Google AdWords recently released a new interface for its Display Network and the search engine has just announced that it will have more flexible targeting options for the Display Network.
Google says in the coming weeks, in the Settings tab in AdWords, there will be a new “Networks and devices” section that will have a new targeting option called “Flexible reach.” The new targeting option will allow advertisers to edit settings at the ad group level instead of the campaign level, giving advertisers more control over where their ads appear and which visitors will see them. In addition, Flexible reach allows advertisers the ability to combine different bidding techniques with multiple targeting options at the ad group level, instead of the same settings throughout the campaign.
Starting in the next few weeks, the Flexible reach campaign setting will appear as an option setting in AdWords accounts and later this year it will eventually replace the Broad and Specific reach options. Google says that once an advertiser has selected this option for an existing campaign, advertisers will not be able to go back to Broad or Specific reach and new ad groups will have Flexible reach set as a default. Current targeting and bidding choices will remain as-is, but advertisers will have the option to choose how to target and bid at the ad group level.
Below is a screen shot of the new targeting options on the Google Display Network.
Last month Google announced that they were updating the ad rotation settings for AdWords campaigns. To clarify, the new ad setting would only rotate ads for a 30-day period, rather than rotate for an indefinite period of time. Google said that AdWords would optimize to show higher performing ads more frequently every time a new ad variation was included.
Due to the number of concerns from advertisers regarding this ad rotation setting change, Google has announced that they are planning to make two changes to the setting. The first change will expand the even rotation period from 30 days to 90 days to give advertisers a longer window for testing new ads. Secondly, if advertisers still wish to have their ads rotate at the same pace indefinitely, Google is going to offer an opt-out of this setting change. Advertisers who wish to opt-out of this setting must complete a form or contact a representative. Google says that if they see a large demand for the opt-out over the next few weeks, they will add an opt-out in the AdWords interface.
The two new updates to the ad rotation setting will go into effect on June 11, 2012. Google strongly believes that updating the ad rotation settings will enable their paid search platform to show higher quality ads to online users and also show better performing ads for their advertisers.
Google AdWords recently announced an update to its Campaign settings for keyword matchings. Now they have said that its ad rotation setting will also change.
Previously, AdWords offered three ad rotation settings: optimize for clicks, optimize for conversions, and rotate evenly.
Below is a screenshot of the old Ad rotation settings:
Google says that starting next week, instead of rotating ad creatives for an indefinite period of time, this setting will only rotate for a 30-day period. After this period, the setting will then optimize to show the ads expected to generate the most clicks. Every time a creative is enabled or edited, the ads in that ad group will rotate evenly for a new period of 30 days.
When this new ad rotation goes into effect next week, ad groups with ads that have not been added or modified in the past 30 days will see this new ad rotation behavior. Otherwise, this new ad rotation change will begin 30 days after your last ad was enabled or edited.
Google says that this change will enable them to provide users with the most relevant ad experience and should help advertisers improve the performance of their accounts.