If you’re a fan of Google Optimize, you’re probably concerned about Google’s recent announcement. After over 10 years, the tool will be ‘sunsetting’. In other words, Google is ending its support. But what does this mean for you and your data? We’ll aim to answer that, and more, in this document.
Google has set the date as September 20th, 2023. That means you’ve only got a few more months to continue running experiments and personalizations. After this point, your experiments will end.
Optimize has proven to be a useful tool, leaving many of us with the question ‘why?’. Google says that Optimize is missing a lot of the features that customers are looking for. Instead, they are looking at alternative ways of meeting these needs. We’ll talk more about this later.
After sunsetting all Google optimize data will be lost. That’s why it’s important to download your historical data before the cut-off date.
But how do you export your data? You can export Optimize report data or historical raw data. Let’s begin by looking at the former.
Optimize report – This option downloads a CSV file containing an analysis of your variants. This includes the probability to be best, the probability to beat original, modelled conversion rate, modelled improvement, and the observed Google Analytics data based on your Optimize objective.
Analytics data – This option Downloads a CSV file of the daily Google Analytics data for each of your variants, including experiment sessions and objectives (e.g. revenue for merchants or pageviews for publishers).
To export historical raw data, you’ll need to use the Google Analytics data API. Google have created a useful guide if you want to learn more about this.
Just like the standard version of Google Optimize, 360 will be sunsetting on September 20th, 2023.
If you’ve already signed a GA4 contract, you won’t be able to sign new contracts for Optimize 360. You will, however, be able to access Optimize through the GA4 integration until the sunset date. Similarly, if you’ve signed the GA4 contract but plan to continue using GA360, you’ll have access to Optimize 360 until sunset.
Sadly there’s bad news if you have an Optimize order with an end date after sunset. All end dates have been revised to September 30th.
The good news is that we should now start seeing new and useful features within the GA4 environment. These include
So, it does look like GA4 will introduce its own version of an A/B testing tool, but in case that doesn’t happen, here are some alternatives. It’s worth remembering that, unlike the basic version of Optimize, many of these tools require you to pay.
This is one of the most popular alternatives to Google Optimize. Unbounce is filled with AI-powered templates. These tried and tested models allow you to create high-converting landing pages.
Like Google Optimize, Adobe target is a useful tool for testing and predicting the performance of content. The tool utilizes A/B testing to make web pages more attractive to potential customers. This could include changing layouts or displaying offers that a customer is likely to enjoy.
Optimizely enables users to carry out testing across various properties. With the tool, you can compare variations of the same web page, and measure performance. Like Google Optmize, Optimizely helps you to make better decisions based on data.
So, the Google Optimize sunset seems to be something of a mixed bag. Many organizations rely on Optmize as their webpage testing solution. After September 30th, its seems you’ll need to look elsewhere. The good news is that Google does seem set to offer an improved version of Optimize. The GA4 environment is going to gain lots of new features to help with testing.
In the meanwhile, you’ll have plenty of time to consider some of the alternative options out there. Why not explore some of the tools mentioned above?
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