Understanding call reporting

Do you often ask your customers, “How did you hear about us?” With AdWords Express, you can already see how often customers visit your website from clicks on your ads. But we understand that for some businesses, phone calls can be even more valuable than website visits. Until now, our advertisers haven’t had a simple way to see how many phone calls they’ve received from their AdWords Express ad. Call reporting allows you to do just that.

How call reporting works

Call reporting gives you a better idea of your advertising impact by showing you the number of calls that you receive from your AdWords Express ad, along with your clicks.

When your AdWords Express ad appears on Google, we will assign and display a unique Google forwarding number in your ads. This toll-free phone number will be displayed in your ad instead of your actual business phone number. Calls to the toll-free phone number will be forwarded to your actual business phone number, and allows you to measure the number of calls that you receive.

The Google forwarding phone number can appear in ads on either the desktop or mobile versions of Google search. Call reporting doesn’t work with ads that appear on Google Maps, and your business phone number will not change in Google Maps ads.

Note that call reporting doesn’t change how often your ad is served or the order that your ad appears on Google.

Where it’s available

Call reporting is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.

Pricing

Call reporting is now free for all AdWords Express customers.

  • Mobile ads: If a customer clicks the phone number in your ad on her mobile device, you’ll be charged for a click regardless of whether you’ve enabled call reporting. There’s no additional charge for the call.
  • Manually dialed calls: If a customer dials the phone number in your desktops ads, the call will be reported for free. If you receive a click elsewhere on the ad, you will still be charged for a click.

Benefits of call reporting

Call reporting can be effective if you want to know how often your customers are reaching you by phone after seeing your ad. By providing you with additional details about how customers interact with your ad, you can get a more complete picture of the value that AdWords Express brings to your business.

Example

Joe has an auto repair shop. He currently spends $100 a month on his AdWords Express ad and has received about 50 clicks each month. However, he’s not sure how many people are calling his business instead of clicking his ad. Joe sets up call reporting, and finds out that he’s received 50 calls from his AdWords Express ad in the last month.

Joe decides that with the amount of clicks AND calls he gets from AdWords Express, his ads are worthwhile for his business.