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Available today: three ad innovations for a mobile-first world
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The shift to mobile is no longer happening, or will happen — the shift to mobile has happened. At the
Google Performance Summit
in May, we
a completely new ad platform built from the ground up to help consumers and marketers succeed in this mobile-first world: expanded text ads and responsive ads bring to life the canvas you use to connect with consumers, while device bid adjustments provide more control and flexibility so you can optimize with greater precision.
Starting today, these innovations will begin rolling out in AdWords to all advertisers around the world.
Get started with expanded text ads
Earlier this year, we removed right-hand side ads to improve the search experience and make it consistent across mobile, desktop, and tablet. This helped pave the way for the biggest update to our ad creative since we introduced AdWords more than 15 years ago.
Expanded text ads
are optimized for the screen sizes of the most popular smartphones and feature two headlines, each with 30 characters, and one long 80-character description line. That’s nearly 50% more ad text for you to highlight your products and services.
Standard text ad
Expanded text ad
Our research shows longer ad headlines are more useful to mobile users because they provide additional information about your business before they click your ad. In fact, here are some early success stories from advertisers who have started using expanded text ads:
“Working closely with our agency Adlucent, Guitar Center was one of the first to adopt expanded text ads. With the additional ad space, we’re now able to highlight our promotions and sales while preserving our core brand message — like we did for the 4th of July. Our non-brand campaigns alone have seen more than a 2x increase in CTR.”
— Robert Spears, Digital Marketing Director at Guitar Center
"Expanded text ads represent a tremendous opportunity for L'Oréal and our agency iCrossing. We’re now able to showcase the breadth and depth of our beauty products, and build brand love — all from a single ad creative. So far, expanded text ads have helped us deliver a 92% increase in click-through rate for one of our brands, compared to our old text ads.”
— Kirsty Woolley, Multi Channel Acquisition Manager at L'Oréal Luxe
“In such a competitive industry like telecom, it was critical for EE and our agency MEC to implement expanded text ads as quickly as possible. From the start, we utilized the additional ad text to tell a better brand story and provide more information for consumers. By combining our ‘50% faster network’ value proposition with details around EE’s competitive pricing and packages, we’ve been able to increase clickthrough rates by up to 79%.”
— Sam Richardson, Digital Media Executive, EE
“Kueski jumped at the opportunity to use expanded text ads and immediately implemented a strategy across our best performing campaigns. By highlighting the speed of our service, and safety and security of our platform, we were able to take advantage of the additional ad space and deliver amazing results, including an 18% increase in conversion rate for generic keyword campaigns.”
— Rodolfo Orozco, User Acquisition Manager at Kueski
It’s important for advertisers to take advantage of expanded text ads as soon as possible, especially with back to school and the holiday season right around the corner. To help you get started, we’ve published a
best practices guide
that walks through tips and tricks for creating and optimizing expanded text ads. Specifically:
Create and test multiple expanded text ads for each ad group, and evaluate performance before pausing or deleting your standard text ads
Remember to include important information about your business and other tried-and-true components from your standard text ads, like price and keyword insertion
Focus on your headlines: they’re the most prominent part of your text ad
also support expanded text ads, which means you can create and edit your ads in bulk to help save time. If you use leading 3rd-party tools to manage your ads, DoubleClick Search, Kenshoo, and Marin Software all support expanded text ads as well.
Starting on October 26th, 2016, you’ll no longer be able to create or edit standard text ads — meaning you’ll only be able to create and edit text ads using the expanded text ads format after this date. Existing standard text ads will continue to serve alongside expanded text ads.
Create responsive ads for display
In a mobile-first world, display ads need to fit seamlessly within the websites and apps people visit, while delivering a consistent experience across devices. We built
for display to help your ads adapt to the increasingly diverse mix of content types and screen sizes. Provide 25-character and 90-character headlines, a 90-character description, an image, and a URL, and Google designs ads that fit beautifully across more than two million apps and websites on the Google Display Network (GDN). Responsive ads also unlock new native inventory so you can engage consumers with ads that match the look and feel of the website or app they’re using.
