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How To Enable Bing Ads Auto Track

21 February 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in nichemarket Advice

Enable autotrack on bing ads

Running paid search campaigns has become one of the most popular forms of advertising online, and Google has been the beneficiary of this shift in online promotions. While there are other search engines like Bing, DuckDuckGo and dSearch that all offer pay per click search ads, Google is by far the go-to for businesses. Having a significant market share allows Google to attract the majority of advertisers.

However, this competition means ads can start to become expensive as competition or traffic eats into your margins. One way to reduce your margin losses is to try and augment your paid search traffic with another source such as Bing (Now known as Microsoft Advertising).

Most paid search advertisers never think of looking at Bing as an option, and when they do they forget its not a Google tool and do not accurately track the search traffic from the tool. This can cause issues with your Google Analytics reporting, and you cannot get a fair reflection of what your Bing traffic is doing.

One method would be to manually tag your campaigns with UTM tracking while the other would be to use campaign auto-tracking. Similarly to Google Ads bing ads offers the ability to track ads on the campaign level atomically with its auto track service, but this is not set up by default.

If you're planning on running Bing ads and want to save yourself the tracking hassle, then follow these steps.

How to enable UTM Tags in Bing Ads

Bing ads introduced auto-tagging back in 2016, which has been a pain point for many paid advertisers who had to use third-party tools or managed UTM tracking with spreadsheets.

To add auto-tracking to your Bing ads follow the steps below to enable this, so it automatically adds the UTM parameters on to the end of your URLs, and you can differentiate between paid search from Bing and Google.

Step 1

First login to Bing Ads and click into "Accounts" in the top menu

Adding auto track on Bing

Step 2

From the account, list click the management tab

Step 3

Then select "Account settings."

Step 4

You will be taken to an account setting page. Where you will need to click on the pencil icon next to the title account settings.

Activating Bing Ads autotrack

Step 5

Navigate to auto-tagging and click the checkbox next to "Add UTM tags to my ads' destination URLs." Then select if you want to keep your existing tags and add any that are missing.

The auto-track feature then adds the following UTM tags onto the end of your URL:

  • utm_source
  • utm_medium
  • utm_term
  • utm_campaign

So my URL would then look like this:

https://www.nichemarket.co.za/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term={Keyword}& utm_campaign={CampaignName}

All the values are dynamically included from the Bing ad data.

How to test tracking campaigns

These tracking URLs do not show up in the Bing Ads UI or on the ends of your URLs; it only adds it onto the end of URLs when the ad is served in search. One way to test would be to click on your own ad which I don't recommend or simply wait for traffic to populate in your Google Analytics account.

Getting an accurate comparison

Having the auto-track feature on both your paid search tools with Bing and Google will help you report on a combined traffic source as well as filtering between the two. You will then be able to compare which keywords are most profitable per platform and allocate your budget accordingly to get the best cost per lead from search.

Since Bing ads also allow you to import Google Ads directly into their platform, you can do side by side comparisons of ads and campaigns and find new ways to optimise your search campaigns.

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Recommended reading

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