Using Google Analytics to Optimize Bing Ads, Other Channels

Using Google Analytics to Optimize Bing Ads, Other Channels

August 3, 2016 5:00 pm

Ecommerce retailers attempt to optimize their returns on funding from promoting. Google Analytics might help, with its integration to Google AdWords that permits ecommerce websites to view promoting spend, income, and ROI.

Google Analytics can integrate with Google AdWords to allow ecommerce sites to report various metrics.

Google Analytics can combine with Google AdWords to permit ecommerce websites to report numerous metrics. Click picture to enlarge.

In addition to AdWords, many ecommerce retailers use Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, and different promoting channels. But measuring ROI from these channels may be difficult. And since these channels sometimes drive much less visitors than AdWords, retailers typically neglect optimizing them. And that’s the chance. If you possibly can overcome these challenges, you're one step forward of your rivals.

Google Analytics allows advertisers to import promoting value knowledge from most any channel. Access the Data Import configuration part within the Admin tab beneath the “Property” column.

Access the Data Import configuration section in the Admin tab under the “Property” column.

Access the Data Import configuration part within the Admin tab beneath the “Property” column.

Preparing the Import at Google Analytics

To arrange your promoting value knowledge import, do the next.

Create a “New Data Set” by logging into your Google Analytics account, then go to Admin > Data Import beneath the “Property” column (as proven above).

Click on “New Data Set,” then choose “Cost Data” and click on on the “Next Step” button.

Click on “New Data Set”

Click on “New Data Set.”

Select “Cost Data” and click on the “Next Step” button.

Select “Cost Data” and click on on the “Next Step” button.

• Name your Data Set and choose which Views you want to the fee knowledge to seem. The identify is just not necessary because it won't present up in your reviews and it doesn’t harm to pick all Views proven on this step.

Name your data set and select which Views you would like the cost data to appear

Name your knowledge set and choose which Views you want to the fee knowledge to seem.

Select all the columns of knowledge you propose on importing. I advocate, at a minimal, Impressions, Clicks, Cost, Campaign, Ad Content (not Ad Group, as UTM parameters will map to Ad Content), and Keyword. Consider together with Search Query, too.

Select all of the columns of data you plan on importing.

Select all the columns of knowledge you propose on importing.

For the “Import Behavior” part, choose “Overwrite.”

Select "Overwrite."

Select “Overwrite” within the “Import Behavior” part.

Click “Save” after which click on on “Get schema.”

Click “Save” and “Get schema.”

Click “Save” and “Get schema.”

Click on “Download schema template” to acquire the file you'll populate with Bing Ads value knowledge, to add to Google Analytics. (I’ll use Bing for instance since Bing is the second hottest promoting platform for ecommerce entrepreneurs.)

Click on "Download schema template."

Click on “Download schema template.”

Save that file to your pc. You at the moment are prepared to start out importing value knowledge.

Download the file to your computer.

Download the file to your pc.

Obtaining Cost Data from Bing

Now for the enjoyable half: getting the fee knowledge out of your promoting channel — Bing, on this instance — and assembling it the best way Google needs it, and importing.

Log into your Bing Ads account and go to the “Reports” part.

Log into Bing Ads and go to "Reports."

Log into Bing Ads and go to “Reports.”

If you need to embrace the Search Query within the report, run a “Search time period” report for the related time-frame. If you need to report on the Keyword degree, choose “Keyword“ report.

I will run a “Keyword report” for this instance.

Run a "Keyword Report."

Run a “Keyword Report.”

Update the “Show [unit of time]” to “Day” to import value knowledge on a every day degree. Adjust the date vary as wanted and choose the right time zone for the account.

Update the “Show (unit of time)” to “Day.”

Update the “Show (unit of time)” to “Day.”

Under “Choose your columns,” choose the next: Date, Campaign, Ad group, Keyword, Impressions, Clicks, and Spend.

Select the Date, Campaign, Ad group, Keyword, Impressions, Clicks, and Spend columns.

Select the Date, Campaign, Ad group, Keyword, Impressions, Clicks, and Spend columns.

There is not any want to regulate something within the “Filter” part or “My report settings” part. Click “Download” and the report will run and obtain

Click "Download."

Click “Download.”

Once the report has run, it'll obtain the file to your pc. Click on the downloaded report hyperlink within the backside-left of your display so it opens.

One the report is finished, download it to your computer.

One the report is completed, obtain it to your pc.

Now, copy all the knowledge into the schema template that you simply saved to your pc, as described above for establishing Google Analytics for the info import.

Copy all of the data into the schema template that you saved to your computer in the instructions for setting up Google Analytics.

Copy all the knowledge into the schema template that you simply saved to your pc within the directions for establishing Google Analytics. Click picture to enlarge.

Make positive you assemble the info within the schema template in order that the column headings align. Here’s a mapping of the Bing Ads report columns to Google Analytics value knowledge schema template headings.

  • Gregorian date > ga:date
  • Campaign identify > ga:marketing campaign
  • Ad group > ga:adContent
  • Keyword > ga:key phrase
  • Impressions > ga:impressions
  • Clicks > ga:adClicks
  • Cost > ga:adCost

Your knowledge will seem like this when entered within the schema template.

