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Google AdWords Reporting Guide: AdWords Dimensions Tab Tips & Tutorials

October 11, 2011
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AdWords Tips

We recently concluded our series on AdWords ad extensions, and thought we’d take a similar approach to a series of reports that live under the Google AdWords Dimensions Tab. Many people rely on the main AdWords tabs for their standard reports – at the campaign, ad group, keyword, and ad level – but there are a series of AdWords reports that offer a ton of great data all rolled up under the dimensions tab.

In this guide to using the AdWords dimensions tab, we’ll be breaking out each of these reports and showing you:

  • How to pull the report and manipulate the data
  • Why this report is (or in some cases isn’t) important
  • When the data will be helpful and actionable (and in some cases: when it won’t be)

Available Reports in the AdWords Dimensions Tab

AdWords Dimensions Tab

Below is a brief explanation of each of the reports – click the heading to find more detailed information on each report:

  • Time – This is dayparting information – the drop down allows you to slice and dice your data by day of the week, hour, etc. to gain insights about when your campaigns are the most successful. Click here for more information on the time report and dayparting.
  • Conversions – This gives you some additional information around your conversions – specifically a breakdown by conversion name or purpose.
  • Destination URL – This report shows you how specific destination URLs within your campaign are performing.
  • Demographic – This applies to certain sites on the content network that collect demographic data, and shows you the breakdown of how different demographics are responding to your campaigns.
  • Geographic – This report lets you slice and dice data by geography so you can better allocate your funds across different countries, states, etc.
  • Search Terms –  This is effectively a search query report, and shows the same data you would get via a query report in the keywords tab.
  • Automatic Placements – This report shows you the placements your site is being placed on on the content network – it’s a bit like a search query report for content and display campaigns.
  • Free Clicks – The free clicks tab is something Google calls the ad interactions report, and shows you how people interact with different components of your ad, such as “get directions” or the product extensions ad plusbox.
  • Call Details – This report shows you actual data from the call metrics feature assuming you’ve enabled it, such as durations and area codes of calls.

Again we’ll walk through each of these in greater detail as the series continues. Stay tuned!

Comments

Good stuff, Tom.

Speaking of the Dimensions tab, we just discovered a minor but important update to Dimensions->Day: the inclusion of Day of the week! Before this week, you had to pull out your calendar or use excel to find out what day a given date fell on. We just wrote a piece on this today if you're interested:

http://cpcsearch.com/blog/2011/10/adwords-releases-a-small-new-feature-with-big-time-savings/

 

cheers, 

Joey
CPC Search

Hey Joey,

Yeah that is a very handy update, thanks for the note!

Tom

Jun 08, 2012

John,Yes, you've made some very good points. There are liattmiions on this tool and it is not so good with Chrome. It does work quite well when you're testing out keyword phrase you know you're doing quite well for, and just want to see how the're doing in the other engines. I just thought the tool was good because it shows the information in one screen.

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