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Google Launches Optimize and AdWords integration

Combine google optimize with Adwords

Improving your site's performance is a continuous learning process, as you gather more data on your visitors you can start to refine your site to get the most out of your traffic and improve metrics like:

  • Increase time on site
  • Reduce bounce rate
  • Increase conversion rate
  • Increase number of average page views

Depending on the type of site you have and your business goals you may have additional metrics you like to measure. In order to see how you can affect your metrics in a positive manner you need to be willing to experiment and the best way to do this is through A/B testing. There is a range of A/B testing tools available for site owners to use but Google has provided us with their own tool in Optimize. Optimize may not be as well known as its other tools like Analytics, Tag Manager and Adwords but its slowly becoming more important and being integrated into the Google marketing ecosystem.

Optimize Integrates with Adwords

Google has announced new updates this week and one of them is an integration between Optimize and AdWords. Now, it's easier than ever for businesses to deliver seamless and personalized experiences by showing people who click on their ads a landing page that's tailor-made for them. Whether you're using the old AdWords experience or the new version, it's easy to link your Optimize and AdWords accounts.

Benefits of Optimize and Adwords integration

What if you could test changes to landing pages and discover new layouts or messaging that dramatically improves the performance of your AdWords campaigns in an instant? Well, now you can with Optimize integration with Google AdWords, which enables you to target experiments based on AdWords accounts, campaigns, ad groups, and keywords. This allows you to create and deploy experiments to find changes to your landing pages that improve business outcomes.

Supported campaign types

The Optimize-AdWords integration supports search and shopping campaigns. It supports Search Network with Display select, but only the search traffic from those campaigns (display traffic is excluded). Google has also stated that support for additional campaign types will be added in the future, so look out for the updates or subscribe to our newsletter and we'll let you know when they're available.

How to integrate Google Optimize and Adwords

Option 1 – AdWords individual account To turn on Optimize sharing from an AdWords individual account, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords individual account.
  2. Click in the upper right.
  3. Navigate to Setup > Linked accounts.
  4. Under Google Analytics, click DETAILS.
  5. Turn on Google Optimize sharing.

Adwords individual account optimize link

Option 2 – AdWords manager account (MCC)

To turn on Optimize sharing from an AdWords manager account, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords manager account.
  2. Click in the upper right.
  3. Navigate to Setup > Linked accounts.
  4. Under Google Analytics, click DETAILS.
  5. Click TURN ON GOOGLE OPTIMIZE SHARING.

adwords MCC optimise

Turning on Optimize sharing for an AdWords manager account enables it for all of its child accounts. Control over Optimize sharing remains at the individual account level and can be adjusted there. When an individual AdWords account is added to a manager hierarchy, it retains its individual Optimize sharing setting. You can turn on Google Optimize sharing for the new AdWords accounts by returning to the Analytics linked accounts page above.

Have the correct permissions

To link Adwords to Optimize, you only need Administrative access to AdWords while you don't need access to Optimize itself. Targeting AdWords objects with Optimize requires the following access:

  1. Read-only access to the linked AdWords account.
  2. Edit permission to the Optimize container – to create targeting rules.
  3. Read permission to the Optimize container – to view existing targeting rules.
Important note: Auto-tagging must be enabled for Optimize experiments to receive AdWords-targeted sessions.

Step 3: Link Optimize to Analytics

The final step is to verify that your Optimize container is linked to the same Analytics property that you linked to from AdWords in Step 1. This is usually done when setting up an Optimize container. If you need help with this please check out our previous post - How To Set Up & Link Google Optimize and Analytics Accounts

Target AdWords objects in an experiment

Once you’ve confirmed that your Optimize container is linked to the correct Analytics property, it’s time to experiment! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and happy optimising!

Check out optimize & AdWords in action

Popular music streaming site Spotify has been using Optimise along with Adwords for some time and they've reported some really positive results. Check out what they had to say here:

Contact us

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Tags: conversion optimisation , Google AdWords , Google Optimize , Paid Search, Tools , User Experience

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