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The difference between Success Events and Conversion Variables in reporting

mattlukoff1
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Hello, I know this topic comes up and has been answered alot, but I've never seen it asked this way, so here goes: Can anyone explain why Success Events are better/preferred/recommended for tracking conversions than Conversion Variables? What are the limitations of *only* using Conversion Variables (Evars) for tracking a conversion?

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AdamGreco
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Matt,

Conversion Variables are really just dimensions, so they are not super useful without Success Events (metrics).  In case it helps, Success Events are NUMBERS or METRICS.  They tell you how often something (i.e. Orders, Internal Searches) happened.  Conversion Variables allow you to breakdown these metrics into buckets.

For example, a success event tells you how many Orders took place and a State Conversion Variable (like State) will tell you which State the Orders took place in...

Your key website KPI's should be in Success Events and the ways you want to slice and dice those should be in Conversion Variables...My book goes into a lot more detail...

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AdamGreco
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Matt,

Conversion Variables are really just dimensions, so they are not super useful without Success Events (metrics).  In case it helps, Success Events are NUMBERS or METRICS.  They tell you how often something (i.e. Orders, Internal Searches) happened.  Conversion Variables allow you to breakdown these metrics into buckets.

For example, a success event tells you how many Orders took place and a State Conversion Variable (like State) will tell you which State the Orders took place in...

Your key website KPI's should be in Success Events and the ways you want to slice and dice those should be in Conversion Variables...My book goes into a lot more detail...

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mattlukoff1
Level 4
Level 4

Thanks Sumit, I'm currently reading and re-reading the book and I'll take a look at those blogs too. 

Adam, thanks for the clear explanation but what's bothering me is can't eVars be numbers (instances) too? Therefore, why is a Success Event better for tracking high value conversions?

Thanks!

sumit_kumar11
Level 2
Level 2

Adam Greco wrote...

Matt,

Conversion Variables are really just dimensions, so they are not super useful without Success Events (metrics).  In case it helps, Success Events are NUMBERS or METRICS.  They tell you how often something (i.e. Orders, Internal Searches) happened.  Conversion Variables allow you to breakdown these metrics into buckets.

For example, a success event tells you how many Orders took place and a State Conversion Variable (like State) will tell you which State the Orders took place in...

Your key website KPI's should be in Success Events and the ways you want to slice and dice those should be in Conversion Variables...My book goes into a lot more detail...

 


That's why I called you genius Sir Adam Greco. Your book is awesome. I read it 🙂

sumit_kumar11
Level 2
Level 2

Matt Lukoff wrote...

Hello, I know this topic comes up and has been answered alot, but I've never seen it asked this way, so here goes: Can anyone explain why Success Events are better/preferred/recommended for tracking conversions than Conversion Variables? What are the limitations of *only* using Conversion Variables (Evars) for tracking a conversion?

 

Important Question. Every new user will have this question. I would point you to read these blogs from my favorite Genious-- Sir Adam Greco  and am sure it will clear your doubts.. Conversion Variables Part I, Conversion Variables Part II and Conversion Success Events.

 

http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/analytics/conversion-variables-part-i/

http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/analytics/conversion-variables-part-ii/
 

http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/analytics/conversion-success-events/