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Welcome to the help center for DoubleClick Search, a platform for managing search marketing campaigns.  While the help center is available to the public, access to the DoubleClick Search product is available only to subscribing customers who are signed in. To subscribe or find out more, contact our sales team.

Manage Floodlight instructions

About Floodlight instructions

A Floodlight instruction manages the way DoubleClick Search (DS) reports on a Floodlight activity or activity group without changing the actual activities. For example, you can convert revenue to a different currency, weight specific activities, exclude activities from DS reports, and so on. 

Floodlight instructions are not applied to DoubleClick Campaign Manager. You'll only see the results of a Flooodlight instruction in DS reports.

Only an agency manager or advertiser manager can add, edit, or remove 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.

Types of Floodlight instructions

Floodlight instruction type Description
Inclusion status

Excludes a Floodlight activity or activity group from appearing in DoubleClick Search. For example, you may want to exclude Floodlight activities that are used only for tracking conversions from display advertising.

Depending on the number of activities or groups you want to be available in DS, it might be easier to do the following:

  1. Create one instruction that excludes All Floodlight activities.
  2. For each activity or activity group you want to include, create one instruction that includes the activity or activity group. The include instructions take precedence over the exclude instruction.

See an example.

Note that if you create an instruction to include an activity that was previously excluded, DS only reports conversions that occur from the time you create the instruction going forward. DS does not report historical conversions that occured while the activity was excluded.

Toggle

Switch a transaction Floodlight activity to an action activity, or an action activity to a transaction activity.

In this case, you can create an instruction to toggle the transaction activity to an action activity in DS. When you view the total number of actions in DS, the toggled activity will be included. When you view revenue in Campaign Manager, the activity's revenue will be reported.

Conversion ID source

In DS, each conversion is identified by a conversion ID. You can see this ID when you download a Conversions and Visits report. Some advertisers use the conversion ID to reconcile transactions or check metrics in DS against customer orders.

This Floodlight instruction tells DS which standard variable in the Floodlight tag contains the conversion ID.

For example:

  1. Your web developer sets up your shopping cart page to specify a unique order ID in the ORD variable of the Floodlight tag.
  2. In DS, you create a Floodlight instruction that copies the value from the ORD variable into the Conversion ID for each conversion.
  3. When you download a Conversions and Visits report from DS, you'll see the order ID that was specified for each conversion.

If you don't create an instruction that specifies which variable contains the conversion ID, DS will generate a random conversion ID.

% revenue replacement

Changes the revenue reported by a transaction activity. Instead of the original amount reported by an activity, DS reports show only a percentage of revenue as specified in this instruction.

For example:

  1. A travel agency charges 5% of the cost of each trip booked on its site.
  2. The agency creates a "% revenue replacement" Floodlight instruction and sets it to 5%.
  3. If a customer books a trip that cost $1,000, DS reports $50 of revenue instead of $1,000.
Instead of creating a Floodlight instruction, you can create a formula column to report a percentage of revenue. This way, you'll still have the raw data reported by the Floodlight activity, and an additional column that reports the percentage of revenue.
Amount revenue replacement

Changes the revenue reported by a transaction activity. Instead of the original amount reported by an activity, DS reports a fixed amount specified in this instruction.

For example, you may have credit card applications that are worth the same amount for each conversion. See an example.

Instead of creating a Floodlight instruction, you can create a formula column to report a specific amount of revenue. This way, you'll still have the raw data reported by the Floodlight activity, and an additional column that reports the revenue.
Currency conversion

Converts revenue reported by a Floodlight activity from one currency to another. Note that this only changes the currency in DoubleClick Search reporting, and not in DCM.

See an example, or learn more about currencies in DoubleClick Search and Campaign Manager.

Weighted action Places more importance on an action by applying a priority, or weight, to it. The weighted results appear in a group of special reporting columns. Learn more.
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