This is the latest post in an ongoing series on AdWords reporting in the AdWords dimensions tab . In previous installments of the series we’ve covered:
- Google AdWords Dayparting – The AdWords Dimensions Time Tab Report 
- Google AdWords Conversion Reporting via the Dimensions Tab 
- Google AdWords Destination URL Report 
- Google AdWords Demographic Reporting 
- Google AdWords Geographic Report 
- Google AdWords Search Term Report 
And in this, the seventh post in the series, we’ll be focusing on the automatic placement report in the AdWords dimensions tab:
What Is the Automatic Placement Report and Why Is It Important?
The placement report is similar to the search query report in that placements are the targeting lever you use on the content network to determine where your ads will show. This report is also similar to the search query or search term report in that it offers an additional layer of granularity to automatic placement campaigns in the same way that search queries offer deeper insights into search campaigns.
By looking at the actual placements (as in the sites that are running your content network campaign ads) you’re able to see which sites are driving profitable traffic and which aren’t – obviously with any medium where you’re buying exposure and paying for each click or impression this is invaluable, so placement data is definitely important to any advertisers running content network campaigns.
Another similarity between the automatic placement report and the search term report, however, is that they’re both providing data that you can get in the main section of the interface, but this report is offering you additional options in precisely the data you get and how you can get it. Like the search terms report, by pulling an automatic placement report from the dimensions tab you’re able to:
- Customize the columns/data you’re shown in the report
- Layer on additional segments like conversion or time-related data
- Schedule the reports to run every week or month so you can have the same report queued up for use in your normal optimization process.
Being able to get this data scheduled to be emailed to you and moved into Excel for manipulation there is really critical for many more advanced PPC advertisers. You can apply a lot of the same data analysis best practices to analyzing placement performance that you would into search queries, and for those interested in digging deeper into their data in Excel the suggestions from the post on the search query or search term report  are still valuable.
And of course, automating a lot of this work around data analysis would be valuable as well. (We offer a free buying guide  to help you determine if you need PPC software and if so, how to choose a platform.)
About the Author
Tom Demers  is co-founder and managing partner at Measured SEM LLC , a boutique search marketing agency offering search marketing consulting services  including pay-per-click account management, SEO site audits , content marketing  services, and a variety of link building  packages such as guest posting packages  and blog strategy .