OWOX User ID is an additional user identifier available in the Google Analytics→Google BigQuery pipeline. With it, you can now track audience overlapping across domains without sending the Client ID parameter.
Google Analytics's cross-domain tracking lets you track audience overlapping only if the users move between websites using direct cross-links. The Google Analytics tracking code sends Client IDs in the URL parameters of the link.
Now, with OWOX User ID, you can track audience overlapping across any websites that have the OWOX BI pipelines set up, even if these websites aren't linked directly with cross-links.
Here are some examples of how you can use OWOX User ID:
- Have access to relevant anonymous user IDs in cases when Google Analytics cookies are replaced or deleted
- Track customer journeys more accurately thanks to a single ID representing each user
- Analyze how audiences overlap across domains in different Google Analytics→Google BigQuery pipelines
How it works
When collecting user behavior data from your website in the Google Analytics→Google BigQuery pipeline and session data based on OWOX BI algorithm, our service creates a custom cookie file that contains a unique anonymous ID for each identified user.
In data tables, the OWOX User ID values are being stored in the userOwoxId field:
Note: Collecting OWOX BI User ID is impossible when you collect session data based on Google Analytics data.
What else you should know about OWOX User ID:
- These IDs are created by OWOX BI upon receiving the first hit event from a user and written to a third-party cookie
- the created cookie with an ID is used across domains and subdomains and is never replaced
- The expiration time for the cookies is 2 years. After that, the OWOX User ID file will be automatically deleted
OWOX User ID does not compromise your data in any way. Please note that:
- OWOX BI does not process, analyze or otherwise use the data you collect
- Audience overlapping can be viewed by OWOX User ID only within your own pipelines
- It’s impossible to explore how audiences on your website overlap the audiences on the websites of other OWOX BI users
How to manage OWOX User ID collection
The OWOX User ID collection is active by default.
If you want to turn it off:
1. Open the Settings tab on your Google Analytics→Google BigQuery pipeline page in OWOX BI Pipeline. On this tab, click the menu button in the upper right corner.
2. Uncheck Collect OWOX User ID.
Notice: Safari web browser, starting with version 11, uses internal algorithms that can delete third-party cookie files after 24 hours since the moment they were created. Without the part of Safari users who had their cookie files deleted by the browser, you won’t be able to accurately analyze your site’s audience overlapping.