What is CTR and what CTR is considered to be good

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What is the click-through rate (CTR)?

This parameter shows the percentage of users who saw a banner (button or link) and clicked on it. CTR calculation formula is:

CTR = Number of clicks/Number of impressions × 100%

By calculating the parameter, you can honestly evaluate which advertising motivates the user better to click.

What CTR level is considered to be good

Your CTR can say a lot about your PPC campaigns. For example, a high score means your ads and/or images are great at motivating customers to click on them.

Also, a high CTR means the correct design of the ad — an excellent call to action placing and on the whole understandable message.

Conversely, a low score often means your ads aren’t clear and suitable for your target audience. So if you’re testing a new ad and the CTR is really low, you need to change something in your ad to find out what’s going wrong.

Pay-per-click platforms like Google Ads and Facebook Ads use CTR to determine the quality of your ads because it’s a good indicator of how relevant your ads are to your target audience.

Google and Facebook want the ads they display to be relevant to their users. Therefore, these services use bidding systems that count the quality indicator: the higher the quality of your advertising, the higher your rate becomes.

Why high CTR isn't always good for business

Let’s say 1,000 users clicked on your banner. You have spent money on paid traffic, but at the next funnel stage 950 users bounced. CTR is considerably high, but there are practically no sales. What happened? You optimized your ads in pursuit of clicks without considering further conversion goals. And at the same time, you also paid for those 1000 clicks and lost money, even with a high level of CTR. You should always think ahead of the funnel steps to avoid such a situation.

How to set up automatic CTR calculation

In advertising services, you can find the following ad performance parameters:

  • Coverage, involvement
  • Clicks, CTR, Cost per Action (CPA), Cost per Mille (CPM)
  • Distribution of impressions
  • Advertising costs

CTR is one of the many important ad performance parameters. You need to track all of them to get the full picture. And don’t forget to measure return on ad spend (ROAS).

Here’s an example of the Google Analytics report with all data on sessions, costs, and income collected from different advertising services. Essential metrics, such as ROAS and revenue per click (RPC) are calculated automatically based on a comparison of each campaign’s cost with the corresponding revenue.

Google Analytics report

You can find this report on your Google Analytics account on the Acquisition tab. Then, select Campaigns and click Cost Analysis.

Initially, only Google Ads data is available in Google Analytics. To add data from other advertising sources, you need to set up an automatic data import using OWOX BI. Thus, the service automatically transfers clicks, costs, impressions for all campaigns to GA, checks the data for errors, and converts it into the single currency of your choice. With our step-by-step instructions, the setup takes no more than 10-15 minutes.


Also, for 2 weeks, you can try cost data import from 15 advertising systems, including FacebookInstagram, AdRoll, Trafmag, Bing Ads, Twitter Ads, Sklik, Outbrain, Yahoo Gemini, Hotline.

Now your Google Analytics has data on advertising campaigns, and you can monitor valuable metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

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  • What is CTR and why is it important in online advertising?

    - CTR stands for Click-Through Rate. It is a metric used to measure the effectiveness of an online advertising campaign by calculating the percentage of people who clicked on an ad after viewing it. It helps assess the relevance and appeal of an ad to the target audience. A high CTR indicates a more compelling and engaging ad, which can lead to increased traffic and better campaign performance.
  • How is CTR calculated and what is considered a good CTR?

    - CTR is calculated by dividing the number of clicks an ad receives by the number of impressions (or views) it gets, and then multiplying by 100 to get the percentage. A good CTR depends on various factors such as industry, ad placement, and campaign objective. However, as a general benchmark, a CTR of 2% or higher is considered favorable, while anything below 1% may indicate room for improvement.
  • How can I improve my CTR in online advertising?

    - Several strategies can help improve CTR. Firstly, ensure that your ad copy is clear, relevant, and compelling to attract users' attention. Experiment with different ad formats, styles, and CTAs to find what resonates best with your target audience. Secondly, optimize ad placement by targeting relevant websites, audiences, or keywords aligned with your campaign goals. Lastly, continuously analyze and refine your campaigns, such as testing different headlines, adjusting bids, or leveraging ad extensions, to iteratively improve performance and CTR.