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Google Announces New GA4 Features As Universal Analytics Sunset Nears

Google enhances Analytics 4 with AI insights, cross-channel reporting, and budgeting tools as Universal Analytics shutdown nears.

  • GA4 introduces AI-generated insights for faster decision-making.
  • New cross-channel reporting features improve campaign visibility.
  • Enhanced budgeting tools help optimize marketing spend across channels.
In this photo illustration,the logo of Google Analytics 4,is displayed on a smartphone

As the July 1, 2024 shutdown date for Universal Analytics (UA) draws near, Google has announced new features and improvements for Google Analytics 4 (GA4).

These enhancements give marketers deeper insights and tools for cross-channel measurement and budget optimization.

Expanded Cross-Channel Reporting

GA4 is getting improved cross-channel reporting capabilities.

You will soon be able to integrate data from third-party advertising partners such as Pinterest, Reddit, and Snap directly into GA4 properties.

This will allow for a more complete view of campaign performance across platforms.

Additionally, GA4 will introduce aggregated impressions from linked Campaign Manager 360 accounts in the advertising workspace.

This feature will give advertisers a thorough overview of campaign performance across the entire marketing funnel.

AI-Powered Insights

Google is leveraging its AI capabilities to provide users with generated insights.

These AI-driven summaries will explain data trends and fluctuations using plain language, enabling businesses to make faster, more informed decisions based on their analytics data.

Advanced Planning & Budgeting Tools

Later this year, GA4 will introduce cross-channel budgeting features, including a projections report.

This tool will allow advertisers to track media pacing and projected performance against target objectives across multiple channels.

This addition should improve marketers’ ability to optimize media spend and allocate budgets more effectively.

Privacy-First Approach

GA4 continues to prioritize user privacy while delivering effective measurement solutions.

Upcoming features include support for Chrome Privacy Sandbox APIs and improvements to enhanced conversions.

Google says these updates will offer complete picture of cross-channel conversion attribution in a privacy-safe manner.

Preparing For The Future

Steve Ganem, Director of Product Management for Google Analytics, highlights the platform’s commitment to adaptability:

“Google Analytics 4 is truly built to be durable for the future. We’ll continue to invest in giving you a tool that helps answer fundamental questions about your business across your consumer’s entire path to purchase, despite ongoing changes in the measurement landscape.”

As the sunset date for Universal Analytics approaches, Google encourages users who haven’t yet made the switch to complete their migration to GA4.

The company also reminds UA users to download any historical data they wish to retain before the July 1 shutdown date.

Featured Image: Muhammad Alimaki/Shutterstock

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Google Announces New GA4 Features As Universal Analytics Sunset Nears

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