Cervinodata comes with a lot of features included in all plans. One of the key differentiators in pricing is the amount of accounts.
What exactly is an account?
Our definition of an account is the same as most ad platforms call an "Account" (Google Ads account, Bing Ads account, etc).
Please note that this is different for Google Analytics. Google Analytics has 3 levels: Account, Property and view. We count one "view" as one account. This might seem a bit confusing, but it makes sense, because the view is the most detailed level of information for a website. For instance each country website usually has its own GA view. and you want to have the choice between collecting data from all views, or just a few. Also, the GA api will return information on a per view level, so more views means more api calls.
When is an account counted against my plan?
An account is counted based on the amount of accounts where data has been collected for at least one time.
The data collection will only occur for accounts that where switched ON during the time one of the following events happened:
- The automatic data collection process started. This happens multiple times a day.
- There was a sync to BigQuery. This happens every early morning automatically or manually when you click "Choose this project" or "Manual refresh" on the sync to BigQuery project page.
It's to prevent fraud, not to make you poor
We use synced accounts for 2 reasons:
- Most users have access to a whole bunch of accounts, but use only a portion of it. We think it's fair only to look at the ones you actually use in Cervinodata
- The synced account is done to prevent fraud. Fraud? Yes, fraud. Theoretically you could switch on an account, then sync it to BigQuery, switch it off again and move to the next. That is not how it is intended. That's why we count successful synchronisations to BigQuery.
But this method is not intended to take all the money out of your pocket. That's why we will not count synced accounts that have been switched off for some time.
Image: Example of accounts that are switched ON