Recent Google Ads Updates-Quick Review

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Recent Google Ads Updates-Quick Review

As we move into 2020, the leading search engine in the world continues to evolve to provide a better service for consumers, marketers, and search engine optimization (SEO) professionals. In this article, we’ll explore the top Google Ads updates, looking at the significant changes on the platform over the past year.

1. Campaigns through COVID-19:

As every business got affected during COVID-19. Digital advertisement also needed some changes during this pandemic. In this regard Google itself helped the advertiser by providing enhance knowledge guidelines which they need to take care for managing campaigns through COVID-19. The guideline includes new resources for evaluating your media strategy and adjusting your campaigns based on shifting consumer behavior that can help you to evaluating your campaign and industry trend.

2. Finding New Customer:

All business owners want to have more quality-oriented customers and Google push them in this path too.  Google have provided few updates which can help in customer acquisition like:

3. New Access Level and Account Ownership:

Security is important in Google ads account. Why everyone should have access to everything if it is of no concern to them. That is why with billing-only role only you can give access to the finance department team. They will be able to view and manage billing but won’t be able to change anything in the campaign.

Moreover, there is now a ownership role. Previously there could be many owners of the account. Now with ownership role there could be only one owner of the Google ads account.

4. Efficient Budget with New Performance Planner Features:

If you have different spending and return on investment levels then Performance Planner helps you in predict the performance.  The new features are introduced in it.

ii. Shared budget Campaigns:

Shared budget can be created, modified and downloaded forecasts are now supported in search campaigns.

ii. Plan Sharing:

You can now share your plan. Anyone in the account can view and edit the plan. In the top right corner of your plan you will find “Share”. Upon clicking this new screen will open and from there you can allow it to share.

 iii. Conversion Lag Report:

In your campaign when you got some conversion sometimes there happened a delay in updating the number. They can sometimes cause CPA to look high and ROAS to look down. So accurate numbers are not available which may result in wrong forecasting. But now with the conversion delay/lag report you can have better account performance forecast. This report is only available for App Campaigns for install, App Campaign for engagement and Search Campaigns.

5. Maximize Conversions Bidding in App Campaigns:

You can now build and grow your audience much faster with maximize conversion bidding in App campaigns.  You only have to provide your budget rest with Google machine learning intelligent algorithm you will get maximum install in no time. Either you have come with new game, planning for seasonal campaigns or promoting new content in your app, you should use this option to grow your audience faster. You will not see the results immediately wait for few weeks of running this bid strategy, you will definitely show an effective CPI based on the budget you set and the installs you were able to generate. You may later choose to transition from Maximize conversions to tCPI bidding.

You can set maximize conversion bidding as:

6. Image Requirements for App Campaigns:

Currently, App campaigns accept more than 30 different sizes and dimensions for image assets. Starting later this year, Google will begin shifting from size-based to ratio-based image specifications. You will only need to upload images in three aspect ratios:

Limits?

Increasing the image file size limit from 150KB to 5MB so you can upload higher-quality assets.

Formats?

GIFs will no longer be accepted. The only accepted formats will be .jpg and .png.

Google will send alerts in your Google Ads account to notify you of ad groups that contain unsupported images and remind you to take action when get closer to launch this update.

Help?

To help you make this transition, Google will soon introduce a tool that enables you to crop your images into one or more of the supported dimensions.

7. Match Lists with Zapier – Automatic Update:

Customer Match lets you use you’re online and offline data to reach and re-engage with your customers across Search, Shopping, Gmail, YouTube, and Display. The information shared by the customer used by customer matches to target the ads accordingly. As a relationship with customer keeps on increasing so keeping the aligned and updated manually is a time-consuming task. That is why Google as collaborated with Zapier to make it easier to work with the Customer Match List. You don’t need to manually upload, remove or sort the list. It will automatically pull from information from your customer relationship management system, marketing automation or ecommerce tool to Google Ads. Your offline conversion data can also automatically updated with Zapier now.

8. Optimization Score and Recommendations in Manager Account:

Optimization and recommendations are important. If your account is set up to capture full potential, you can easily manage multiple accounts and identify opportunities for better growth.

You can also click into your optimization score for individual accounts to apply recommendations that help you meet your marketing objectives.