Sample Bing Ads cost data when entered in the Google Analytics schema template.

Sample Bing Ads value knowledge when entered within the Google Analytics schema template. Click picture to enlarge.

Update the “ga:date” column to make use of the appropriately formatted date with the “yyyymmdd” format. Set the ga:medium and ga:supply columns to no matter you're utilizing for the medium and supply in your UTM parameters for Bing Ads. If you enabled auto tagging in Bing Ads, it must be “cpc” because the Medium and “bing” because the Source.

Update the “ga:date” column to use the correctly formatted date with the “yyyymmdd” format. Set the ga:medium and ga:source columns to whatever you are using for the medium and source in your UTM parameters for Bing Ads.

Update the “ga:date” column to make use of the appropriately formatted date with the “yyyymmdd” format. Set the ga:medium and ga:supply columns to no matter you're utilizing for the medium and supply in your UTM parameters for Bing Ads. Click picture to enlarge.

Save the file utilizing a reputation that is sensible to you. I sometimes embrace the date vary within the file identify, akin to “Bing Ads Cost Data – June 2016.” Save as a .csv (UTF-H encoded).

Save the file with a name that makes sense to you.

Save the file with a reputation that is sensible to you.

You at the moment are able to import this file into Google Analytics. Go again to Google Analytics and click on on “Manage uploads” subsequent to the info set you created.

Go back to Google Analytics and click on “Manage uploads."

Go again to Google Analytics and click on on “Manage uploads.”

Click on “Upload File,” then “Choose Files.”

Click on “Upload File”, then “Choose Files.”

Click on “Upload File”, then “Choose Files.”

Find your .csv file, choose it, after which click on “Upload.”

Select your .csv file and upload it.

Select your .csv file and add it.

If the add was profitable, you will notice “Completed” within the Status column. You have now efficiently uploaded Bing Ads value knowledge to Google Analytics.

You will see "Completed" in the Status column if the upload was successful.

You will see “Completed” within the Status column if the add was profitable.

Locating Imported Cost Data in Google Analytics

Locate the imported value knowledge in Google Analytics at Acquisition > Campaigns > Cost Analysis.

Locate imported cost data at Acquisition > Campaigns > Cost Analysis.

Locate imported value knowledge at Acquisition > Campaigns > Cost Analysis.

Sorting by “Impressions” in reducing order, it is best to see all imported value knowledge on the prime of the report.

Sort by “Impressions” to see all imported cost data at the top of the report.

Sort by “Impressions” to see all imported value knowledge on the prime of the report. Click picture to enlarge.

Analyzing Imported Cost Data

Now it’s time to dig in. First of all, you'll be able to shortly see, at a excessive degree, which channel is outperforming the others. In the above instance, Bing Ads has a return on advert spend (ROAS) that's almost double Google AdWords — 590.87 % vs. 312.seventy six %. This provides a fast visibility into the place to enhance (Google) and the place to attempt to drive further worth (Bing).

If you structured your marketing campaign names to be equivalent between Google AdWords and Bing Ads, you'll be able to add a secondary dimension by Campaign and filter to incorporate one marketing campaign. I’ll do that, under, with a “Groceries” marketing campaign for Google and Bing.

You can quickly see at a high level which channel is outperforming the other.

You can shortly see at a excessive degree which channel is outperforming the opposite. Click picture to enlarge.

I can now examine the identical marketing campaign throughout the 2 channels to see which is performing higher. In the above instance, Bing is underperforming Google — -eighty two.31 % vs. 226.eighty three %. So I would contemplate optimizing Bing. I can also need to improve value-per-clicks in Google to attempt to drive further visitors.

In the instance, under, I’m evaluating the “Shopping – Groceries” campaigns between Google and Bing. In this case, Bing is performing higher — 206.ninety one % vs. -A.03 %. I would optimize Google. I can also improve my CPCs in Bing to drive further visitors.

I’m comparing the “Shopping – Groceries” campaigns between Google and Bing.

Comparing the “Shopping – Groceries” campaigns between Google and Bing. Click picture to enlarge.

You can drill right down to the Ad Group degree and even Keyword degree to determine which channel is performing higher and which Ad Groups and Keywords have to be optimized.

Remember for those who make vital modifications in your promoting accounts, use Annotations in Google Analytics to mark time. (I addressed Annotations in “Using Google Analytics to Identify Conversion Weaknesses.”) That method you possibly can measure the impression from these modifications.

Use Annotations in Google Analytics if you make significant changes.

Use Annotations in Google Analytics in case you make vital modifications. Click picture to enlarge.

Finally, flip this train right into a course of.

  • Import value knowledge repeatedly. If the guide technique of importing value knowledge is cumbersome, search for automated options. Several distributors are within the Google Analytics Apps gallery.
  • Identify your goal ROI or ROAS for promoting. Set totally different ranges for various Campaigns and Ad Groups, if crucial.
  • Monitor standing repeatedly and take motion in case you are not assembly ROI objectives — or in case you are over-exceeding them.

In brief, as an ecommerce service provider, it’s essential to measure how your promoting cash is performing. Increase these channels that ship the very best return on funding, and reduce or enhance low performers.


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