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Amplitude vs. Google Analytics: Which One Should Your Business Use?

Manal Yousuf
Published:
November 6, 2023
Updated:
February 27, 2024
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The end of GA’s Universal Analytics 360 model has prompted many GA users to find other analytics tools that better suit their needs. Universal Analytics ceased to process new data as of July 2023, and had to begin the transition to GA4 or find an alternative analytics services provider.

Amplitude is among these alternative analytics solutions. Google Analytics was popular due to its basic version being free and its former setup’s ease of use; these aspects are set to change with GA4. Many users are opting to switch to Amplitude since it offers migration of historical data, while GA4 does not. Here’s what you need to know about GA4 and Amplitude to understand which is better for your company.

tl;dr

  • Google announced that Universal Analytics would stop processing new data beginning July 1st, 2023, and encouraged current users to switch to GA4.
  • Universal Analytics 360 users can only extend their usage until July 2024.
  • The advent of GA4 means loss of historical data for users who transition from Universal Analytics to GA.
  • Amplitude offers current Universal Analytics users a chance to hold on to and utilize their historical data.
  • Many governments and institutions have voiced privacy concerns with respect to Google’s services, stating that the tech giant does not offer enough data protection.

Read on to understand what you can expect from Google Analytics’ and Amplitude’s services.

Data migration from Universal Analytics

If you’re a Universal Analytics user, GA4’s big disadvantage is the loss of historical data. Since Universal Analytics 360’s tracking code is so different from GA4’s, there’s no path to migrate historical data from the former to the latter. While you will not, of course, lose the ability to access your Universal Analytics data, you cannot compare it with data that you gather through GA4. You can only begin collecting data through a new GA4 property once you add its tracking code to your company’s website.

If you want to keep using your Universal Analytics property, you can keep doing so until July 2024. In order to obtain as much historical data as possible on GA4, you can switch to a dual tagging configuration. This will enable you to collect data into both properties. You can use Universal Analytics’ data points and reports while also building up a few months’ worth of historical data in GA4.


On the other hand, Amplitude offers users a unified platform wherein they can migrate their data from Universal Analytics. It utilizes the same data elements and a similar tracking model to Universal Analytics. Current Universal Analytics users can immediately switch to Amplitude and compare historical data with present data.

Integrations

Companies require analytics tools that integrate seamlessly with their CRMs and third-party tools. Your analytics tool should be compatible with any online workspaces, e-commerce tools, and advertising platforms that your company and employees utilize frequently.

GA4’s list of integrations is extensive for CRMs, email marketing tools, artificial intelligence, e-commerce platforms, and sales and marketing/advertising platforms. Its integrations include Facebook Ads, ChatGPT, Microsoft Excel, Calendly, Hubspot, and Dubsado via Zapier. 

Integrations are not currently Amplitude’s strong suit. While it does offer some strong CRM and online workspace integrations–including Salesforce, Adobe Analytics, Notion, and Slack–it does not integrate with many of the tools that GA4 does. It also does not offer integrations with lesser-known CRMs.

Data models

GA4’s data model is very different from Universal Analytics. That’s not an understatement; not only is it impossible to migrate data, it’s also impossible to measure certain data points that you’ve gotten used to with Universal Analytics. You might be able to collect these data points in different ways, but they may not be labeled in ways you’re familiar with. For example, GA4 does not measure the bounce rate of webpages.

Amplitude allows you to use data points that GA4 has rendered redundant on its platform. It will measure data points such as bounce rates and compare it with historically available information imported from your Universal Analytics account.

Pricing

GA4’s new pricing marks a significant shift from UA’s fixed price model. As a Universal Analytics user, you would be charged a set price of US $150,000 every year. The rate of data collection wouldn’t usually affect this price. Data collection limits were extensive, so businesses only incurred extra costs when the data collection would increase significantly.

