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Google Announces Retirement of AdWords Converted Clicks: How Will Your Ad Tracking Be Affected?


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After 15 years of the use of one of its most popular metrics, Google AdWords just recently announced a large change to their platform. As of the end of September, 2016, Google will eliminate their ‘converted click’ metric that has helped advertisers measure their converted clicks for 15 years.

So how are you as an advertiser affected by this change and how will you measure conversions going forward?

While the ‘converted click’ metric will be eliminated, advertisers will be able to use its more sophisticated counterpart: ‘conversions’ metric.

What’s The Difference Between Converted Clicks and Conversions?

The difference between the two metrics is that ‘converted clicks’ measured any action taken on your site after an ad was clicked, even if it wasn’t the action you intended. ‘Conversions measures’ the number of times an ad click led to a visitor completing a specific, desired action, such as filling out a form or making a purchase.

With the converted click metric, advertisers couldn’t track which specific goal a user completed if that advertiser was tracking more than one goal. With the ‘conversions’ metric, advertisers can track exactly which goal a user completed and will be able to track cross-device and cross-browser conversions, something they were unable to do with conversion clicks.

How Will This Affect You?

Some advertisers are already using the ‘conversion’ metric as their main source of data for bidding and reporting, so these advertisers will not be affected by the change. But advertisers who are not already using this metric and are using the ‘conversion click’ metric will likely notice an uptick in the number of reported conversions once this chance it made.

Advertisers who rely on automated bidding strategies will also be affected by this change. This is because Google will report more conversions and a lower cost per action. These lower reported cost per actions may make automatic bidding strategies increase their CPC bid. So, advertisers should be prepared to see an increase in their CPC.

On September 21, 2016, Google will officially retire the ‘converted clicks’ metric in all accounts. If you are currently using the converted clicks metric, you will automatically be migrated to the new conversion metric.

What Should You Do in the Meantime?

Google is highly recommending that advertisers manually migrate to the conversions metric before the change. Google has provided an easy tool that helps you make this change. Don’t let your CPC increase – adjust your targets in advance!

Google states that the ‘conversions’ metric offers everything ‘converted clicks’ offers, plus more – such as measuring mobile-centric actions, cross-device conversions, and store visits.  ‘Conversion clicks’ is an outdated metric and advertisers will ultimately benefit from this elimination.

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