9. Support for Recommendations & Local Campaigns in Google Ads Editor:

Recommendations and Local campaigns are now in Google Ads Editor V.14.

Recommendations provide customized suggestions to help improve your campaigns’ performance. To make it easier for you to implement these suggestions at scale, you can now review and apply recommendations across accounts in Google Ads Editor V1.4.

You can check the type of recommendation to know where and how many recommendations can be applied in your account.

With Local campaigns feature, you can easily search and replace text, move items, and undo or redo changes to your local campaigns in bulk.

10. Responsive Search Ads with New Features:

Machine learning has made responsive search efficient enough to deliver relevant messages to potential customers. It is observed responsive search ads increase 10% more clicks and conversions.   Following are the updated in features now:

i. Location Insertion:

You can now use location insertion in responsive search ads. It will show your location dynamically where your ads are being shown. Once set up, your ad will automatically include city, state, or country names based on the locations of potential customers or their areas of interest.

You can check with report how many times your ad was shown using location insertion.

ii. Countdown Customizer:

if you want to promote sales or even and want to show count down in your responsive search ads, now it is possible so that you won’t miss out your potential customer.

iii. Suggestion in Ad Writing:

You will find commonly used phrases while writing headlines and descriptions for your responsive search ads, they will help to highlight online availability, shipping and return options for your business. Even you add your final URL, it will make some suggestions from your existing website content and existing ad.

iv. Asset Performing report:

Performance of your assets used in your responsive search ads can be measured now. You can find the prominent insights at the campaign level. Once you’ve determined which assets are performing well, you can apply those learnings to other ads. If assets are performing poorly, you can take action to replace those assets.

This reporting data is not real time but it is updated on daily basis. You can find this report on the left menu under Ads and Extensions and then click “Assets”.

v. Recommendation:

Google Ads introduced a new recommendation to “improve your responsive search ads” when their Ad strength is below ‘Good’. This is an easy way for you to optimize your ads in a more efficient way. When checking your account’s optimization score, look for this recommendation to help you identify opportunities that can improve your responsive search ads at scale.

11. Smart Shopping Campaigns with More Online Sales:

As time passing by, online shopping is becoming more in demand. That is why smart shopping campaigns are becoming better by offering more visuals and more goals.

Now you can add your conversion value to your new customer.

Showing your images can be more visually attractive Just as Smart Shopping campaigns can optimize your bids and placements, the format in which your products are displayed will also respond to your customers’ needs. Google is adding more visual features to help customers easily discover more retailers, explore options and narrow down who they want to make a purchase with.

When the customer is ready to buy, they may see annotations that can help them make an informed purchase decision. For example, you can highlight free and fast shipping on Google Search (U.S. only).

You can continue to highlight promotions on your products to further convince customers to make the purchase with your business. (U.S., U.K., DE, AU, IN, FR only)

12. Responsive Display Ads with New Look:

i. New Layout:

Create layouts and automatically generated video introduced in responsive display ads to drive more online sales.  Three different layouts have been rolled out which that uses automated image enhancements including smart image cropping and text overlays.

ii. Add videos quickly and easily:

To make things simpler and faster, Google can automatically create video ads for you by using your existing image and text assets.

iii. Top Products:

With new single-image layout to highlight individual products. You can use different text with your product or logos. Special text e.g “Promotion” or “Best Seller” can be used for better user engagement.

13. Google Ads Misrepresentation Policy Expansion:

You must avoid your account to be suspended due to misrepresentation in adverting. When a user clicks on an ad, users should not be deceived.

14. Manager Accounts in Google Ads Mobile App:

With manager accounts in the app you can now:

15. Overview Page Update:

You can’t ignore the Overview Page as it is an easy way for you to view a summary of your account performance and actionable insights. you can now,

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16. Feeds in App Campaigns to Deliver More:

You might have already used feeds in Display, Shopping and Local campaigns to quickly upload and showcase products in your ads. Feeds in App campaigns offer three main benefits:

i. Richer Formats:

Soon, by using Google Merchant Center, retail advertisers can also begin showing image ads in the canvas below YouTube TrueView “in-stream” app promotion ads.

ii. Expanded Query:

How and where your app will be more discoverable can be managed through feeds. If you’re a furniture selling brand with couches in stock, feeds may bring your app ads more frequently when users search for “loveseats for two.” This is a result of feeds giving ads algorithms more signals on which products are available in your app. Rich and more data increases the possibility of your app ad matching with a user query and becoming suitable to serve.

iii. Smoother Onboarding for New Users:

new app user will have a smoother onboarding experience by having different deep linking. -From app install straight to the item they saw in the ad.

