The DataTrue Blog

Posted by Kasey Bayne | February 20, 2020
Data QA sucks. Here’s why — and how — you should do it anyway.

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need to be convinced that manual QA is a real pain — it’s slow, it’s tedious, and problems usually slip through the cracks despite your best efforts. Plus, even if you catch and fix every single mistake today, chances are good that tomorrow’s first code push will render all your hard work irrelevant.  You might also know, or at least sense, that manual QA is a huge time and money sink. Studies show that knowledge workers waste a whopping 50 percent of their time “hunting for data, identifying and correcting errors, and seeking confirmatory sources for data they do not trust”. If we zero in on data scientists, the picture gets even bleaker — sixty percent of data scientists spend “most of their time” cleaning and labeling data, and with the majority of those folks earning six-figure salaries, that makes for a pretty big QA bill.  Unfortunately, though, skimping on data QA is even more expensive. Organizations included in one Gartner study estimated that, on average, poor data quality costs them about $15 million per year. Eighty-four percent of CEOs also say that they’re “concerned about the quality of the data they’re basing...

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Posted by Kasey Bayne | February 6, 2020
New in DataTrue: February Product Updates

Our development team kicked off 2020 with a whirlwind round of feature updates and enhancements, and the results are now live for all DataTrue customers! Here’s a summary of the changes we released last weekend:  It’s now possible to view batched Google App+Web tags as individual requests to simplify validation.  Sensitive data detection is now supported for mobile app tests; we’ve also added options to automatically fail tests when sensitive data is detected, and to exclude non-sensitive persona items from detection. Finally, we’ve updated our email reports to provide more information about sensitive data detection.  Our data governance dashboard, currently in beta, now features a new Reporting API to return test run statistics, including tag depth summaries for coverage tests. We’ve also added our DataStudio Connector to retrieve test run statistics data from DataTrue. You can now inspect browser console logs to aid in debugging issues; Chrome users can also view warning logs to check for upcoming issues (e.g., changes to cookie handling) that may impact tracking solutions.  The DataTrue Chrome Test Builder extension now supports validation of custom tags and cookies from local test runs, improved step naming for recording Select List steps, and improved styling for long step...

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Posted by Kasey Bayne | January 28, 2020
3 Data Collection and Management Mistakes that Could Result in a GDPR Violation

Mishandling customer data has never been good for business, and it became an even more serious issue when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May 2018. Companies that fail to comply with GDPR requirements, which include strictly limiting access to customers’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII), face fines of up to 4 percent of their total annual global turnover — a provision that’s already resulted in hundreds of millions in penalties for some major global firms.  Despite the high potential costs, however, only 28 percent of companies said they were fully compliant with the GDPR as of September 2019. Many businesses have invested heavily in technology designed to automate consent tracking (for data collection and email marketing) and customer-initiated data access and redaction — but data leakage is still a big problem, and human error is a leading cause. According to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), human error was responsible for 88 percent of data breaches in the UK during the past two years, and a 2018 report from data security firm Netwrix concluded that “insiders who make mistakes are more dangerous than hackers”.   What do these errors look like? And how do you know...

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Posted by Omja Das | August 8, 2019
Automated data layer testing

The data layer is generally regarded as the best practice for structuring how data is transferred from your website to your tag manager, and ultimately your tags. Adding a data layer to your analytics implementation introduces a new component that can be tested, enabling you to ensure your data collection systems are running reliably, and collecting accurate data. The problem with the data layer The data layer introduces a more structured way of passing data from your application to your analytics and marketing platforms.  For those people concerned with data quality, the data layer provides another test point to validate the integrity and quality of the data being collected.  The downside is the extra effort required to test. The best way to address this problem is via automated testing.  Automated testing allows you to quality assure your data with minimal effort freeing you up to focus on data analysis. Automated data layer testing Automated data testing is regarded as the best practice approach to achieve good data quality and governance. DataTrue’s new Data Layer Validation feature enables you to test the data passed via your data layer as well as your tags. The following screenshots demonstrate how this feature alerts...

