Wondering how to track Pinterest ads in Google Analytics? Yes, you are at the right place to learn about tracking Pinterest ads in Google Analytics.
Whenever you are spending on ads on any social media platform, it is important to verify the clicks reported by the platform from another analytics software. You should not take the clicks reported by the ad platform as the final.
So, if you are doing ads on Pinterest, then it is important to verify the clicks reported by the Pinterest Ad manager account. Google Analytics is the right platform to track the ad performance of the Pinterest Ad Manager.
In case, if there is a considerable difference in clicks reported by Ad Manager account and Google Analytics, then you should contact Pinterest to report it.
How to track Pinterest Ads in Google Analytics?
Follow the below steps to track your Pinterest ads in Google Analytics:
1. Create Tracking Link in Google Analytics using URL Campaign Builder
2. Fill Campaign Source, Medium, and Name
3. Fill Campaign Term and Campaign Content
4. Create Tracking Link in Google Analytics
5. Linking Pinterest Ads to Google Analytics
6. Track Pinterest Ad Performance in Google Analytics
We will discuss each of these steps in detail below.
Create Tracking Link in Google Analytics using URL Campaign Builder
The first step is to create a tracking link in Google Analytics for your Pinterest ad campaign. For creating a tracking link, you need URL parameters.
URL parameters are used to track information about a click. In addition to presenting you with accurate information on clicks, URL parameters also help you to differentiate between the traffic you get from Pinterest organic (your Pinterest posts) and Pinterest ads.
URL parameters consists of a key and a value separated by an equals sign (=) and joined by an ampersand (&). The first parameter always comes after a question mark in a URL as shown in the example below:
By using URL parameters, you’ll know exactly which Pinterest ad campaign, and which ad set is driving traffic to your website, and you can also track conversions on your website that way.
To generate URL parameters, you can use a free tool by Google called Campaign URL Builder.
To begin with, just go to the page/post that you wish to promote on Pinterest.
Copy the URL and paste it into the website URL box.
You can provide the Campaign ID as you wish.
Fill Campaign Source, Medium, and Name
The next field is Campaign Source. You can either mention “Pinterest ad” as the campaign source or you can just mention “Pinterest”.
In order to differentiate between the traffic from Pinterest organic posts and traffic from Pinterest ads, you can mention “Pinterest ad” here.
Next, mention “CPC” as your campaign medium if you’re tracking link clicks or “CPM” if you’re tracking impressions. You can alternatively use any meaningful terms, if required.
Next, enter the Campaign Name. It should be the same as the name of your Pinterest ad campaign in Pinterest Campaign Manager.
Fill Campaign Term and Campaign Content
Now you have filled all the mandatory fields. You can proceed to the next step if required. But if you fill in the rest of the field, it will help you to pinpoint the ads which are working and ads that are not working well. This will be more useful if you are running multiple ads.
You can either use common terms or be more specific with the terms to define your parameters, especially in the case of Campaign Term and Content.
As mentioned, the more specific you get with your URL parameters, the better it will be, and you’ll know exactly which campaign is driving traffic to your site and which campaign needs to be improved.
In case you’re using different ad formats (image, video, carousel, etc.) under an Ad Set to promote the same post, you can use the Campaign Content field to differentiate these ads. Just remember that you need to generate a different campaign URL for each ad to track them accurately in Google Analytics.
Create Tracking Link in Google Analytics
Now that your form is filled, your campaign URL will get auto-generated. Just scroll down to see your generated campaign URL.
In order to start tracking Pinterest ads in Google Analytics, you’ll need to copy the portion of the URL that starts after the question mark.
Paste your Pinterest campaign URL parameters in this box as shown below:
Make sure you preview your new URL to check if the URL parameters are visible on the new URL opened in a new tab.
You also have the option to convert the generated URL into a short link.
Linking Pinterest Ads to Google Analytics
Now you have a campaign URL generated with all the URL parameters.
You can use this newly-generated URL in your Pinterest ads and start tracking traffic in Google Analytics.
Add it to the Pinterest campaign manager at the required position.
Now, you are all set to track the performance of your Pinterest ads in Google Analytics.
Track Pinterest Ad performance in Google Analytics
Follow the below steps to track Pinterest Ads in Google Analytics.
Login to your Google Analytics Account.
In the left side menu, click on Acquisition.
Click on Campaigns.
Click on All Campaigns.
Now you can see the campaign name for Pinterest Ads there. From this report, you can understand your Pinterest ad campaign performance.
Getting a clear picture of your Pinterest ad performance will not only allow you to evaluate how well your advertisements are performing, but it will also allow you to make changes to improve their reach and effectiveness.
By following the procedures explained in this guide, you may begin analyzing your Pinterest advertising in Google Analytics and optimize your Pinterest campaigns.
Hope you found this article useful. Kindly let us know if you have any queries.
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