenture and more, along with the W3C, announced they are collaborating to create a standard Data Layer.
 
The data layer is a core component of Google Tag Manager and a common way for all businesses to implement tag management tools. It’s a standard way to format data within a web page.  Think of the data layer as a central way for analytics and marketing tools to communicate and share data on a web page.
 

 
It’s typically used in two ways: 1. to store data and provide a clear separation between the data and presentation layer of the page and 2. to store data when some type of user activity occurs.  The information in the data layer can then be consumed by different web technologies, like analytics tools or marketing tools, through a tag management platform.
 
Through the W3C community group we’re supporting the effort to standardize the format and syntax of the data layer. This will make it a lot easier for businesses to add data to HTML  and access it with different tools. An industry-wide standard will create a common way that websites and tag management tools can interact – thus making it easier on site owners.
 
Standards can not exist in a vacuum. They need adoption. Please take some time to learn about this effort and the specification. You can learn more about the work at the W3C Customer Experience Digital Data Standard Community Group site where you can also review the first draft of the Specification. If you’re interested in participating please join the group and help us test and refine the spec.
 
Posted by Brian Kuhn, Lukas Bergstrom & Justin Cutroni, Google Tag Manager Team

Teens And Tech: Why Marketers Should Follow Their Lead – thnxz to @cmo_com


For teens, it’s cool to be connected—and connected a lot.
Vía CMO

by Dina Gerdeman Contributing Writer CMO.com
(Abstract)

A study released in March by Wikia and Ipsos MediaCT found that 100 percent of teenagers say they are online for at least an hour per day and nearly half—46 percent—said they are connected to the Web a whopping 10 or more hours per day.

Marketers may want to keep their fingers on the pulse of where teens are choosing to spend those 10 hours a day online because the technology wave young people are riding today could soon become the stuff of everyday life for the rest of us. Plus, the teenage market itself is huge; in the U.S. alone, consumers ages 12 to 17 spent more than $200 billion on products in 2011, according to the consulting firm Packaged Facts.

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“It’s important for marketers to understand what’s happening with this group because these are the future consumers,” said Joe Kessler, president of the Intelligence Group, in an interview with CMO.com. “The trends that emerge from what the youngest consumers are doing tend to spread to the broader population. We’ve got 10-year-olds and 15-year-olds who are the CTOs of their families. They are the influencers helping to educate their parents and grandparents about the use of social media, mobile devices, and other technology.”

So how are teens accessing the Internet and where are they hanging out online for those 10-plus hours a day?

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The trends that emerge from what the youngest consumers are doing tend to spread to the broader population.
  • For teens, bolting to a new place is a very easy thing to do.
  • Marketers should consider the bigger picture of how teens spend time online since those habits could reveal future trends.

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