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Send Telegram notifications using Google Tag Manager Server container

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Published
June 01, 2021

Let’s say that you started a new campaign or launched a website and want to receive real-time notifications about new orders. 

Checking conversions inside Google Analytics can be time-consuming. So what is the best way to send information about user activity on your site or orders from specific traffic sources? We created a Telegram tag for the Google Tag Manager Server container that can send notifications about user actions on the website to the Telegram channel. We also have a similar tag for Slack notifications.

The Telegram tag for the Google Tag Manager server container allows receiving real-time Telegram notifications on every conversion and user action on the site.  The notifications can be sent to multiple recipients.  

You can also use the Telegram tag to send notifications about website errors. It’s an easy way to monitor user activity on the site.

How does the Telegram Tag for Google Tag Manager server container work?Copy link to this section

Whenever a conversion takes place, a message gets pushed into the channel. You can send user or order details inside the Telegram notification or add any information you can get using Google Tag Manager. It can be a traffic source, product name, or category. You can also send notifications to different channels depending on what traffic source is responsible for the conversion. You, your developers, SEO managers, PPC managers, or developers can be subscribers.

Telegram tag communicates with telegram API. And the setup is done inside the Google Tag Manager server container. 

How to send Telegram notification using Google Tag Manager server containerCopy link to this section

2. Send required data from Web to Server container. This guide will show how to use the GA4 tag to get data inside the server container. The first step would be to set up GA4 tracking inside the Web container. Add transport URL to the GA4 Configuration tag and set up GA4 event tag that will include required user and event parameters.

Add transport URL to the GA4 Configuration tag
set up GA4 event tag

3. Go to the Server container, add a GA4 client inside the Server container, and create a GA4 tag that will trigger all requests from the GA4 client. 

  add a GA4 client inside the Server container  
 create a GA4 tag

4. Create variables inside the Server container that take the necessary event data. 

variables inside the Server container 
event data ga4

5. Add a Telegram tag to the Server container. You can add it from the Template gallery or by clicking this link

Telegram tag to the Server container

6. Create a new tag inside the Server container -> Tag type Telegram Notification.

7. You will need to add an Access Token to the Telegram tag. Here is a link to a detailed description of how to create an Access token. To create a new bot click this link, it will open the Telegram app -> Click start -> Type command /newbot -> Telegram will ask you to create a bot name -> In the next step, it will ask you to create a username for your bot; it should end with _bot -> You should see the message saying that your bot was created -> Access token for this bot -> Copy access token and add it inside the Telegram tag.

bot api in telegram
token to access the HTTP api in telegram

8. Add the channel name. To create a new channel, click on the hamburger menu on the top left corner. Please note that you need to create a public channel.

channel in telegram

9. Open the channel that you’ve recently created and invite the bot you’ve created in step #7. To do that, click manage users -> Add a bot name -> Click add. 

add users in telegram
telegram tag 

10. Add Notification Text. You can add variables inside the notification text. Add a trigger for the tag. In my case, Telegram notification will trigger after a successful purchase. 

add trigger configuration
add tag configuration

11. Open the preview mode of the web and server container and test the Telegram tag. If everything works correctly, you will see a message in the Telegram channel, and the tag status will be Succeeded. 

telegram tag
telegram google tag manager

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That’s about it! You’ve just finished setting up e real-time Telegram notifications. It means you will instantly know when a conversion takes place and will have access to all the user and product parameters. You can upgrade the trigger so it will work only for special products, traffic sources, or only when transaction revenue is more than X.

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