Mass.gov events reporting

Overview

Google Analytics captures interactions under the Events reports (which you can find under the Behavior report).
An event could represent any interaction a user has with your content – clicking a link, pushing a button, watching a video, etc.
You can analyze and report on events based on the metadata associated with them. For example, each link click is associated with the page it happened on, the content type of the page, and the organization that owns that content. In addition, we keep track of the text that the user clicked, the URL they clicked, and the Mass.gov component they clicked (e.g. if the link click was a Mosaic image click, an inline link, a footer link, etc.)
You can find this information most easily if you’re familiar with these 4 technical terms: event category, event action, event label, and custom dimension.

Terms

Event category shows the website the event took place on and the service family (a service page & all its child pages) it took place in. For Mass.gov’s analytics, you will always see “massgov” for the website. If you’ve implemented cross domain tracking and have access to another Google Analytics property, you may see your site’s name instead.
Event action describes the type of interaction and provides additional contextual data. For example, a link click event would begin with “Link click:” and also provide the actual text that the visitor clicked.
Event label usually shows a click URL.

Reference

Dimension
Definition
What it looks like in GA
Event Category
The website the event took place on and the service family it took place in.
massgov Department of Public Health
Event Action
The type of interaction and provides additional contextual data.
Link Click: Apply Online for WIC
Event Label
If applicable: shows the URL that was clicked.
https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online
We have also added a number of custom dimensions to Google Analytics that you can use to look up other interesting data about your events. For example, you can add “organization” or “hit timestamp” to your events reports to see what state organization(s) they’re associated with or the exact times they occurred.
See below for a full list of custom dimensions you can use to report on your content.

Custom dimensions

Dimension name
Definition
What it looks like
Organization
All organizations associated with a page. You can add or remove these in the CMS.
departmentofunemploymentassistance,executiveofficeoflaborandworkforcedevelopment
Hit Timestamp
The time down to the millisecond the event occurred.
2020-06-12T08:10:46.593-04:00
sessionId
The unique identifier of the session that the event occurred in.
591809676497.lvbn5kbv
Node Id
The unique ID of the page that the event occurred on. (Matches the ID in the CMS.)
13811
Event target
The Mass.gov component the visitor interacted with.
Mosaic image
Page type
The content type of the page the event occurred on.
how_to_page
In-out-dl
Whether a click was to an inbound, outbound, or download link.
Out
Service families
Shows the full list of service families the page that the event happened on is associated with.
Vehicle registration, RMV services at aaa, disability plates and placards

Event targets

"Event target" is a custom dimension that indicates the component that a user interacts with, such as a “Callout button,” “Header logo,” or “inline link.” Here is a list of event targets and descriptions of what components they refer to.
Event target
Description
Footer link
Links in the site's footer (not including the logo)
Footer logo
The logo in the site’s footer
Header logo
The logo in the site’s header
Mosaic image
Image or associated text for the smaller mosaic components on Organization Page mosaics
Mosaic image (tall)
Image or associated text for the largest mosaic component on Organization page mosaics
Social media icon
Sidebar social media links (e.g. on the Service and Organization Pages)
Social media icon (footer)
Social media links in the site’s footer
Google translate widget
Google translate link in upper right navigation
State organizations
State organizations link in upper right navigation
Utility nav login
Log-in links in upper right navigation
Org page sub-navigation
Org nav links.
Relationship indicator
Relationship indicators that connect pages to parents (e.g. "Part of:" & "Offered by: " above main content area)
Table link
Links in table data cells
Rich text link
Links in rich text sections (e.g. inline links)
Related link
Links in the Related section at the bottom and in sidebars
Related services
Links in the Related services section on Service Pages
Additional resources & downloads
Links in the Additional resources & Download sections
Related organization link
Links in the Related Organization section of Organization Pages
Our organizations
Links in Our Organization section of Organization Pages
Org page subnav
Organization Page subnavigation menu link
Featured card header
Featured card header link (e.g. the header link for the gray cards on Topic pages)
Featured card link group
Featured card link (e.g. links in list format on gray cards on Topic Pages)
Global alert
Site-wide alert link
Page-level alert
Alert that's local to a specific page
News link
News and announcements links on Organization Pages
Callout button link
Button-style link, such as the ones on at the top of How-tos, as "Key Actions" on Guide Pages, etc.
Curated list link
Any list item in a curated list
Contact information
Any link in a contact information section (e.g. on sidebars and in accordions at the bottom of a how-to)
Homepage news & updates link
Link in the homepage's "News and updates" section
Popular searches
Links under "Popular searches" heading on home page
Binder organization
Link to state organization's Org Page in Binder subheading area
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