Google Ads Conversion Tracking

Solve reporting and optimize ads in Google Ads by sending conversions to the Google API server-side even for IOS clicks without GCLIDs

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Google Ads reporting is a powerful tool to identify ROI of ad campaigns and optimize marketing strategy. However, using Google Tag alone for conversion tracking results in many of the conversions missing from the reports:

  1. Many conversions happen offline and aren't accessible even to a server-side GTM: for example, when a sale is closed won in a CRM or when a first payment for subscription is successfully taken by a payment service provider such as Stripe. Tracking such conversions with a Able's server-side tracking and Google Ads API integration solves these problems.
  2. Even when purchases happen online completely, it's not uncommon to see sales that come from ads to remain unattributed to the campaigns. This happens when customers use multiple devices, ad blocking plugins and because of general lack of reliability of client-side tracking.
Google has added support for IOS 14 privacy-friendly click identifiers (wbraid/gbraid) to its API and rolled out enhanced conversions to most customers since late 2021. Taking advantage of these features requires server-side integration capable of sending special attribution parameters for IOS users and offline and server-side conversions.

Google Ads API server-to-server integration combined with Able CDP server-side tracking and attribution provides powerful tools to understand how your ad spending drives sales and purchases. Able attributes conversions at all stages of the funnel such as successful payments, won CRM deals and starting Stripe subscriptions to the original Google Ads ad clicks and IOS user identifiers and sends conversions to Google Ads API. In lieu of click identifier, Able sends browser identifiers and user identifiers such as email and phone to allow Google Ads to attribute and report conversions from IOS traffic.

High-performing Google Ads Campaigns With First-Party Data

Use power of first-party data to optimize your advertising strategy

Report on currently missing conversions that happen after browser analytics and tracking cookies expire or not available on devices. Able offers built-in tracking to capture ad clicks and user identifiers, associate them with customer details and stores them in its customer data platform. Able Customer Data Platform then attributes conversions to these customers sources and sends conversions with complete customer match parameters to Google Ads, fixing tracking for IOS traffic.

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Track Metrics That Matter To The Business

Resolve conversion data discrepancies to show the real ROI of your ad spend

Gain insights into ad conversions in business-specific dimensions. Able attributes conversions to IOS user identifiers and GCLIDs of the original clicks regardless where they happen in your funnel and sends full conversion details to Google Ads API including user identifiers that help to report IOS 14.5+ conversions, as well as Google Ads Custom Variables to segment reported conversions in the Google Ads reports. This allows to use Google Ads optimization and Customer Match audiences can then be set up to use these conversions and their values to refine audience targeting.

Understand What Drives Sales

Map customer journey to each purchase and understand which ads campaigns are producing the best results

Able captures complete journey of each customer, allowing to understand how your customers buy and how segments perform across campaigns even on low volume experimental conversion data while you're still perfecting your pipeline. In addition to providing a built-in user interface to research individual customers' journeys, Able Customer Data Platform integrates with analytics platforms that don't have a 30-day conversion window limitation such as Google Analytics, allowing to understand complete LTV and report performance of the campaigns.

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How does it work?

Build an entire journey of each customer from the first ad click

Able CDP is an advanced server-side tracking solution that combines browser tracking with server-side API integrations, linking website activity and Google Ads click IDs with server-side sales to build a complete journey of each customer across website and back-office tools.

Attribute 99% of your sales, regardless of when they happen

Able attributes 99% of sales to the correct visitor, allowing to see the full journey of each individual customer acquired from Google Ads and obtain data to inform strategy.

Connect Google Ads with other software without coding

Skip complex manual set-up of the connection between Google Ads and other software in your funnel. Able already knows how to track GCLIDs and first-party user identifiers that Google Ads uses for IOS traffic, associate sign ups with them, attribute conversions happening elsewhere and send them back to Google Ads API to facilitate platform's AI/ML ad delivery optimization.

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Able Customer Data Platform is easy to set up

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Connect Able to your CRM, payment system or send custom conversions using its REST API

Connect Google Ads to allow Able to send tracked conversions attributed to the original ad clicks to Google Ads API

Sample Integration Scenarios

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Resources

WBRAID and GBRAID: Google Ads Conversion Tracking Post IOS 14 (updated May 2023)

To comply with Apple App Tracking Transparency restrictions, Google had to start sending WBRAID and GBRAID parameters instead, providing anonymized way to track ad conversions. In this post we discuss the implications, what it means for tracking and how Able CDP can be used to keep tracking conversions for Google Ads traffic without GLCIDs.

