How to analyze Criteo campaigns in Google Analytics

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In this article, we explain how to import cost data for Criteo campaigns into Google Analytics in two ways: manually and automatically using OWOX BI. We also explain why you should bother to do it.

Contents:

  • Which reports can you use to analyze Criteo campaigns?
  • Link markup with UTM tags
  • Automatically send cost data from Criteo to Google Analytics using OWOX BI
  • Manually load cost data from Criteo into Google Analytics
  • Wrapping up

If you use several advertising services and add UTM tags to all the links for your advertising campaigns, you can easily use Google Analytics to track the traffic these campaigns bring. But how can you find out the profitability of advertising channels and campaigns and, most importantly, compare them with each other in order to find the most effective ones? For this, you need data on the costs of advertising.

The cost of Google Ads can automatically be added to Google Analytics reports if you link your accounts for these services. Cost data for Criteo and other advertising services must be imported into Google Analytics independently. This can be done automatically (using OWOX BI) or manually. We will describe both methods in detail. But before discussing how to do this, let’s see what data from these services will give you.

Which reports can you use to analyze Criteo campaigns?

After uploading cost data to Google Analytics, the Traffic Sources –> Campaigns –> Expenditure Analysis report will show data on CPC (cost per click), RPC (revenue per click) and ROAS (return on ad spend) for your Criteo campaigns. You’ll see not only where your visitors come from but what revenue each campaign brings. You’ll also be able to track the effectiveness of your advertising in Criteo and compare it with campaigns in Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram, Yandex. Direct, etc. so you can adjust your marketing budget.

Comparison Tool report

In the Conversion –> Attribution –> Comparison Tool report, you can compare CPA and ROAS campaigns in Criteo and see how their value changes depending on the attribution model used.

And, of course, you can use advertising costs and all the metrics calculated on their basis in custom Google Analytics reports, filtering the data according to the criteria you need.

Link markup with UTM tags

Before setting up cost importing, make sure that all your ad links contain UTM tags. They’re needed to track traffic and understand exactly which sources, channels, and campaigns lead users to your site. If you currently don't have any UTM tags, be sure to add at least these three UTM parameters to your links:

  • utm_source=criteo
  • utm_medium=cpc
  • utm_campaign (the value must match the name of the campaign in the Criteo interface.)

To prevent mistakes and make it easier to create tags, you can use the Campaign URL Builder from Google.

Automatically send cost data from Criteo to Google Analytics using OWOX BI

With OWOX BI Pipeline, you don’t need to create CSV files and format data in them as you do when manually loading expenses. Just set up a stream once and the cost data will automatically be transferred from the advertising service to Google Analytics and updated daily.

In addition, OWOX BI automatically updates already uploaded Google Analytics data for the previous period (if it has changed) and converts cost data into the currency of your Google Analytics account. In OWOX BI, you can also download spending data for the past six months.

Regardless of which import method you use, the first thing to do is to create a dataset in Google Analytics to which you will load the cost data.

Step 1. Create a dataset in Google Analytics

Log in to your Google Analytics account, go to the Administrator section, select Import data in the resource settings, and click Create:

Google Analytics resource settings

In the menu that opens, select Cost data and click Continue.

Come up with a name for the dataset – for example, “Criteo Costs” – and select the Google Analytics view into which the data will be loaded. Then click Continue:

Now you need to determine the scheme for the loaded data. Three parameters (date, channel, and source) are selected by default. Add to them the cost, number of clicks, and campaign and click Save at the bottom of the screen.

determine the scheme for the loaded data

Then click Finish. After that, in the Import Data menu, a new set of cost data for Criteo will appear:

Step 2. Configure automatic importing of cost data into OWOX BI

To set up automatic importing of cost data to OWOX BI, start by signing up for OWOX BI using your Google Account. Then log in to OWOX BI, open the Pipeline tab, and click Create Flow. Click on the Criteo logo:

Now grant access to your Criteo account. To do this, click Add:

setting up a pipeline

In the window that opens, enter the Client ID and Client Secret ID. To get them, generate a new user access API in the Criteo interface.

a new user access API

Next, provide access to your Google Analytics account, select a resource and a dataset into which you will upload cost data, and click Next.

Specify the date from which to start importing cost data. Then select the required Google Analytics view and your OWOX BI project and click Create Flow.

Cost data from Criteo will appear in Google Analytics reports within 36 hours (up to 12 hours for data processing on the OWOX BI side + up to 24 hours for processing in Google Analytics). For a free OWOX BI Start plan, data processing on the OWOX side can take up to 36 hours.

Criteo to Google Analytics

If you do not yet have a free stream in OWOX BI, you can create one right now to automatically import
data from Criteo to Google Analytics!

SET UP IMPORT

Manually load cost data from Criteo to Google Analytics

To import expenses through the Google Analytics interface, you need to prepare a CSV file with data, put that data into the required format, and upload it manually. This is a monotonous job that takes a lot of time. In addition, it must be repeated every time you need to update cost data.

Step 1. Create a dataset in Google Analytics

We’ve described above in detail how to do this.

Step 2. Export data from Criteo

To do this, go to your Criteo account, break down the report you need by day, and use the Export function to download the file. Then open it in Google Sheets. You’ll get something like this table:

Step 3. Prepare a CSV file for uploading to Google Analytics

Download a template with a data schema and transfer information from the Criteo report to Google Analytics. To do this, go to Google Analytics, open the dataset that you recently created, and click Download Management:

Then click Get schema:

Finally, click Download schema template:

Download schema template

Open the downloaded template in Google Sheets and transfer to it the report data you downloaded from Criteo. Don’t forget to change the date format to yyyymmdd, which is used in Google Analytics. As a result, you’ll get something like this table:

template with cost data in Google Sheets

Save the table in CSV format.

Step 4. Uploading the cost data to Google Analytics

To upload cost data to Google Analytics, open the dataset that you called Criteo Costs, click on Download Management, and then click on Download File. If the table is complete and without errors, you will see the completed status:

Criteo cost data will appear in Google Analytics reports within 24 hours.

Wrapping up

Importing cost data from Criteo to Google Analytics is an important step – but not the last step – in evaluating your online advertising. If you want to analyze your entire sales funnel and take into account all points of contact with the customer both online and offline (chats, calls, offline meetings, email, etc.), you need to set up end-to-end analytics. You can combine all your data in Google BigQuery cloud storage using OWOX BI to build reports with any metrics you need.

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