17. Increase Your Skills Digitally for Your App Users:

Google has provided learning path to master in App Campaigns by these updated courses you can understand key trends in app behavior, refine campaigns based on your or your client’s goals, use machine learning to your advantage, and take the next step beyond app advertising. There is also one hour session to learn more strategies to apply new principles to adapt new app strategies, knowing best practices to grow beyond an install.

18. Impression Share Bid Strategy:

It was started a year back few strategies would no longer be available for new campaigns like Target Search Page Location and Target Outranking Share bid strategies, these will be gone. So now these strategies now automatically be moved to Target impression Share strategy. It is a smart bidding strategy which automatically sets bids with the target to show ad on the absolute top of the page, on the top of the page, or anywhere on Google SERP.

19. Smart Campaigns is Helping you Reach More customers:

Reaching at right time is best to target Google Ads introducing features to help you sign up from any device, stand out on Google Maps, see your results right on Google Search, and control when your ads show.

i. Sign up directly through the mobile app:

Google has made the process easier and quicker, so you can start advertising right away. Now, you can sign up for Smart campaigns and run ads directly from the Google Ads mobile app. This is currently available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, UK, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan, with more countries to follow.

ii. Stand out on Google Maps, for free:

Google Maps are used by 1 billion people every month so why not use this as option to show your business.  Promoted pins on Google Maps support your business be noticeable during these moments by displaying a prominent, square-shaped Google Maps pin. This pin can help you highlight specific services such as pickup, delivery, and other unique offerings.

iii. See how your ads perform directly on Google.com:

How your smart campaign going you can instantly see the status with a quick search, how they’re performing, and how your ads look to potential customers. First, sign into the Google account you use for Google Ads. Then search for “My Ads” or “Google Ads” on Google.com.

iv. Control when your ads show:

Keywords are the important thing which helps to show your ads on search results. With keyword themes (formerly “products and services”), you tell Google what your business offers and Google show your ad to potential customers searching for related phrases. With this keyword theme feature your ad will appear to the related searches.

20. Understand Changes in Conversions with Explanations:

21. Refine Keywords in Keyword Planner:

Keyword Planner makes it easy for you to find keywords that are relevant to your product, service, website, or landing page. If you want to group together ideas based on the attributes of your products and services. For example, let’s say that you’re looking for keywords related to “dry skin.” In the past, you would’ve had to sort through thousands of keyword ideas. Now, you can filter attributes to include or remove keyword ideas related to dry skin, such as ‘face cream for dry skin’, ‘face lotion for dry skin’ and ‘best winter face cream’.

22. Discovery Ads to get Discover More:

Personalized feeds like news and videos now play a significant role in helping people find inspiration throughout their consumer journey. Initially, discovery campaigns were not available to everyone but now it is available globally.

You can show authentic and relevant ad with discovery campaigns. Customer can take action from either single image or image carousal.

With a discovery campaign, you can analyze your ads reporting based on assets as well.

You can learn more about the discovery campaign and how to set up them by clicking here.

23. Retail category reporting:

Both search and shopping campaigns report can be found in one place for your product and services. Some of the metrics available for each retail category include:

For your search and shopping, you can review different factors like brand vs non branded campaigns, best product, location targeting, ad scheduling, audience targeting, and different bid strategies.

24. Navigating your campaigns through COVID-19:

As Covid-19 has affected almost every industry digital advertisement also faced challenges for businesses. Below are some considerations you can adopt for your ads while navigating your campaign through COVID-19.

i. Assess your ads:

ii. Find your feet to dynamic market conditions:

Moreover due to impact of COVID-19, Google has also announced free shopping listing for the advertisers.

25. Call Only Ads Are No More Call Only Ads:

Customer always needs ease. To give your customers more comfort in how they connect with your business and services, you can now introduce an optional “Visit website” link with your call-only ads. With this update Google ads Change the name to call only ads to call ads.

