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DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports

Analyze your DCM data using new and updated Analytics reports.
This feature is only available in Google Analytics 360, part of the Google Analytics 360 Suite.
Learn more about the Google Analytics 360 Suite.

If you are a Google Analytics 360 customer and have asked your account manager to link your DCM account to Analytics, you'll see a new set of DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports in the Acquisition section. Additionally, you'll see DCM activity in the Source/Medium, Multi-Channel Funnels, and Attribution reports.

In this article:
Note: In this article, display ads refers only to your DCM display ads.

Differences in attribution models

When looking at data from the DCM reporting integration, note which attribution model each report uses. The DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports use the DCM Model. Most other Analytics reports (such as the Source/Medium report) use a different attribution model, which is called the GA Model in DoubleClick integration reports and dimensions. 

The Conversions reports (Multi-Channel Funnels and Attribution reports) use the Last Interaction model by default, which attributes credit for conversions to the last interaction before conversion. You can compare other attribution models in the Model Comparison Tool

DCM Model ("Last DCM Event")

The DCM Model attributes Analytics sessions to DCM campaigns by considering DCM only and ignoring all other channels driving traffic to your site. This means that an Analytics session will be mapped to a DCM campaign if the user ever viewed (View-through) or clicked on (Click-through) your DCM ad at any time within the lookback window before visiting your site.

Example

If a user views your DCM ad, then clicks on your Search ad and visits your site, the DCM reports will attribute the session to the DCM campaign as a View-through session. However, all other Analytics reports (including Source/Medium) would attribute this session to Search.

Similarly, if a user clicks on your DCM ad and then visits your site, the DCM reports will attribute the session to the DCM campaign as a Click-through. If the next day, the same user clicks on an Organic Search result and visits your site, the DCM reports will still attribute the new session to the DCM campaign as a Click-through.

GA Model ("Last Non-Direct Click")

Most other Analytics reports attribute a Source/Medium to each session based on the Last Non-Direct Click model, where direct visits from returning visitors are ignored and attributed to a preceding campaign (if it exists).

Example

If a user clicks on your DCM ad and visits your site, the Source/Medium of the session will be dfa/cpm.

However, if the next day, the same user clicks on an Organic Search result and visits your site, the GA Model will label the Source/Medium of the new session as google/organic.

The Acquisition > DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports

The DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports include all sessions from users exposed to your display ads during your lookback window (e.g., the last 30 days, or any other period specified in your DCM interface). For example, if a user was served a display ad impression last week, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports would include her session yesterday.

The percentage of traffic from people exposed to your DCM ads appears in the top left of any DoubleClick Campaign Manager report.

percentage of traffic from DCM

In this example, 14.16% of the total sessions came from people who saw or clicked one of your DCM ads. The DCM sessions are divided into two categories: View-through and Click-through. View-through sessions come from people who were served your ad at least once during the lookback window. Click-through sessions come from people who clicked at least one of your ads during the lookback window.

Use the Clicks tab for ROAS analysis of your DCM campaigns, similar to the Clicks tab on the AdWords reports.

You must contact your account representative in order to import the cost data that appears in this tab. Note that the cost data reflects what is entered into DCM; it is not from the billing system. If you don't initiate cost data import, you won't be able to see DCM cost, impression, or click data in the Analytics reports.

Use the reports

The DoubleClick Campaign Manager reports help you understand what happens after people are exposed to your display ads. For example:

What's the conversion rate for people who saw a specific ad? Go to the Ads report. Click one of the Goal Set, Ecommerce, or Floodlight tabs, and look at the View-through conversion rate for the ad.

Do people who previously clicked an ad stay on the site longer than people who only saw ads? Go to the Advertisers report. Compare Avg. Session Duration for View-throughs and Click-throughs.

You can answer these kinds of questions for specific ads, placements, sites, campaigns, creatives, and other DCM dimensions. Go to the report you need or select a DCM dimension above the table in any report.

Use the Floodlight report to investigate Floodlight conversions and revenue for your DCM activities and activity groups.

The Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium report

The Source/Medium report includes all sessions to your site. Sessions that resulted from display ad clicks are grouped into the Source/Medium of dfa/cpm.

The dfa/cpm traffic shown in Source/Medium is different from what is shown in the DoubleClick reports. The DoubleClick reports show sessions from people exposed in the past to your DCM ads (either via an impression or click). Source/Medium only shows sessions where the last non-direct click-through visit was from your DCM ad.

Use the report

Use he Source/Medium report to:

  • Compare display ad click traffic to other traffic, such as paid keyword and organic search traffic.
  • Drill down to see engagement metrics and conversion rates by ad, site placement, and other DCM attributes.

Use this report to investigate questions like:

What percentage of sessions came from display ad clicks? Go to the Source/Medium report. Change the graph selector to Percentage and look for dfa/cpm.

Did users from display ads spend more or less time on site than users from Google organic search? Go to the Source/Medium report. Compare Avg. Session Duration for dfa/cpm and google/organic.

Which display ad referred traffic with the lowest bounce rate? Go to the Source/Medium report. Click dfa/cpm in the table. Select DCM Ad as the primary dimension in the table. Compare Bounce Rate for each ad.

Which display placement sends the most qualified traffic? Go to the Source/Medium report. Click dfa/cpm in the table. Select DCM Placement as the primary dimension in the table. Compare Bounce Rate for each placement. Next, click one of the Goal Set, Ecommerce, or Floodlight tabs, and look at the conversion rates for each placement.

The Conversions > Multi-Channel Funnels reports

The Multi-Channel Funnels reports are generated from conversion paths, the sequences of clicks and ad impressions during your lookback window (e.g., the last 30 days, or any other period of time you've specified in your interface). The reports only include sessions that were part of a conversion funnel. So, if a user clicked one of your display ads, but never returned to your site to convert, your Multi-Channel Funnels reports don't display that ad session.

Use the reports

Because the reports exclusively focus on the sessions that led up to conversions, Multi-Channel Funnels gives you insight into the role that display played —and the role that specific ads, creatives, etc. played—in your conversions. For example:

What keywords did eventual customers search for after they saw a display ad? Go to Conversions > Multi-Channel Funnels > Top Conversion Paths. Click the DFA filter at the top of the report.

Change the primary dimension to Other > Acquisition > Keyword (Or Source/Medium) Path. DCM interactions are labeled dfa/cpm in the paths. You can now see the keyword searches that occurred after dfa/cpm.

The Conversions > Attribution Reports

The Model Comparison Tool allows you to compare different models of assigning credit to display. Choose from several basic models of assigning credit for display clicks, or create your own model that assigns credit for clicks and impressions in the way that makes most sense for your business.

Compare attribution models to identify DCM advertisements that may be over- or undervalued in your current attribution model and adjust investments accordingly.

If you've enabled Data-Driven Attribution and meet the requirements, your custom Data-Driven model will include your DCM data.

Use the Model Comparison Tool

To use a basic attribution model: Click the DFA filter at the top of the report. Select one or more attribution models from the drop-downs above the table. Then, select a primary dimension to evaluate the desired aspect of DCM campaigns, such as campaign, site, placement, ad, or creative.

To create a custom model: Select Create new custom model from the Select model drop-down menu. Name your model, and choose one of the five baseline models to determine how to distribute credit to touch points in the conversion path.

Use the Adjust credit for impressions section to set an overall rule for how impressions are valued. If desired, use Advanced Option to specify a different level of credit for impressions that precede a session within a certain time window. For example, you could value all impressions 1/10 as much as a click but value impressions that occur within two minutes of a session 1/5 as much.

Use the Adjust credit based on user engagement and Apply custom credit rules sections to further customize your attribution model.

Floodlight conversion data

Click the Floodlight option on the Explorer tab to see Floodlight conversion data in most other reports. You can also select Floodlight dimensions and metrics when creating custom reports and segments.

Related resources

Learn more about DoubleClick Campaign Manager and Analytics:

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