They don't care if they take credit for action driven by other efforts.
Every platform is incentivized to count the most conversions possible so it looks like their platform is efficient and effective to advertisers so they can win more ad dollars.
Since we can't trust the platform data, most marketers use Google Analytics to solve this.
GA is a good start, but it's also, ya know, owned by a giant search engine that sells ads that easily get tracked as the last click before someone buys.
If platform data is biased and the most common free analytics tool is also skewed, what should you do to better understand the impact of your marketing channels?
I think you know where this is going:
Attribution is a touchy subject because it involves ambiguity and making sense of the unknown.
It can feel icky or wrong because it might disagree with the other data that you liked/believed before.
People don't want to admit they were wrong. Cognitive dissonance!
Compare the data between the two as a guide/check.
I also recommend that all marketers not take any of this (or anything for that matter) too seriously.
Maybe a single ad drove the sale immediately.
Maybe it was multiple touches across four devices over a month.
Maybe it was word of mouth from a friend a year ago, but they clicked a search ad before buying.
A good attribution tool gives you more clarity about what drove actions.
It allows you to make better decisions, but will inevitably miss the nuance of things that aren't able to be tracked.
Obsessing over attribution data too much is a bottomless money and stress pit.
I've seen brands blow millions trying to "solve" attribution, all to wind up in the place where they started.
Why do they end up where they started?
Because they're trying to justify their own positions/biases with the data they have.
All of this data is just being used to tell the story they want to tell.
Humans are imperfect, biased, and make mistakes.
Orrrrr they can be incentivized (corrupted) by things like kickbacks to stack the deck in favor of one platform versus another (*cough* TV *cough).
Check them both out and go with the one that makes sense for you.
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