Your ad on search results by introducing “Visit website” will have greater visibility. This will help the user to tap on the “Visit website” link in your ad, then he will be taken directly to your website. If your business requires phone calls for new sales, you may be getting fewer accidental calls and more qualified leads. If you already having call ads, add a Final URL in it and become part of those advertiser who are taking advantage of the website link

26. Requiring advertiser identity verification to improve transparency:

User when see ad he must have idea it is from authentic source. User trust should not be betrayed. That’s why Google is more concerned about. In the past it has happened many misinformation was spread through Google Ads. Now Google Ads launching advertiser identity verification, a policy that requires advertisers to verify their identities for ads served through Google Ads.

Being an advertiser you will get an email from Google for your verification. You will have to provide some documents based on your business type to prove your identity. If you are honest and true you should not be in worry at all it is only to filter out those who are doing fraud through Google ads.

27. Google Cutting Up to 50% of Marketing Budget:

It is might be possible Google is cutting up to 50% of its marketing budget for the second half of 2020. The cuts to the marketing budget might be to contain reduced advertising earning due to the COVID-19. According to an email Google is instituting cuts the marketing budget across a range of Google divisions. The email stated:

“There are budget cuts and hiring freezes happening across marketing and across Google… We, along with the rest of marketing, have been asked to cut our budget by about half for H2.”

28. Video creation is now fast:

Videos are becoming part of many businesses to make and maintain connections with customers. Those business who don’t have resources to create videos, Video Builder can help them. It is a free beta tool by using images and text you can create small animations.  You can also create animation with music from library. You can choose from a variety of layouts based on your message and goals, customize colors and font and quickly generate a short YouTube video (6 seconds or 15 seconds). It will be a very good experience for first time users, it can provide an efficient, low-resource way to create videos. If you’re interested in trying the Video Builder beta, you can check here: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/videobuilderbeta/

29. Google Ads Editor updated with new features:

Google ads introduce new Google Ads Editor v1.3. The new Feature includes support for shared budgets, optimization score and an improved edit pane.

Shared budgets:

Within an editor now you can now create and use shared budget from your shared library.

Optimization score:

Combined, weighted-average optimization score will be available for your selection in account tree section. Optimization score helps you prioritize recommendations for your campaigns so you can quickly improve performance.

Improved edit pane:

Based on feedback to Google, several improvements were made in to this to reduce the time were spend scrolling within the edit pane. You can hide the empty fields now and also resize and position the edit pane by popping it out to separate window.

30. Google Trends:

Now you can see the market changes with Google trends that allows you to see the topics people are or aren’t searching, almost in real time. For example, in March 2020, the search term “virtual birthday party ideas” were high trending in just a few days in the US? Same goes with your business related terms. If you want to make changes in your campaign finding a new keywords by following a trend Google Trend should not be ignored.

31. Improved Cross-Account insights in Report Editor:

Having Google Ads performance data to visualize and analyze, Report Editor was always an option.  You can access Report Editor by navigating to your “Report” tab in your manager account. It can now let you access 200 accounts directly from browser.

32. Asset reporting feature for better app campaigns:

There is an update of asset reporting feature to provide you more helpful and actionable insights.

Performance rating provides clear guidance:

“low”, “good”, and “best” asset ratings will appear in the tooltip

Two new columns in asset reporting:

Two new columns introduced, Asset source and Orientation.  So that you can determine which asset was uploaded and what was its orientation

Track performance changes over time:

Performance changes for your assets are important to observe that is why this update is introduced.  You can select different date range and various metrics observe the performances.

Assets Previewing:

When final user will see your ad how it will appear you can check this through Ad Preview. By clicking on “View ad previews” in the asset column of your report, this ad previews tool will show you sample ads assembled from your assets as they might appear in all eligible App campaign placements. Currently you might not find it yet. This feature along with performance charts, will be available in the next few months.

33. Easier resubmissions and appeals of ad policy issues:

Google ads want to empower every business to get their ads up as soon as possible. So Google ads are launching a new feature that enables you to appeal policy decisions directly in Google Ads.

With this new feature, you can swiftly resubmit an ad after solving the policy issue. If you’ve checked the policy affecting your ad and believe Google ads made an error, you can also appeal the policy decision directly in Google Ads.

