In my last post I outlined three tips for targeting on GDN that some advertisers many not know about. Not only is targeting essential in getting results, the creative plays a critical part in overall performance.
Some advertisers find creating image ads a barrier to entry in the GDN because they have limited resources to creative numerous graphic banner ads. Limited resources doesn’t have to limit your opportunity!
Adwords Ad Gallery, previously called display ad builder, allows advertisers to create ads quickly and in different layouts and dimensions.
Creating Image Ads Using Your Website
Google uses a variety of ad templates, images from your website, and cues from text ads, to create several ad design ideas. Advertisers can customize ad elements from the auto-generated ideas.
In scanning my website, Adwords offered eight different design ideas.
Design ideas can be further reviewed by clicking on “see all variations” which shows the same design in various banner dimensions.
Rolling over an ad preview gives you the options to customize it the ad editors for elements like colors, images, and copy. Once an ad is “selected” it can be saved.
To find this feature, in any display campaign, select “+ ad”, then “display ad”. Enter or confirm the URL in the next screen.
AdWords Ad Gallery
There is a different option to create an ad from the Ad Gallery. Once selecting the type of ad, you are presented with several templates: Dynamic, social ads, lightbox ads, video ads, general purpose ads.
After an ad type is selected, AdWords provides a template and/or form to enter in information about the ad you want to create.
To find this feature, in any display campaign, select “+ ad”, then select “ad gallery”.
Dyamic display ads
For advertisers with a product feed, there is a feature to create dynamic display ads of products. Advertisers can designate a preference for a specific ad layout or or a preferred layout. The preferred layout allows different feature to be turned on and off in the ad. For example, you can turn on or off star ratings or mobile.
AdWords will serve and create ads dynamically based on their prediction of which layouts that are likely to perform best, placements, and platforms where ads are served.
To find this feature, in any display campaign, select “+ ad”, then select “ad gallery”, select the first option “dynamic ads”.
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