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User Analytics

Add Affirm checkout to analytics tools

You can track a customer’s Affirm checkout with any analytics tool that uses the query string to persist UTM parameters. Simply pass those parameters via user_confirmation_url and user_cancel_url when you define the Affirm checkout object.

The URL defined in user_confirmation_url is where the customer is redirected to after completing the Affirm checkout flow. The URL defined in user_cancel_url is where the customer is redirected to if they exit the process without successfully confirming a loan (e.g., declination, cancellation).

Example

{
  "merchant":
  {
    "user_confirmation_url" : your_confirmation_url + "?your_analytics_tag=" + some_value,
    "user_cancel_url" : your_cancel_url + "?your_analytics_tag=" + some_value
  }
}

After successfully or unsuccessfully completing the process, the customer is redirected back to the proper URL with the persisting query string that was present before initiating the Affirm checkout. If you don’t include the UTM parameters, they won’t be included in the POST request back to your site.

Google Analytics (analytics.js)

If you’re using the current Google Analytics implementation with analytics.js, you need to do one of the following to prevent affirm.com from being listed as a traffic source:

  • Use Multi-Channel Funnel (MCF) reporting to capture multiple referrers and sources for a given user session, which allows you to see original referrer and source information
  • Add affirm.com to your referral exclusion list to maintain the original traffic source

Referral exclusion list

You should only use the referral exclusion list if you can’t use MCF. Since Affirm can drive traffic to your site directly from the Affirm User Portal, Google may track it as a legitimate traffic source for some transactions. By adding the affirm.com domain to you referral exclusion list, you won’t track Affirm.com as a traffic source.

From Google’s documentation, “A common use for this feature is to prevent third-party shopping carts from starting second sessions. When the third-party shopping cart is in the exclusion list, a user will no longer initiate a new session, and won't be counted as a referral when they return to your order-confirmation page after checking out on the third-party site."

For example, when a customer:

  1. Finds your store from an organic Google search result
  2. Shops on your site
  3. Completes the checkout on affirm.com
  4. Returns to your site

Google won’t trigger a new session and retain the organic search result as the original traffic source. If a customer generates 2 sessions by leaving and returning to your site over 30 minutes later, then you'll still see the last non-direct click for the customer's recent sessions.

Legacy Google Analytics (ga.js)

The legacy Google Analytics implementation requires that you manually override the traffic sources associated with the customer session using the utm_nooverride parameter.

Implement the utm_nooverride parameter on the first link at the referral source that a customer clicks. You don’t need to include it in user_confirmation_url or user_cancel_url. As long as the customer's first visit to your site has the utm_nooverride=1 parameter, all subsequent referrals will be ignored, and will not override the original traffic source.

Consider upgrading to Google Universal Analytics as it has several advantages, including multi-channel funnel analytics, which circumvents many of the challenges associated with source and referrer attributions.