JustFab.de, a fashion retailer, wanted to reach more shoppers as they browsed content online. JustFab provided headlines featuring its latest promotions, descriptions highlighting popular products like capri pants and strappy sandals, and images of its top selling items — and Google designed ads that fit anywhere on the GDN. As a result, JustFab drove a 56% higher conversion rate and a 55% decrease in CPA.
Set device bid adjustments
As we re-imagine how ads look in a mobile-first world, it’s also important to have more flexible tools that help you optimize device-level performance. New device bid adjustments allow you to maintain the efficiency of managing a consolidated campaign that reaches consumers across devices while giving you more control to set individual bid adjustments for each device type — mobile devices, computers, and tablets. Our updated
best practices guide
can help you evaluate your bidding strategy and set accurate performance targets that reflect the full value of mobile. You can also
join us for a Hangout on Air
at 9am PDT/12pm EDT on August 9th, 2016 for a live Q&A about device bid adjustments with Google product experts.
While device bid adjustments enable you to optimize with greater precision, you still need to factor in other signals which impact performance, like location, time of day, and audience. To optimize at scale across this wide range of contextual signals, you should take advantage of automated bidding. Smart Bidding utilizes the power of Google’s machine learning to set more informed bids and help you get the most out of your marketing budget. The latest Smart Bidding innovations are available in both
. In the coming weeks, you’ll also be able to set device-specific CPA goals with
Smart Bidding in AdWords.
The way consumers use technology to connect with the world around them has changed. As a result, we’ve re-designed AdWords, from ad formats to bidding, to help you reach potential customers in more meaningful and relevant ways. We’re excited to undertake this journey with you and look forward to hearing your feedback.
Posted by Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President, Ads and Commerce
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Ads and analytics innovations for a mobile-first world
Friday, May 27, 2016
The shift to mobile is no longer a change on the horizon. It’s here.
Every year, there are trillions of searches on Google and
over half of those searches happen on mobile
. And across the millions of websites using Google Analytics today, we're seeing more than half of all web traffic now coming from smartphones and tablets.
When we asked people to describe the role smartphones play in their lives, they used phrases like "attached to my hip", "butler" and "lifeline." Smartphones have become the companion that people turn to in I-want-to-know, I-want-to-go, I-want-to-do and I want-to-buy
moments throughout the day
To help marketers succeed in this mobile-first world, we have redesigned AdWords -- from the ground-up -- and re-thought everything from creatives and bidding, to workflow and measurement.
We’re also making it easier for marketers to bridge the digital and physical worlds. With location-related mobile searches growing 50% faster than all mobile searches, it’s clear that consumers are moving seamlessly between online and offline experiences. So it’s important to help marketers think this way too.
It was incredibly exciting to share new innovations with advertisers this morning at the Google Performance Summit. Below are highlights from today’s announcements. You can watch a replay of the
full program here
AdWords re-imagined for the mobile-first world
Over the last several years, we’ve discovered that accounting for mobile and designing for mobile-first are two very different things. That’s why we’ve completely transformed how we think about and build AdWords.
In order to enable advertisers and developers to drive more downloads of mobile apps -- across Google properties -- we built Universal App Campaigns. To date, Universal App Campaigns has delivered more than 2 billion downloads for advertisers, across Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, and the Google Display Network. And last week at Google I/O, we
this campaign type is now available on iOS.
Today, we are announcing even broader changes to advertising with Google, from how text and display ads work, to the way advertisers optimize campaigns.
What do text ads look like in the mobile-first world?
Mobile has revolutionized the canvas where ads live. Earlier this year, we removed right-hand side ads on desktop to improve the search experience and make it more consistent across devices. This paved the way for us to introduce the biggest changes to our text ads since AdWords launched fifteen years ago.
Optimized for screen sizes of the most popular smartphones, new
expanded text ads
in AdWords provide more ad space so you can showcase more information about your products and services before the click. Here are the key changes:
These upgrades help your ads work harder across screens, especially for the on-the-go mobile consumer that wants to know exactly what you offer before tapping into your website.
Based on early testing, some advertisers have reported increases in clickthrough rates of up to 20% compared to current text ads. We encourage you to start planning for this upgrade before it rolls out later this year.