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Adobe Summit 2019
Posted by Michelle McGrath | March 11, 2019
Visit DataTrue at Adobe Summit for your chance to win

DataTrue is a proud sponsor of Adobe Summit, Las Vegas for the fourth time! We will join thousands of marketing professionals March 24–28 at The Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas. Adobe Summit is one of our favourite events of the year, a fantastic opportunity to surround ourselves with interesting people, great ideas and take a deep dive into the future of experience marketing. Save $400 with promo code S19SCDP. Visit DataTrue in the showcase area – kiosk 771-J , enter to win a Nintendo Switch We will be showcasing our powerful validation software, DataTrue, and demonstrating how it can help business leaders guarantee that their data is high-quality, accurate and useful. Our passion is helping enterprises to have confidence in their data by providing them with a tool that can audit and monitor their website tracking implementation and ensure the quality of the information they collect. You also have the chance to win a Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy Con™ worth over USD $299! All you have to do is visit the booth, scan your conference badge or throw your business card into the designated entry box. Can't make Adobe Summit? Don’t stress! If you are interested in tracking...

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Posted by Michelle McGrath | November 18, 2018
UPDATED: Protect your e-commerce site from Magecart Attacks: learn from the British Airways and NewEgg attacks

It’s all over the news these days - since last September, when the British Airways cyber theft first made the news, this week the fines were announced: a record $328 million fine for British Airways, the highest penalty to date under current data protection rules.   For businesses that deal with data and security, this is a serious concern, and working out ways to keep their customers’ data safe and prevent these types of attacks.  Read on for more details on the Magecart cyber attacks, and how DataTrue’s solution provides tools to prevent this kind of attack on organizations.  (more…)

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Posted by Michelle McGrath | March 26, 2018
3 sessions we’re looking forward to at Adobe Summit 2018

As a Showcase sponsor at Adobe Summit 2018 there has been plenty to keep us busy in recent weeks preparing for the Summit. As we have now packed our bags and are on our way, I have the time to look forward to the Summit presentations, inspiration and learning opportunities. Here’s a summary of the top three sessions that the DataTrue team is looking forward to at Adobe Summit 2018. (more…)

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Posted by Michelle McGrath | March 22, 2018
There’s a new Sheriff coming to the Adobe Summit 2018

DataTrue is excited to be returning for a third year to the 2018 Adobe Summit, the premier event for digital marketing and analytics professionals. DataTrue is a Showcase sponsor for the Summit held in Las Vegas from 26-29 March 2018. (more…)

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Posted by Alec Sharratt | March 8, 2018
5 Analytical Tricks For PPC

If you’re familiar with AdWords and you’re looking to learn some techniques that can help you to more fully analyze your PPC data, this is the guide for you! (more…)

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Posted by Alec Sharratt | March 4, 2018
Ten Most Common Bad Data Mistakes

Hi, in this blog post we are going to talk about some of the most common mistakes that can lead to bad data or a poor analysis of that data. We are also going to recommend steps you can take to ensure better data integrity. (more…)

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Posted by Alec Sharratt | February 16, 2018
Top 10 Google Analytics Custom Reports for SEO

In this post I’m going to share the top 10 Google Analytics Custom Reports that I use for analyzing SEO data. (more…)

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Posted by Alec Sharratt | February 5, 2018
An Introduction to Analytics For SEO

Hi and welcome! In this guide you’ll be introduced to the basics of SEO Analytics. If you do SEO (Search Engine Optimization), or if you have someone do SEO for you in any capacity, it's vital to have an understanding of your SEO Analytics. By the end of this guide you will have a good understanding of what SEO Analytics is, why it is important, how to go about setting it up and some techniques to get you started. (more…)

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Posted by Robin Jowett | August 15, 2017
New Feature: Email Campaign Analytics Testing

Web Analysts! Are you frustrated by seeing your company's email campaign analytics data fall into your direct traffic source. Often this is because link tagging was missing or the landing page analytics tagging was broken.  Is this a familiar pattern in your traffic sources report? Solve this issue with DataTrue's new email analytics testing which enables automated testing of email link tagging and landing page analytics.  Now your email campaign manager can easily validate tags and analytics for a new email campaign before they hit the campaign send button. (more…)

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Posted by Michelle McGrath | July 22, 2017
Surfstitch experiences a seamless tag migration with Panalysis and DataTrue, one of Australia’s largest online retailers and the world’s largest online action sports and youth apparel network experienced a seamless tag migration with the help of DataTrue partner, Panalysis. Panalysis used DataTrue to customize the tagging migration approach for SurfStitch to ensure an error-free migration with minimal impact to revenue as a result of the changes. Find out more about how tracking and reporting was carried out effectively, efficiently and to time in this case study.  

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Posted by Michelle McGrath | February 6, 2017
DataTrue returns to Adobe Summit 2017

The DataTrue team return to Adobe Summit 2017 as a Showcase sponsor. Join us at the premier event for digital marketing professionals, March 19-23 2017 in Las Vegas. (more…)

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