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Share Your Goals in Google Analytics

First there was the honorable GoalCopy plugin for Firefox, which ruled the kingdom for many (internet) years. This tool gave you the magical ability to copy goals from one profile (remember when that’s what they were called?) to another with ease. And the peasants rejoiced.

But then came v5 of Google Analytics, and with this new design the failings of the old king. GoalCopy was dethroned by it’s Chrome extension cousin,  GA Copy and Paste. It was visusally appealing and worked in the new interface. And the peasants rejoiced.

GA Copy and Paste met with its untimely demise when Google Analytics rolled out changes to the Admin, including Goals configuration. The Kingdom fell into chaos, with no ability to copy goals from one View to another. Until now.

Now we have learned of a noble warrior with a true bloodline, claiming the throne. This new leader calls itself by no name, it just sits there ready to copy your goals at a moments notice, either one at a time or in bulk.

You don’t have to download it. It isn’t browser specific. It’s a new feature in Google Analytics.

You can now share your goals.

goal share

And the peasants rejoiced.

With this new feature, you can share your goals across Views, either in the same Web Property or in completely different Accounts. Clicking on the share link brings up a familiar dialogue, with a link to share the goal configuration.

share goal configuration

When you go to that link, it opens a dialogue that lets you choose a View from your Google Analytics Account to import the goal configuration. You can rename the goal if needed, and choose whether to use that configuration to create a new goal, or overwrite an existing goal. If you choose to overwrite an existing goal, the dropdown menu lets you pick which one to overwrite. (Side note: this is one way you could order your goals to group related or similar goals together).

goal share screen

Also, goals are now shareable assets. If you look under the View column in the Admin, at the very bottom (under Personal Tools & Assets), you’ll see the Share Assets link. You’ll now see your goals listed here. By checking the box next to all of your goals, and then clicking the Share button at the top, you can share multiple goals at once!

goal share 04

goal share 05

Notice, you also have the option to share to or import from the Solutions Gallery.

 

 

Jim Gianoglio

About Jim Gianoglio

Jim Gianoglio is our Digital Analytics Engineer. He works with implementation, analysis of Google Analytics, and spearheads the LunaMetrics Google Analytics seminars across the country. Want to see him in action? He'll be heading our Google Analytics training in Los Angeles. Before succumbing to the siren song of analytics, he led the SEO campaigns of Fortune 500 companies in the insurance, retail and CPG industries. Things you didn’t know about Jim: he runs marathons, photographs weddings and has done voiceovers for TV commercials.

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One Response to “Share Your Goals in Google Analytics”

Geo says:

Hi Jim,

Indeed, this has been a big issue for analytics pros, especially when working on bigger accounts with many views and properties (accross sites, accross countries, etc.). One update to the CMS and suddenly you have to update goals across tens or hundreds of views.

This new feature looks promising, but it now seems too clumsy for me, compared to the tool I’ve been using for the past one year.

In fact I’ve just released it for the public as a part of a bigger toolkit for analytics specialists. You can check it out for free at: https://www.analytics-toolkit.com/analytics-copy-paste/ . I think it’s much more user-friendly and works much better in the use-cases I have encountered in my career so far.

Let me know what you think :-)

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