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Predefined reports

Within Google Ads, we’ve got several predefined reports. These can be created using the Google Ads Report Creator. They can be pivoted. We can look at certain reports around our dimensions like our topics, our audiences, our contextual keywords. We can filter our reports on an ad group level and indeed on a campaign level and segment any of our metrics. It is important, like any reporting, to adjust your date range. When using the report builder, we can decide whether we want to use a chart, just a simple table, or we can use a graph, a pie chart, or any other of the predefined options within there. We also might want to download Excel and do it in that, depending on how we’re reporting or indeed push it to our data visualization tool like Google Data Studio and visualize it there.

Analyze performance

In order to understand what kind of metrics we want to use, there are some predefined options within the Google Ads interface.

  • Performance metrics: These are our impressions, our clicks, our CPM, our cost, and standard stuff like that.
  • Viewability metrics: We have viewability impressions, which would be around the average viewable CPM or the average view rate.
  • Conversion-based metrics: These include conversions, cost per conversion, or conversion rate, but within that, we also have those display-specific conversion metrics like assisted conversions or view-through conversions. View-through conversions are what Google calls post-impression conversions. This occurs when someone sees your ad but doesn’t click, but then converts later down the line using a different methodology.
  • Competitive metrics: These enables us to see where we sit in terms of our impressions versus the competition, who are trying to bid for that market.
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