How do display ads look in a mobile-first world? From sites to apps to videos, mobile has unlocked a universe of new spaces to reach consumers. Responsive ads for display adapt to the diverse content across the more than two million publisher sites and apps on the Google Display Network (GDN). They also unlock new native inventory so you can engage consumers with ads that match the look and feel of the content they’re browsing. Simply provide headlines, a description, an image, and a URL -- and Google will automatically design these beautiful responsive ads.
Responsive ads for display adapt to fit any app or site on the GDN.
We’re also extending the reach of GDN remarketing campaigns by giving you access to cross-exchange inventory, which includes more websites and apps around the world. With this inventory, European airline SAS drove about 20% more conversions at a similar CPA for its remarketing campaigns.
What does bidding look like in a mobile-first world?
Marketers need more control and flexibility to optimize bids on specific devices. In the next few months, you’ll be able to set individual bid adjustments for each device type -- mobile, desktop and tablet. This lets you anchor your base keyword bid to the device most valuable to your business and then set bid adjustments for each of the other devices. You will also have a wider range to adjust bids, up to +900%. With more controls, you can now optimize with greater precision while keeping things simple with a single campaign that reaches consumers across devices.
Mobile is local, bridging digital and physical worlds for marketers
Nearly one third of all mobile searches are related to location. People’s online and offline worlds are colliding — whether you’re researching restaurant ideas for dinner on Friday night or looking for a store that sells rain boots in your size.
To help advertisers reach consumers searching for physical business locations, we’re introducing new
local search ads across Google.com and Google Maps
. Advertisers using location extensions will be able to prominently showcase their business locations when consumers search for things like “shoe store” or “car repair near me.”
We’re also investing in more branded, customized experiences for businesses on Google Maps -- geared towards helping you increase store visits. First, we’re experimenting with a variety of ad formats on Maps that make it easier for users to find businesses as they navigate the world around them. For example, Maps users may start to see promoted pins for nearby coffee shops, gas stations or lunch spots along their driving route. Local business pages are also getting a brand new look -- to encourage consumers to explore your store before they even arrive, we’re adding new features like special offers and the ability to browse product inventory.
Ads in Maps : promoted pin and business page
With online ads bringing more people to your storefronts, how do you measure the impact?
AdWords is the largest online-to-offline ad measurement solution in the world. In fact, since AdWords store visits were introduced
two years ago
, advertisers have measured over 1 billion store visits globally.
Businesses across a variety of industries around the world are using insights from AdWords store visits to measure the impact of online ads on offline activity. Nissan UK discovered that 6% of mobile ad clicks result in a trip to a dealership, delivering an estimated 25x return on investment. See the
full story here
Succeeding in a mobile-first world
As consumers live their lives online and blur the lines between online and offline, it’s more important than ever to build your business for mobile. Google’s building for this mobile-first world as well and we’re excited to go on this journey with you.
To see the full range of ads and analytics innovations announced, watch the Google Performance Summit keynote
. Also check out the new
AdWords Marketing Goals site
to learn how to use ads solutions to meet your business objectives.
Posted by: Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President, Ads and Commerce
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Introducing the AdWords app for iOS
Friday, February 26, 2016
Today, we’re rolling out the
AdWords app on iOS
to all AdWords customers globally – you can download it from the
. With the AdWords app, many campaign activities can now be managed while you’re on the go from the convenience of your iPhone:
Monitor campaign performance like clicks, CTR and CPC
Update bids and budgets
Act on suggestions that may help improve campaign performance
Get real-time alerts and notifications about your billing and ad status
Call a Google expert
Customers like The Honest Company, MuleSoft and PMG use the AdWords app to easily manage their campaigns, stay in touch with the needs of their customers and quickly access important business insights – from anywhere.
“Amidst the hectic holiday festivities, this app saved me from having to leave the dinner table to monitor performance and make quick changes to my accounts. That meant more time with my family. I'm excited for what's to come!”
Josh Franklin, Manager, Search Marketing, The Honest Company
“The app helps me access high level data on the go which can come in handy in the boardroom, or anytime I need to quickly understand how our campaigns are performing. Also,
having the ability to make adjustments to our campaigns
such as changing bids and budget
Nima Asrar Haghighi,
Director, Digital Marketing & Analytics, MuleSoft
“The consumer shift to mobile means our retail clients' campaigns have to be responsive to meet the needs of consumers at all times of the day. The app makes it easy for us to address issues without being chained to our laptops. PMG has been able to deliver prompt account adjustments from campaign to keyword level for our clients, as well as keep our customer satisfaction rates high.”
