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[Video] Strategies to Optimize Display Ads for Calls: Call Attribution

Katherine Buchholz Product Marketing Manager, DialogTech

As display marketers begin to drive more calls from display advertising, attributing and optimizing these calls with the right tools will become essential. You can track clicks and customer calls for your display advertising the same way you do for paid search, email, social, and other digital marketing.

Watch this video to learn about the dangers of not attributing calls to display, view-through attribution, and the phone calls role within the customer journey.


You have to make sure, specifically if you’re running mobile marketing campaigns, you have to attribute calls back to all of these campaigns. Not just search, but also display. If you’re only measuring an online conversion then you’re going to be missing often up to 50% of conversions.

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For my campaigns specifically, calls are about 35% of overall conversions, and our form fields really aren’t that lengthy based on some other additional ones I’ve seen. And we still get calls that are 35% of total conversions. And by having call attribution in place I know what ads, I know what placements, I know what creative is driving those phone calls. So I’m not only measuring the true impact of my display, I’m also able to optimize display for what’s not just driving online conversions but also those call conversions.

So we all get in our reporting tools, and in our display reporting tools, we get impressions, clicks, click-thrus, engagement, and then we get the post-click conversions and we get the post-impressions conversions, or the view-through conversions. And the view-through or post-impressions are always much much higher than post-click. And that’s really speaking to the true testament that display is driving awareness and driving consumers to convert, but often days down the road or weeks down the road and often times through a lower funnel channel, such as a branded paid search.

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But you want to know then which ad, which strategy – was it a retargeting ad, was it a prospecting ad – how many touches or impressions/influences did that ad have to have prior to getting that conversion or prior to getting that customer to call? So feeding all of that call data back into your reporting tools so that you can understand view-through conversions is going to be really powerful for your display strategy, and specifically for whenever you’re testing creative or running new creative. You want to know how it’s driving on call conversions.

We touched on the multi-touch attribution tool before and I’ve used Adometry in the past, well now it’s Analytics360, and let me tell you it’s a super-powerful tool because it gives you all of these different customer journeys and it can show you what percentage of conversions would not happen if you did not have your display in market. And so by passing call data and call conversions back into your multi-touch attribution tool, you can understand what impressions maybe didn’t drive a call or didn’t drive an online conversion.

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And you can take those dollars and really fuel and reallocate them to the display ads and the display strategies and tactics that you’re running that are making an impact on call conversions. Getting the full customer journey I think is something that digital marketers have always struggled with, and we’re getting it now. We’re getting more of this black hole, this offline conversion piece, and we can pass this data back into the martech tools that we are already using.

Interested in learning more about how call attribution technology can be used to improve the performance of your display campaigns? Watch our webinar, The Mobile Display Revolution: How Click-to-Call is Driving Calls and Customers, or download the Click-to-Call Playbook for Display Advertising today.