Google Ad Planner and stories from numbers

Avinash Kaushik, Google’s Analytics Evangelist, always says your homepage is not a golden door through which all your visitors will pass. And he’s right. Search engines have flipped the funnel. Every page that drives traffic is a landing page. But just because Google ignores your homepage doesn’t mean you can’t optimize the performance of your lower level pages.

In his latest post Avinash talks about media planning and display marketing from a stories and numbers point of view.

In “Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian & Telling Stories With Data” Avinash demonstrates how the free tools that are available today, such as Google Insights for Search, and Adplanner, provide a great (free) way to help much more accurately target your media, and in turn save you a lot of money. This is particularly so when compared to offline or traditional media.

Avinash also gives some interesting insights into how and where Google gets it’s data:

Ad Planner [does not use] Google Analytics data globally. It has an option where you can opt in your GA data if you want (but you have to go through a minorly painful process to do it – and only you as a site owner can do that).

I am going to go out on a limb and say that 99.9999% of the sites in the Ad Planner don’t have GA implemented on their sites.

It is not hard for you to check.

Search for in the Ad Planner or or your mom’s / friend’s site. You’ll see data. But if you use WASP or do a quick View Source you’ll see none of them actually use GA.

If you want to learn where the Ad Planner gets its data here is the faq:

Google Ad Planner is surely a revolutionary free tool, but as Avinash hints, it’s the ay the data is interrogated and used that counts.

Here at ThinkSearch our analytics experts have many years experience seeing ‘The Matrix’ in data strands. Talk to us about how we can help you utilise these free cutting edge tools to your great advantage.

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  • Avinash Kaushik

    Hi. The first sentence you attributed to me above is not correct.

    I had said in my post/comment that AdPlanner does *not* use Google Analytics data globally. Only if you, as the owner of the site, opt it in.

    More here:



  • timaldiss

    My sincere apologies. I appear to have stripped out the first few words of your quote, which had the effect of reversing your observation. Duly noted and updated. Tim

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