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Inside AdWords

Faster, safer and better ad experiences for consumers (Thu, 17 May 2018)

Consumers have high expectations for faster, safer and better digital experiences. This means it's more important than ever for brands to deliver on these expectations. At Google, we're building new innovations to help AdWords advertisers design the best web experiences for your customers. Speed: Improvements to click measurement Speed matters. In fact, a one-second delay in mobile page load can decrease conversions up to 20%.1 That’s why we announced support for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) as landing pages in AdWords and developed new tools like the Mobile Speed Scorecard and the Impact Calculator. With just a few inputs, this tool estimates the revenue impact that can result from improving the speed of your mobile website. Another way we’re improving mobile site speed is parallel tracking (blog | help center) -- which was introduced earlier this year for advertisers using click measurement systems. How does this improve speed? After an ad click, web browsers will process click measurement requests in the background, helping people reach your site up to several seconds faster.2 This creates better user experiences, leading to more conversions and less budget spent on bounced clicks. Starting October 30, 2018, parallel tracking will be required for all AdWords accounts. To get a jump start, you can now opt in your Search Network and Shopping campaigns. And even if you don't intend to turn it on today, you should start talking with your click measurement providers to ensure that they are ready for this change. Doing so, ensures there’s no disruption to your click measurement system. If you've confirmed that your click measurement system is already compatible, you can opt in from your account-level "Settings" page in the "Tracking" section. Learn more Security: Focus on HTTPS You want your customers to have a safe and secure experience, every time they engage with your website. But too many brands still use unencrypted HTTP to send users to their landing pages. That's why Google strongly advocates that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, the industry standard for ensuring the security and integrity of data traveling between the browser and the website. Over the last year, Chrome has marked an increasingly large set of HTTP pages as "not secure." Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP pages as “not secure.” To make sure your users continue to have the best possible landing page experience, we've taken a few extra steps: Enabled HTTP Search ad clicks to automatically be redirected to HTTPS when we know that your site prefers HTTPS, which we will begin rolling out the week of June 11. Launched Ad version history to allow advertisers to update your landing page URLs from HTTP to HTTPS without resetting all of your performance statistics.  Will start to warn advertisers in AdWords when you’re using less secure HTTP addresses for landing pages, in the next few weeks. We hope that these innovations will help people browse more quickly, confidently and securely. Posted by Jon Diorio, Group Product Manager, AdWords 1. "State of Online Retail Performance," Akamai, April 2017 2. Google Internal Data, Japan/India/US. Aggregated anonymized data from a sample of users that have clicked on an AdWords ad with URL tracking, August 2017
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Tune in on July 10, 2018 as we announce our latest product innovations (Wed, 16 May 2018)

Sign up to join the live streamed keynote at Google Marketing Live: When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Duration: 1 hour Where: Here on the Inside AdWords blog It’s that time of year again! Join us as we unveil the latest Ads, Analytics and Platforms innovations at Google Marketing Live. Get a first look at new features and tools that will help you grow your business. Also gain access to the latest insights and trends that are shaping the future of the industry. Register for the keynote live stream here. We’ll also make a recording available after the live stream for advertisers in other time zones. Until then, subscribe to Think With Google, and follow us on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn for a sneak peek of what’s coming soon.
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Google I/O: Grow and Earn with AdWords and AdMob (Tue, 08 May 2018)