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Google Ads Customer Match November 2021 Updates

Google announced updates to Google Ads Customer Match availability and Google Ads API during the last few months. These updates aim to improve reporting that was affected by the April update, which removed unique click identifiers from IOS traffic to comply with Apple App Tracking Transparency restrictions. This post explains what changed, how Google improved reporting by the Customer Match roll-out and Google Ads API v9 changes and what advertisers can do to understand sources of their sales while staying compliant with Apple tracking restrictions.

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How conversions can be tracked without third-party cookies

With the ever-changing landscape of online tracking, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments. In this article, we explore how third-party cookies, first-party cookies, and other tracking techniques are used to track and attribute conversions and how browsers are responding to these techniques. We also look at how these techniques are affecting the way advertisers and social media networks are able to reach their audiences.

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How to automate Google Ads Customer Match with Google Ads API and forget about manual uploads

Automating Google Ads Customer Match using Google Ads API simplifies managing Google Ads audiences and improves effectiveness of Google Ads targeting optimization. This post summarizes different ways Customer Match is used, which is better for an ongoing campaign and provides step-by-step instructions to automate Customer Match using Google Ads API.

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Import Conversions Into Google Ads

Tracking offline conversions is crucial for understanding the true return on ad spend (ROAS) from Google Ads campaigns. While Google Ads does allow uploading customer lists, this method has limitations – conversion tracking relies on Google matching imported customer details to existing user profiles. The match rates tend to be low.

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Everything you need to know about conversion APIs

In the recent years ad platforms such as Facebook Ads (Meta) and Google Ads began to introduce and promote use of the conversion APIs, allowing advertisers to send more details about their conversions. This article describes how conversion APIs work, why their use is essential and how different implementations can affect their performance. It describes common pitfalls why conversion APIs may not have delivered the desired result and documents approaches to fixing this.Facebook's study has shown that correct use of Conversions API results in increase of CPA by 13% and lead to sale conversion rate by 20% on average; the average is misleading as the figure is funnel dependent. Some funnels may already track all conversions correctly without Conversions API. Others may gain up to a 7x RoAS (return on ad spend) increase and doubling number of tracked conversions in other funnels in our experience.

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Primary and Secondary Conversion Actions in Google Ads

Understanding conversion actions is key to optimizing your ad campaigns. In Google Ads, these actions, which are the steps you want your customers to take, are grouped into conversion goals. To help further refine this process, Google introduces the concept of primary and secondary conversion actions. So, what are they, and how do they differ? Let's explore.

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How To Send Purchases, Leads and other conversions to Google Ads

Sending conversions to Google Ads used to add conversion value to Google Ads’ reports, allowing to report on ROI, as well as to use performance-based targeting and optimization capabilities.

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Achieve results

Continuously improve marketing strategy with actionable data produced by Able tracking.

Drive sales

Understand how your customers buy and how segments perform across campaigns even on low volume experimental conversion data when you"re still perfecting your pipeline.

Boost ad ROI

Stream back-end conversion data to Google Ads and Facebook Ads Conversion APIs to facilitate ad platforms" AI/ML ad delivery optimization and to create super effective lookalike audiences in real time.

Get actionable insights

Use standard tools such as Facebook Ads, Google Analytics and your preferred BI and dashboard software to see exact performance and revenue of each channel and landing page even when sales happen weeks after the initial ad click.

Don't just take our word for it

Software companies, e-commerce stores and various types of digital businesses around the world are using Able CDP to fundamentally improve their marketing strategy.

As the owner of Placówkowo, Poland's premier educational listing site, having detailed insights into our transactions is paramount. Able CDP's integration of Stripe with Google Analytics 4 e-commerce has been a game-changer. With their expertise, every Stripe transaction now seamlessly reflects in GA4, providing us with invaluable insights into our financial performance and user behavior. This fusion not only enhances our data clarity but also streamlines our business operations. Able CDP's responsiveness and customer-centric approach have made this integration smooth and efficient. We wholeheartedly endorse their services and appreciate their commitment to excellence.

Łukasz Ostrowski
Łukasz Ostrowski
Owner of Placówkowo
Placówkowo