34. Video campaigns with parallel tracking:

Parallel tracking sends customers directly from your ad to your final URL while click measurement happens in the background. Previously it was not available for video campaigns but when it was introduced, the deadline was given March 31, 2020 to every advertiser to use in video campaigns. Then the deadline to adopt parallel tracking for video campaigns extended to June 15, 2020. Google Ads give everyone extra time to indefinitely to make this transition. If you’ve already done with most of the work needed to embrace parallel tracking, you are have time to finish the process.

35. Use Maximize conversions and Maximize conversion value with portfolio bid strategies

If you are having multiple campaigns its performance can be optimized by using Portfolio bid strategies. Previously target CPA, Target ROAS, Maximize clicks, and Target impression share was available in Portfolio bid strategies but now smart bidding with search campaigns, Maximize conversions and Maximize conversion value ready to use with portfolios.

36. Attribution Reports New User Experience in Google Ads:

Purchase cycle of the customer is important and this new look will help you in understanding the cycle.  Few reports have been removed and few have been combined to bring better insights. Available reports are:

Moreover you can also check different customers who converted after multiple clicks. Model comparison helps you compare your cost per conversion and return on ad spend for different attribution models, such as last click, rules-based, and data-driven attribution.

37. Google Ads Mobile App New Features:

Google ads introducing new optimization score features and Dark mode in the app. With Google Ads you can analysis real time data for apps, review high-impact recommendations and take quick action to improve performance.

Fast top recommendations priority:

You can improve the performance from within an app by having an optimization score to prioritize recommendations for your campaigns.

Notification on optimization score changes:

Whenever your optimization score changes you’ll be notified in real-time. You can tap the notification to open your Recommendations page, where you can take action to raise your score and improve performance. On the settings page of the app. you can set to receive these notification.

Dark Mode:

Visual comfort for all the users that is why dark mode is designed it. You can turn on the dark mode on the setting page of the app.

38. Share remarketing lists:

People who already engaged with your products and services are your loyal customers. Whether your goal is to increase sales or having brand awareness, remarketing to people who have already engaged with your website can always help you grow your business. Now with a manager account, you can share audience lists across accounts. Different steps to sharing remarking list you can follow to do this.

39. Analyzing campaign changes impact ads performance in Google Ads:

Campaign changes are continuous process so you cannot deny it so understanding the impact of your campaign changes is important, Performance charts can show your campaign changes. For example,   there comes drop in conversions for one of your active campaigns. So you can check from change history report now hover over the markers in the performance chart to get more details about the changes you’ve made over a specific period.

40. All Google Ads campaigns will now be using improved Standard delivery:

Previously Standard and Accelerated Delivery methods were available. But now Standard delivery will be the only ad delivery method for any new Display, Video, App and Hotel campaigns. Accelerated delivery will no longer be available. Starting in May 2020, all existing Display, Video, App and Hotel campaigns which are using Accelerated delivery will be automatically switched to Standard delivery.

41. Automate your Google Ads conversion imports with Zapier:

Integrating third party is sometimes difficult if you are not too much technical. But now Google provides you ease on it. It collaborated with Zapier. To help Google Ads integration to pull the data and put into CRM.  Conversion events, formatting the data and upload directly to Google Ads will be possible.

19. Understand how budget and goal changes may impact Smart Bidding:

Simulators help you understand your performance and potential you could have in achieving the goal at different bid levels. Previously, these simulations have only been available for campaigns using manual bidding or Target CPA. Now for detail insights from a wider variety of campaigns, Google ads adding simulator support for budgets and for the Target ROAS bid strategy.

Find the right target ROAS to achieve your goals:

The Target ROAS simulator shows the relationship between a ROAS target and your key metrics.

Find your ideal budget to maximize performance:

You may need to update your budgets for campaigns that use Maximize clicks or Maximize conversions. By using budget simulator you can check how these changes could have impacted your performance. This makes it easy for you to find your ideal budget allocation across campaigns.

42. Performance changes with Explanations:

Understanding why your performance changes is critical when optimizing a campaign. To help you understand some performance changes in your campaigns and ad groups faster, you can now request explanations. With explanations, you can view the most likely reasons for impression, click, and cost changes with the click of a button.