I/O is an inspiring moment. Every year it's exciting to connect with the developer community and hear about all of the amazing things you’re building, especially mobile apps. These apps are the very reason many people consider their phones indispensable. People use these apps to stay connected, be entertained, and get everyday tasks done. Last year alone, people downloaded 94 billion apps from Google Play.1 This means more opportunities for developers. With millions of apps in the ecosystem, your ads have to work harder to make your app stand out. And with users being more selective about the apps they keep, you need to create user-first ad experiences to monetize effectively. In order to build a successful app business, you need tools that help you grow and earn more. That’s where Google can help. Tomorrow morning, you’ll hear about ads innovations designed to help you do just that and examples of developers who are thriving with them. Check out the livestream here. Grow your user base Developers have driven more than 10 billion app installs with AdWords.2  This week we are announcing several new innovations to help you find valuable users for your app. Surface more relevant content in your app promotion ads  70% of users decide whether to install an app based on how much they’ll use it.3 To provide users more helpful information, we’ll launch a beta that allows developers to surface relevant app content within ads. For example, Wish, a shopping app, can link its product catalog to AdWords and surface relevant in-app product images and descriptions directly in its ads. This beta will be available in the coming months.              Surfacing relevant in-app content in ads Get more people playing your game Another way we’re helping developers find new users is by making app discovery easier. For gaming developers, we launched Google Play Instant in March to enable new players to try your game without having to download it first. Recently, we’ve started early testing to make Google Play Instant compatible with AdWords. Users can then try out games directly from ads across all the channels that Universal App campaigns reach.                                                    Google Play Instant compatible with AdWords See a more complete view of your advertising results To give you a more complete picture of how your ads are working, we’re planning on making view through conversion (VTC) reporting available to AdWords app advertisers later this month. With VTC reporting, you can understand which viewable ad impressions were associated with conversions. For example, you can use these reports to better understand how well your video and display ads influenced app installs. VTC reporting will consider only impressions that meet the Media Rating Council (MRC) definition of ad viewability. Earn more from your app Save time and show value with standardized ad measurement When developers sell ad placements in their app, advertisers want to know if their ads are being seen and are working. To date, developers who needed to report viewability data to advertisers have had to integrate multiple SDKs and reconcile disparate methodologies. To address this, we joined an IAB-led working group to simplify and standardize in-app viewability measurement. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re integrating IAB Tech Lab’s Open Measurement SDK into our Google Mobile Ads (GMA) and Interactive Media Ads (IMA) SDKs. This solution will save developers time and reflect the true value of their app inventory. Starting this week, developers on DoubleClick can request to join this beta. Optimize your rewarded ads in AdMob We’re seeing more and more users engaging with rewarded ad experiences. Users opt-in to view ads and in exchange receive in-app incentives or digital goods, such as an extra life in a game or content that she would have had to pay for otherwise. Since launching rewarded ads last year, we’ve seen a 9x increase in impressions, across both free and paid apps.4 To help developers make the most of their rewarded ads, we’re introducing rewarded reporting in AdMob. Developers on AdMob will have access to rewarded ad metrics such as opt-in rate, consumption rate and rate of reward use. With these insights, developers can finetune their rewarded ads, addressing questions such as: ‘Do more users opt-in when the ad is shown after Level 1 or Level 4?’ ‘Which type of rewards do users prefer — coins or lives?’ ‘How often do people use their rewarded items?’. Rewarded reporting in AdMob will be coming soon as an open beta to developers with linked Firebase and AdMob accounts.                    Rewarded reporting in AdMob It's always inspiring to attend I/O to see all of the innovations that developers are building. We look forward to helping many more developers build and grow successful businesses. Happy I/O! Posted by Sissie Hsiao, VP of Product, Mobile App Advertising at Google 1. Google Play Data, Global, April 2018. 2. Google Ads Data, iOS/Android, Global, March 2018 3. Ipsos & Google, April 2018 4. Source: Google Ads Data, iOS/Android, Global, March 2017 - Feb 2018
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Google bans ads for bail bonds services (Mon, 07 May 2018)

At Google, we take seriously our responsibility to help create and sustain an advertising ecosystem that works for everyone. Our ads are meant to connect users with relevant businesses, products and services, and we have strict policies to keep misleading or harmful ads off of our platforms—in fact, we removed 3.2 billion bad ads last year alone. Today, we’re announcing a new policy to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services from our platforms. Studies show that for-profit bail bond providers make most of their revenue from communities of color and low income neighborhoods when they are at their most vulnerable, including through opaque financing offers that can keep people in debt for months or years. We made this decision based on our commitment to protect our users from deceptive or harmful products, but the issue of bail bond reform has drawn support from a wide range of groups and organizations who have shared their work and perspectives with us, including the Essie Justice Group, Koch Industries, Color of Change and many civil and human rights organizations who have worked on the reform of our criminal justice system for many years. According to Gina Clayton, executive director of the Essie Justice Group, "This is the largest step any corporation has taken on behalf of the millions of women who have loved ones in jails across this country. Google's new policy is a call to action for all those in the private sector who profit off of mass incarceration. It is time to say ‘no more.’" Enforcement of this policy will begin in July 2018. This policy change is part of our ongoing efforts to protect users on our platforms. Posted by: David Graff, Director, Global Product Policy
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AdWords is fully switching to the new experience (Mon, 07 May 2018)

