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Everything you need to know about setting up UET

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This article will show you how to create a UET tag, add it to your website, modify it for advanced tracking and targeting features, and troubleshoot issues you may encounter.

 

Create a UET tag

Before you can track conversions or target audiences using a remarketing list, you need to create a UET tag in Microsoft Advertising and then add the UET tag tracking code to every page of your website.

  1. From the top menu, select Tools > UET tag.
  2. Select Create UET tag and then enter a name.
  3. Optional: Enter a description that helps you identify the UET tag in the future. This could relate to the purpose the tag will serve or to the name or URL of your website.
  4. Optional: Clear the Enable Microsoft Clarity checkbox.
  5. Select Save.
  6. In the View UET tag tracking code box, select either CopyDownload, or Email, and then close the View UET tag tracking code box.

 

Add the tag to your website

After you create a UET tag, the next step is to add the UET tag tracking code to your website. We recommend that you, or your webmaster, add it to every page of your website in the head or body section.

You have a few options when working with UET tags. You can either add the UET tag tracking code directly into your website's code using JavaScript or use a third-party tag manager. Additionally, if your website was built on a website platform (such as Shopify or WordPress), you can use that system to add your UET tag.

 

If you have copied the tracking code, or have a downloaded or email version of it, you are ready to paste it to your website and can skip to step 4.
  1. In the left navigation pane, select Conversion Tracking and then UET tags (or from the global menu at the top of the page, select Tools and then UET tags).
  2. In the table, find the UET tag that you want to use and, in the Action column, select View tag.
  3. In the UET tag tracking code box, select Copy and then Done.
  4. Paste the UET tag tracking code on every page of your website, either in the head or body section. In the image, the UET tag tracking code is pasted at the top of the body section of the webpage.

 

Modify your tag to enable additional features

Some targeting and tracking features require you to modify your UET tag. The instructions below assume that you have already created a UET tag and added it to your website.

Once you've created a custom event conversion goal or remarketing list using custom events (see How to track custom events with UET), you need to add the custom event JavaScript to your UET tag tracking code. Let's say that the custom event you want to track on your webpage is people selecting a "Download now" button on one of your web pages.

 

Verify your tag is working and troubleshoot issues

You can also use Microsoft Advertising to validate:

  1. In the left navigation pane, select Conversion Tracking and then UET tags (or from the global menu at the top of the page, select Tools and then UET tags).
  2. In the table, review the columns:
    Tag name
    What it is:
    The name of the UET tag.
    Why it's important:
    When you create a conversion goal or remarketing list, you select the name of the UET tag that you want to use.
    Tag description
    What it is:
    The optional description for the UET tag.
    Why it's important:
    It helps you identify the UET tag. We recommend adding the website page name or URL.
    Tag ID
    What it is:
    The ID Microsoft Advertising associates with the UET tag.
    Why it's important:
    The Conversion goals page lists the UET tag ID associated with the goal and you can view the UET tag tracking code.
    Tracking status
    What it is:
    This is the status of the UET tag. It can be unverified, tag active, or tag inactive.
    Why it's important:
    Lets you know if your UET tag is working or not.
    Unverified: Microsoft Advertising hasn’t received any user activity data from the UET tag on your website. It can take up to 24 hours for Microsoft Advertising to verify. If you still see this status, you either have not added the UET tag tracking code to your website or there is an issue with the setup that you need to fix.
    Tag active: Your UET tag is working and sending user activity data to Microsoft Advertising.
    Tag inactive: Microsoft Advertising has not received any user activity data from the UET tag in the last 24 hours. Make sure that the UET tag tracking code is still on your website.
    • What to do if the UET tag is inactive: If the Tracking status column lists Tag inactive, then Microsoft Advertising has not received any user activity data from the UET tag in the last 24 hours. Make sure that the UET tag tracking code is still on your website and, if it is not, add it again. You can also use UET Tag Helper to validate your tag.
    Goals
    What it is:
    This is the number of conversion goals that use this UET tag.
    Why important:
    It is a link that takes you to the Conversion goals page with only the goals associated with this tag displayed.
    Audiences
    What it is:
    This is the number of audiences that use this UET tag.
    Why important:
    It is a link that takes you to the Audience page with only the audiences associated with this tag displayed.
    Action
    What it is:
    A link that opens the UET tag tracking code box.
    Why important:
    It allows you to email, copy, or download the UET tag tracking code at any time.

 

 

Limitations of the tracking status column: While we believe the tracking status will help you validate your setup, we do want to call out that the following cannot be verified from the tracking status column:

  • Whether or not the UET tag has been installed across the site: Microsoft Advertising reports status of the UET tag as Tag active as long as at least one UET event was logged (from any part of your website).
  • Whether or not custom events/variable revenue values are being reported: As explained above Microsoft Advertising does not distinguish between page load events (logged by default) or custom events reported when the tracking status column.

 

Therefore, we recommend using UET Tag Helper to validate your tag on your individual web pages.


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