[Updated] 7+ features you’ll only find in the new AdWords interface
Advertisers getting used to working in the new UI will find some bonus capabilities.
This article was originally published on 7/13 and has been updated to include more recent features in the new interface. These can be found under the “Bonus” section below.
Even though the New AdWords Experience (AKA the new user interface) doesn’t quite have feature parity with the current AdWords yet, it actually offers some exclusive features. They can be hard to identify without some hunting, so we’ve gathered them here in one place.
The new interface has been steadily rolling out to more advertisers over the past year, and Google says it will be available to everyone by year-end. Those with access can still navigate back and forth between the two interfaces. It can take some time to get used to the new look and layout, but the new features should give advertisers an added incentive to get comfortable working in the new interface. We also wrote about the handy new visualizations in the interface that can save analysis time.
Here’s a rundown of what’s currently only available in the new UI and some other exclusive new features that will be coming in the months ahead.
Unless you have beta access in the old interface, the only way to access the new promotion extension is via the new UI. Promotion extensions allow you to show and link to a specific offer in text ads. The tag icon in this extension helps it stand out on the page. Here’s what the setup looks like in the new interface:
Household income targeting in search
Household income reporting and targeting is available for search campaigns from the Demographics tab in the new interface. In the old interface, household income targets can only be applied via location targeting.
A new Audiences page offering a single place to manage audience targeting and optimizations was shown at Google Marketing Next during the productivity portion of the live stream.
I’ll also point out the new terminology used for audience targeting in AdWords. “Target and bid” is now called “Targeting,” and “Bid only” is more aptly called “Observations.”
This one seems to have just popped up the week of 7/24/17 and was spotted by Frederick Vallaeys. A Words tab in the Searches box that’s shown on the campaign Overview provides an n-gram view of the words included in the search terms that have triggered ads in the campaign. The darker the border around a word or phrase, the more impressions it received. Hover over a word or phrase to see a pop-up list of search queries that contain it and the impressions, clicks and conversions of each. This can help you analyze word or phrase performance across a broad set of search queries rather than on an individual basis.
Call bid adjustments
Announced on July 25, 2017, bid adjustments for calls can be used to get call extensions to show more or less often in mobile search campaigns. It looks very likely this is the first of what Google is calling bid adjustments for “interactions”. Keep an eye out on this area. They are included in the Advanced Bid Adjustment section at the campaign level.
There are several new features in the works that will be rolling out to the new interface over the next few months.
Landing page performance
Advertisers will be able to get insights on their various landing pages in one place. The new landing page screen will be similar to the ads and keywords pages. The aim is to help advertisers optimize for better user experiences and improve ad performance, particularly on mobile. This could start showing up in the new interface later this year.
Custom in-market audiences
In-market audiences are coming to Search campaigns. Google will also be launching custom in-market audiences that can be tailored based on the advertiser’s website, campaign performance and business goals. Look for this later this year.
This was the big new product announcement from Google Marketing Next. The new free attribution product will be integrated into the new interface. The exact timing on this is still TBD, but I’m guessing we’ll see it before year-end.
Store sales measurement uploads
Retailers that capture loyalty program emails at the point of sale can import store transactions into AdWords directly or through a third party. Exact timing is still fuzzy, but it will launch in the new UI at some point this year.
And that’s what we know so far. Going forward, we can expect Google to keep rolling out new features in the New AdWords Experience instead of the current interface.
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