Now that you’ve organized your campaign and decided on your campaign settings, let’s focus on setting up your ad groups. As a general best practice, you’ll want to create a separate ad group for each theme or product that you offer.
Each ad group contains a set of keywords, ads, and bids that you manage. For your Display Network campaigns, your ad groups can include other targeting methods, like demographics or remarketing lists.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the main components of ad groups for campaigns that you’ll run on the Search or Display Network.
Building a good keyword list can help you show your ads to the customers you want. Below are some tips for creating your keyword list.
- Think like a customer: Think about the main categories of your business and the terms or phrases that would fit into each of those categories. Include terms or phrases that your customers would use to describe your product or service.
- Align your keywords with your goals: If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you might want to select specific keywords that directly relate to your ad’s theme. Or, if you’d prefer to reach as many people as possible, choose more general keywords. No matter how general or specific your keywords are, they should always be as relevant to your ads and website as possible. Also, keywords of two or three words (a phrase) tend to work most effectively.
- Group similar keywords into themes: Follow the structure of your ad groups, and bundle similar keywords together in one ad group based on your products, services, or other categories. For your Display Network campaigns, you’ll also want to make sure your keywords are related to the websites your customers visit.
- Use the Keyword Planner or Display Planner: For your Search Network campaigns, you can use the Keyword Planner to get keyword ideas and related data, like the average number of times people searched for certain terms. For your Display Network campaigns, you can use the Display Planner to get keyword ideas and related data, like how many times ads could show for those ideas based on a week-long or month-long period.
- Review your Search terms report: You can use the Search terms report to see what people were searching for when they saw your ad and clicked it. This information can help you identify new keywords and poorly performing ones that you’ll want to remove from your keyword list.
- Use keyword match types: Keyword match types are settings for each of your keywords that give you greater control over who sees your ad. For example, you might use the phrase match type to show your ad for searches that include the exact phrase with additional words before or after. Or, you might use the exact match type to show your ad for searches that include the exact phrase without any additional words. Both the phrase match and exact match types expand to show your ad for close variations — including misspellings, singular and plural forms, and acronyms — of your keywords.
- Include negative keywords: You can also use negative keywords, which prevent your ad from showing for terms that aren’t relevant to your product or service. Adding negative keywords can help you reduce costs and make your ad appear only for the search terms you want. You can identify negative keywords with the Keyword Planner or Search terms report, using both to find terms that aren’t relevant to what you offer.
Antoine’s started creating ad groups for Fiona’s Search campaign, first building a keyword list based on what he knows about her business, target audience, and the children’s furniture industry. Antoine chooses keywords based on terms that people might use to search for children’s furniture. To start, Antoine uses keywords that are more specific and relate to the ads that he plans to create for the campaign. Antoine also uses broad match keywords — the default keyword matching option — and plans to use other keyword matching options once he gets more campaign performance data.
The text ads that appear alongside Google search results are just one of several ad formats you can create. Other ad formats that you can use to promote your products or services include video ads, image ads, app or digital content ads, and more.
Depending on the type of campaign you create, different types of ad formats and ad extensions will be available for you to use.
Keep in mind that all ads go through an approval process — we want ads to be useful, varied, relevant and safe for users when serving them across the Google Network. We review your active and paused ads, keywords, and website according to our advertising policies.
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|Maintain ads quickly and easily. Reach customers when they search on Google. Use Ad extensions to provide additional details and contact information that can make your text ads more relevant to customers.|
|Responsive||Responsive ads automatically adjust their size, appearance, and format to fit available ad spaces. They can transform into text or image ads.||In a matter of minutes, create ads that fit just about any ad space available. Plus, responsive ads can show as native ads, which boost your impact by blending into publisher’s websites.|
|Image||Static or interactive graphics. Animated ads in .gif and Flash format can be used.||Showcase your product or service in a visual way. Reach customers on websites that partner with Google.|
|App promotion ads||Drive app downloads and engagement with app promotion ads.||Send your customers to download your app from an app store, or include a deep link directly into your app. Note: Ads will appear only on devices compatible with your content.|
|Video||Video ads that show online. Run standalone video ads or insert them in streaming video content.||Deliver a rich and engaging experience to customers. Reach customers on websites that partner with Google.|
|Product Shopping ads||Shopping ads show users a photo of your product, a title, price, store name, and more details about your product.||Show an ad featuring your product to people shopping online for that product or related products.|
|Showcase Shopping ads||An image and description that expands when clicked to show several related products and information about the store.||Show a Shopping ad to people who are researching where to buy rather than looking to buy a specific product. Showcase Shopping ads are available only in the new AdWords experience. Showcase Shopping ads are also available if you use the AdWords API.|
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|Drive phone calls to your business with ads that include your phone number. People can click on these ads and then call your business directly. These ads will only appear on devices that can make phone calls, and any field in these ads can be hidden to fit on smaller screens.|
* Text ads might look different on the Display Network.
Some ad extensions can be added manually and others are automated. Here’s an overview of the different types of ad extensions that you can use:
Show a link below your text ad that sends people to the app store or begins downloading your app. Get started here.
Let people click a button to give you a phone call. Give your ad a call button.
Help people nearby find your nearest storefront or give you a call. Add a map pin, navigation assistance and a call option to your ad.
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Showcase positive, third-party reviews from reputable sources. Start adding reviews.
Add links to help people find what they’re looking for. Choose your sitelinks.
Add descriptive text to your ad to help people learn more about what you have to offer. See how callout extensions work.
Show off what customers appreciate with high-quality survey data. Learn more about consumer ratings.
Show people if they’ve clicked through to your website from Google Search results before. See how previous visits work.
Show your online business ratings with your ad. Learn more about seller ratings.
Creating effective ads
As you can see, your ads are the face of your products and services. Ads that are more relevant and engaging to your customers are likely to get more clicks.
Connect your ads and keywords
Include at least one of your keywords in your ad text to show potential customers that it’s relevant to what they’re looking for. You want to make sure that your ad text is readable, however, so don’t include too many keywords in your ad.
Highlight what makes you unique
Include the products, services, or offers that make you competitive, like discounts, promotions or exclusives. For example, if you offer free shipping, tell your customers that. You’ll also want to consider including your brand or company name so your customers see a name they recognize.
Include a call to action
Whether you’re selling something or offering a service, tell people how they can buy your products or contact you. Calls to action like purchase, call today, order, or get a quote make clear what the next steps are.
Match your ad to your landing page
Look at the page that you’re linking to from your ad (the landing page), and make sure that the promotions or products in your ad are included in there. You can also look for call to action phrases on your landing page.
Tailor your ads for mobile
People looking at mobile ads are more likely to want to know where you’re located, or to call you. Create mobile-preferred ads with mobile calls to action like “Find nearby stores” and send people to mobile-optimized landing pages.
Use ad extensions
Show extra information about your business with ad extensions, like sitelinks, location, and call extensions. Ad extensions, which “extend” from your text ads, tend to improve your ad’s visibility and can help improve the clickthrough rate (CTR) of your ads. Keep in mind that the expected CTR from ad extensions is one factor that AdWords uses to calculate your Ad Rank.
Create three to four ads for each ad group, and use different messages for each to see which does the best. AdWords rotates ads automatically to show the best-performing ads more often.