We introduced AdWords 17 years ago to help businesses, large and small, get online and connect with customers around the world. Although a lot has changed since then, our mission remains the same. We want AdWords to work for everyone, whether you’re a coffee shop or a global agency. The new AdWords provides a faster and more intuitive experience that's focused on helping you reach your goals, like creating campaigns based on your business goals or using keyboard shortcuts to navigate your account faster. Now, all the features you rely on to run your business are available in the new experience—from remarketing lists for search ads to Google Analytics columns to the Keyword Planner.                          The new Keyword Planner We’ve also made lots of improvements based on your feedback. Just to name a few: find features faster with more intuitive icons, hide and unhide paused or removed items, and see more of your performance data by expanding the statistics table. Switching to the new AdWords Now that you have everything you need, the new AdWords will become the exclusive way to manage your accounts by the end of the year, and access to the previous experience will no longer be available. Prior to the switch, you’ll get an email with the information and resources you need to prepare, so we encourage you to update your contact information. Note that we won’t switch accounts during the busy holiday months of November and December. To help make this switch as easy as possible, your reports, filters and automated rules will be automatically moved from the previous experience to the new one.* In the meantime, feel free to familiarize yourself with the new experience using the resources below. Getting ready To help you hit the ground running once you make the switch to the new experience, check out this toolbox of useful information: Take the guided tour. This should be the first thing you see when you switch to the new experience. Review the quick reference map to quickly find the most commonly used features in the new experience. Bookmark the ‘new AdWords experience’ section of the Help Center, which has been updated to help you navigate all the new features. Thank you Whether you’ve been advertising for 17 years or 17 days, thank you for helping us make AdWords what it is today. Please share your feedback so we can continue to build products to help you grow your business. Posted by Jerry Dischler, Vice President of Product Management * Some features and reports won’t be available in the new AdWords experience. You’ll receive notifications and helpful resources a few weeks before any features and reports are moved.
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Drive sales and reach more customers with new Shopping campaigns (Thu, 03 May 2018)

