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Sending to the data layer (UDO) the Google Universal Analytics' clientID.

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I was thinking that I could set up an extension with this piece of code (as indicated by google here: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/domains?hl=en#getClientId)... but it's not working....

ga(function(tracker) {
var clientId = tracker.get('clientId');
});

That will return the value that Google uses to identify a client (i.e 1212837214.1427804483)

I've tried with all kind of js extensions pre-loader, dom ready and all tags... but it seems that the ga function is not defined in any of them...

Any help will be more than welcome!

[Using the _ga cookie is not an option as we want to have this information ready by the first time the collect pixel is called ]

Thanks!

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Sending to the data layer (UDO) the Google Universal Analytics' clientID.

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Hi Marta, what is your exact use-case? Where are you trying to send that cId value?
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Sending to the data layer (UDO) the Google Universal Analytics' clientID.

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Hi Marta, The support article that you link references the 'ga' function in the context of analytics.js This is the file used by Google Universal Analytics while ga.js is used by the standard(and premium) Google Analytics - see the link provided above. My suspicion is that you are using the standard GA tag but calling a function that is only present in the GUA tag. If we are on the right path here, I would add the GUA tag, then add a javascript Extension with your tracker.get function, then scope that Extension to the GUA tag. You may need to adjust sequence as you've described in your other efforts(pre-Loader, DOM Ready) to see when/where the funtion needs to fire.

 

For added help, if you could provide a link to where you are testing(tagmania site?) and the Account / Profile one of our service engineers can take a quick look and offer suggestions.

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Sending to the data layer (UDO) the Google Universal Analytics' clientID.

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Sending to the data layer (UDO) the Google Universal Analytics' clientID.

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Finally, I've been able to do what I want (sending the clientId value as a custom dimension to GUA) by setting up a js extension that looks like this:

$waitUntil(
function () { return (typeof ga !== 'undefined' && typeof ga.getAll === 'function'); },
function () {
trackers = ga.getAll();
if(trackers.length) { utag.view({ client:trackers[0].get('clientId')}); };
},
200,
2000);
}
What it does is:
- waits until the GUA tracker is loaded
- gets the clientId assigned to the visitor
- calls utag.view to call the GUA tag where the client is mapped as a custom dimension.

The drawback is that it generates duplicates the page views, as a page view is sent automatically when analytics.js library is loaded and I'm unable to skip it...

Is it possible to set up the GUA tag to avoid the initial page view?