AdWords Adds Reporting On Trigger Keywords, Amid Other Interface Changes

Ever wondered exactly what keywords in a searcher’s query resulted in your ad being triggered? Google has added a feature in AdWords to give advertisers that information, allowing them to adjust their keywords and bids accordingly. Meanwhile, the company has made other interface changes — including account diagnostics and new impression share reporting.

The new keyword column is available in the search terms report. To add the column, click the “Columns” drop-down and click “Customize columns.” Then click “Attributes” and click “Add” on “Keyword.”

The new feature got positive reactions from marketers when product manager Jon Diorio posted about its introduction on Google+.

Another reporting change comes within impression share reporting. The company has added new columns so search and display impression share are shown independently. Additionally, advertisers will be able to segment by hours of the day, apply filters, see charts and create automated rules using impression-share data.

The adjustment will also affect how impression share data is compiled. The old impression share information will be gradually phased out, so if you want that data you will need to download it before it disappears entirely in February 2013.

Additionally, Google will soon be launching some campaign diagnostic features to alert advertisers of potential errors or conflicts. The idea is that the system will look for settings that may be inadvertent — settings that conflict with one another, for example — and alert the user so changes can be made, if needed. The company plans to add more similar features in the future, and is looking for advertiser feedback on what would be useful.

Related Topics: Channel: SEM | Google: AdWords


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  • David Vallejo

    This doesn’t look like anything new. You were always able to see which queries triggered your ads by going to the Keywords tab then to Keyword Details> Search Terms>All. From there you’re able to add keywords to bid on or dump ‘em into the negatives category.

  • Cortnie

    I agree with David’s comment below. The Keyword Details and Search Terms have always been available.

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