Shoppers are looking for and researching products across all devices in more ways than ever before: searching online, watching product review videos, reading blog posts, browsing in apps, reading product ratings, etc. Each of these moments creates a new opportunity for you to get your product in front of a potential customer. Yet, it’s a challenge to manage across channels, products, technology, and data to reach today’s customers - all while trying to hit your marketing objectives. Introducing Shopping campaigns that are goal-optimized The next generation of Shopping campaigns empowers you to tackle this challenge head-on by tapping into the power of automation and machine learning to maximize your conversion value. For example, if you’ve defined your conversion value to be “revenue,” the goal-optimized campaign type will automatically optimize across networks to maximize “revenue” based on your budget constraints. The new Shopping campaign type also combines the channels previously available through separate Shopping and display remarketing campaigns into one campaign so you can maximize your reach and simplify campaign management. While standard Shopping campaigns will continue to provide a more manual option, the new Shopping campaign type offers a fully-automated solution to drive sales and reach more customers. Managing your Shopping campaigns has never been easier. Drive conversion value with automation and machine learning Combined with signals like intent and context, there are a vast number of variables to consider when making important optimization decisions. The new Shopping campaign type is automatically goal-optimized and will take the guesswork out of your day-to-day optimizations to deliver your marketing goal, whether it’s maximizing conversion value or maximizing conversion value at a specific return on ad spend (ROAS). Our systems will evaluate all available signals and use machine learning to predict the likelihood of a search query to convert so you can make the most of your budget across networks, products, and audiences. Find more customers with unparalleled reach The new Shopping campaign type combines Shopping and display remarketing campaigns to deliver your ads across Google’s entire suite of sites and networks. Reach relevant and valuable potential customers while they’re looking at content across Google.com, the Google Search Network, the Google Display Network, YouTube, and Gmail. Save time and resources through the new one-stop Shopping campaign type With just one feed, one campaign, and one remarketing tag, all you need to do is add your products into the new goal-optimized campaign type. You won’t need to manage separate Shopping and display remarketing campaigns anymore. No further campaign set-up, manual optimization or tedious account maintenance are needed. This new Shopping campaign type will automatically optimize your bids, identify the right audiences, and determine where your ads show to maximize your conversion value. We’ll do the heavy lifting so you’ll be able to focus on more strategic initiatives.  Promising results with early retail partners Brazil-based Newlentes offers high-quality contact lenses at affordable prices with recognized reliability. As a pioneer in technology, they were excited to incorporate more automation and machine learning to drive better results. They launched the new Shopping campaign type, which resulted in 57% more revenue at a 61% higher return on ad spend (ROAS). Turkey-based n11.com is an e-commerce platform that offers a wide range of apparel, electronics, and houseware products. Since they saw positive results with Universal App Campaigns, they were excited to use the new Shopping campaign type to improve performance. As a result, n11.com saw 23% more revenue at a 9% higher return on ad spend (ROAS). Ready to get started? The next generation of Shopping campaigns allow you to harness the power of automation and data-driven machine learning to maximize conversion value. It’s the first of many steps to empower retailers with tools to reach more customers in today’s age of assistance. The new campaign type will be available in AdWords over the next few weeks. Learn more today. Posted by Tom Beyer, Product Manager, Shopping and Roy Baharav, Product Manager, Display Remarketing
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Video is everywhere – helping brands find their audience in the era of convergence (Sun, 29 Apr 2018)

With cord-cutting on the rise, brands have been looking for new ways to connect with an important part of their audience that are harder than ever to reach. According to fresh Nielsen data, more than half of 18 to 49 year-olds in the US are either light viewers of TV or do not subscribe to TV; but over 90 percent of these people watch YouTube.1 Today we’re introducing a new set of opportunities on YouTube to help brands reach these viewers across content and devices. YouTube audiences on TV screens We’re amidst the second major shift in how people watch video on YouTube. In the past few years, we witnessed mobile viewership exceed desktop, marking the first major shift in how people interacted with YouTube. Now, in 2018, viewers are returning to that original, purpose-built device for video viewing – the television set. At YouTube we’ve brought people back to the big screen by building a rich YouTube experience for set-top boxes, gaming consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs of all stripes. And now TV screens are our fastest growing screen, counting over 150 million hours of watch time per day.2 We heard from advertisers that they want in, so we have been working to make it easy for you to find your most engaged, valuable audience while they are watching YouTube on a TV set, with the new TV screens device type. In the coming months, we’ll add TV screens – joining computers, mobile phones and tablets – to AdWords and DoubleClick Bid Manager, so advertisers globally can tailor their campaigns for this environment – for example, by using a different creative. We’ve already seen that people react positively to ads on the TV screen – based on Ipsos Lab Experiments, YouTube ads shown on TV drove a significant lift in ad recall and purchase intent, with an average lift of 47 percent and 35 percent respectively.3 YouTube audiences on every screen And for brands who want help reaching cord cutters, we now offer a new segment in AdWords and DoubleClick Bid Manager called “light TV viewers.” Advertisers will be able to reach people who consume most of their television and video content online and might be harder to reach via traditional media. This audience is reachable on YouTube across computers, mobile, tablets, and TV screens. Welcoming YouTube TV to Google Preferred Last year we launched YouTube TV, a new way to enjoy cable-free live TV. Now a year in, YouTube TV continues to gain momentum – we’ve recently added new networks to our service, expanded availability to over 85 percent of US households in nearly 100 TV markets, and announced partnerships with major sports leagues. For the first time, this upcoming broadcast season advertisers will be able to access full length TV inventory in Google Preferred. Content from some cable networks in the US will be part of Google Preferred lineups so that brands can continue to engage their audience across all platforms. This means advertisers will be able to get both the most popular YouTube content and traditional TV content in a single campaign – plus, we’ll dynamically insert these ads, giving advertisers the ability to show relevant ads to the right audiences, rather than just showing everyone the same ad as they might on traditional TV. As marketers continue to break the silos and think of holistic media plans, we’re excited to enable the opportunity. Because while TV screen viewing is big and growing fast, video is everywhere and the key is connecting with viewers wherever they watch. Posted by Debbie Weinstein, Managing Director, YouTube/Video Global Solutions  1. Google commissioned Nielsen custom fusion study. Desktop, mobile and TV fusion. TV measurement of television distribution sources and total minutes viewed. Reach among persons 18-49. Light TV viewers represent the bottom tercile of total TV watchers based on total minutes viewed. October 2017. 2. YouTube Internal Data, Global, Accurate as of Jan 2018. Based on seven day average of watch time for TV screen devices, which include smart TVs, Roku/Apple TV and game consoles. 3. Google/Ipsos Lab Experiment, US, March 2018 (32 ads, 800 US residents 18-64 y/o).
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A new video format to reach people across the mobile web and apps (Tue, 17 Apr 2018)

