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Alright, I waited a few weeks and I can't take it anymore. I tried to love it, but I absolutely can't stand the new GTM UI (V2). I really tried to get used to it, but I keep running into SO many quirks and weird UI stuff, I miss V1 GTM so so so much, I wish I could go back - honestly, I'm about to start hard coding again (okay, maybe a bit dramatic, but really...). I hate not being able to edit events when I'm in a tag, I hate not being able to search for JUST tags or triggers, I hate the trigger definition wizard.  My laundry list of stuff I hate is so long I don't even know where to start. 

Is it just me? If it's just me, what are your tips to love V2? 
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Thanks everyone, I got frustrated the other night and had to "vent" somewhere - appreciate the responses. Please don't mistake my venting for complete dissatisfaction of GTM (or the wonderful community behind it!) I don't know what I would do without it. I guess,  I was so comfortable in V1; I spend about a 1/4 of my day in the tool and supporting others on the team, just haven't found the same rhythm as I had before. It'll get there I'm sure!

Good advice +Simo Ahava on taking a hard look at the API. 

Thanks +Stéphane Hamel! Definitely in agreement, haven't found anything I can't do in V2, I just find it takes me longer to do than compared with V1. 
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Tech question: I'm trying build a standard for tracking forms. Ultimately, I want to push multiple form values into a SINGLE dataLayer value. I DO NOT intend on using all values in the form - obviously, no personal information.  

I want to be able to push an object into a dataLayer value and access the values of that object from a single key in the dataLayer.

it might look something like this:
<script>
dataLayer.push({
  'event': 'form',
  'formValues': {request: 'service', location: 'minnesota'}
});
</script> 

Does anyone know if there is a way to access those values within GTM? 
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No, it wouldn't work since you're trying to pass an object when a string is required.

The curly brackets denote an object with properties. Dot notation is used to retrieve a property of this object. 
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This is the greatest thing ever... automatically add photos to your calendar. Go back and see what pictures you took and when. So cool. 
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Combining device data in #GoogleAnalytics ?  Has there ever been a better time to be a digital analyst?

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Visits will now be called "sessions" and visitors will now be called "users." The Google Analytics team has also integrated web data and app data within the same reports. These new views roll out to all accounts starting this week.
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I'm in heaven...
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Google Analytics just keeps getting better and better. "Remarketing now available on GA" #measure  
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Funny you ask, +Josh Braaten . There's my boat! Just got it too!! :) You should come up with an excuse to cut out of the office so we can work from the boat (I got a mifi and power!), got a slip near the St. Croix too! You don't even want to know how much gas it takes. Hahaha
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Has anyone ever had a UA hitCallback not work? I've used them a 100 times and all of a sudden, I have a Universal Analytics hitCallback that REFUSES to fire on a site. I feel like I've tried everything, no javascript errors, I've created new Universal Tags, new hitCallback macros, tested it on other UA tags, they work just fine in other accounts, just can't get it to work in this ONE single account. What gives? 

Any common pitfalls with hitCallbacks? Ideas? Or suggestions? I'm out of ideas! 
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+Dan Antonson No, I have contact with Google about it, because it look like a bug. all the settings have were set in a correct way. The technical team of Google has not answered yet. They're looking for the problem.
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Hi everyone, 

I'm curious to learn more about how others in the group are documenting tags, dataLayers and scripts within GTM. I manage a few properties, all with GTM and I find it overwhelming to manage so many elements. Some of my containers have 100's of pixels and dozens upon dozens of dataLayer objects on the various pages.  Someone will request a new tag or something, and in my head I'm thinking, "I think I have a script for this?", "What was that element class again?", "I need to change a script, what other things will it impact?" etc. etc. 

I took a stab at documenting things in Excel, here's a small sample.

 I guess my main question is, what is the best way to document a Google Tag Manager implementation and the related tags?  Suggestions? Thoughts? Feedback? Is there a better way? 

Thanks in advance! 
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Appreciate your thoughts +Roel Willems , that's really sound advice. 

+Simo Ahava +Niels Westerhelweg +Doug Hall  Thanks everyone for your input,  it's clear the naming conventions are important to keeping everything in order. I think I need to spend some documenting exactly what I want this to look like so I can make sure everyone abides by it. Looks like I have an internal GTM bible to write :) Thanks again! 
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Does anyone know if code exists to integrate Vimeo Google Analytics video tracking + Google Tag Manager? Thought I'd ask before I start writing new code. 
So you've got an awesome website and an awesome video hosted on Vimeo. You dropped the Vimeo hosted video into your page like so: But now you have no way of tracking the video events in Google Analytics. Did your paid traffi...
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Noticed someone +1'd the post, I never did adapt +Stephane Hamel 's code for Vimeo, my client ended up switching to Wistia, I do have a solution for that, but not Vimeo; for those who are wondering. Anyone want to take a stab at it? 
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Couldn't agree more. Why Too Much Data Disables your Decision Making ability. #measure
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Not bad Google, not bad at all. For just checking in / monitoring the new Google Analytics app will do nicely. #measure
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Born and raised in Minnesota. I've done my fair share of traveling. In the summer you'll find me on the St. Croix river, and in the winter, you'll find me trying to keep a snowmobile in one piece. If you like the occasional humorous / will probably go viral internet videos; you should probably circle me. 

Currently working as a Senior Digital Analyst specialist at Collegis Education. Background in web dev, communication and marketing, but now I have found my focus with web analytics. I <3 #measure. Oh, and I post a lot about my industry and what I learn / discover, so if you want that, you should circle me. 

Also, sorry Mac fans, I love Android, and my PC. I used to own an iPod, but lost it, and didn't bother replacing it - so clearly, I also post about Android awesomeness. 



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