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Google Top Quality Store badge replaced Trusted Store badge
Google said this change "will not affect your performance metrics at all."
Google Ads adds 2 new campaign types: Video views, demand gen
Advertisers will have new video-first campaign types at their disposal, Video view campaigns and Lead gen campaigns.
Google Marketing Live 2023: Everything you need to know
Here's a recap of all the Ads and marketing news from Google's annual event, including lots of generative AI, new features and insights.
7 new Google Ads features include Brand restrictions in broad match, AI in Smart Bidding
More Google Ads improvements include top search categories for RSAs, campaign prefils, new tools for Ads Creative Studio and new insights.
Google: Merchant Center Next to replace Merchant Center
By 2024, Merchant Center Next will automatically be pulling in products, pricing, imagery and more from your website.
Google Ads lets you create campaigns using conversational AI
Google AI can help you create Google Ads campaigns – keywords, headlines, descriptions and assets – directly within a chat experience.
Google Ads will create AI-powered assets that target search queries
Automatically created assets will now have the ability to leverage query-based generative AI at the campaign level.
Google PMax adds generative AI to create text assets, images
Performance Max is getting a more automated option to help you build campaigns. Also, new goals should aid in better customer targeting.
Google Search Generative Experience integrates Search, Shopping ads
A clearer picture has emerged with how ads will be natively integrated into Google's new Search Generative Experience.
Google Product Studio brings AI-generated images to advertisers
This new Google tool will help merchants punch up existing product images into alternate creative using Google AI.
New Google AI tools will let advertisers generate media assets
YouTube creators may also get multiple AI-generated suggestions on what topics they could create videos about.
How to optimize your Google Ads’ post-click content
How can you further optimize your Google Ads program once everything is humming along smoothly? Start by looking at your post-click content.
3 Performance Max reporting and data limitations
Be mindful of these limitations when extracting and analyzing PMax performance data within and outside the Google Ads interface.
Search ad conversion rates down, cost per lead up in 2023
While CPCs increased, a drop in conversion rates resulted in higher CPLs in the 23 industries analyzed in this report.
The interplay between organic and paid Google search
While many marketers understand that SEO and SEM work better together, the relationship between organic and paid search is complex.
What ads look like in the new Google Search Generative Experience
Advertisers won't be able to track how ads perform in the new Google while it's experimental.
Your guide to Google Ads keyword terminology
Improve your PPC targeting strategy by understanding the differences in keyword terminology and match type functionality.
How to use incentives in your PPC ads to drive more sales
Too often, bad prices or UX can hinder a sale. But with a small incentive, you can break through it. Here's how to apply this in PPC.
Google expands media buying with real-time bidding integrations
The integrations are meant to assist advertisers in becoming more competitive when targeting new audiences within apps.
New update to Google’s Dangerous products or services policy
Violations will be issued, at least 7 days, prior to any suspension of your account.
5 new changes to the Google Ads API
The revised client libraries and code examples will be made available by Google next week.
Google Ads is testing a gold verification badge
Though Google has not yet released a statement, the new badges are likely in testing phase.
How to uncover the root cause of PPC performance changes
Here's how PPC managers can embrace root cause analysis to mitigate performance issues and get things back on track.
Google Ads errors and issues reported
Google is investigating the latest issues and will report back with an update "shortly."
Google announces new validations for ad account names
Account names with URL's will no longer be permitted.
Generative AI coming soon to Google Ads
The AI will generate ads by remixing creative content (images, videos, text) to target specific audiences and meet campaign objectives.
How to set up an offline conversion import from Salesforce into Google Ads
A step-by-step guide for importing conversions from Salesforce into Google Ads to help you analyze lead quality from paid search campaigns.
Google investigating Merchant Center ad disapprovals
It's unclear if the issue is due to a glitch, but Google is looking into it. There is no ETA for a fix.
Canadian advertisers now have access to Google vehicle ads
The availability of vehicle ads will extend to additional countries at a future date.
Google Marketing Live registration opens
Stay up to date on new products & technology, adapt to new strategies, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
A Google Ads script that uses GPT to write RSAs
This script can help you leverage GPT's API to use the maximum number of RSA assets and, in turn, boost your paid search campaigns.
Google Ads API is removing ad group and keyword forecasts
Though set to depreciate in June, Google recommends updating your applications as soon as possible.
Google Ads tests new verification badge
Google is continuing to test badges for advertisers that have been verified by Google Ads. Here's what the latest badge looks like.
How to think about brand exclusions for Performance Max
Thinking of excluding branded queries from your Performance Max campaigns? Here's when brand exclusions make sense and when they don't.
Google to sunset 4 attribution models in Ads and Analytics
First-click, linear, time decay, and position-based attribution models will all be deprecated later this year.
Quality score in paid search: Vanity or valuable?
While quality score is not the be-all and end-all of PPC, search marketers can still use it for optimizing campaigns. Here's how.
UK publishers sue Google for $4.2 billion in lost ad revenue
Lawsuit alleges Google gave preferential treatment to its own ad tech products, which resulted in reduced display ad revenues for publishers.
Google 2022 Ads Safety Report reveals more than 6.7 million ad accounts suspended
The new Ad Transparency Center will allow users to access information about Google ads in Search, YouTube, and Display.
Google delays enforcement of Government documents and official services policy
The policy rollout was initially intended to begin on March 31, but now Google will begin enforcing the policy changes May 24.
4 new rules for PPC ad creative
Aside from audience targeting and bid optimization, here's how advertisers can leverage machine learning to enhance the creative process.