For example, let’s say you notice a big week-over-week drop in impressions for one of your campaigns. Rather than diving into multiple reports to find out what happened, you can just click on the “See Explanations” button on your campaign and ad group tables while in time comparison mode.

Before you get started with explanations, keep the following in mind:

43. Optimization Score is now included in Display Campaigns:

Just like for Search and Shopping, optimization score for Display campaigns ranges from 0% to 100%, with 100% meaning that your campaigns are set to perform at their full potential. You’ll see separate scores for Search, Shopping, and Display at the campaign level, and one combined score at the account level. Google have also added unique recommendations just for Display, like creating Smart Display campaigns, using targeting expansion, and adding responsive display ads.

44. Multiple Plans and Plan Sharing in Keyword Planner:

It hasn’t always been easy to share your new keyword plans with everyone who needs to see them. That’s why you can now create, save, and share plans from directly within Keyword Planner.

For Example: Let’s take an example as mentioned by Google, if you are a sports retailer planning to launch three new product lines: running shoes, fitness apparel, and gym accessories. In order to share your keyword plans in the past, you would need to create, download, and email them individually. Now you can create separate plans for each product line and share them directly with others for feedback, all without leaving Keyword Planner.

45. Top Signals – To gain more insights into your bid strategy:

Smart Bidding helps you drive performance while saving you time. To give you more transparency into which factors are driving your performance and provide insights that may inform your broader marketing strategy, you can now view some of your top bidding signals in the bid strategy report. The report might also include combinations of different signals.

For example, the report may show that people are more likely to convert when searching for the keyword “business” in Los Angeles on a Saturday.

46. YouTube Masthead is now available on Smart TV:

After successful test campaigns in select markets, the YouTube Masthead is now globally available on TV screens for all advertisers to buy on a CPM (Cost-per-mile) basis. It can be purchased as part of a seamless cross-screen buy that runs on mobile, desktop and TV screens or as part of a single-screen only buy that runs just on TV Screens.

47. Google Ads Editor updates include New campaign types and cross-account features:

Google have introduced Google Ads Editor v1.2. This latest release includes support for new campaign types and updates to multi-account management. Editor now supports

48. Get your products in front of more shoppers through Merchant Center:

You can expand your global footprint more than ever in shopping campaigns. Start showing your products globally with multi-country feeds, which allow you to target multiple countries that share the same language by using a single feed in that language.

For example, if you upload product information in German for Germany, those products may be automatically available to show in other German-speaking countries, such as Austria and Switzerland.

49. Elevate your video campaigns with new extensions for YouTube ads:

To help you hit your business goals, Google are improving interactivity on YouTube with new extensions that make it easy for your customers to take action. Building off of our popular extensions on Search, extensions on YouTube give viewer useful and actionable information like store location, interest forms and additional calls-to-action.

50. Lead Form Extensions:

Lead Form Extension capture interest when potential customers are searching for your company, products, or services on Google. A fast, mobile-optimized experience makes form submission easy and eliminates the extra step of navigating to your mobile site lead form.

51. Placements reporting updates

Placements are the locations on the Display Network where your ad appears. Examples include relevant websites and apps that partner with Google to show ads. These metrics will only include manually targeted placements. Previously, the “Placement” column in Report Editor included data for automatically targeted placements. So keep in mind that these new placement numbers won’t reflect all the placements where your ads have shown. To view all placements where an ad has shown use the placement (group) filter in the Report Editor. On your campaigns and ad groups pages, you can use the “Where ads showed” section.

52. App campaign asset updates:

App campaigns use your text, image, video and HTML5 assets to deliver relevant ads to app-happy users across Google. This will help you make more informed design decisions, particularly as new App ad inventory goes live on Discover and YouTube Search. Advertisers with active App campaigns will automatically adopt these updates, so no action is required from you. While we do not anticipate adverse impact to your App campaigns’ performance, you might see some shifts in your asset reporting metrics.

53. Advertiser can now use Responsive Search Ads:

Responsive search ads are available to all advertisers in all languages, as well as in Google Ads Editor, the API, and the mobile app.  Get started by adding at least one responsive search ad and two expanded text ads per ad group. This has proven to help advertisers reach new customers while delivering great results.

