Troubleshoot audience segments
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Why isn’t my segment collecting members?
- Sign in to Google Ad Manager.
- Click Inventory Audience Audience segments.
- Select the troublesome segment. Is the segment active?
- Check the "Behavior" section. Is the segment associated with at least one ad unit or placement? If the segment is targeting key-values, it must also target an ad unit or placement.
- Have the page views/app activities and recency goals been met yet?
- Are memberships expiring too quickly? Try setting a looser expiration period.
- Is this segment targeted exclusively to mobile applications? If so, see Is your segment targeted to mobile app users? below.
Have changes been applied to my segment?
To view the change history for audience segments, see View the change history. The history will show you what changed, who made the change, and the date and time the change was made. Only changes made in the last 3 weeks will appear in the change history.
Is the segment targeted to mobile app users?
If you are you using the Google Mobile Ads SDK for Ad Manager, a mobile application user’s advertising ID (called “AdID” for Android and “IDFA” for iOS) will automatically be passed in ad requests. There is no additional action required from the publisher.
If you are trying to build first-party segments based on mobile device IDs using pixel tags, be sure you are correctly passing the mobile device ID. The mobile device ID can be passed in two ways:
How do I know which segment is responsible for a line item?
A line item that's targeting an audience segment isn't delivering
Please review the following troubleshooting tips.
Confirm that your line item is active
Review the line item status to confirm it's active. If it’s a third party segment, confirm it's been approved by one of your network administrators.
Use delivery diagnostics
Use the delivery diagnostics page feature of the Google Publisher Console, and choose to include the audience segment that the line item targets. This allows you to test delivery of the line item, even if you are not a member of that segment. It also checks for line item eligibility even if the audience segment has fewer than 100 members.
Is your line item expected to serve to mobile apps?
When do changes take effect?
- If a segment is populated using ad-serving tags or audience pixels, it gets populated in real-time. The ad request following any updates uses that data.
- Pre-populating a segment can take up to two hours before changes are reflected in ad serving.
- A provided segment can take up to 24 hours before it's reflected in targeting.
If you target a segment that is not currently used in targeting for any running line items, that segment might not serve impressions for up to 5 hours. Segments that are not targeted by any running line items are temporarily unloaded from our systems for performance reasons.
A segment must have at least 100 members that have been active in the last 30 days before it’s targetable by ad servers. For smaller lists, the threshold to show ads might be as high as 150 users because our systems use statistical modeling to estimate the number of active users associated with a cookie list. The smaller the list, the higher the variance in our estimates; we therefore need to accumulate more data before meeting the desired statistical threshold.
To determine segment size:
- Sign in to Google Ad Manager.
- Click Inventory Audience.
- Use filters to find your audience segment in the table, and ensure the Total size column value is at least 100.
Forecasting numbers will be smaller than expected until enough time has passed since adding audience segments.