3 essentials tools to measure the performance of your display campaigns

Optimized CPC and CPM, CTR above 2%… Your KPI’s can look very good, but to really analyze the results of a display campaign, you need to go deeper. You need to compare numbers collected on every channel and to analyze them from another point of view, with other tools. You often get differences between stats you get on your campaigns dashboards and your website actual traffic.

Here are 3 essentials tools to better understand the results of your display campaigns.

Use pixels to measure traffic

Every person who has been working on a digital strategy has already been facing a Google Analytics Dashboard. It’s one the first thing you do when you launch a website. When you advertise on a new display platform, installing a pixel should be the first thing to be done. The majority of platforms have pixels to measure your traffic, its origin and events related to a user’s visit. These pixels also allow you to set up retargeting campaigns to reach peaple who have visited your website. The installation process is very symple : you just need to copy and paste a piece of code on your website.

install pixel code

A pixel is very helpful to understand your trafic and to have a point of comparison with Google Analytics or any other technology installed to identify your trafic.

Track your url’s to identify the origin of every clics.

Url tracking is a useful complement to the pixel. Pixels sometimes give the origin of a visitor but they never make the difference between someone who clicked on your the url on your Facebook page and someone who clicked on the link of your Facebook ad.

utm url tracking display ads

Url tracking allows you to identify several informations about 1 click. To get these informations, you need to generate urls. Here’s the process : the platform adds values after your website urls that will help you identifying the platform, the media or even the campaign that generated the clic.

Example : http://yoursite.com/?utm_source=instagramstory&utm_medium=image1&utm_campaign=launch2019

Create custom conversions

When you set up a campaign with objectives like selling products or collecting emails or generating downloads, we talk about conversion. Theses conversions can be tracked very simply. First, you need to identify the url that visitors access to once they have done the action that you want them to do (thank you page, payment confirmation…). Once you got this, you just need to create a conversion based on this url and you get notified every time this specific page is visited.

custom conversion display ads

In brief, these 3 tools will help you better understand your campaigns stats but they will also allow you to readjust your strategy according to the best performing channels. If you need to use these tools for your next campaign, fell free to contact BBP !