A marketing manager is closely monitoring their data to see how effectively their ads are driving online sales and generating leads through sign-ups. When the marketing manager compares Google Ads data with their offline data, they see a difference in the number of sign-ups in Google Ads vs. their offline data source. Assuming everything is working as intended and the issue lies with when a conversion was counted, what’s likely causing this data discrepancy?

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Question: A marketing manager is closely monitoring their data to see how effectively their ads are driving online sales and generating leads through sign-ups. When the marketing manager compares Google Ads data with their offline data, they see a difference in the number of sign-ups in Google Ads vs. their offline data source. Assuming everything is working as intended and the issue lies with when a conversion was counted, what’s likely causing this data discrepancy?

  • Google Ads reports conversions against the date/time of the click that led to the conversion. Depending on the other data source, it might use the date/time of the conversion itself.
  • Google Ads reports conversions against a unique ID of the event that led to the click. Depending on the other data source, it might use the click of the conversion itself.
  • Google Ads reports views against the device type of the view that didn’t lead to a conversion. Depending on the other data source, it might use the date/time of the conversion itself.
  • Google Ads reports clicks against the date/time of the event that led to the conversion. Depending on the other data source, it might use the click of the conversion itself.

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