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Great thoughts on Universal Analytics, totally agree that you really have to plan it well before considering switching. And definitely run in parallel to make sure it's all working perfectly first!
Why I don't recommend completely switching to Universal Analytics

I get lot of emails from people who want to switch back to the old Google Analytics from universal analytics. Their number 1 objection is that UA is creating tracking issues and they can't figure out how to resolve these issues. 

So for example if you switch to universal analytics and you are using a third party shopping cart which is still designed for the old GA then what will happen next,.......your ecommerce tracking may either stop working or it may start producing inaccurate reports.

Lot of people are blindly switching to UA on Google's recommendation without understanding the implications of such a switch.

You need to understand that everything from event tracking, cross domain tracking to ecommerce tracking works differently in UA. So if you make a switch to UA, you then need to change majority of your tracking code like ecommerce tracking code, event tracking code etc and also make sure that it works. Google will not automatically do all these changes for you just because you are now using UA.

Moreover there is not enough support available from Google and other analytics users yet. So if something goes wrong you are pretty much on your own. Also once you completely switched to UA there is no turning back. So if you can't resolve your UA issues, you are pretty much stuck with poor to no tracking. 

So what i recommend is running UA in parallel with GA as long as you can (until Google force the switch on you or until you have tested and sort out all of your UA tracking issues in advance). 

EDIT: According to +Justin Cutroni " Classic Google Analytics won’t go away, but all future enhancements will only be released to Universal Analytics." Source: 
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This is great - scripts are a lifesaver in AdWords! Definitely recommend getting started with these ones if you've not used scripts before. 
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Having a debate about this topic in the office at the moment, then +Laura Phillips  points out she wrote about it. Good read and good debate!
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Great article by +Nichola Stott, really worth looking at patterns behind errors in WMT and checking code!  
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Congrats on your first Koozai video +Ali Moghadam
My Koozai TV debut :)
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Love this! The GA magic API script is fantastic for speeding up some complex reporting like this, as well as all the simple stuff :)
How to Analyse, Optimise & Automate Multi-Channel ROI Calculations:

As marketing tactics become more and more complex, the needs of marketing managers and executives to understand and monitor Cost Per Conversion (and ROI) from every channel are increasing.

In her newest post, Polly Prospelova outlines a way to create spreadsheets that automate multi-channel ROI calculations.
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Can anyone be an absolute hero? I'm looking for a list of things that have caused Google Analytics data to be misreported in some way?

Usually things caused by platforms and browsers not letting the data get through accurately - for example, iOS 6 reporting a lot of organic traffic as direct. I'm sure there are other things, and in the past I've annotated GA with this, but I've moved company and don't have any of these annotations to work from any more. Thanks in advance :)
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Add to that secure search (not talking about the keywords not provided), but more when secure search misrepresents traffic coming in as direct when it originated as organic.
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I should have credited +Laura Phillips with finding this, I never manage to find the cool stuff myself! :)
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Waahaaay! Our blog won a UK Search Award :) 
We are pleased to announce that the Koozai team won the award for Best Blog at the UK Search Awards. Congratulations to the entire team. 
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I am keen to help others understand more about using analytics to improve results and have spoken BrightonSEO, SMX London and at Think Visibility on the topic of advanced analytics. I have also written a large amount of guides and created videos about analytics on the Koozai website during my time there. Here's a list of my analytics resources.

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