Capturing the GCLID Number
GCLID (also known as the Google Click ID) is a unique string of numbers that gets added to the URL when you have Autotagging turned on in Google Ads.
By default, Attributer doesn’t write the GCLID into any of the standard Channel or Channel Drilldown fields but it is possible to capture it using Attributer, and this article will show you how:
How to capture UTM Content using Attributer
Capturing the GCLID and passing it through to your CRM is easy with Attributer. All you need to do is add a ‘GCLID’ field to your forms.
The process to do this will differ depending on the form tool you are using, but it will be the same as the process you went through to add the Channel & Channel Drilldown fields (if you can’t remember, instructions for adding those can be found here)
The default value or field name you need to add is as follows:
- Default Value (used in Gravity Forms, WPForms & more) = [gclid]
- Field Name (used in Wix, Zoho Forms & more) = attributer-gclid
Why we don’t capture GCLID in the main Channel fields
For the vast majority of our customers, the GCLID is a fairly useless string of numbers and capturing it in their CRM can’t tell them anything about where their lead came from, what ad they clicked, etc.
So we don’t capture it in the standard Channel & Channel Drilldown fields simply because the vast majority of our customers don’t have any need for it.
If for whatever reason you do need to capture it though, simply adding this extra field to your forms will allow you do that.
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