Import cost data using Google Sheet

Updated by Mikkel Settnes

*Also available as add-on for Team and Business tier.

Cost data connected to specific activities can be imported using Google Sheet (template)

Dreamdata will connect the cost to activities and revenue, and then calculate the ROI of these activities.

Main use case include:

  • Import cost of events like tradeshows, conferences, webinars etc.
  • Import cost from ad platforms not natively supported.
  • Add additional cost (not covered by the naitive integrations) to managing ads on platforms like ads on Linkedin, Google, Facebook etc.

Follow these steps to setup:

  1. Download the template or make a copy of it to keep the Google Sheets format
  2. Insert your cost data (see explanation below) and share the sheet with google-sheets@dreamdata.io
  3. Paste the sharing link of the Google Sheet into the empty field an click Save.
Please make sure the shared file is in Google Sheets format. If your file has a different format (example .xlsx) you can convert it by using the Save as Google Sheets option shown below.

Where do I see the result of adding cost data?

The Performance - ROI report will automatically start to include any spend imported.

Dreamdata connects the imported spend with the activity of the specified channel and source (and optionally campaign if this is specified).

This connects the revenue associated with those activities to the cost of them, which enables the calculation of a return of investment of the activities.

Cost with type advertisement will furthermore automatically be included in Engagement - Ads Spend and Performance - ROAS reports.

If you are connecting Dreamdata to your data warehouse, the imported cost will automatically be part of this data.

How do I use the template?

Cost is imported using the schema as shown from the template

Please do not add new tabs to the sheet, add extra columns, rename or rearrange any of the columns as the data will not be uploaded. Remove the example rows included and add only data that is not pulled already through the connected sources.

Required columns:

date: the date where the spend happened (format YYYY-MM-DD).

Spend can be aggregated onto a specific date (like first of the month) and will be connected to activities according to the aggregation of the report.

channel: channel of the activity associated with the spend. This should match a channel shown in the Dreamdata platform (case sensitive).

source: source of the activity associated with the spend. This should match a source shown in the Dreamdata platform (case sensitive).

cost: cost in the specified currency (if no currency is chosen, it is assumed to be the same as the overall currency setting of the Dreamdata platform.

type: type of the spend. This is used to further classify and filter the cost.

Optional columns:

campaign: campaign of the activity associated with the spend. This should match a campaign shown in the Dreamdata platform (case sensitive).

impressions: impressions associated with the spend. This is only used for type 'advertisement'.

clicks: clicks associated with the spend. This is only used for type 'advertisement'.


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