Kyle Knox, Account Manager, PMG
You can learn more about the AdWords app in the
AdWords Help Centre
Posted by Sugeeti Kochhar, Product Manager, AdWords
Share Google Analytics data and remarketing lists more efficiently using manager accounts (MCC)
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
From monitoring account performance at scale to making cross-account campaign changes,
help many of the most sophisticated AdWords advertisers get more done in less time. To deliver more insightful reporting and scale your remarketing efforts,
we’re introducing two new enhancements to manager accounts: Google Analytics account linking, and remarketing tag and list sharing.
Access your data with a single link
You can now link your Google Analytics or
Google Analytics Premium
account directly to your AdWords manager account using the new setup wizard in AdWords under Account Settings. This streamlined workflow for linking accounts eliminates the need to link each of your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts individually.
Now when you import your goals, website metrics, remarketing lists, or other data from Google Analytics, you'll only need to do it once. And whenever you add a new AdWords account to your manager account, it will automatically be linked with the same Analytics properties.
These enhancements save time so you can focus on optimizing your campaigns. You can learn more about linking your Google Analytics account into your manager account in the
AdWords Help Center
Scale your remarketing strategy
Many advertisers are seeing tremendous success re-engaging customers and finding new ones using
remarketing lists for search ads
. To help scale these efforts across the AdWords accounts you manage, you now have options for creating and sharing remarketing lists directly in your manager account from the new “Audiences” view, including any lists imported from Google Analytics or
You can also create remarketing lists using a manager-level remarketing tag and use them across your managed accounts. This eliminates the need to retag your website and manage multiple lists in each AdWords account. If any of your managed accounts have their own lists, they can be made available for use in your other managed accounts.
These enhancements make it easier and faster than ever before to get your remarketing strategy up and running. You can learn more about sharing remarketing tags and lists in the
AdWords Help Center
Posted by Vishal Goenka, Senior Product Manager, AdWords
Introducing new interactive ads to drive app installs
Friday, December 4, 2015
Developers are constantly looking for new ways to bring users to their apps. But because people’s attention on mobile is
and more intent-rich, finding engaged users of your app is an ongoing challenge -- both before and after an install. In fact, we found that
one in four installed apps
is never even used. We’ve focused our efforts on offering developers advertising tools that engage users and showcase an app at its best. We recently
one of our in-app ad formats, and are building on our desire to create beautiful app ad experiences. That’s why today we’re introducing two new rich, immersive ad formats to our growing suite of creative app install solutions.
Play a game within an ad with Trial Run Ads
Trial Run Ads are an app ad format that lets a user play a game for up to 60 seconds by streaming content from the app before downloading. The immersive demo increases the likelihood that an install is coming from someone who enjoys playing the game. Users get a taste of the game before going through the download process, and the app developer attracts better qualified users who’ve chosen the game based on their experiences in the app.
Trial Run Ads provide:
Ultra-immersive and delightful ads designed for games
The opportunity for gamers to trial before download
More relevant ad clicks, app downloads, and pre-qualified app users
Cookie Jam’s Trial Run Ad
Get ultra-creative with customized mobile ads
We’re also launching a beta for Interactive Interstitial ads, which are HTML5 ads that offer a completely customized user experience tailored to each advertiser's app. They give advertisers creative freedom to use HTML5 instead of standard templates and pull in data dynamically. Diversity potential is high with this format and it's not limited to just gaming apps. Interactive Interstitials offer a truly custom experience that can include your app’s value proposition and the functionalities you want to highlight, all painted in your personal branding strategy. This is particularly valuable for advertisers who are looking for higher user engagement in installers.
Interactive Interstitials provide:
A beautiful and flexible canvas for the advertiser to become truly creative
Unique testing and optimization capabilities
The opportunity to bring a piece of the app experience to the user before download
Unique brand building possibilities
Marketers are already taking advantage of these engaging ads to drive app installs. Zalora built an ad that allowed users to swipe to discover an exclusive offer.