Over the last year, we've been working on a way to extend the reach of your video campaigns to people beyond YouTube, especially as they spend more and more time interacting with apps and sites on their mobile devices. Starting today, you can use outstream video ads, a new format built exclusively for mobile environments, to reach more potential customers with your video creative. Outstream ads drive incremental, cost-efficient and viewable reach beyond YouTube. Ads show on Google video partners, which are high-quality publisher websites and mobile apps where you can show video ads, including TrueView in-stream and Bumper ads. When outstream video ads come into view on a mobile screen, they begin to play with sound off. After that, a user can tap the ad to turn sound on and restart the video from the beginning, or simply keep scrolling. In every context, an ad needs the opportunity to be seen in order to drive impact, which is why our outstream video ads are charged on viewable CPM. This means that every impression you pay for has been on screen and viewable (as measured by MRC standards). In addition to Active View and unique reach reporting, you can use brand interest lift to measure incremental interest in your brand or product as assessed by an increase in organic searches on Google.com or YouTube. Outstream video ads complement our efficient reach solutions for YouTube: TrueView for reach and Bumper ads. Now, you can reach even more of your audience across the mobile web and apps with a video ad designed for the ways people read, play, swipe and scroll on mobile. Advertisers like Hong Kong Tourism board are already using outstream video ads to increase awareness and cost-efficient reach. Tina Chao, General Manager, Marketing, says, "To build awareness for Hong Kong as a travel destination, the Hong Kong Tourism Board used outstream video ads to reach a broad set of potential travelers across Asia. Outstream video ads delivered strong results for our global brand campaign: 30% incremental reach with a 40% lower cost per completed video view and 85% lower CPM."  You can check out the AdWords Help Center for more info, and start including outstream video ads in your campaigns with brand awareness and reach goals. Posted by Armen Mkrtchyan, Product Manager, Video Ads
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Build better media plans on YouTube and across the web with Reach Planner (Mon, 09 Apr 2018)

How many people can I reach on YouTube for $100k? And how much should I spend on TrueView versus Bumpers? Starting today, we’ve made it easier to answer questions like these by introducing Reach Planner, a new tool in AdWords. Now, for the first time, advertisers can forecast the reach and frequency achievable on YouTube and across Google’s video partners, in over 50 countries. This resource will simplify the planning process by providing unique reach across devices, for all core audiences and video formats. In our quest to make planners' lives easier, we are going beyond reach curves to introduce a key new feature: product mixes. Planners have been using Google's video formats to reach viewers in different ways, and now we’re giving more insight into which formats work best together. With product mixes, you can give us your marketing objective, ad preferences and budget, and we will recommend the right mix of YouTube’s solutions to achieve your goal. For instance, if you want to maximize reach to drive awareness, and have short creative assets, Reach Planner will recommend the right allocation of spend between TrueView in-stream and Bumpers to achieve that goal. To access Reach Planner, talk to your Google sales team today. Posted by Dacheng Zhao, Product Manager, Video Ads
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Sight, sound and scale: Introducing TrueView for reach (Mon, 02 Apr 2018)

