Google is informing advertisers that starting on September 5th, DoubleClick Ad Planner will be a tool dedicated to researching over two million placements within the Google Display Network (GDN) and will have a new name: the Google Display Network Ad Planner. The search engine says that in order to maintain the highest level of quality planning data and to invest in new functionality, they need to discontinue some of the old features.
Some of the functionality from DoubleClick Ad Planner will no longer be available. For example, information on any sites, domains or non-GDN placements will no longer be available. In addition, information like household income, education, keywords searched for or videos also watched will not be accessible in the new GDN Ad Planner, and therefore, their corresponding filters will also no longer be available. Instead of showing sites also visited, the new interface will display placements with ads that also received impressions.
Google Display Network Ad Planner also says that data will be collected using DoubleClick cookies; whereas in the past information was collected by a third-party. This means that data like age, gender and unique visitors will be computed using cookies.
Most of the meat and potatoes of the functionality of the placement planner will remain intact and advertisers will still be able to find specific placements and targeted audiences based on their web site goals.