About the audience attribution hierarchy

Starting on May 1, 2023, similar audiences (or segments) will be gradually phased out as a targeting feature. Learn more about this latest change to audience targeting

Attribution credit can only be given to one audience type.

There are two ways the attribution hierarchy is determined in Google Ads:

  1. If a user is on multiple audience lists in the same ad group:
    • The audience with the highest bid adjustment will get impression, click, cost, and conversion attribution.
    • This hierarchy pertains to both manual and Smart bidding campaigns (for example, even in cases where the bid adjustment is not directly used in the auction).
    • In Smart bidding the highest bid adjustment will apply only to reporting and attribution, and does not impact performance.
  2. If a user is on multiple lists which are tied for the highest bid adjustment:
    • Impression, click, cost, and conversion attributions will be distributed according to a defined hierarchy.

Customer match audience attribution hierarchy funnel

Customer Match is given first priority, with remarketing and similar segments (including Google Ads and YouTube) receiving the next highest priority. Third priority goes to combined audiences, fourth priority to affinity and in-market audiences. Fifth priority goes to detailed demographics audiences.

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