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Boost your Google ad campaigns through enhanced conversions for web



You know the famous saying, “Old is gold.” In the past, marketers got the complete picture of the customer journey through third-party cookies and device identifiers. But as the world evolves, the old way of third-party cookies can’t always be gold in this ever-changing measurement landscape.

Recent updates like iOS14 and privacy regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, DMA, and others have made it increasingly difficult to track user data, and the customer journey while complying with privacy regulations. Hence, it’s time to adapt to the cookie-less future. 

Fortunately, Google has provided a solution through Enhanced Conversions by making it easier to track the user data and the customer journey by utilizing the first-party data provided directly by the users. This can improve the accuracy of the conversion measurement while complying with privacy regulations.

In this blog, let me take you through Enhanced Conversions for Web and how it boosts ad campaign performance by sending hashed first-party data from your website to Google Ads when a conversion happens. 

But first, what are enhanced conversions?

To put it simply, it is a feature to improve the accuracy of conversion measurement. It does so by supplementing existing conversion tags with user-provided first-party data. 

Whenever a user converts on a website, the website collects the data provided by the user, hashes it, and sends it to Google Ads. For example, let’s say a user signs up on your website by providing their data such as name, email address, and phone number. This first-party data is collected by conversion tags and sent to Google in a SHA256 hashed form. Later, when the user returns to make a purchase either on the website or visits an offline store, you use enhanced conversions to match the user-provided first-party data with the signed-in user data. Google attributes this conversion to the ad campaigns. This is how enhanced conversion helps in increasing the accuracy of conversion measurement.

To learn more about enhanced conversions, you can refer to this blog.

There are two ways to improve your conversion measurement through enhanced conversions:

  • Enhanced conversions for web
  • Enhanced conversions for leads

Enhanced conversions for web is for tracking conversions that happen on a website and enhanced conversions for leads is for tracking conversions that happen off a website. Let’s see specifically about enhanced conversions for web and how it works.

How does enhanced conversions for web work?

Let me explain that with the below example,

An image from Google explaining how enhanced conversions for web work
  1. A Google signed-in user views an ad about your brand on YouTube.
  2. They click on the ad, visit your website, and purchase a product from your website.
  3. The conversion tag on your website captures the user-provided first-party data when they make the purchase. The data is then hashed and sent to Google Ads in a privacy-centric way.   
  4. When they make a purchase, The hashed data is matched to the Google signed-in user data, and the conversion is attributed accurately to your Ads campaign.

How to implement Google Enhanced conversions for web?

There are mainly three ways to do that:

  1. By using the Google tag
  2. By using Google tag manager
  3. By using Google Ads API

But when you actually go through these ways, you might get a little overwhelmed if you’re not a tech-savvy person. Because all of these include some level of coding. But fret not, there is a simpler way. 

Let me take you through implementing enhanced conversions for web through a direct integration tool. CustomerLabs CDP allows you to set up enhanced conversions for web seamlessly without writing a single line of code by using the existing Google Tag on your website. 

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Use direct integration or no-code event tracker to set up conversion tracking on your website for a seamless data flow to your CustomerLabs account.
  2. Integrate offline data from CRM to your CustomerLabs account.
  3. Authenticate Google Ads from CustomerLabs CDP.
  4. Turn on enhanced conversions within Google Ads. You can do so by checking the checkbox on customer data terms and then the checkbox on enhanced conversions for web.
A screenshot from the Google Ad interface displaying Customer data terms
  1. Turn on enhanced conversions for web and choose the method as ‘Google Tag’
A screenshot from the Google Ad interface to enable Enhanced conversions
  1. In your CustomerLabs CDP, configure your Google Ads and turn on enhanced conversion tracking.

If you need more detailed information, check “Enhanced Conversion Tracking” in this document.

A CTA about setting up Enhanced Conversions for web using CustomerLabs CDP

How setting up enhanced conversions mitigate the issue with GCLID

Google click identifier, also known as GCLID has been previously used for attributing website conversions to ad campaigns. However, due to the iOS14 update, GCLID can no longer be used on the iOS14+ devices. Without the GCLID, Google cannot attribute conversions to ad campaigns, thereby making it difficult to measure conversions. By setting up enhanced conversions, you can mitigate this issue by complying with the privacy regulations. 

Since there has also been a depreciation of third-party cookies in recent times, it is high time we adapt to enhanced conversions for web to track user data in a privacy-centric way.

Learn more about the alternative to GCLID by Google in this blog

Enhanced conversions can maximize your ad performance

According to Google, using enhanced conversions has uplifted the conversion rates by 5% on search and 17% on YouTube. When you set up enhanced conversions for web, Google understands the actual number of conversions way better. Hence, the undervalued campaigns can be evaluated correctly now with the actual number of conversions. 

Enhanced conversions for web ensures maximum ad budget effectiveness, enhancing your ads’ overall performance.

Ad algorithms can be trained with high-quality first-party data sent through enhanced conversions to identify high-quality customers. By doing so, it can optimize the ad spend, allocate the ad budget to efficient campaigns, and reach the right audience at the right time with the right message. This increased personalization helps maximize the ad campaign performance. 

To sum it all up…

As the landscape of digital marketing continues to shift towards strict privacy regulations, your brand needs to adapt to the evolved cookie-less future. Enhanced conversions lets you do so by sending the first-party user data to Google Ads while complying with the privacy regulations by hashing the data. 

As a digital marketer, you can stay ahead of the curve by embracing enhanced conversions for web to run ad campaigns that generate more value.

A CTA about setting up Enhanced Conversions for web through CustomerLabs CDP

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The marketing landscape is constantly changing and has moved towards a cookieless future. Google Tag is not readily equipped to track users using third-party cookies. So, if you’re looking to improve your Google ads campaign performance while complying with privacy regulations, you should consider setting up enhanced conversions that send first-party user data in a hashed manner.
Enhanced conversions for web can maximize your ad performance by attributing the ad campaigns correctly with the actual number of conversions happening on your website. The data loss that was happening due to third-party cookie blocking, and tag not working properly to capture conversions is fixed with it. Google enhanced conversions for web also help in optimizing the ad spend, enhancing the overall performance of the ad.
In the new interface of Google Ads, go to goals > conversions > settings. Under customer data terms, accept the terms and save. Once you’ve accepted the terms, scroll down and check the box in the ‘turn on enhanced conversions’ block. Here you have 3 ways to choose to enable enhanced conversions - Google tag, Google Tag Manager, and Google Ads API. An easier way would be to choose Google Tag and use a direct integration tool such as CustomerLabs CDP.
GCLID is an identifier set in the URL of a website to collect user data and is generally appended at the end of the URL as a query parameter. iOS14, and iOS17, have started detaching the GCLID from the URL parameters, making it difficult for marketers to identify and track the users. However, marketers can use the enhanced conversions for web to send the user-provided first-party data using SHA256 hashed to Google Ads. This helps Google attribute the conversions accurately without the need of GCLID. Note: Google has launched WBRAID and GBRAID, as an alternative to GCLID.
Enhanced conversion for web is for tracking conversions that happen on a website and enhanced conversion for leads is for tracking conversions that happen off a website.
The best way to set up enhanced conversion for web is by using a direct integration tool such as CustomerLabs CDP. You can set Google enhanced conversions for web seamlessly without writing a single line of code using the Google Tag on your website through your CustomerLabs first-party data CDP.

Joyce loves to be the "mind-voice" of readers by making them understand in their own way. Her interests lie in marketing, innovation, ads that reach people at the right place at the right time, and words that rhyme.

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