What is Manual Tagging?
Manual Tagging – As opposed to auto-tagging, this option allows advertisers to tag their destination URLs manually with “_utm” information that can be read and understood by Analytics or 3rd party tracking solutions. These are also used heavily in email blasts, promotional campaigns and more.
By adding campaign parameters to the destination URLs you use in your ad campaigns, you can collect information about the overall efficacy of those campaigns, and also understand where the campaigns are more effective. For example, your Summer Sale campaign might be generating lots of revenue, but if you’re running the campaign in several different social apps, you want to know which of them is sending you the customers who generate the most revenue. Or if you’re running different versions of the campaign via email, video ads, and in-app ads, you can compare the results to see where your marketing is most effective.
Manual Tagging Parameters
There are 5 parameters you can add to your URLs:
utm_source: Identify the advertiser, site, publication, etc. that is sending traffic to your property, for example: google, newsletter4, billboard.
utm_medium: The advertising or marketing medium, for example, CPC, banner, email newsletter.
utm_campaign: The individual campaign name, slogan, promo code, etc. for a product.
utm_term: Identify paid search keywords. If you’re manually tagging paid keyword campaigns, you should also use utm_term to specify the keyword.
utm_content: Used to differentiate similar content or links within the same ad. For example, if you have two call-to-action links within the same email message, you can use utm_content and set different values for each so you can tell which version is more effective.
Each parameter must be paired with a value that you assign. Each parameter-value pair then contains campaign-related information.
For example, you might use the following parameter-value pairs for your Summer Sale campaign:
utm_source= summer-mailer to identify traffic that results from your Summer Sale email campaign
utm_medium= email to identify traffic from the email campaign vs. the in-app campaign
utm_campaign= summer-sale to identify the overall campaign
If you used these parameters, your custom-campaign URL would be:
When you add parameters to a URL, you should always use
utm_content are optional.
utm_ is simply the required prefix for these parameters.
Manual set up
If you want to set up your custom campaigns manually, make sure you separate the parameters from the URL with a question mark. List the parameters and values as pairs separated by an equal sign. Separate each parameter-value pair with an ampersand. For example:
You can add parameters to a URL in any order. Note that Analytics is case sensitive, so
utm_source=google is different from
utm_source=Google. Case sensitivity applies to each value you define.