Default channel definitions
The default system channel definitions reflect Analytics' current view of what constitutes each channel in the Default Channel Grouping. While these definitions may evolve as the market evolves, we provide the current definitions here for your information.
- These channel definitions are case sensitive. When manually tagging URLs, use lowercase tags to ensure Analytics categorizes sessions correctly. For example, email campaigns tagged as Email do not match the system definition for the Email channel.
- Not all dimensions allow Analytics to query associated cost data. If such dimensions are used within a Channel Grouping object, the cost data for the channel grouping can't be retrieved.
|Direct||Source exactly matches direct AND
Medium exactly matches (not set)
Medium exactly matches (none)
|Organic Search||Medium exactly matches organic|
|Social||Social Source Referral exactly matches Yes
Medium matches regex ^(social|social-network|social-media|sm|social network|social media)$
|Medium exactly matches email|
|Affiliates||Medium exactly matches affiliate|
|Referral||Medium exactly matches referral|
|Paid Search||Medium matches regex ^(cpc|ppc|paidsearch)$
Ad Distribution Network does not exactly match Content
|Other Advertising||Medium matches regex ^(cpv|cpa|cpp|content-text)$|
|Display||Medium matches regex ^(display|cpm|banner)$
Ad Distribution Network exactly matches Content
|(other)||Appears in reports when sessions don't match any channel description.|