Music & Entertainment
WordPress, ThunderTix, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager
In early 2022, Main Street Crossing, an independent music venue in Tomball, Texas, approached Avatria about assisting with their marketing analytics efforts.
Main Street Crossing had developed a sophisticated email and social media marketing strategy over the years, and with the recent acquisition of a Google Ad Grant (and subsequent engagement with a third-party agency to manage the funds), they sought to better understand how their various marketing efforts contributed to ticket sales.
In order to do so, they needed to fill in gaps in their data collection practices. Most critically, their ticketing platform was hosted on a separate domain, which was preventing them from tracking transactions, revenue, eCommerce behaviors, and even the pages viewed when users were making purchasing decisions.
Additional issues the client faced included:
Finally, Main Street Crossing was looking for a partner who wouldn’t just solve their data issues, but could serve as a knowledgeable resource to help coach their team on analytics best practices.
To begin with, Avatria conducted a full audit of Main Street Crossing’s marketing and data collection practices as well the data they had already been collecting.
From there, we identified three core goals to address in the short-term:
In addition to these key goals, we also created a longer list of action items to be pursued following the completion of these tasks.
Prior to engaging Avatria, Main Street Crossing wasn’t using UTM parameters to handle link attribution from email or social media sources. Following our audit, this was the first thing we addressed.
To do so, we created documentation to capture our recommended UTM strategy, which could be used to train Main Street Crossing marketing team members and assist with execution. This documentation:
Fortunately, the ThunderTix platform supported the installation of Google Tag Manager on Main Street Crossing’s ticketing site. This made implementing pageview and cross-domain tracking fast and straightforward.
Due to the uncommon customer experience offered by the Main Street Crossing site—where users would usually view event information on one domain before navigating to the other to purchase tickets—Avatria also designed and implemented a unique data structure as a part of Enhanced Ecommerce implementation. This allowed the client to take full advantage of EE’s top-of-funnel metrics, and gain a fuller understanding of the customer journey.
Finally, we made sure to implement all Google Analytics tagging in both Universal Analytics and GA4, so that the client would be ready for the future of GA well in advance of the transition date.
With ideal data collection enabled, we set out to make that data easier for non-analytics folks to consume. We selected Google Data Studio as our dashboarding platform due to its ease of use and low cost.
The dashboard built was focused on Main Street Crossing’s key emphases: user acquisition and conversion. Each dashboard page was focused on a different core aspect, with multiple visualizations on each providing different ways to pull insights out of the data.
Finally, we incorporated data from Google Ads, Facebook, and Constant Contact, so that all of the client’s marketing efforts were represented in a single location. This would make monitoring and analyzing their marketing data faster and easier.
With a proper tracking infrastructure in place, and a dashboard designed to illuminate key performance indicators, Main Street Crossing was able to turn their marketing focus to optimization.
The newly collected data quickly validated their email strategy, which proved to result in the highest conversion rate and revenue per user. It also identified an underperforming paid search campaign, which was in need of either content/configuration tweaks or reduced investment.
Lastly, with GA4 in place long before the official sunsetting of Universal Analytics, the Main Street Crossing marketing team could be confident in the long-term future of their data collection, with plenty of time to get familiar with the new interface.