Recent Improvements to Google Analytics 4 You Should Be Leveraging

March 23, 2023

Google Universal Analytics is currently being phased out in favor of Google Analytics 4 (GA4). As this transition takes place, GA4 features are being continuously introduced and upgraded.

In this article, I’ve identified three of the most important recent improvements to GA4 that you should be taking advantage of:

Here’s what you need to know about the new improvements:

New ecommerce item-scoped dimensions and metrics

In January 2023, the following ecommerce item-scoped dimensions and metrics were introduced:



These new dimensions and metrics make more detailed information available within item scope. For example, you can now see how many times the checkout process was initiated for a specific item.

Please remember that when you are preparing reports in GA4, item-scoped dimensions should be combined with item- or event-scoped metrics to get reporting metrics. For example, you can get:

More background information on GA4 ecommerce dimensions and metrics is available here.

Enhanced Google Analytics search functionalities

The Google Analytics search bar has been updated to allow you to:

This feature empowers you with more convenient and user-friendly navigation. Find out more about it here.

Improved reporting experience for properties with large and complex data

As of February 2023, you can now find: 

  1. a Data quality icon at the individual card level

Previously, the Data quality icon appeared at the top of the Reporting snapshot report and overview reports. However, different messages can apply to different cards. With this update, Google Analytics more precisely shows which messages apply to each card in a report so that you’ll be aware of the specific cards that are under thresholding and which ones contain unsampled data.

2. a new (other) row message in the Data quality icon

The (other) row appears when a report has dimensions causing less common data exceeding cardinality limits to be grouped into an (other) row. 

In this new (other) message, you are presented with several options to reduce or eliminate these cardinality limits:

3. new sampling controls for Google Analytics 360 properties. 

The following new sampling controls allow you to adjust the level of precision and speed in your explorations:

Follow this link to learn more about the (other) row and data sampling.

We hope you find these updates useful. If you have any questions about them or other ways you can get the most out of GA4 for your business, we have the answers! We help clients succeed with the platform every day, are fully up to speed on its latest capabilities, and look forward to sharing our knowledge with you.

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