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9 Useful Metrics You Should Look At When Analyzing A Google Ads Performance Max Campaign

If you’re running a Google Ads Performance Max Campaign, then this guide is for you.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential metrics you should be monitoring when analyzing a Google Ads Performance Max Campaign. From campaign assets to placement reports, we’ll provide insights into each metric’s significance and how it contributes to the overall success of your campaign.

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Analyze Your Google Ads Performance Max Campaign Using These Metrics

Asset Group Performance

This is one of the most important metrics or reports that you should be looking at in a Google Ads Performance Max campaign. This shows you how your assets are performing inside of the pMax campaign.

To find this report, go to your Performance Max campaign, and “Asset Group” should be on the left vertical menu. To fully view this report, switch from summary view to table view:

switch from summary view to table view for asset group performance

Then click on the columns to add performance metrics such as impressions, clicks, CTR, avg. CPC, cost, conversion, cost/conv., and conversion value. This allows you to compare numbers and analyze your asset group performance better.

click on the columns to add performance metrics

Your table should look like this:

asset group report

It looks at the performance of different asset groups. You can see how the budget is spread between them, you’ll see the difference in ROAS, CTR, and CPC. Maybe your other asset group is doing better compared to your other asset groups.

This report will help you to evaluate your asset group structure. It allows you to dig a little deeper, and you can test alternative approaches.

Listing Groups

It allows you to look at the share of shopping and dynamic remarketing inside your Google Ads Performance Max campaign.

To view listing groups, just go to your Performance Max campaign and you should see “Listing Groups” on your left vertical menu.

view listing groups on Google Ads Performance Max campaign

For example, it compares the total cost of your campaign versus the total cost inside of a specific listing group and you can compare the two. What portion of my budget is being spent on shopping vs all the others?

Performance Max hides a lot of data but at least listing groups can show you a little bit how your budget is being spent.

The listing groups also show you how the product behaves inside of the asset group. It might not seem like a huge insight to work on but there’s actually no other way for you to find out how a product is performing inside of an asset group.

To do this, you can add specific products to each asset group and compare them, then you can compare each asset group and pause poor-performing products or asset groups.

Assets

To view assets, just go to your Performance Max campaign and you should see “Assets” on your left vertical menu. You don’t see any conversion metrics like in the table below, you can just add it through the columns icon.

assets table on Google Ads Performance Max campaign

To analyze the assets report, look at each asset at the account level and campaign level. Monitor for low performance and replace them if needed. Prioritize those assets with consistently higher CTR.

Products

To view your products report, just go to your Performance Max campaign and you should see “Products” on your left vertical menu.

“Products” on your left vertical menu

You can use it to see which products get the most visibility, you can look at CTR, and ROAS, and see which products are not performing well.

Look at your product report on the account level, and on the campaign level. Check how each product behaves inside the Google Ads Performance Max campaign.

For example, if your entire account has decreasing sales, you can look at the product table here to see which products have a drop in performance. Spot the outliers in terms of CTR, ROAS, conversion rate, etc.

Asset Details

To view your asset details, just go to your asset groups, and on the summary view, click on the “view details” below.

asset group performance details

This report is available to a specific asset group. You only get this performance insight that gives you low, best, good, etc. which is really vague. But it allows you to see how your assets are doing. Change the assets that are performing low, and test out other assets by checking their performance here.

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Asset Combinations

To view your asset details, just go to your asset groups, and on the summary view, click on the “view details” below. Now switch to the “Combinations” tab.

switch to the “Combinations” tab in asset combinations

Shows you how your assets are being combined and shown on Google search results. They are sorted based on how many impressions they get.

This gives you an idea of how your ads look, and you can decide if the entire ad combination looks good to you. Is this what you want to show up on Google search results?

Landing Pages Report

To view your landing page report, go to All Campaigns view on Google Ads, and on the left vertical menu, click “Insights & Report”, then go to “Landing Pages”. You can’t see this inside your Google Ads Performance Max campaign, so you have to look at it in “All Campaigns” view.

landing page report

You can use it to kinda deconstruct your Performance Max campaign. This gives you an idea of how often your final URL shows up, how often your individual product page URL shows up, and so on.

This gives you insight into the impact of final URL expansion or page feeds.

Video Views Report

To view this report, go to “All Campaigns” view, and add “Avg. CPV” and “Views” (found under the Performance tab) columns to the table.

performance max campaign video views report

Video views report shows you if your video assets on your Performance Max campaign are getting any video views and how many you are getting. If you don’t have an optimized video asset in your Google Ads Performance Max campaign, then don’t expect to get good results from your video assets.

You can see the impact of your video assets. It can be the video that you added, or it can be the automated video that Google added. If you don’t want Google to create a video for you, make sure to upload an optimized video to make sure that your pMax campaign will perform well.

If you want to calculate your video spend, just multiply the number of views by the cost per view (CPV).

Auction Insights

To view the auction insights report, go to your Google Ads Performance Max campaign, click on “Insights & reports” and then “Auction insights”. There are two available auction insights reports here, one for search, and one for shopping.

This allows you to compare your shopping ads vs search ads.

compare your shopping ads vs search ads auction insights

You can also see your auction insights under “Insights”. Just make sure that you are on your Performance Max campaign view. This gives you the same information, but this helps you visualize the auction insight report.

visualize the auction insight report

There’s 3 metrics that are present in your auction insights:

  • General auction insights:
    • Impression share – your impression share vs competitors for the same impressions
    • Overlap rate – impression together with other advertisers
    • Outranking share – from those impressions, how many did you win
  • Auction insights for search ads only:
    • Position above
    • Top of page
    • Abs. Top of page

You can also segment these data by device and time if you want to check it.

Auction insights will help you see competitors and monitor changes between your competitors. It’s hard to take action based on these data but it’s good data to look at. To read more about auction insights, you can read it here.

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Conclusion

By monitoring metrics such as asset groups, listing groups, and others mentioned above, you can get valuable insights into Google Ads Performance Max campaign performance. Once you analyze these metrics, you can plan your strategies, allocate your budget more effectively, and drive good results for your businesses.

Google pushes advertisers to use Google Ads Performance Max campaigns and looking at these metrics will help you adapt to the changes in Google advertising. If you need more help with Google Ads Performance Max campaigns, you can set up a free consultation with our experts today!

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