Google launches location extension display ads for local businesses

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  • Categories: Channel: Local, Google, Google: AdSense, Google: AdWords, Google: Maps & Local
  • Google debuted a new display ad format on the Google Display Network this week to showcase local business information. The new location extension ad format rolled out in AdWords on Tuesday.

    The new ad format shows photos, store location and business hours, as well as an ad headline and copy as shown in the ad below.  The ad for a local bakery may show to a nearby user reading a cooking blog, for example. Google says that in testing, 60 percent of clicks on the extension info were to get directions or more information about a store location.

    Location extension data can now show on the Google Display Network.

    Creating Location extension ads

    The new format is an option in the ad gallery in AdWords under general purpose ads, where advertisers can upload up to three images, a logo and an ad headline and description.

    To set up new display campaigns with location extensions:

    • Check “Extend my ads with location information.”
    • To show location extension ads only to people who are physically located around your stores — not people who are interested in your local area — click Location options (advanced) and select “People in my target location.”

    Ads may be converted automatically

    Text, responsive and 300×250 image ads, in particular, can be dynamically converted to the new location extension format when users are nearby, unless advertisers opt out.

    To opt out of location extensions in a display campaign or ad groups, select Location extensions on the Extensions tab in AdWords:

    • Click + Extension.
    • Select “Select campaigns” (or “Select ad groups”).
    • Select one or more campaigns (or ad groups) — the ones you’d like to turn off location extensions for.
    • Select “Use campaign location extension,” then select “Disable location extensions.

    About The Author

    Ginny Marvin
    Ginny Marvin is Third Door Media's Editor-in-Chief, managing day-to-day editorial operations across all of our publications. Ginny writes about paid online marketing topics including paid search, paid social, display and retargeting for Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and MarTech Today. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, she has held both in-house and agency management positions. She can be found on Twitter as @ginnymarvin.