In order to bring conversion events from Google Analytics into Google Ads, you are going to have to convert any events you want to track into ‘Goals’ first within Google Analytics and we wrote another article with the ‘how to’ for this here.
You will also have to set up ecommerce conversion tracking within Google Analytics if you sell items online too, which will need the help of your website developer in order to fire back the correct data into Google Analytics so that you can track revenue.
This kind of tracking is achieved in different ways depending on whether your website is built with common technologies like WordPress or Shopify, or if it’s bespoke system is written in a language like asp or php. Ask your web designer!
First you will need to have linked your Google Ads and Google Analytics accounts together – see this how to guide here. You should also have some goals to import from Google Analytics, so if you don’t have these set up, then see how to create goals in Analytics here.
Once these things are done, here is what you need to do in Google Ads:
That’s pretty much it! Once data starts firing in Analytics, it will be automatically updated in Google Ads and will show under the ‘Conversions’ column in your main campaign monitoring report screen.
Before you leave the Conversions section of Google Ads though, take a quick scan through the list of conversions in your account. There is a column entitled “Include in Conversions”. You might not want all of these set to ‘yes’ if some of the conversions are not exactly what you might define as ‘success’. So for instance if you have one called ‘android installs’ or another called ‘clicked more than 3 pages on the website’, you might not consider these important enough to include as a ‘conversion’ for the purposes of training the Ads account.
Anything that is set to ‘yes’ will be a part of training the account to do ‘more of that’, and so click through on any in the list you don’t want and select ‘no’ to remove from your main reporting. The numbers will still be collected in the Conversions page on Google Ads, but the account will no longer be trained by this data.
We hope that this series of articles will save you hours of searching for how to deal with small tasks. Take a look at the other articles we’ve put together:
As we work our way through small and always difficult to remember tasks at the coalface of marketing, we’re sure there will be additions to this list very soon, so maybe bookmark this page if you found it helpful.
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