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Google Analytics Features I'd Like To See #1
netmeg




msg:3463864
 3:22 pm on Sep 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

- In some cases it only seems to be reporting around 60% of the actual traffic. Not sure how or why that is happening, but we host 250 sites here, and have all the actual logfiles and several analyzers running, and we remove all the bots and our own traffic, and it STILL shows as way low in some cases. Examples available upon request.

- How about a general repository for us to share filters? I'm thinking of something along the lines of the way Google offers widgets and gadgets and whatnot for iGoogle and Desktop. I've created some and gone out and found some out there that did things I didn't even realize were possible; why re-invent the wheel?

- I find the breadcrumb navigation somewhat lacking. There's a lot of times where I'm digging down deep to the keyword level, and I want to go back just one step, and I end up back about four levels, or worse yet, where I started.

- Much more help on setting up to track other types of campaigns (MSN and Yahoo PPC, online campaigns, offline campaigns)

- For those of us who are working with clients (as opposed to just our own accounts) it would be really great to be able to set up some kind of a demo account with some demo stats (or have one available) to show to clients. To be honest, they'd rather have me show them the benefits step by step with an account that looks like their traffic and their sample products than sit through your presentation. I can't show one client another's data, and they just don't seem to get how useful and important this information is unless they can see it and click on it and I can explain it in terms of their business.

Ok, that's for starters. I have more.

 

RhinoFish




msg:3985652
 6:49 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

(different account, different problem than one above, nothing to do with any disapproved ads, just normal ad submission and wait time...)

my account has triggered an alert that i've got zero impressions in a certain campaign in 1 week... so i go look at it and it's because the ads are still pending review by G. seems like 1 week is too long.

and alerting me (or allowing me to alert myself) for something you've done (errr, not done), seems a tad weird. I'd ask that no alerts be triggered on anything you haven't yet approved or disapproved, but I suppose others might disagree with me.

my point is, what action do i take for a set of ads that you still haven't reviewed? other than stew about approval delay, i mean.
:-)

[edited by: RhinoFish at 6:57 pm (utc) on Sep. 7, 2009]

RhinoFish




msg:3985659
 6:54 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

under the Campaigns tab, there are six sub-tabs:
Campaigns
Ad groups
Settings
Ads
Keywords
Networks

The first three all have a setting like this:
Show : All All enabled All but deleted

The last 3 don't. So if i delete a campaign that has disapproved ads, those ads show up when I'm in the Campaigns tab, Ads sub-tab.

Seems like you need to add the "Show" selector to the Ads and Keywords sub-tabs, and possibly to the Networks sub-tab as well.

RhinoFish




msg:3985670
 7:12 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

it occurred to me that perhaps adding the selector to the other sub-tabs isn't the best way to fix this issue, so please also consider the option of marking the ads and keywords for a deleted campaign as also having been deleted (regardless of their approval status at the time the campaign is deleted).

RhinoFish




msg:3985671
 7:14 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

For my previously reported problem where ads are being disapproved for Inaccurate Display URL...

For the first banner that you add, it works fine. For the second banner, it assumes you'll use the same url and autofills it - but it replaces some characters, like "&amp;" for "&" - which breaks the url. If you click on them to visit the target site, they generally load, because people's servers will reinterpret the url properly - but the ad checking algorithm apparently doesn't!

Please stop the url from changing at all if it's being autofilled!

By the way, this doesn't happen for text ads or rich media ads... in the old interface, we fixed the character substitution issue, perhaps that fix wasn't properly rolled to the image ad creation code.

RhinoFish




msg:3985672
 7:16 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

in the new interface, when creating a new campaign that copies the features loaded from an existing campaign, the dayparting settings don't copy over.

even when you don't copy the dayparting settings from a previous campaign, but rather you load a previous campaign's settings AND manually enter the dayparting settings as part of the campaign creation wizard, they still aren't saved. they only stick if you edit them after the campaign has been created.

flyerguy




msg:3985679
 7:42 pm on Sep 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Going back to a suggestion I made a while back - being able to roll your Adsense earnings over onto your Adwords account - does this seem too outlandish?

Particularly after this recession, the accountant and business partners are watching like a hawk - I have to justify every last cent of our credit card spend, which means, more work for me. If I could run some of our small Adwords campaigns, funded by the earnings on our Adsense account, it would mean a world of difference: no dollars in dollars out, just a fluid transfer of income earned from visitors, to funds spent on attracting more visitors.

I would also think this could significantly decrease Google's accounting overhead cost.