54. Understand conversions by time with new columns:

Conversion reporting makes it easy for you to understand the value ads generate for your business. To date, Google Ads has always reported conversions by the date your ad was clicked. So it will help in better understanding of conversions in your campaigns

For example, let’s say your ad was clicked on last week and that traffic converted this week. In this case, both the click and the conversion are attributed to the date of the click. This helps you accurately measure metrics like cost per conversion or return on ad spend–because ad spend is reported based on the time of the click.

55. Virtual Make-up comes to the YouTube Masthead

Seeing your product in action helps convert customers eager to try before they buy. This is especially true for beauty brands. Now with the help of augmented reality, trying on lipstick, once only possible in-store, can be done virtually on YouTube.

56. Reach your ideal customer on Google Search

People turn to Google Search for inspiration, to explore interests, and find the things they care about. The improvements are in the audience targeting such as Affinity, in-market audience and etc.

57. Set conversion actions at the campaign level for video ads

A conversion action is a specific customer action that you’ve defined as valuable to your business, such as a newsletter signup or a purchase. These actions can be included in the “Conversions” column, which is used to evaluate performance and optimize bids. For Search and Display campaigns that have specific budgets for different marketing goals, you can override the default, account-level setting by selecting which conversion actions you want to optimize for at the campaign level. Starting today, this campaign-level setting is now available for Video campaigns.

58. Google Ads auction-time bidding comes to Search Ads 360

Smart Bidding uses machine learning to set bids at auction-time, factoring in a wide range of signals that help predict performance. Now, the same technology that’s helped advertisers achieve better results is available in Search Ads 360. In fact, during the beta, hundreds of Search Ads 360 advertisers enabled Google Ads auction-time bidding and saw an average conversion increase of 15% to 30% at the same or better ROI.

59. Turn browsers into buyers with user-generated images in product reviews

To help shoppers feel more confident in their purchases, Google have introduced user-generated images in product reviews on Google Shopping. You can now include review images in your product review feeds, allowing customers to visually connect with what you sell through pictures of previous customers wearing or using your products.

60. Easier cross-account analysis with Report Editor:

To make it faster and easier for you to analyze this valuable cross-account data, the Manager account’s Report Editor can now slice and dice your data in real time. With this update, you can now analyze and identify cross-account patterns in your data without leaving Google Ads.

Cross-account reporting is currently available for Manager Accounts managing up to ten Google Ads accounts

61. Improving call quality with a new look for call-only ads:

With Updates in Call-Only Ads now your business name and headline will show directly below your phone number, along with a larger phone icon, to make it more clearly to users what you offer and make the call-to-action more prominent.

62. Get more from Recommendations:

Recommendations help you prioritize your most impactful opportunities to improve account performance. Google ads introduce improved keyword recommendations, a new workflow, and bulk actions in the recommendations to improve your account performance:

Improved keyword recommendations:

New update improve the relevancy and quality of your keyword recommendations. Keyword recommendations can now contain broad match modifiers

Recommendations table view:

To make it easier for you to view your recommendations and their expected impact, Google ads added a new table view format:

This new table format helps you prioritize your recommendations at scale with the following features:

Bulk apply and dismiss for manager accounts:

You can now bulk apply or dismiss recommendations at the manager account level2 with a single click with new update.

63. Set up conversion measurement as you create a new campaign:

Conversion tracking helps you measure the valuable actions that advertisers take on your website after they click an ad, such as a purchase or brochure download. Setting it up is critical to the success of your campaign.

To make it easier to measure progress towards your defined goals, you can now set up conversion tracking as you create a new campaign.

64. Add store visits to Smart Bidding to drive better omnichannel results:

To maximize omnichannel ROI, store visits in Smart Bidding is now available to all advertisers for Search and Shopping campaigns.

Turn insights into action:

Store visits in your Smart Bidding allows you to optimize for total performance more holistically, helping you drive better results while saving you time.

Flexible testing at the campaign level:

Trying a new bidding strategy at the account level can be challenging, so it’s now possible to test incorporating store visits into your Smart Bidding strategy for select Search and Shopping campaigns. By enabling the campaign-level conversion setting, you can include store visits as an optimizable conversion on a subset of Search campaigns before expanding your omnichannel bidding strategy to your entire account

65. Optimization score is now available in the Google Ads mobile app:

Optimization score helps you prioritize recommendations for your campaigns so you can achieve your business goals faster and more efficiently. Previously, this score was only available on desktop. Now, you can see and act on your optimization score in the Google Ads mobile app.

