Littedata’s Shopify to Google Analytics connection is an advanced Google Analytics integration for tracking ecommerce events, including marketing channels and sales data. Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the connection.

Is the connection available in the Shopify app store?

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Yes, you can install Littledata’s Shopify to Google Analytics connection directly from the Shopify app store.

What do I get with the connection?

  • End-to-end Google Analytics tracking for the shopper journey
  • Accurate sales tracking, including sales and refunds
  • Accurate marketing attribution (say goodbye to large amounts of mysteriously “Direct” traffic)
  • Complete Enhanced Ecommerce data
  • Custom dimensions to calculate customer lifetime value and create custom audiences for retargeting
  • Ability to segment performance in Google Analytics by payment source, subscription plan type, and product category
  • Extensible data layer, plus additional connections for tracking ReCharge and CartHook checkouts

See the connection overview for more details.

How is this different from Shopify's default tracking?

In short, Shopify’s native analytics are inaccurate and incomplete, and their basic Google Analytics integration is hardly any better. Littledata uses a combination of client-side and server-side tracking to stitch sessions together and capture everything that happens in your Shopify store, from marketing channels through browsing behavior, repeat purchases, subscriber behavior and refunds. Initial case studies have found a 10x savings on development time and upkeep, not to mention that the data is far more accurate!

Will you make Shopify match GA?

Yes! 88% of Shopify stores have inaccurate data in Google Analytics. There are several possible reasons for this, but Littledata fixes most issues automatically.

Do I need to disable Shopify's default Google Analytics tracking?

Yes. During the install flow, you will be prompted to disable Shopify’s native Google Analytics tracking setup. This is an important step to ensure that you don’t have double tracking in Google Analytics, and that Littledata’s tracking works correctly. Disabling the default tracking will not mess with your historic data, only help to improve your tracking going forward. See how to disable Shopify’s default GA tracking

How does the manual install work?

There are several reasons you might need to do a manual installation of Littledata’s Shopify to Google Analytics connection. You might have a very custom theme or be under source control. Follow these steps to install or update Littledata’s Shopify tracker via the custom/manual route.

Note: If you are using a headless setup, follow the headless setup guide instead.

Can I set up cross-domain tracking for my Shopify store?

Yes. Littledata automatically includes these preset URLs for cross- domain tracking: shopify.com, rechargeapps.com, recurringcheckout.com, carthook.com, checkout.com.

You can add additional URLs manually. Follow this guide to set up additional cross-domain tracking.

Do you support multi-currency?

Yes. If you are selling in multiple currencies with different Shopify stores, Littledata’s Shopify to Google Analytics connection makes it easy to track this and convert sales into your shop currency. Read more about multi-currency tracking and supported payment gateways.

Do you support headless Shopify setups?

Yes, Littledata provides accurate sales and marketing data for headless ecommerce. This requires manual setup steps. Follow this guide to setting up Littledata for headless Shopify tracking.

Does the connection work with GTM?

Littledata’s tracking script for Shopify stores adds detailed events which you can use to build funnels or trigger other marketing tags in Google Tag Manager (GTM). You can use Littledata to replace GTM, or use Littledata with GTM. Our script uses the naming conventions set by Google for gtag. Here is an overview of Littledata’s GTM and Google Analytics data layer.

Do you track by Product ID or SKU?

Shopify has a unique way of tagging and organizing products and variants. Littledata enables tracking by SKU, ID and variant in Google Analytics. Learn more about how Littledata handles SKUs, Shopify product IDs and product variants.

How does the connection fix marketing attribution?

Google Analytics loses the link between a customer choosing a product, checkout, and payment. Littledata fixes this by linking together the session that the customer had browsing products on your Shopify store with the actual checkout steps and payment. Learn more about marketing attribution.

Who uses Littledata?

Hundreds of top Shopify merchants around the world use Littledata’s smart connections to increase sales and improve ROAS. Read some of our reviews in the Shopify app store, or feel free to contact us for references on enterprise plans.