Create a Floodlight instruction

Create a Floodlight instruction

A Floodlight activity is a feature of DoubleClick Campaign Manager (DCM) that DoubleClick Search uses to track and report on conversions for a given website. A Floodlight instruction allows you to manage the way data from a given Floodlight activity is reported on in DoubleClick Search, without changing the actual activity. Let’s look at an example of the benefits of using a Currency Conversion instruction.

You have a United States account that mostly leads to sales in the US, but will occasionally result in sales on the Canadian website. There are two Floodlight activities reporting revenue in USD: one for the US website and one for the Canadian website. For the given timeframe:

  • US website leads to sales of $2,000,000 USD.
  • Canadian website leads to sales of C$10,000 CAD.

To convert the Canadian sales to USD, you add a DoubleClick Search Floodlight instruction to the Floodlight activity for the Canadian website. The instruction has a source currency of CAD and a new currency of USD. As a result, DoubleClick Search will calculate the total sales as follows:

  • DoubleClick Search correctly converts the C$10,000. If the C$10,000 is converted to $9,600 USD, the correct total sales will be $2,009,600 USD. This is the value that will appear in DoubleClick Search reporting.

DoubleClick Search Floodlight instructions are not applied to DCM, so DCM will calculate the sales as follows:

  • DCM adds $2,000,000 and C$10,000 for a total of $2,010,000. In other words, the C$10,000 is not converted to USD before the amounts are added together. This is the value that will appear in DCM Report Builder.

Floodlight instruction types

The following table describes the available instruction types.

Floodlight instruction type Description
Inclusion status Include or exclude Floodlight activities from DoubleClick Search reporting data. This is useful if you value Floodlight activities differently on DCM and DoubleClick Search. Note that if you want to include only specific Floodlight activities, you must also set up an instruction to exclude all Floodlight activities.

For example, an auto company has several hundred Floodlight activities on DCM, but you may only be interested in reporting on Request a quote for DoubleClick Search. You need to set up a Floodlight instruction to exclude all Floodlight activities, and another to include the Request a quote Floodlight activity. DCM will continue to report on all Floodlight activities for the advertiser, but DoubleClick Search will only report on the Request a quote Floodlight activity.
Toggle Switch a transaction Floodlight activity to an action activity, or an action Floodlight activity to a transaction activity. This is useful to customers who need tag breakout by columns and calculated columns.
Conversion ID source This is a product-level reporting instruction. It tells DS which variable to use based on your setting in the Standard Variables section of this DCM Help Center article. You can select from ORD, TRAN, or AUTO. For example, ORD is the order ID; this is useful for reconciling transactions or checking stats against customer orders.
% revenue replacement Every time a customer makes a conversion through the website associated with the Floodlight activity, DoubleClick Search will report on the revenue as this percentage of revenue. For example, a travel agency may charge 5% of the cost of a trip that has been booked.
Amount revenue replacement Every time a customer makes a conversion through the website associated with the Floodlight activity, DoubleClick Search will report on the revenue as this fixed amount. For example, you may have credit card applications that are worth the same amount for each conversion.
Currency conversion Convert all data for a Floodlight activity from one currency to another. See the example above the table. Note that this only changes the currency in DoubleClick Search reporting, and not in DCM. Learn more about currencies in DoubleClick Search and DCM.
Weighted action Place more importance on certain actions by applying a priority, or weight, on them. Learn more.

Add a Floodlight instruction

Only an agency manager can add a Floodlight instruction. Learn more about agency managers and other user types in DoubleClick Search.

We recommend a maximum of 100 Floodlight instructions per advertiser.

  1. Navigate to an advertiser.

  2. In the left nav, click Advertiser settings.

  3. Click the Floodlight instructions tab.
    The current Floodlight instructions for the advertiser appear.

  4. Click the + New button in the toolbar above the Floodlight instructions table.
    The settings panel for the new Floodlight instruction appears.

  5. Select the level of Floodlight activity to apply the instruction to:
    • All Floodlight activities: Applies the Floodlight instruction to all Floodlight activities in the advertiser.
    • Floodlight activity group: Select a Floodlight activity group, and DoubleClick Search will apply the Floodlight instruction to all Floodlight activities in the group.
    • Floodlight activity: Select a Floodlight activity, and DoubleClick Search will apply the Floodlight instruction to that Floodlight activity.
  6. Select the Floodlight instruction type and enter the relevant properties.
    See the table above for more details. Note that you can only apply a given Floodlight instruction type once per selected level, so some instruction types may not be available.

  7. Click Save.
    DoubleClick Search adds the Floodlight instruction to the table.