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For deep-dive reporting into Google Analytics, consider website engagement metrics to determine the quality of your Google Ads and traffic, not just the click. So engagement metrics will show how long they spent on the site. Did they bounce? How many pages did they visit? It’s not just that conversion-based actions.
So look at a whole suite of metrics in Google Analytics to understand the value of your Google Ads traffic. And this type of analysis and recording of trends can really help uncover the why. This will help you understand why people are doing certain things, and what are the steps you can take to correct or improve the performance of your campaigns based on that way.
In the previous section, we imported Google Ads data into Google Analytics. Now, we’re going to bring Google Analytics data into Google Ads. It allows us to bring in things like bounce rate, average time on site, those engagement metrics from Google Analytics. We can pull them into the Google Ads interface and view them directly in the Google Ads interface.
It’s always best practice, not only to link Analytics to Google Ads, but to link Google Ads to Analytics, too, so we can see the data back and forth. And you can link your Google Analytics at your Google Ads and your Search Console to your Google Ads, your Firebase, YouTube, Merchant Center, your sales, Salesforce CRM itself, if that’s what you’re using, or your Google Play account to Google Ads. You can do this by clicking on the main menu and choosing Link Accounts. Then you can navigate to whatever table you want to bring in.
If you’re logged into Google Merchant Center and you choose to link this here, the linking will happen automatically. If you’re logged in to YouTube and you choose to link here, it will happen automatically. Likewise, with Google Analytics, Play, and Firebase.
Doing things like linking your Analytics means that you just get a little bit more post-click data into Google Ads. This is useful. Rather than always jumping between the two reporting platforms, we can do it directly in Google Ads and make the optimization there and then.
And likewise, with Search Console because search in the eyes of the consumer is just search. As a marketer, we see it as paid search and organic search, but they just see search. So it’s important to understand how Search Console and your organic activations can work in line and how they stack up against your paid search. So this is something that could be done in the reporting sections of Google Ads. But before we do any of this, we need to link Search Console.Back to Top
Cathal Melinn is a digital strategist, lecturer, and trainer. He has over 15 years’ experience in eCommerce, social media, affiliate marketing, data analytics, and all things digital. He worked at Yahoo! Search in 2005 as a Senior Search Strategist for the UK Financial Services vertical. He moved to the world of agency in 2010 as Head of Search and Online Media. Cathal’s previous clients include Apple, Vodafone, Expedia, Virgin, Universal Music Group, Amazon, Compare the Market, and HSBC.
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This module begins with the key concepts of paid search and demonstrates how to set up a Google Ads account and create a paid search campaign. It explains how to manage a paid search campaign budget effectively and outlines the different methods that can be used to optimize your paid search campaign. It also covers how to measure and report on the success of a paid search campaign.
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