Relationship to DCM Floodlight activities
Each DoubleClick Search (DS) advertiser and its associated DCM advertiser share the same Floodlight configuration. This means you can use the same set of Floodlight tags and activities to track conversions from both display and search advertising. This also prevents your conversions from being counted twice.
Note: In DCM, advertisers within the same agency might share Floodlight configurations to reflect the way the agency has organized its advertising units. If this is the case for your agency, then all of the DCM and DS advertisers that share a Floodlight configuration will use the same set of Floodlight tags and activities.
Floodlight tag on the “Thank you" page
Here's a Floodlight tag on a "Thank you" page that acknowledges a purchase. You could have created this tag in DS or DCM, and then added it to your site.
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When a user completes a purchase and lands on the "Thank you" page, the Floodlight tag records the purchase and sends data to the associated Floodlight activity. In addition to tracking the total revenue from the sale, the Floodlight activity tracks:
Whether the last click leading to the visit came from a display ad, a paid search ad, or a natural search result.
Whether there were other clicks on display and search advertising higher up in the funnel.
The data is available for reporting in DCM, and if the conversion is attributed to a paid search, the data is also available in DS.
How the data appears in DS
In this example, let's assume that a customer searched for the keyword "shirts", clicked on a paid search ad, and purchased a shirt. To see this data in DS, you can navigate to the campaign that contains the shirts keyword, click the Keywords tab, segment by Floodlight activity, and view the metrics for the shirts keyword.
You'd see that the number of transactions for the "Thank you page" Floodlight activity has incremented by one. And you'd see additional cost and revenue associated with the conversion.
|Keyword||Floodlight activity group||Floodlight activity||Trans||Cost||Revenue|
|shirts||Sales Confirmation||Thank you page||614||309.79||$1,135.00|
If the conversion is not attributed to a paid search ad, you would not see data about it in DS.
How the data appears in DCM
In DCM, you can do either of the following to view the data:
Use Report Builder to add paid search dimensions and metrics to Standard reports, and then run the report. For each Floodlight activity, the Standard report lists the number of conversions that are attributed to paid search, along with the number of conversions attributed to display ads.
In the example above, you'd see the number of paid search conversions increment by one.
Note that the Standard report uses the last-click attribution model: all credit for the conversion goes to the last click before the customer visited your site. You can use the Attribution Modeling Tool in DCM to compare different models of assigning credit to display, search, and other channels.
Run a Multi-Channel Funnels report to report on the display ads, DoubleClick Search ads, Rich Media ads, and click trackers that contributed to conversions somewhere within the converison funnel.
Additional settings in DCM
When you create a Floodlight activity in DS, DS automatically sets the advanced properties described in the following table. You cannot view or edit these properties from DS, but you can do so from DCM.
|Floodlight activity field name||Value|
|Counting Method (for Actions)||Standard|
|Counting Method (for Transactions)||Transactions|
|Generate XHTML-compliant Tags||Off|
|Activity Tag String: Cat =||Use auto generated value|
|Include Custom Variables||ord and revenue (for sales type)|