Now, you can review and apply recommendations wherever you are, so you won’t miss out on taking critical action just because you’re away from the computer.

66. A new policy on advertising for speculative and experimental medical treatments:

Google ads announce a new Healthcare and medicines policy to prohibit advertising for unproven or experimental medical techniques such as most stem cell therapy, cellular (non-stem) therapy, and gene therapy. This new policy will prohibit ads selling treatments that have no established biomedical or scientific basis. The new policy also includes treatments that are rooted in basic scientific findings and preliminary clinical experience, but currently have insufficient formal clinical testing to justify widespread clinical use.

67. Introducing seasonality adjustments for Smart Bidding:

Smart Bidding strategies like Target CPA and Target ROAS use machine learning to automatically set bids at auction time to help improve the performance of your Google Ads campaigns. To provide more control in these rare situations, you can now apply seasonality adjustments for Search and Display campaigns.

68. Search and Shopping campaigns will now be using improved Standard delivery:

Standard delivery will be the only ad delivery method for Search campaigns, shopping campaigns, and shared budgets. Accelerated delivery will no longer be available in Google ads because Accelerated delivery attempts to spend your budget faster than Standard delivery. Standard delivery takes into account expected ad performance throughout the day and is better at maximizing performance within your daily budget. Accelerated delivery method only available for Display campaigns and Video campaigns.

69. Gallery ads available in 11 languages globally:

Gallery ads are a swipe able, image-based ad format that gives customers the information they need about your products and services right at the top of the search results page. Most of smartphone users expect to get immediate information while using their smartphone. Therefore, Google ads announced the beta for gallery ads at Google Marketing Live. This can help you connect with advertiser before they visit your site.

Gallery ads are now available in 11 languages, including: English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Swedish, and Polish.

70. Easier to use and loaded with new features Google ads Editor new Updates:

Google ads editor with it new updates, it promises will be easier to use and include a host of new features.

According to Google, some of these new features include in Google ads editor.

71. YouTube Masthead now available with CPM buying:

After successful beta tests in select markets, the YouTube Masthead is now globally available for all advertisers to buy on a CPM basis. Google ads introduced the option to purchase the YouTube Masthead on a cost-per-thousand impression (CPM) basis and use advanced audience solutions to customize who sees it. This is in addition to the option to purchase the Masthead on a cost-per-day basis reaching all visitors to the YouTube Home page.

72. Drive more conversions with TrueView for action on Google video partners:

Google ads bringing TrueView for action to Google video partners to help you drive leads and conversions on high-quality mobile applications and publisher websites beyond YouTube. All of our partners must comply with Google’s Video publisher policy and AdMob & AdSense policies, and abide by our Video Ad Safety Promise.

73. Parallel Tracking will be mandatory for Display ads:

Faster mobile sites mean better user experiences and more conversions. Parallel tracking allows for much faster load times than traditional click tracking. Parallel tracking will become mandatory for all Display campaigns. If you work with a click measurement provider, reach out to them and ensure that they’re ready for this change. This will help ensure that there’s no disruption to your click measurement system.

74. New audiences search with Increasing transparency for personalized advertising:

Google ads recently announced new tools that provide more visibility into the data used to personalize ads and the companies involved in the process. These are in addition to existing tools like Ad Settings where users can easily update their ads preferences or opt out of ads personalization all together at any time.

75. New updates for App campaigns help unlock more search inventory on iOS mobile web browsers:

Your App ads are now to show for more searches on iOS mobile web browsers. This means app installs and in-app conversion events from iOS browsers will be included in your campaign reporting. This can help you reach more people who are looking for what your app has to offer and can help you improve campaign performance.

Wrap Up

So, there you have the ultimate list of Google Ads updates. Every year is sure to be full of changes, too, so everyone in PPC advertising should do their best to get familiar with these updates and embrace the new tricks and tools.

Taking a proactive attitude to experimentation is a key ingredient for success with PPC advertising. You can learn more about that in our blog about How to Create An Optimized Search Ad Campaign.

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