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About Google Analytics data in AdWords reports

Once you’ve linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, you can import Google Analytics data into AdWords and see this data in your AdWords account. This data can give you insights and possible opportunities to optimize your campaign.

This article will give you an overview of how Google Analytics data can be helpful in your AdWords account. When you’re ready, you can then follow the instructions to add Google Analytics columns to your reports.

How it works

To see Google Analytics data in AdWords, you’ll first need to enable auto-tagging for your AdWords account,  link your AdWords and Google Analytics accounts, and choose Google Analytics views to import site metrics from. Then, you’ll add Google Analytics columns to your AdWords reports.

By viewing these Google Analytics site engagement metrics alongside your AdWords performance stats, you can see what people do after clicking on your ad and reaching your landing page. Here's the kind of data you can see:

  • Bounce rate: When someone sees only one page or triggers only one event, Analytics considers this a "bounce." Your site's Bounce Rate is the percentage of sessions that are bounces.
  • Avg. session duration (seconds): The average time someone stayed on your site.
  • Pages/session: The average number of pages viewed per session.
  • % new sessions: The estimated percentage of first-time sessions.

This information helps show you how effective your campaigns and ad groups are. And that helps you make decisions about your budgets, bids, landing pages and ad text.

For example, viewing an ad group's bounce rate alongside its clickthrough rate (CTR) can give you a sense of whether your customers are seeing what they expect on your site after clicking your ad.

Ready to add Google Analytics data to your AdWords reports? Follow the instructions to add Google Analytics data to AdWords reports.

Example

Dan sells flowers online. One of his campaigns is focused on birthday flowers, and he's experimenting with different keyword themes to find the one that brings him the most sales. One of his ad groups is focused on "birthday bouquets," while another contains keywords and ads related to "birthday flower arrangements."

When he looks at his clickthrough rate (CTR) for both, he sees that more people are clicking on the "bouquet" ad group's ads than those who click on the "flower arrangement" ad group's ads. At first, he thinks that the "bouquet" ad group is more successful. But once he adds the Bounce Rate column (based on Google Analytics data) to his ad group report, Dan sees a new piece of important information.

While the "bouquet" ad group ads have a higher CTR, 8%, compared with the CTR of the "flower arrangements" ads, 6%, the "bouquet" ad group also has a higher Bounce Rate (60%). This means that more than half of the people who arrive at his site from clicks on the "bouquets" ad group are not staying to explore the site or make a purchase.

In other words, the "bouquet" ad group may be getting a lot of clicks, but they may not be the kind of clicks Dan is looking for. He sees that the "flower arrangement" ad group has a lower Bounce Rate (30%), which means that people who click through to his site from those ads are more likely to stay on his site and explore.

 

Ad Group "Theme" Impressions CTR Ad Clicks Bounce Rate Users that
don't bounce
birthday bouquets 1,000 8% 80 60% 32
birthday flower arrangements 1,000 6% 60 30% 42

 

Although the "flower arrangement" ad group gets fewer clicks, for Dan, it's more valuable, because it yields clicks from people who stay to explore his website.

More about Google Analytics data in AdWords

Discrepancies between AdWords and Google Analytics data

There are some cases when your AdWords data might not match your imported Google Analytics data. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Google AdWords tracks clicks, whereas Google Analytics tracks sessions. There are several reasons that these metrics may differ:
    • A customer might click your ad multiple times. When one person clicks on one advertisement multiple times in the same session, AdWords records multiple clicks while Google Analytics recognizes the separate pageviews as one session.
    • A person might click on an ad, and then later, during a different session, return directly to the site through a bookmark or saved link. This would register as one click in AdWords, but multiple sessions in Analytics.
    • Someone might click on your ad, but then change her mind and prevent the page from fully loading by clicking to another page or by pressing the browser's Stop or Back buttons. In this case, Analytics won't register a session, but AdWords still counts this as a click.
  • To ensure more accurate billing, Google AdWords automatically filters invalid clicks from your reports.
  • Comparing long date ranges might include periods during which your accounts weren't linked.
Data availability and freshness

Google Analytics begins gathering and storing AdWords-specific data as soon as you establish account links between Google Analytics and AdWords. So, you can import Google Analytics data into AdWords for as long as you've linked your AdWords and Analytics accounts together.

Example

If you established cost-source linking on May 1, and then began importing Google Analytics data into your AdWords account on May 15, your AdWords reports will include Google Analytics data going all the way back to May 1. Note: Google Analytics data is only available as far back as April 1, 2009.

While Google Analytics typically processes data continuously throughout the day, it can take up to 24 hours for all data to be updated. For example, if you run a report for "yesterday" at 3pm today, it's possible that some data from yesterday (specifically from 3pm to midnight) might not yet be fully incorporated into your report.

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