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We know that it’s often helpful to visualize data trends in a spreadsheet, so you can now add miniature charts, or sparklines, into individual cells in Sheets.

Find out more about the types of charts available and get instructions for using the SPARKLINE function in the help center: http://goo.gl/2rWeIF. 
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We have a bit of a strange problem, we have a client that has just migrated to GTM and we've moved over their Google Analytics to the GTM platform. Following this move we are seeing huge amounts of additional direct traffic from internet explorer 7,8 and 9.

We are using the Classic Analytics with Enable Display Advertising Features (this wasn't in the previous build) other than that there isn't any settings selected (this is a very basic GTM Analytics install for now). The client is using manual _gaq entries but I don't believe this should have a effect?

Initially I thought that this was because the domain cookie had changed and it would settle over time, however these are NEW sessions, traffic is up by similar levels they aren't just new users!

This is in IE versions 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. 

Has anyone seen this? Have any idea on what could be causing it?
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Great find +William Vicary !
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Just a couple hopefully easy queries, we are using the DOM macro object to discover identifiers on a form success page indicating success rather than failure. However we have been unable to use this unless an "ID" is available identifying a class that indicates success, the success page is using a class in an element and not ID - is it possible to use class in a similar manner to how this DOM function works?

Also, we simply want to check if the DOM element is available, it doesn't matter what it contains, is there a rule you would suggest to identify whether a DOM element is available irregardless of text (can you do a negative rule, such as if it doesn't contain "null" or similar?)

Thanks!
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So use DOM macro to retrieve the content of element with ID.

Then create rule with these conditions>
{{event}} equals gtm.load
{{Your DOM macro}} does not match regex ^$
{{Your DOM macro}} does not equal null

Then create tag which will be fired.
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#GPBatSignal I'm looking for some more information on the Website Call Conversions and how this works when implemented.

Specifically, how do the phone numbers work? On Google Search Ads the number is replaced by an 03 number, is this still the case with Website Call Conversions? It would seem strange to users to replace a 0870/0845/01/02 number on a website with an 03, especially if there is a delay in doing so (which is typical with other providers)?
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+William Vicary That's the reason we don't use call conversions. We feel users don't really want to dial an (often) 0330 number as most users won't know its a Google forwarding number. It could be an anonymous premium line for all they know. And 0330 just looks ugly...
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Anchor Text Probably Influences Search Suggest

A few years ago, I started using the phrase "serendipitous travel blog" when linking to Geraldine's travel blog. The phrase had almost no exact matches around the web, and now it's used on many places that have picked it up from my professional bio. As you can see, it's also become part of Google's search suggest.

It's also possible that this could have influenced search suggest even if it wasn't anchor text (and was just part of the text, but then other phrases in my bio would do the same thing, and that doesn't seem to be the case).
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We are having some troubles with an "include only" filter across both hostname and request uri.

Our client is using a third party service to track phone calls, these are logged against the hostname/request URI when available. Otherwise these phone calls are logged against an event with the category "Phonecall". 

We presumed, given that the event hits do not match the "include only" filters we have setup for hostname/request URI that these hits would not make it into these website views - instead they are showing within the website views with (not set) as the hostname/page when adding a secondary dimension.

Is it possible to filter these hits out?
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Hi Al,

Thank you so much for sandbox testing this for me, much appreciated.

I feel that this could be a bug with profile filters, whilst I presume this is "working as intended" as pageviews are treated separately to goals, however given that the profiles filters do work when the hostname/page is provided then it seems odd that they don't have an impact when it isn't provided!

Cheers

Will
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Cool infographic about promotional products and their different uses at festivals!
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Is it bad practice to use a Form Submit Listener on pages that do not contain forms that you don't currently want to track? Does this slow down any execution of the pages?

The reason I ask is that we have a client that we are looking to roll this out for, but I want to make this future proof. The client is likely to add more forms in the future and this will save us time (and them money) when the new forms are added to the website, they all follow a very similar structure.
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This shouldn't be a problem.
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