Add a report pack

To get reports for analytics, you first need to add a report pack, assign a name to it, select a relevant time zone, and assign a data source to use.

  1. Go to > MEDIA > Media Analytics > Configure.

  2. Click Add Report Pack to begin the configuration.

    The Select Report Pack Type page appears. This is the first step of configuration and it's listed first in the Add Report Pack window.

Select report pack type

Selecting the right report type is based on the length, type, and duration of the media event for which you need to view data.

  1. In Type, select the type of analytics you require. See Report pack types for more information.

  2. In Sub Type, select the subtype based on your requirement.

  3. In Contract, select the relevant contract from the list of active contracts available to you. Typically, you should only have a single contract. If more than one is available, and you're not sure which to choose, contact your account representative.

  4. Select the relevant group that has the right access to the product.

  5. Click Next.

    The Basic Details page appears. This is the second step of configuration and is listed second in the Add Report Pack window.

The steps that follow let you customize the newly created report pack using data filters, data stores, and dimensions.

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Notify media-analytics-perf@akamai.com to configure an Audience Analytics report pack if you think your media will be accessed more than 10 million times per month.

Enter basic details

You need to enter a few basic details to identify the report pack.

  1. In Name, enter a name that identifies the report pack appropriately.

  2. In the Time Zone, select the time zone from the drop-down list. All data are normalized to the chosen time zone. The default is GMT.

  3. In Reporting CP Code, select the CP code to be used in billing from the drop-down list. You can click Create to enter CP code details on the fly.

  4. In Status, select the status of the report pack. While the default status is Active, you can change the status to Inactive, when you no longer require the report pack.

  5. Press Next to proceed.

    The Data Sources page appears. This is the third step of configuration and is listed third in the Add Report Pack window.

Configure data source

A data source is raw log data from players that contains detailed information about each access attempt to your media. You can select a data source during this setup or you can create one on the fly.

When a data source is created for the first time, a beacon config XML file and a target image file are generated in a new domain for player plug-in integration. You are also directed to this page when you're customizing a report pack and need to edit the data source.

  1. Click Add Data Source to configure a new data source.

  2. In Source Name, enter a name that identifies the data source appropriately. This is how the Data Source is revealed throughout this user interface.

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    For Server Side Analytics that use CP codes as a data source, select the relevant CP code(s) from the available list.

  3. In Beacon Domain, choose the security level you want to use:

    • Secure: Select this to create a data source that handles all communication over HTTPS. If you're already using a non-secure data source, simply create an additional secure data source and make sure that the new secure data source is tied to the same report packs as the previous non-secure data source. Then, you can then select the data source appropriate for the protocol that was used to load the container page when initiating Media Analytics in your application. The data is automatically aggregated from both data sources in the report packs. You also need to move all applicable external libraries to their HTTPS variant.

    • Non-secure: Select this to create a data source that handles all communication over HTTP.

  4. In Email, enter a valid email address. The resulting configuration path will be sent to this address.

  5. In Service Provider Mapping, you can customize your CDN or Service provider by mapping the domain and subdomain names to the CDN in the right order:

    google.com => CDN
    images.google.com => CDN
    
  6. Submit. The new data source appears in the table with Beacon ID and Beacon XML URL details. Select the checkbox for the new data source. Make note of the Beacon ID and Beacon XML URL values here for use during plug-in integration.

  7. Click Next to access the Report Summary page and make note of the 'Beacon XML URL' value.

Review report pack

The Report Pack Summary page summarizes the information you've entered as part of the configuration.

Review the settings you've applied for the report pack. If you need to make changes, click an entry in the left panel to access that phase of the wizard.

The report pack is added to your account. You can customize it using filters, data stores, and dimensions.

Integrate an analytics plug-in

Now, you need to integrate the analytics plug-in with your player.

Refer to the Plug-in Integration Guides section on the Media Analytics Documentation, to find the proper plug-in guide. Use the 'Beacon XML URL' you noted from the Report Pack Summary page for plug-in integration.

Media Analytics may take a few hours after data source creation, to enable the configuration file and domain name.

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Ensure that you only use a single Beacon XML when integrating the analytics plug-in for your player. Using more than one can create issues.


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