A cheaper alternative to GA Connector

Looking for a cheaper alternative to GA Connector? In this article, we'll outline how Attributer works and how it's different (and cheaper) than GA Connector

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Are you wanting to get UTM parameters and other marketing attribution information into your CRM and other backend tools (analytics, billing platform, etc)?

If so, GA Connector is one of the few tools that can help. Unfortunately though, it's expensive (particularly if you don't get a large amount of visitors & leads from your site) and passes through a lot of information you likely don't need (like the latitude and longitude of the lead).

Fortuenatly though, Attributer.io provides a much simpler, cheaper alterative that gives you everything you need at a price point much more friendly for small-medium businesses.

In this article, we'll outline what Attributer is, how it's different from GA Connector and how to decide which is the best fit for you.

What is Attributer?

Attributer is a small snippet of code that you place on your website.

Every time a visitor lands on your site, Attributer takes a look at several bits of technical information about the visitor to figure out where they came from (including, among other things, any UTM parameters in the URL).

Attributer will then use this technical information to categorise each visitor into a series of channels (Paid Search, Organic Search, Paid Social, etc.) and store this information in a cookie in the user's browser.

And when a visitor decides to complete a form on your site, Attributer passes information about how the user got to your site into your CRM and other backend systems

And once the data is in your CRM, you can start creating reports that provide insights to questions such as:

  • How many leads have I generated from my Google Ads?
  • How many sales opportunities have come from my Facebook Ads?
  • How much revenue have I generated from my SEO efforts?
  • What's the average sale price of customers from my LinkedIn Ads vs. customers from my Facebook Ads?
  • What's the average sale price of customers who have come from our affiliates?
  • And many more!

How Attributer differs from GA Connector

Attributer differs from GA Connector in a number of ways:

1. Captures data on organic channels like SEO & Social Media

GA Connector is designed to simply capture raw UTM parameters into your CRM, but if someone arrives at your site from a channel where you can’t add UTM parameters (like Organic Search, Organic Social, Referral, Direct, etc), then you don’t get this information.

As a marketer of 15+ years (and a former user of GA Connector), I found that just capturing UTM parameters fell short as not all my leads & customers came from advertising campaigns which I had tagged with UTM parameters, so I had no data on 70-80% of my leads.

Attriber can solve this problem though, as not only does it capture UTM parameters and send them into your CRM, but it also captures attribution information on leads that come via organic channels as well (such as Organic Search, Organic Social, Referral, Direct, etc.).

To show you why this is valuable, here’s a report created by an Attributer customer using data that is passed to their CRM by Attributer.

Leads By Channel (7)

As you can see, in one chart you can get a high-level overview of how ALL channels are performing, how that’s changing over time, etc.

Note: More recently, GA Connector has added a field called ‘Channel’ which does capture some basic channel information, but it isn't complete. For example, it doesn’t capture leads that come from Organic Social.

2. Structures your data for easy reporting

GA Connector will literally just pull raw UTM parameters into your CRM, and whatever information you enter in the parameters will directly map to fields in your CRM.

Attributer on the other hand has built-in logic to help structure your data in a way that makes it easier to run reports on.

As an example, if a user comes from a Google search the data captured would be:

  • Channel = Organic Search
  • Channel Drilldown 1 = Google
  • Channel Drilldown 2 = [domain of search engine, like google.com, google.co.uk, google.co.jp, etc)
  • Channel Drilldown 3 = [keyword if provided]

Because Attributer puts the standardised name of the search engine in Drilldown 1 (I.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc), it’s easy to run a report that answers a question like ‘How many leads do I get from Google vs Bing’

On the contrary, GA Connector will only pull in the raw referring domain. This is a problem because Google alone has 37 different referring domains (google.com, google.com.au, google.co.uk, google.ca, etc), so if you were trying to run a report that shows leads from Google vs Bing, you would need to somehow stitch all these 37 domains together to understand that they are all ‘Google’.

3. Cleans your data to make your reports more accurate

When you just capture raw UTM parameters, you usually end up with a lot of messy data. For instance, imagine some of your Facebook Ad campaigns are tagged with UTM_Source=Facebook (capitalized), others with UTM_Source=facebook (uncapitalized), and others with UTM_Source=fb.

So if you're just passing raw parameters into your CRM, when you want to see how many leads come from your Facebook campaigns, there will be 3 different Sources that you'll need to stitch together.

However, Attributer takes into account the possibility for these inconsistencies and will attribute these leads to Paid Social regardless of capitalization and other inconsistencies.


4. Shows you what content is driving leads & customers

Whilst measuring what channels are driving visitors to your site is important, it isn’t the whole story. It can often be useful to understand what content on your site attracted them there (I.e. your blog, your services pages, etc).

Both Attributer and GA Connector capture first landing page which solves this problem, but Attributer goes further.

Attributer also captures the landing page category as well, so if the landing page URL was ‘attributer.io/blog/capture-utm-parameters then the landing page group would be ‘/blog’. 

This means you can run reports that show you how certain content groups as a whole are performing (I.e. your blog) in terms of generating leads & customers, as well as how individual pages or pieces of content are performing (I.e. individual blog posts).

This can help you understand where your biggest opportunities are beyond the scope of just paid ads. For instance, you might see that your blog is actually generating you more leads & customers than your Facebook Ads are, and you could redirect marketing spending towards growing your blog instead.

5. Cost

Attributer's lowest plan is $49 per month for up to 500 leads/form submissions, whereas GA Connector's smallest plan is $125 per month for up to 50,000 visitors.

So not only is GA Connector more than double the price of Attributer, it charges based on number of website visitors rather than number of leads

So if you run a website that gets a lot of visitors but not as many leads (maybe because you have a really popular blog), it's likely your costs will end up increasing much faster using GA Connector than Attributer.

6. Ease of implementation

Because Attributer structures the data in a way that makes it easy to use, we only require you to add 6 hidden fields to your forms. To fully install GA Connector, you need to add a whopping 32 hidden fields to your forms.

7. Support

GA Connector offers email support to all customers, but if you need anything beyond that you’ll have to pay for it.

They offer a ‘Done For You’ service where they’ll get on a call with you and potentially even set it up for you, but you need to prepay for a year (minimum $1,200) in order to qualify for it.

With Attributer on the other hand, you can speak to us in whatever way makes the most sense for you, and we'd never charge you for it.

If you have questions before purchase, you can book a demo with us and we'll show you how it works.

If you need assistance setting it up, we'll jump on a call with you and go through it (you can book a time here).

And if you run into an issue at any other time, you can email us or jump on a Zoom call with us anytime. There's even a link inside your Attributer account to book a time that suits you!

Wrap up

GA Connector is a good tool for capturing UTM parameters and sending them through to your CRM, but if you're looking for something a bit cheaper and easier to use then Attributer might be a better option for you.

You can start your 14-day free trial here today!

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About the Author

Aaron Beashel is the founder of Attributer and has over 15 years of experience in marketing & analytics. He is a recognized expert in the subject and has written articles for leading websites such as Hubspot, Zapier, Search Engine Journal, Buffer, Unbounce & more. Learn more about Aaron here.