Do you often ask your customers, “How did you hear about us?” With reported calls, you can see how many phone calls you’ve received from your Smart campaign.
How reported calls works
Reported calls will appear in your Smart campaigns dashboard if the phone number added to your Smart campaign is assigned a Google forwarding number (GFN). Reported calls give you a better idea of your advertising impact, by showing you the number of calls that you receive from your Smart campaign.
When your Smart campaign is active, a unique GFN is displayed in your ads. People see this phone number instead of your actual business phone number, and calls to this phone number will be forwarded to you. When you get a call from your ad, you’ll hear the following message: 'Google Ads customer call'. That way, you’ll know that the calls are coming from customers your ad brings in.
GFN also allows you to understand details for each call, including the call duration, the country associated with the caller's phone number and, in most cases, the caller's area code. When possible, reported calls will also show the caller's full call-back number for calls longer than 15 seconds.
The GFN can appear in ads on either the desktop or mobile devices. Reported calls don’t work with ads on Google Maps, and your business phone number won't change in ads on Maps.
How to set up reported calls
If you choose “calls” as a campaign goal, you need to give us a phone number where you’ll receive calls from your ads. With all other campaign goals, including a call option in your ads is optional.
You can add or edit the phone number where your receive calls from your ad any time:
- Find the campaign to edit.
- On the “Ad” card, click See details.
- Click the Business info tab.
- Make sure that the Show a call button in your ad box is checked.
- Click the edit icon (pencil) and enter your phone number.
- Click Save.
You only pay for ad clicks and calls to your business from your ads. Your costs may vary from day to day, but you won’t be charged more than your maximum monthly budget.
Benefits of reported calls
Reported calls are effective if you want to know how often your customers are contacting you by phone after seeing your ad. By providing you with more details about how customers interact with your ad, you can get a more complete picture of the value that Smart campaigns are bringing to your business.