Learn how to create an insightful custom Meta Ads report in Google Analytics 4 using custom UTM parameters for your Meta Ads that are supported in GA4.

The final result of this tutorial will be a custom report that shows website sessions and revenue coming from retargeting versus prospecting Meta Ads, while it also provides a quick view on the creative format sending the traffic for different Meta Placements.

Example report:

Meta Ads Insights report in Google Analytics 4

Some background first

Google Analytics introduced a new ‘Manual traffic source dimensions and report’ in February, 2024. This new report supports platform-agnostic traffic source dimensions. These new dimensions are populated based on the UTM parameter values passed in click URLs for websites. Of course you will only be able to breakdown by these parameters when you have added them manually to your ad’s destination URL. Add the following UTM parameters to get all the data:

– utm_source
– utm_medium
– utm_campaign
– utm_id
– utm_term
– utm_content
– utm_source_platform
– utm_creative_format
– utm_marketing_tactic

To create the custom report in this tutorial, you’ll need to add the last 3 UTM parameters to your Meta Ads. Next to that, also be sure to always add the first 3 parameters too.

Step 1: Add custom UTM parameters to your Meta Ads

Navigate to Meta Ads Manager and click to edit your first ad. Scroll down to the ‘URL parameters’ field at the ad level.

URL parameters field in Meta Ads Manager

In the ‘URL parameters’ field, you will need to add all parameters that you want to get insights about in Google Analytics 4. Let’s review these parameters.

URL parameters field at the ad level in Meta Ads Manager

You can use your own preferred parameter setup for the following parameters. I like using ‘facebook’ as the source and ‘cpc’ as the medium.

Campaign source and medium UTM parameters

Now add these 3 custom parameters. These are the parameters you will need to create the custom Meta Ads insights report in GA4. Save your changes and enable your Pixel.

Custom Parameters

utm_source_platform: The platform/placement responsible for directing traffic

utm_creative_format: Type of creative, for example: still, video, carousel

utm_marketing_tactic: Targeting criteria, for example: remarketing, prospecting

Step 2: Edit the Manual campaigns report in GA4

Now navigate to your Google Analytics 4 property and open the ‘Acquisition > ‘Overview’ report. Find the ‘View Manual campaigns’ link and click to open.

Manual campaigns report in GA4

In the ‘Manual Campaigns’ report, click the pencil icon to start editing the report. You will need to edit the report to add custom cards in the next step.

Edit report in GA4

At the bottom right side, find the ‘Summary Cards’ section and click to ‘Create new card’. This is the place to start adding the cards to use in your custom Meta Ads overview report.

Create new cards

Every new card needs a dimension and metric. First, select a dimension. Start by selecting the ‘Session manual source platform’.

Select a dimension for your custom card

After selecting the dimension, click to add a metric. In my example report, I’m using ‘Sessions’ and ‘Total revenue’, but you can choose your own preferred metrics.

Select a metric for your custom card

Choose a preferred visualization for your card. In this example, I want to show the results in a ‘Data Table’ view. You can preview the card showing the custom UTM values.

Select a visualization for your custom card

You can use custom UTM parameters for other ad platforms too, but if you wish to isolate Meta Ads traffic only in this report, then build a filter.

Set a filter for your custom card

Continue adding cards for 3 dimensions: Session manual source platform, Session manual creative format and session manual marketing tactic. Save as a new report.

Add summary cards to your custom report

Step 3: Build a new custom Meta Ads insights report

Now you can start building the custom Meta Ads insights overview report. Click to open the Library from the left navigation in your GA4 reports.

Open the GA4 property Library

In the Library overview, click the blue button to create a new report and choose to create a new overview report.

Create a new overview report

To build the overview report, you need to add the 6 cards that you’ve created in the previous steps. Click to add cards.

Add cards to the overview report

Start adding all the custom cards. All selected cards will be added to the custom overview report. You can add other cards too.

Select to add all custom cards to the overview report

Save your new report. It should look similar to this screenshot. Be aware that your cards may not show any data yet as it may take up to 48 hours after integration to show all data.

Save your custom report

To make your new report visible in the left navigation, choose a collection you wish to utilize for this and click to edit the collection.

Edit a collection in GA4

Search for your custom overview report at the right and drag it into the left panel. This will make it visible in the left navigation of your reports. Save the collection.

Add the report to the collection

Great! You’ve finished all steps. When you open your GA4 reports, you now have a custom Meta Ads insights report available to gain valuable insights about your Meta Ads.

Meta Ads Insights report in Google Analytics 4

About the Author

Bram

Bram Van der Hallen is an all-round Belgian Digital Marketer and Meta Certified Professional with 15+ years experience in media planning and buying.Bram talks about Facebook Ads and all things Digital Marketing on LinkedIn. Click here to Follow Bram on LinkedIn.

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