How to change Attribution Model in Google Ads (Adwords)

 

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If you are brand new to attribution modelling then read this article first: Guide to Attribution Modelling in Google Ads (Google Adwords) to get familiar with the concept of attribution modelling.

By default, Google Ads use the last click attribution model.

So if you have not changed your attribution model then you are most probably using the last click model.

Before you can change attribution model in Google Adwords, you need to decide which attribution model to use.

For example, if least amount of buying consideration is involved then keep using the last click attribution model.

Use the first click model, if brand building/brand awareness is very important for your business.

To learn more about selecting the attribution model in Google Ads which best serve your needs, read this article: Which Attribution Model to use in Google Ads (Google Adwords)?

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Once you have decided the attribution model that you want to use, follow the steps below to change / set your attribution model in Google Ads:

Step-1: Login to your Google Ads account with admin/full access.

Step-2: Click on the ‘Tools’ tab and then click on the ‘Conversions’ link under the ‘Measurement’ section:

Step-3: Click on the name of the conversion action whose attribution model you want to change:

You should now be able to see the attribution model currently being used by the conversion action:

Step-4: Click on the ‘Edit Settings’ link and then click on the drop down menu in the ‘attribution modelling’ row:

Step-5: Select the attribution model you want to use from the drop down menu and then click on the ‘Save’ button:

The attribution model that you select while editing/creating a conversion action tells Google ads, how to attribute conversions for the conversion action.

For example, if you select ‘last click’ attribution model then the conversion action will be attributed to the first ad (and its corresponding keyword) a user clicked before completing the conversion.

The attribution model that you select only affect the conversion action to which it is applied and it only affect your search network and shopping data.

The selected attribution model does not affect your Display network, Mobile App and phone call data.

In other words, Display Network conversions, Mobile App conversions and phone call conversions are continued to be attributed to the last ad click regardless of the attribution model you set for your conversion actions.

Note: The attribution model that you select also affects, how your bids are optimized for conversions.

Step-6: Click on the ‘Done’ button.

As such, a traditional MMM model is not suitable for carrying out digital marketing mix modelling aka attribution modelling.

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