GA 4’s usage-based model means that users will be charged according to the amount of data they collect. GA4 also offers a free version, known as GA4 Standard.

Amplitude’s pricing plans

Amplitude also utilizes a usage-based model. It offers three pricing tiers: Starter (which is free), Growth, and Enterprise. The Growth and Enterprise plans’ prices are available on request. In addition, Amplitude also offers certain startups one year of their Growth plan for free if the startups are early stage or have Black co-founders.

Although Amplitude does not disclose its price publicly, TrustRadius states that the Growth plan begins at US $995 per month. Verified users also state that Amplitude’s basic plan offers a good variety of features and allows first-time users to check whether the tool is compatible with their business for free.

A verified user’s review of Amplitude, giving it 7/10 stars and recommending its free version to other users.

Data protection and privacy

Data protection experts have complained about Google Analytics’ non-compliance of privacy laws numerous times in many different countries. The adoption of the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework by the European Commission lifted the ban on GA in the middle of this year. Before that, GA was banned in Austria and France, with various other European countries raising concerns about the ways Google stores and utilizes consumer data. Sweden’s privacy protection authority, the IMY, has raised questions about GA’s compliance with the GDPR.

Companies using GA have to be extra careful about data storage and usage. The Data Privacy Framework requires companies to follow a multitude of policies that protect user data. GA4’s efforts to comply wholly with privacy laws such as the GDPR allow users to opt out of cookies. Machine learning fills the gaps created through these opt-outs. If enough users opt out, this data could therefore become unreliable.

Amplitude’s privacy disclosure on how it uses consumer data is extensive and easy to understand for users. Clients can change or retract their data at any time. They can also opt out of cookies. Your clients can ask for a copy of their personal data at any time to verify which personal information Amplitude has access to. Amplitude is fully compliant with the CCPA, and takes privacy petitions seriously.

Features

Amplitude’s intuitive dashboards enable you to understand how prospective clients interact with the content on your website. You’ll be able to access crucial insights into client behavior and drive conversions through a better understanding of prospects’ pain points. Amplitude also offers users the option to design surveys for their clients. These feedback surveys are customizable and can be used to target certain segments of users. Real-time feedback allows you to increase client satisfaction and trust in your company.

A snippet from a user review for GA4 on g2, criticizing GA4’s customer support.

There is a significant learning curve involved in switching from Universal Analytics to GA4. While a variety of learning material is available for GA4, the importance of dedicated, immediate customer support cannot be understated.

However, GA4’s extensive integrations allow it to be a widely implementable tool. While it is true that GA4 is notoriously difficult to set up, it offers robust analytics and tracking information. 

So now what?

Finding the right analytics tool can be a long, tricky endeavor. We’ll help you find an indispensable tool on the first try, instead of letting you go down the trial-and-error route.

In a nutshell, the most important features are:

  • Privacy. The tool you use should be in full compliance with the GDPR and CCPA or other local privacy laws.
  • Scalability. Will your analytics tool accommodate greater influxes of information as you grow, and indeed, help you grow? 
  • Ease of installation and use. You don’t want a tool that requires a dedicated team of experts to decipher. An analytics tool should be easy to use across all the teams that require access to it, and ideally come with a no-code setup.
  • Extensive analytics and reporting options
  • Seamless integration with other tools, and
  • Dedicated, quick customer support.

If we had to pick…

We would pick Factors. While no analytics tool has the full package, Factors comes close with its:

  • Customizable reports and dashboards
  • Compliance with privacy laws,
  • Attribution across multiple channels
  • De-anonymization
  • Quick, codeless setup
  • Ease of implementation
  • CRM integrations

Factors was created to help your B2B company reach its goals by allowing you to make the most of your web content. Its competitive pricing options also set it ahead of other tools with similar capabilities. The paid tiers are priced between US $99 to US $1499. 

Factors’ pricing plans

You can also check out Factors’ features for free using their trial option, or contact them for a plan custom-built for your business.

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