Import Google Analytics goals and transactions into AdWords
When it comes to analyzing customer activity on your website, Google offers two features to help you: Google Analytics goals and transactions, and AdWords conversion tracking. You can use both at the same time, or just one. Click the link below to see a quick comparison.
Google Analytics goals
- Ideal if you're interested in the entire flow of customers through your site, not just conversions.
- Can include conversions from non-AdWords sources, so it's good for tracking all customer traffic on your website.
AdWords conversion tracking
- Ideal if you're interested only in conversions.
- Tracks conversions only from AdWords sources.
Benefits of importing Google Analytics goals
Importing your Google Analytics goals into AdWords conversion tracking offers a few benefits. They include:
- Access your Google Analytics conversions and data related to your AdWords clicks.
- See Google Analytics conversion data in AdWords.
- Give Conversion Optimizer access to data that helps optimize bids, potentially increasing conversions and lowering costs.
Keep in mind
You might not need to import Google Analytics transactions if you already use AdWords conversion tracking on a particular page. (Using both could cause conversions to be double-counted.)
To start importing data, you'll need the following:
- An AdWords account linked to a Google Analytics account
- Auto-tagging turned on in your AdWords account
Instructions for importing Analytics goals and transactions into AdWords
- After you've linked your accounts, wait 30 minutes for the imports to be ready. Then, sign in to your AdWords account, click the Tools tab, and select Conversions.
- Click Google Analytics in the left-hand menu.
- Check the boxes next to the goals or transactions you want to import. Click Continue.
- On the next page, you'll see settings that will apply to all of the goals or transactions you selected. Make your choices, then click Import goals.
- Click Close, or to import more goals, click Import more.
AdWords will begin importing the data from your Analytics account. Historical data from before the import won't be included.
Keep in mind
It can take up to 9 hours before goal and transaction data is available in AdWords. Once it is, your imported conversions data will appear alongside your existing conversion data on the Conversions page, and you'll be able to customize columns on the Campaigns tab to include this data.
Once Analytics data (for example, goals) has been imported to AdWords, it is subject to the AdWords terms of service.
Edit conversion settings for imported goals
Once you've imported your Analytics goals, you can edit them the same way you edit conversion actions created in AdWords.
- Sign in to your AdWords account.
- Click the Tools tab, then select Conversions.
- Click the name of the imported goal you want to edit.
- Click Edit Settings.
- Make any changes and click the Save button.
You might see discrepancies in the conversion statistics between Google Analytics and AdWords conversion tracking. If you've double-checked that your setup is correct, here are some possible reasons for why you might see this:Date of transaction
AdWords reports conversions from the date and time of the click that led to the successful action, not from the date of the successful action itself.
For example, let's say someone saw your ad and clicked it on July 19, but did not make a purchase on your site until the next day, July 20. In AdWords, the conversion would be attributed to July 19, the day of the click. In Google Analytics, however, the conversion is attributed to July 20, the day the conversion actually occurred.
In AdWords, you can choose to count either all or unique conversions by setting the counting method for each conversion action (including Analytics goals and transactions imported into AdWords). The "Conversions" column in AdWords will display conversions that happened within your chosen conversion window, according to your selected counting method. Analytics, however, counts all goals and transactions, which can cause discrepancies.
You've defined an Analytics goal for filling out a lead form. Someone fills out 2 lead forms (in different sessions) after an ad click, and Analytics shows them as 2 goal completions. You import this goal in AdWords and set your counting method to "Unique," so you only see 1 conversion.