I recently had to do some research for a potential client about how Flash can address Analytics, Deep linking, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Below is what I have found so far. Please send your comments/suggestions on alternative/better ways. Would love some feedback.
I. Flash Analytics:
Google Analytics + Flash:
Tutorial on Google Analytics + Flash w/ Improvements:
II. Flash Deep Linking:
Deep linking basically means that if I am at "www.domain.com/index.html" and want to view the contact page I could just type "www.domain.com/contacts/" in the address bar. I could then save this page as a favorite so I could come back directly to it later.
In a typical Flash site you can not do this, you would have to go to the index and click the button for contacts. However, using swfAddress (open source Flash tool) we can enable deep linking on the Flash site. The scripts update the address bar as you navigate the site. This means that as the user goes to the contact page the address bar will update to something like this: "www.domain.com/#contacts". The user can then save this page as a favorite and when they come back the Flash will read the #contacts and go directly to the contact page.
Blitz Example for GE Imagination Theater:
III. Flash SEO:
How to SEO Flash