Building brand awareness and increasing market penetration used to be fairly straightforward: find the most popular shows on television, put your ad there and maximize reach among your demographic target. With a historic amount of content at viewers’ fingertips, it may seem easier than ever to hit your reach target. But today you don’t just want commodity reach – you want reach where people are paying attention. Thanks to its community of creators and their connection with viewers, YouTube delivers this engaged reach. In a recent study with Ipsos, we found that people are 3x more likely to pay attention to online video ads vs. television ads.1 And we’re building solutions to help you tap into YouTube’s differentiated reach. Reach and intrigue in 6 seconds or less Our six-second bumper ads were designed to drive more reach among the audiences you care about, especially as they become increasingly on-the-go. They showcase not only the fun of storytelling in six seconds, but also the benefits of adapting to consumer behavior. We're seeing brands continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in 6 seconds, and it’s paying off: In a new global study, 87% of Bumpers campaigns drove a significant lift in Ad Recall with an average lift across all campaigns measured of over 20%.2 Jim Mollica, SVP Digital Marketing and Media at Under Armour, says, "We’ve been using bumpers for almost two years to drive frequency among consumers who have engaged with us in the past. We use TrueView to drive engaged reach, and rely on bumpers to remind and drive product storytelling. For us, frequency is the core driver of impact, and bumpers consistently enables this with a high degree of efficiency and proven impact." To build a more personal connection with consumers in India, Uber identified 100 different passions among their target audience and used Director Mix to build 85 different bumper ad variations tailored to each passion. The effort drove 63% more first trips from YouTube at an 18% lower cost per first trip than previous campaigns. Introducing TrueView for reach To help you reach more of your audience on YouTube with even more flexibility, we’re introducing a new way to buy TrueView called TrueView for reach. TrueView for reach brings our popular in-stream format built on user choice together with the simplicity of CPM buying. Optimized for efficient reach, this format can help you to raise awareness among a broad set of customers — and do so within our 95% viewable and 95% audible environment.3 In beta testing 84 TrueView for reach campaigns, 9 out of 10 drove a significant lift in Ad Recall, with an average lift of nearly 20%.  Source: YouTube Internal Data, Global, July 2017 Jay Altschuler, VP of Media at Samsung Electronics America, reflects on being the format’s launch partner: "At Samsung we thrive on innovation and pushing boundaries. We were eager to test and learn as the launch partner of YouTube's new TrueView for reach solution since marketing today is no longer about reach 一 it's about engaged reach. User choice and attention are both critical for building a meaningful connection with consumers and for our flagship phone launch last spring, we were able to reach 50%+ more people at half the CPM using TrueView for reach." Vanessa Tsangaratos, Digital Marketing Manager at PepsiCo France says, "TrueView for reach not only enabled us to achieve massive on-target reach, but delivered high completion rates on our 10 second video. Moreover, CPMs proved to be more competitive: we saw 30% lower CPMs on average compared to previous campaigns. This ultimately drove lower average costs on incremental reach points: -46% versus TV on specific target audiences." Reach remains a critical goal for marketers, but it isn’t the only one. TrueView for reach joins TrueView for action as new solutions designed to drive specific marketing outcomes. We’ll continue introducing new approaches that help you adapt to today’s media landscape. Posted by Ali Miller, Product Manager, Video Ads and Khushbu Rathi, Product Manager, Video Ads 1. Source: Google/Ipsos, Video Mobile Diary, US, 2017, n of 4,381 (saw ads occasions). Online video includes video platforms such as YouTube & Hulu, social platforms such as Facebook & Snapchat and TV Full Episode Players like NBC.com. 2. Source: Google Bumpers Brand Lift Meta Analysis, Global, 2017, across over 2,900 studies. 3. Google and DoubleClick advertising platforms data, Global, May 2017 & Google Internal Data, Global, August 2016
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