How to track link clicks for optimized campaigns


Uncover the secret to low-cost leads and better ROI with link tracking. Learn how to use UTM codes for precise analytics.

So you’ve just rolled out a multi-channel campaign. From social media ads to email blasts and even a touch of influencer marketing, you’ve thrown in all the bells and whistles. Awesome, right? But there’s one little problem: you don’t know which channel is doing the heavy lifting for you. Welcome to the importance of link tracking.

Understanding which channel is outperforming the others is vital in today’s complex digital marketing landscape. Without this intel, you’re basically throwing darts in the dark. Link tracking gives you the power to pinpoint the ROI of each channel, optimize cost per lead, and make every marketing spend count. Let’s get into it!

What is Link Tracking?

Link tracking involves adding specific tags to your URLs so you can monitor the performance of individual clicks, engagement, and conversions across different channels. Imagine having a GPS tracker on each link you share; that’s what link tracking does for you.

Why is it Important?

  • ROI: It gives you the nitty-gritty details on return on investment for each channel.
  • Cost Per Lead: Zero in on which channels bring you low-cost leads.
  • Cost Per Channel: Diversify your budget based on channel performance.
  • Lead Gen: Turn raw data into actionable insights for future campaigns.

How to Do it: Introducing UTM Codes

UTM (Urchin Tracking Module) codes are added to the end of your URLs, helping you track your campaign performance. A sample UTM-coded link might look like this:

Components of a UTM Code

  • utm_source: Identifies the source, such as Outbase or Google.
  • utm_medium: Specifies the medium, like email or CPC.
  • utm_campaign: Names your specific campaign, like “summer_sale.”

Adding a handy tool to your marketing toolkit can make the UTM building process even smoother. For instance, Google offers a straightforward tool called the Campaign URL Builder. You simply input your URL and define your tracking parameters. The tool will then generate a UTM-coded URL for you, ready for deployment.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating UTM Codes

  • Identify Your URL: Decide on the webpage you want to track (e.g.,
  • Define Tracking Parameters: Decide what you want to track. For source, you’ll put “Outbase,” for medium perhaps “email,” and for the campaign maybe something like “winter_sale.”
  • Concatenate: Add the UTM codes to the end of your URL. Your final URL will look something like this:

  • Test: Always test your URLs to make sure they lead to the correct landing page and that tracking information is properly logged.
  • Deploy: Use these UTM-coded URLs in your campaigns, specifically within Outbase if that’s the source you’re tracking, to precisely measure performance.

Pro tip: Lengthy URLs can be daunting. Use a URL shortener to clean things up.

The guessing game is over. With link tracking and UTM codes, you’ll know exactly which channels are boosting your ROI and delivering low-cost leads. It’s about being smart with your resources and making data-driven decisions.

Ready to put this knowledge into practice? Outbase lets you set up advanced email campaigns and integrates seamlessly with analytics tools for effective link tracking. Why not make your next campaign the most effective yet?

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