*NOTE: you need a Google Analytics account and an active DaCast account, prior to following this guide.
So, why link your Google Analytics to your DaCast account? It’s a convenient way to collect more data on your streaming video traffic. In particular, these tools together can offer you a live viewer count through “Real Time.” The same goes for the “Events” section from inside your Analytics account. Furthermore, this feature allows you to display more relevant viewer data. For example, you can see your viewers’ origins, access device, etc, as in the screenshot below:
How to get started:
- Login to your Google Analytics account, at https://analytics.google.com/analytics
- Go to the ADMIN section in the top bar, as shown:
- Under the PROPERTY section, click on TRACKING INFO, then on TRACKING CODE, as shown below:
At this point, you should see this page:
Here, you can find your tracking ID, a series of digits starting with “UA “.
*Please copy this Tracking ID for later use.*
- Next, log in to your DaCast account at my.dacast.com
- Click on the VIDEO PREFERENCES icon, under PREFERENCES, on the left side of the New Back Office.
Please turn ON your Google Analytics settings.
Next, you will see the following screen with your Tracking ID:
Paste the Tracking ID you copied earlier from your Google Analytics account into the area framed in red above.
Finally, don’t forget to click SAVE once you have entered your Tracking ID.
Congratulations! You have successively set up Google Analytics tracking from within your DaCast account.
Note that you have the option to choose which videos you want to track for analytics. Here’s how to choose those settings:
In the publish settings section of your VOD or Live Channel, you can turn the Google Analytics Tracking ON or OFF as indicated below:
Please note that if you attempt to track a video without including a tracking ID, this window will pop up:
This pop-up gives you the ability to directly enter your Tracking ID, as shown below:
Your Tracking ID will automatically be saved in your VIDEO PREFERENCES once you enter it.
If you run into difficulties with this process, please contact tech support directly from within your DaCast account. We’re happy to help.