Am I dreaming? :)

netmeg




msg:3986008
 3:11 pm on Sep 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Am I dreaming? :)

Probably. People have been asking for this since AdWords and AdSense began, and there's no sign of it yet.

netmeg




msg:3986920
 9:28 pm on Sep 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sticking the contents of the Tools tab into the new Opportunities tab is not a particularly good idea. It's certainly not intuitive; I've been answering questions about it all day.

And it's even weirder because some accounts in my MCC have Tools and some have Opportunities.

The Tools belong in their own tab, back where they were, thank you very much.

#adwordsnavigationfail

smallcompany




msg:3987050
 2:13 am on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Keyword matching options:

[keyword phrase" - start with this phrase and let it continue to right
"keyword phrase] - end with this phrase, that is, anything plus the phrase

Broad match idea:

So, I have a phrase that says "mingly bingly 100". I can have it as both exact and phrase and enjoy full control.
But, I want more than that. On the other side, I don't want everything what comes with the broad match.
I want this: mingly bingly "100"

This above would mean broad match of mingly bingly, but has to have "100" within the query that triggers my ad, position within the phrase does not matter.

And as always, negatives on account level - come on guys... :)

RhinoFish




msg:3987254
 11:53 am on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

i still see the upper right announcements indicator, when i have none. perhaps accessing an account via MCC shows you how many announcements the client themselves have? in any case, it's a time suck for me.

AdWordsAdvisor




msg:3987446
 5:00 pm on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm adding this feedback to the report now, and will check back multiple times before sending.

I'd estimate it will be sent in, oh, about 12 hours and one minute from the time I post this.

Thanks very much for all the posts this week. ;)

AWA

AdWordsAdvisor




msg:3987450
 5:10 pm on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

A quick aside to flyerguy:

Am I dreaming? :)

Probably.

To set reasonable expectations, this has been seriously considered, but I do not see any evidence that it will occur in the foreseeable future.

It is one of those ideas that has real merit, and, which on the face of it at least, seems really simple to achieve.

In actual fact, though, it is more difficult than one might imagine (as things involving the moving of money - and particularly money in a great many currencies - tend to be) - and would, ultimately, benefit a limited subset of advertisers.

AWA

flyerguy




msg:3987473
 5:45 pm on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks AA. I understand the logistics involve may be quite different - however I had thought that by avoiding monetary systems altogether, and simply having an option "convert your Adsense earnings into Adwords credits", would actually avoid a big pile of accounting and procedures - whenever the banks and CC companies get their foot in the door someone else is making money and it's not publishers/advertisers or Google.

I only asked because I know in our case we could easily increase our Adwords spend 5x if it could be funded directly by Adsense earnings. Maybe we are just being a silly small business, but at this point things go day to day and the flexibility of avoiding this G-money in, G-money out would have a nice benefit to us.

In any case, I am just a techie and not a great business guy so forgive me if these ideas are too base.

AdWordsAdvisor




msg:3987784
 4:47 am on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

flyerguy, I should have added that, in spite of what I wrote earlier, I have included your feedback in this week's report, verbatim.

So, you have in effect registered another 'vote' to build this feature, and also explained to the right folks why it would be of value to you and others like you.

AWA

RhinoFish




msg:3987906
 12:01 pm on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

put a live jumbotron graph of average ad approval delay in the G lunch room.

netmeg




msg:3988173
 8:59 pm on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

It's always special when I get an error message (in this case, it's in the AdWords Editor) and I go to look it up, and it says it can't be found anywhere in the Help Center.

Error: Your ad group maximum CPA bid is either too low or too high. Please edit your bid.

(It'd be a lot more helpful if it could tell me which, don't you think? I don't happen to have a dart board handy, so I guess I plug in random numbers up and down till I get one it'll take)

AdWordsAdvisor




msg:3990655
 12:43 am on Sep 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the feedback RhinoFish and netmeg. Now included in the report - and plenty of time for more. About 30 hours or so.

Yes, RhinoFish, I really did included yours - verbatim. ;)

AWA

eWhisper




msg:3990827
 10:12 am on Sep 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Please keep the account navigation the same for all accounts. I have one account where the opportunities tab exists and it's very difficult to get to the tools main screen (several clicks). Another account doesn't have the opportunities tab and the tools menu is easy to get to.

Please put the tools menu back at the top of the page for all accounts.

The Google Analytics / Goal integration still doesn't work properly (you can't see past the first goal of any profile).

Adding additional paramaters such as {adgroup}, {campaign}, {matchtype} to the dynamic parameters options would be very useful.

Brett_Tabke




msg:3990977
 3:08 pm on Sep 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Lets go ahead and move on from these threads. Any further feedback can be left to AdWordsAdvisor in private message or via Adwords feedback channels.

Thank you

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