Zalora’s Interactive Interstitial allows users to use a finger to swipe
a screen to discover a special promotion.
Customization can be as big or small as you want - from adjusting standard templates to developing a fully custom creative. Marketers can also use their live app content to create compelling, real time ad formats. With more control over layout and interaction, you can A/B test creatives and try various CTAs to increase conversions. Rather than just telling a user about your app, you can offer them an experience unique to your app that inspires them to want to spend time with your app.
Advertisers can use
interactive Interstitials to showcase their latest product offerings through galleries, highlight elements of their personal branding, and to more powerfully demonstrate the value of their app before someone installs.
Zalora showcases a gallery of products that users can swipe through in its Interactive Interstitial ad.
We understand that experiences on mobile need to be made for mobile, and an ad is no different. We’re continually exploring new and better ways to build out interactive formats for the small screen.
Trial Run Ads and Interactive Interstitials are currently in beta and available to a limited set of advertisers. Reach out to your account manager if you are interested in joining the betas.
Posted by Sissie Hsiao, Director of Product, Display and Pasha Nahass, Product Manager, Display
Enhancing the Google Display Network with new innovations
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Consumers have higher expectations than ever because of mobile — they want everything right, and they want everything right away. To connect with consumers in the intent-rich moments when they want to buy, find or do something, marketers are increasingly turning to programmatic advertising — which uses data and technology to reach the right person at the right time. The Google Display Network (GDN) brings this sophisticated technology to all advertisers so you can be there in the moments that matter the most for your brand.
Today we’re introducing several tools that further enhance what the GDN offers for display advertisers.
More transparency: take action with AdWords audience insights
When you understand your customers well — like their age, location, and interests — you can make more informed decisions about your marketing programs. AdWords audience insights give advertisers aggregate information about people on your remarketing lists, including demographics, interests, locations, and device usage.
Since these reports are available right in AdWords, you can quickly and easily take action on the insights. For example, if most people who converted on your site are jazz enthusiasts, you may wish to add this
to your campaign. Or, if many of your customers are females between the ages of 25 and 34, you might want to customize your ad creative to appeal to this demographic.
Example: AdWords audience insights shows 30% of customers on this remarketing list are 25-34 years old
compared to an average of 19.9% in the US.
, a Belgian telecommunications company, used AdWords audience insights and discovered cycling enthusiasts were twice as likely as the average customer to buy a mobile phone subscription. Based on this insight, BASE engaged with cycling enthusiasts on the GDN and doubled its conversions. BASE now uses AdWords audience insights to inform its campaigns, online and offline.
discovered classical music enthusiasts were likely to engage with its brand using AdWords audience insights. Sony then connected with this audience on the GDN and drove a 31% higher view-through rate than with its average affinity audience. This allowed Sony to capture more views for its budget. Now, Sony uses AdWords audience insights to uncover the best audiences for its new campaigns.
More accountability: the GDN is going 100% viewable
Most display ads —
56% in fact
— never had a chance to be viewed because they were below the fold, scrolled out of view, or in a background tab. Soon, we’ll make the GDN one of the only media platforms where advertisers don’t pay for an ad impression unless it
. This means your media dollars will only be spent where they can have impact. In the next few months, all campaigns that buy on a CPM basis will be upgraded to be
More impact: a fresh approach to dynamic remarketing ads
People use devices of varying shapes and sizes, engaging with content that can be horizontal, vertical, tapped, swiped or pinched. This means ads must be flexible so they can show across varying placements. Today, we introduced enhancements to
so ads can be automatically re-shaped and re-sized to fit all device types. Ads are also touched up to look great on any mobile or desktop site, or app. For example, if your logo is predominantly blue and yellow, AdWords may use these colors to shade the border and background of your ad. We’ll even try out varying color combinations and use the ones that drive the best performance. As always, you have control to make changes to these selections based on your personal style and preferences.
Meeting consumer expectations requires technology to answer their needs the moment they have them, wherever they are, whatever kind of device or screen they are using. Programmatic advertising ensures that brands are there in those important moments when decisions are made and preferences are shaped. Our hope is that the GDN brings this enterprise-level technology to all advertisers so you can be there at the moments when it matters most for your brand.
Posted by Brad Bender, VP of Product Management, Google Display Network
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