What Is That Traffic From “l.facebook.com” In Google Analytics?

If you’ve been looking at your Google Analytics data (which I know you are), you’ve probably seen traffic coming from “l.facebook.com”. You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is that?” Well, it is traffic coming through something called a “link shim”. Link shims were created by Facebook to protect you from malicious links. When you click on a link in Facebook, it checks that link against a huge list of malicious URLs and, if there is any concern, it will ask you if you want to proceed to the URL you … Read more

Gathering Data From Virtual Programming

As it becomes more clear that social distancing practices aren’t going to end anytime soon, our attention is turning to how to leverage our online offerings to build future audiences. Many organizations have widely shared free and open content online which has turned out to be a good vehicle to reach current and new patrons. In addition to making it easy to experience the art, this type of deployment removed the barrier of geography and many organizations have seen increased and more diverse engagement than ever before. Free digital content will continue … Read more

Virtual Museum Tours Are So March

In the beginning of all the closures, most museums heavily promoted their virtual tours. (Or, if they didn’t have one already, they created one.) Many saw increased engagement in the tours in those initial days but, if you have been looking at your data, you probably have seen a drop-off in virtual visits. First off, let me say that I think virtual tours are great evergreen content to have and you should keep what you have. That said, a recent article by MuseumHack shows how the web searches for virtual museum tours … Read more

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