Hold your digital marketing agency accountable with ad-words change history.

An alternative use for Google Ad-words Change-log

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The primary purpose of the google ad-words change log history is to help determine what changes may have helped or hurt a particular ad campaign. However, there is another way to use your changelog. If you are curious as to where the fees being paid to your marketing agency are going towards, use the changelog as a quick reference to hold an agency or freelancer accountable.


Delegate ad-word access appropriately.

Chances are the relationship with your agency or marketing freelancer is set up 1 of 2 ways. We recommend funding your own google ad words account and having delegated access to the agency, OR you may be paying a lump sum to an agency that includes ad spend and agency fees. You will want to know precisely how your money is spent in either scenario.

Taking a quick look at your Google ad words changelog or “Change History” will tell the story of the changes made and when. This changelog includes updates and adjustments to ad budgets, adding and removing ads, adjustments to keywords, and well basically everything. These are the exact activities that an agency or individual is contracted to do.


Ask to include the changelog with performance reporting.

This metric is a good indication of activity; however, it should not be used as the sole barometer to how hard an agency is working. One minor adjustment in the Ad-words changelog can be the fruit of many work hours, including research, design, copywriting. The changelog won’t tell you how much time went into creating an ad, just that there was an adjustment made. The other consideration is that your campaign is running at max optimization, which is unlikely since there is always room for improvement.

Using the Ad-words Change-log will be a valuable tool to quickly verify whether a marketing agency or independent contractor performs the activities you are expecting them to do. Ask to include the change history report along with the performance reports you should already be receiving.