Custom column examples

This article provides custom column examples for both visual and text mode. If you want to re-create the examples in visual mode (the default mode), follow the step-by-step instructions under “Visual mode (step-by-step).”

Or, if you prefer to copy and paste the example formulas, you'll need to:

  1. Switch to text mode by clicking the text mode iconin the custom column editor in Google Ads.
  2. Copy the formulas with a green background under “Text mode” in this article.

Learn more about creating custom columns

Average daily cost (last 7 days)

This reports the average cost per day for the previous 7 days (not including today), regardless of the table or report’s overall date range.

This formula shows the average cost per day for the previous 7 days.

Visual mode (step-by-step)

  1. Click + Column, expand Performance, and select Cost.
  2. Click the oval labeled “Cost”, expand the “Date range” section in the filter panel on the right, and select + Add Filter.
  3. Expand Select date range, select Last 7 days, and click Apply.
  4. Click after the oval, then type / 7.
  5. Your formula should resemble this image:

    Your formula should resemble this image.

  6. Select Money in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Text mode

cost.date_range(last_7_days) / 7

Select Money in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Example output in a table: $12.54

Learn more: The date range selection is an example of a filter. Learn more about available filters

Daily performance meets threshold

This displays true or false, depending on whether the table row meets the conditions in the formula. In this example, this custom column will display true if the average number of clicks per day is greater than or equal to a value that you feel is appropriate for your business (the placeholder value used in the example below is 100), or false otherwise.

The “report_days_count” function provides the number of days between the start and end date in your table or report. In this example, dividing “Clicks” by “report_days_count” gives us the average number of clicks per day over the date range of the table or report where the custom column is used. Notice “Clicks / report_days_count()” is wrapped in parentheses so that it’s computed before comparing it to the value. Learn about available functions

This formula shows dividing clicks by report_days_count to give the average number of clicks per day over the date range of the table or report where the custom column is used.

Visual mode (step-by-step)

  1. Type (Clicks and select Clicks from the dropdown.
  2. Type / report_days_count() to divide clicks by the number of days in your table or report’s date range.
  3. Close the first parentheses by typing ). We’re wrapping the division in parentheses so it’s computed before comparing the value.
  4. Type >= which means “greater than or equal to”.
  5. Enter a number to compare against average daily clicks.
  6. Your formula should resemble this image:Your formula should resemble this image.
  7. Select True/False in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Text mode

(Clicks / report_days_count()) >= 100
Select True/False in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Example output in a table: True

Report on specific conversions

This reports the number of conversions for all of the selected conversion actions. If you select multiple conversion actions, this custom column will show the total number of conversions across all of them.

The “All conversions” metric is used instead of “Conversions” because “Conversions” only includes conversion actions that have their “Include in conversions” setting checked. Learn more about conversion actions

This formula shows a single metric (All conversions) with the conversion action filter applied.

Visual mode (step-by-step)

  1. Click + Column, expand Performance, and select All conversions.
  2. Click the oval labeled “All Conversions”, and expand the “Conversions action” section in the filter panel on the right.
  3. Select all the conversion actions you want to include.
  4. Your formula should resemble this image: Your formula should resemble this image.

Text mode

All_conversions.conversion_action("Example conversion action", "Other conversion action")

Replace "Example conversion action" and "Other conversion action" with the names of conversion actions in your account. You can either have one conversion action, or list more by adding a comma between each conversion action.

Example output in a table: 68

Lost impression share due to budget

This displays one value if a campaign lost any impression share due to its budget, and another value otherwise.

The “Search Lost IS (budget)” column shows the percentage of time that your ads weren't shown on the Search Network due to insufficient budget, while the “Display Lost IS (budget)” column shows the same information for the Display Network. This data is available at the campaign level only. The “or” function can be used to return a true value if either column is greater than zero. Learn more about impression share

This shows one value if a campaign lost any impression share due to budget, and another value otherwise.

Visual mode (step-by-step)

  1. Type if. Select the suggested function.
  2. Replace “condition” by typing or. Select the suggested function.
  3. Replace “x” by typing Search Lost IS Budget > 0. When you type “Search Lost IS Budget”, select it from the dropdown so that it turns into a column oval.
  4. Replace “y” by typing Display Lost IS Budget > 0. When you type “Display Lost IS Budget”, select it from the dropdown so that it turns into a column oval.
  5. Replace “if_true” with a message to display if the condition is met, such as "Impr. limited by budget".
  6. Replace “if_false” with a message to display if the condition is not met, such as "No lost impr. share due to budget".
  7. Your formula should resemble this image:Your formula should resemble this image.
  8. Select Text in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Text mode

if(or(Search_lost_IS_budget > 0, Display_lost_IS_budget > 0), "Impr. limited by budget", "No lost impr. share due to budget")
Select Text in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Example output in a table: Impr. limited by budget

Learn more: “if” and “or” are examples of functions. Learn about available functions

Device click summary

This displays custom text that summarizes a breakdown of clicks by 2 device types: mobile phones and desktop.

This is custom text summarizing a breakdown of clicks by 2 devices (mobile phone and desktop).

Visual mode (step-by-step)

  1. Type concat("Mobile: ", to_text(value), " Desktop: ", to_text(value)).
  2. Highlight the first instance of “value” in the formula, select + Column, expand Performance, and select Clicks. Repeat for the second instance of “value”.
  3. Click the first oval labeled “Clicks”, expand the “Device” section in the filter panel on the right, and select Mobile phones.
  4. Click the second oval labeled Clicks, expand the Device section in the filter panel on the right, and select Desktop.
  5. Your formula should resemble this image:Your formula should resemble this image.
  6. Select Text in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Text mode

concat("Mobile: ", to_text(clicks.device(mobile)), " Desktop: ", to_text(clicks.device(desktop)))

Select Text in the “Data format” dropdown in the upper right before saving.

Example output in a table: Mobile: 57; Desktop: 46

Learn more: “concat” and “to_text” are both examples of functions. concat combines 2 or more pieces of text together, while to_text takes a numeric value (like Clicks) and converts it to text. Learn about available functions

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