Just Ask Ian: Unlock long-term first touch attribution with SegMetrics

Ryan Johnson
Marketer @ SegMetrics
Title card image. How far back can you track attribution?

How far back can you track your first touch attribution?

In this week’s Just Ask Ian video, we explore how SegMetrics can help you track first touch attribution even months or years after leads enter your funnel. Without accurate attribution, you can’t really understand the effectiveness of your marketing. 

Watch the video to learn:

  • Why lead attribution is critical to marketing success
  • How SegMetrics gives you accurate attribution (even years after leads enter your funnel)

Video: “Unlock long-term first touch attribution with SegMetrics”

Video Transcript

Is it possible to determine first touch attribution months or even years after a customer has entered into your marketing funnel? Well, with SegMetrics, you can.  

It’d be ideal if customers would make a purchase the first time they visit your brand or website. But we all know that’s very rarely the case. It’s more common for them to pop in and out of your marketing funnels for weeks, months, and even years before making that first purchase.

Why is it critical to accurately attribute your purchases, even if they happen long after that first initial interaction? Two reasons. 

  • First, complete and accurate attribution allows you to identify the real value of each piece of your marketing. Did an early blog post spark interest? Did a targeted ad nudge a conversion? Or did an influencer’s comments send them your way? Without that full picture, it’s impossible to really understand which levers are driving your business forward.
  • And second, you’re investing time and money into different marketing channels, campaigns, and activities. That really begs the question — which of those activities are making you money and which are losing money? Knowing when, where, and how your customers are converting long term allows you to double down on what’s working and re-strategize what’s not.

If your analytics can’t give you accurate long term attribution, you’ll never have a full view of your marketing.

Now, let’s go over how to set this up in your SegMetrics account. 

First, ensure that your SegMetrics tracking pixel is installed on all of your landing pages and checkout pages. This will ensure accurate attribution across all of your marketing channels. 

Next, the new lead report can help you analyze this data. Filter the timeline for any metric you want to track over an extended period. This way, you’ll be able to attribute purchases made long after initial contact. 

Next, you can set your attribution model to consider all clicks, first visits. The model will adjust to accommodate touchpoints that may have occurred months or years prior to the conversion. 

Remember, the key is consistency and integration, so your data continues to flow no matter how much time passes.

Marketing is a long game, and with the right tools, you’ll win. And thanks again for watching, and until next time, keep unlocking those hidden profits.

Next Steps

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Ryan Johnson

Marketer @ SegMetrics

Ryan Johnson is a content strategist and product marketing manager with over 15 years experience bringing brands and products to life with integrated editorial and sales collateral, value-based messaging, and GTM strategies.

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