Google Analytics and Google Ads are two of the most popular digital marketing tools available.
They offer a wide range of features and capabilities that can help marketers successfully promote their products or services in their target market.
For businesses trying to maximize their return on investment from their online advertising efforts, linking these two powerful platforms together can have a huge impact on the success of the campaigns.
The process for linking both channels is fairly straightforward, but it does require some technical knowledge before you can get started.
In this article, we will walk through the steps required to connect your Google Ads account with your Google Analytics property in order to take advantage of all available data insights.
First, we’ll cover how to set up accounts or log into your existing ones. Then we will discuss the steps necessary for connecting those accounts together so that they are talking to one another. From there, we’ll explain how to specify what kind of data links are needed with each other as well as how to create custom reports and tags in both platforms.
By following along with these instructions, you should be able to build upon both platforms and refine your campaigns based on invaluable data insights from linkages between Google Ads and Analytics.
The first thing that you need to do before linking your Google Analytics account with your Google Ads campaign is to create a Google account.
If you do not already have one, you can sign up for free at accounts.google.com.
Once this account is created, you will need to log in using the same user name and password that you used for signing up for your AdWords campaigns. It is important that both accounts are associated with the same email address as well so that they will be linked together correctly later on in the process.
If both of these accounts already exist and are associated with the same email, then there is no need to create a new one; simply log into each platform by going to their respective login pages (Google Analytics and AdWords).
Once inside, it may require additional steps such as registration completion, setting up payment methods, etc…but all of these should take only a few minutes at most if everything else has been set up correctly beforehand.
There may also be an extra layer of activity authorizations required by enterprise customers so make sure that those requirements have been met prior in beginning this step.
Once the above steps have been taken, you’re ready to start the process for connecting your accounts together.
From within your Google Analytics property page, navigate over to “Admin” and select “AdWords Linking” which will be found under the Property column.
Completing this step will generate two separate pieces of information (Client@ID and Website@ID) that need to be copied into your AdWords account in order for them to link properly together.
Once these IDs are added, it is important to ensure that both accounts verify each other before proceeding with any activity linking; if the Client @ID generated by GA does not match up then the linking process could fail altogether, resulting in a mismatch of data between platforms.
To review your assigned report suites click on “Website Data” then go down to “Linked Reporting Services” in order to check as necessary. This will allow users to make sure all relevant ad accounts have access so that said changes can take full effect.
Once the linking process is successful between Google Ads and Analytics, it’s time to select what data you would like to track when they are shared with each other.
This can be done in a few easy steps from within the Google Ads interface.
First, click on “Tools & Settings” in the upper right-hand corner, which will then open up the Tools drop down menu. Click on “Data Sources” followed by selecting “Google Analytics” found within that menu.
On this page, you will see a list of AdWords accounts associated with your login as well as some detailed linking information such as account views and report suites associated with them; select which ones you’d like to link with Analytics so that all relevant activity can be tracked across platforms.
Once this has been completed, save changes and proceed onto customizing tags and creating goals for both tools if desired.
After selecting the data that you want to track across both tools, it is important to think about all additional resources available in order to maximize the campaigns return on investment.
This includes customizing tags, events and goals within each tool as well as setting up multiple campaign variables with Adwords so that controlling specific activity served can be done more efficiently.
Tags are identifiers used by click tracking technology so of course, they need to be created properly in order for this information to be tracked accurately; most analytics tools will require users having to set up custom tags, while others will allow them create automated ones depending on need.
Additionally, useful elements like Goals should also be set up beforehand since these ideas give decisive feedback when evaluating performance based on user activities and customer interactions.
Segments can also play a huge role in better understanding your customers, which Analytics render the use of immensely helpful for marketers when creating highly targeted campaigns across multiple devices.
Once all the necessary steps have been taken, now it’s time to track results.
Currently, this can be done by going into an overview in your Google Ads account or Analytics property page which will give a high-level picture of activities generated by campaigns as well as sites events associated with them.
To get a more detailed view, it might be necessary to generate custom reports containing the past and present activity is broken down across different dimensions like channels, AdWords campaigns, and other specific elements; these extended analytics can provide valuable insight on how customers interact with separate platforms so taking the time to go through different reports available is recommended.
As always, tracking raw data should be done regularly so that users can more accurately interpret their performance overall and make educated decisions based off accurate information going forward.
This can include campaign optimization plans involving expanding offering or tweaking specific aspects for an improved customer experience when engaging with promoted content.
It’s also important to note that there are additional variables, such as audience segmentation and using specialty tools ( ex. Search Console )that need setting up, but those operations require more than just linking both services discussed today; nonetheless, integrating Google Ads with Analytics continues being one of the best strategies available for improving digital marketing efforts dramatically.
In this article, we’ve discussed how to link Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts so that users can take full advantage of their capabilities when creating digital marketing campaigns.
We covered steps from setting up or logging into your Google accounts all the way to customizing tags, events and generating objectives for both platforms.
It should be noted that the above method is for linking an AdWords account with one specific Property in GA, but there are many more possibilities outside of those limitations.
Understanding each platform’s potential and carefully employing certain tactics can lead to major improvements over time, something that any marketer trying to maximize returns on investments heavily relies on.