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Harness the power of URL parameters and UTM trackers in idloom.events Collect essential marketing insights and tailors user experiences based on their origin.

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Purpose and benefits

UTM parameters, or Urchin Tracking Module parameters, are tags added to URLs to track the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns across various traffic sources and channels. There are five primary UTM parameters, each providing specific information about user interactions:

  • utm_source: Identifies the origin or platform from which the user came (e.g., Google, Facebook, or a specific email campaign).
  • utm_medium: Specifies the marketing medium used to promote the content, such as email, social media, or cost-per-click (CPC) advertising.
  • utm_campaign: Represents the particular marketing campaign or promotion associated with the link (e.g., spring_sale or newsletter_may).
  • utm_term: Tracks the keywords used in paid search campaigns, helping to monitor the performance of different search terms.
  • utm_content: Provides additional details about the specific ad or link clicked, often used for A/B testing and content-targeted ads to distinguish between multiple versions or placements.

Utilizing UTM parameters in your event management enables you to seamlessly track the success of your marketing initiatives. By identifying the best-performing sources, channels, and campaigns, you can make informed decisions to optimize your promotional strategies, ultimately driving more attendees to your events and maximizing your return on investment.idloom.events now supports the addition of hidden fields in registration forms, allowing you to incorporate UTM parameters into your marketing URLs and collect valuable data on campaign performance.

Creating hidden fields for UTM parameters

Step 1: Create a new hidden field

From your event’s editing page, navigate to Registration > Form. There click on +Add field and select “Hidden field”.

Step 2: Configure the hidden field

In the field settings, you'll see the "Technical name" dropdown menu. Select one of the five UTM parameters (utm_campaign, utm_source, utm_medium, utm_term, or utm_content) as the technical name for the hidden field, or create your own and save your changes :

In the Technical name field, select one of the five UTM parameters (utm_campaign, utm_source, utm_medium, utm_term, or utm_content) or create your own by typing it directly in the field (using underscore between each word, spaces will not work) and save your changes.

Hidden field label, technical names suggestions as list  (utm_campaign, utm_source, utm_medium, utm_term, utm_context)

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each UTM parameter to track all five default UTM parameters, or your custom ones.

Step 4: Now that your registration form has hidden fields for UTM parameters, it's time to include these parameters in your promotional URLs. This is done by adding the UTM parameters directly to the URLs of your marketing campaigns or linked buttons on your promotional websites.

Add a “?” to your event’s registration page URL followed by the utm parameter’s technical name, an equal sign and the desired value that will correspond to that UTM parameter. Use “&” to combine multiple parameters at once. In the example below, the URL indicates that any person who registers for the event through this link came from the source specified as "medium1”.

https://annual-conference.idloom.events/register?my_technical_name1=medium1

Other examples: 

Example 1: Email Marketing Campaign (one medium)

https://annual-conference.idloom.events/register?utm_source=newsletter

Example 2: Email Marketing Campaign (multiple mediums)

https://annual-conference.idloom.events/register?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=early_bird_promo&utm_term=may_edition&utm_content=version_a

Example 3: Social Media Promotion

https://annual-conference.idloom.events/register?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=conference_announcement&utm_content=post_1

Example 4: Paid Advertising

https://annual-conference.idloom.events/register?utm_source=google_ads&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=conference_tickets&utm_term=tech+conference&utm_content=ad_version_b

Please note that there are no limits to the number of utm parameters you can use. Remember to replace the example values with your specific campaign information.

Remember to replace the example values with your specific campaign information.

Step 5: Analyze the data collected from hidden fields Once your event registration form is live, the hidden fields will automatically capture the UTM parameters from your marketing URLs when users register. This information will be included in your event's registration data and can be exported for further analysis or integrated with your analytics tools.

To extract that data you can use the Export function on the List of attendees.  From General>Attendees, Click on the export icon (then Excel or CSV) and select the relevant fields .

Hidden Fields: Unveiling Form Condition Potentials

Unlock the power of form conditions in idloom.events by tailoring the registration experience based on UTM parameters. By setting up form conditions, you can create custom registration paths, display targeted content, or grant access to specific tickets for registrants coming from various marketing channels. 

For instance, if you want to offer a discounted ticket to registrants coming from a specific email campaign, you can create a form condition based on the utm_campaign parameter. When a user registers with the URL containing the matching utm_campaign value (e.g., utm_campaign=email_discount), the form condition will recognize it and grant access to the special discounted ticket, creating a personalized experience for the registrant. 

This approach can be applied to other UTM parameters as well, allowing you to create dynamic registration forms that adapt to the registrants' marketing sources, content, or campaign information. For a deeper understanding of setting up and using form conditions in idloom.events, you can refer to the specific user guide [here].

URL Parameter Customization: Expanding Beyond Field Types

URL parameters can also be utilized with other field types to pre-populate fields, choose specific tickets, or apply discount codes. Attach custom parameters to your event URL in the following format as an example:

Pre-filling a form field with a specified value:

https://example.idloom.events/tech-conference/register?free_field14=exhibitor

Pre-applying a coupon code:

https://example.idloom.events/tech-conference/register?coupon=speaker

Distribute the customized URL to potential attendees and when registrants use this URL, the corresponding fields will be pre-populated, or discount codes applied based on the included URL parameters.

If you're interested in pre-selecting tickets using URL parameters, this cannot be done using hidden fields but can be done with encoded parameters. kindly refer to our step-by-step guide provided [here].

Word of caution

It is important to note that hidden UTM fields should not be confused with the "Hidden for registrants (admin only)" feature available for other fields in in the form. While both are hidden from the attendees' view, UTM fields are specifically designed to capture marketing data in the background, whereas fields with the "Hidden for registrants (admin only)" option serve as internal administrative fields that are only visible and editable on the admin side (see below). These two functionalities serve distinct purposes and should not be mixed or used interchangeably.

Other field type settings (non hidden fields) settings view. Admin only field checkbox

We wish you success and pleasure with all your events!

The idloom.events team