February 20, 2024

Google Display Ads

Google Display Ads allows you to reach your audience who are browsing online, watching YouTube videos, checking Gmail or using mobile devices or mobile apps.

In this Google Display Ads tutorial, we will learn fundamentals of Google Display Ads campaigns and how to setup a display ad campaign step-by-step.

If you are new to Digital marketing and looking for Google Ads tutorial, you can refer to Google Ads Tutorial for beginners to get started

Google Display Ads overview

If your advertising goal is branding and awareness creation then display ads is for you.

The Google Display Network reaches 90% of Internet users worldwide, across millions of websites, news pages, blogs and Google sites like Gmail and YouTube. Google Display ads allows you promote your business when people are browsing websites, watching YouTube videos, checking Gmail or using mobile devices and apps.

You can use Google Ads platform to create Google display ads. Display ads can be used for creating brand awareness, promoting products or offers and getting more sales.

Display Network Placements

On the display network you also have the option of choosing exactly what website your ads will appear on. You can choose any of the Google display network partner sites such as Cnn.com, Last.fm, LinkedIn.com and much more. You can view the display network partners here.

Placements are different to contextual targeting as keywords are not required, because you choose where your ads will appear. However, if you choose a very popular site you will need to bid a high price to win the ad position.

Why Use the Display Network

Contextual targeting means that your ads will display along side similar content, so if a user is reading a review of a new Canon camera your ads could appear along side this review. This allows you to target potential customers at different points of the buying cycle.

Placements give you the options of managing where you want your ads to appear, without being restricted to keywords you can advertise your product on sites with dissimilar themes but with the right target audience for your advertising.

The display network is great if you want to increase your total conversions and increase your company’s reach but you do have to work a little harder, with catchier messaging and methods to draw attention. However, if you do capture a user’s attention with the right price or promotion contextual targeting has the potential to bring you many more sales.

Unlike the search network, on the display network you can run more than just text ads, you have the option of running rich media ad formats (image and video ads) which work great for branding.

For branding purposes you also have the option of paying per impressions on the display network. Instead of paying per click you can pay for every 1000 impressions (people that view your ad). This is called CPM pricing.

Writing Ads for the Display Network

It is essential to create separate ad copy for the display network because  people seeing your ad are at a different stage in the buying cycle than users actively searching information.

You must make sure to write ad copy that creates awareness and that draws people in with information, rather than trying to use “buy now” calls to action or jumping right into specific product details.

Targeting the Display Network

The first step is to create a separate campaign. You will want separate campaigns for search and display in order to:

  • Set different budgets.
  • Use different text ads.
  • Use different keywords to trigger your ads.
  • Try out image ads (or other media such as video and interactive).
  • Compare the performance of search vs display.

How to Use Image Ads

AdWords image ads are graphical ads that can be static (motionless) or animated. Adwords image ads are only published on the display network, and use the same contextual targeting system as text ads.

You can create and upload your own image ads, or from within AdWords use the Display Ad Builder tool to create one.

Image Ads contain both text and images so it’s important to remember that you will still need to write these ads, and of course write/design them with the display network in mind.

You should start out by using the display ad builder, as it will guide you to creating the perfect balance of text and image. For your first image ads you should try a combination of brand-new ads, and also create ads by taking the text of some of your best performing text ads.

Make sure to combine the text with an image that draw attention. However, you need to make sure the image also reflects the keywords it is targeting, and that it is also family safe.

When Should I Use Image Ads

Image ads are perfect for both branding purposes and for advertising using the display network placements targeting option.

The benefits of image ads over text ads include:

  • With text ads up to 4 different ads can be shown per page, but with an image ad just one ad is shown per page.
  • Image ads give you the ability to capture the attention of potential customers in a visually stimulating way.
  • You can choose to either pay per click or pay per impressions. CPM bidding is only available on the display network and it enables you to pay per thousand people that see your ad rather than for clicks on your ad.
  • Image ads have the potential to earn a higher click-through rate than text ads because they stand out more.
  • Image ads increase brand awareness by allowing you to display your logo in your ad.
  • They give you more space to promote your product.

Other Types of AdWords Ads

Video Ads – You can target internet users that watch online videos with video placements and video ads. Have your text ads appear in YouTube videos or have your video ads appear before/after online streaming videos.

Rich Media Ads
– Video and flash animated ads, these are a mixture of text and animated content/design. You can even create these using the Display Ad Builder tool.

Bhavesh Gudhka

Bhavesh Gudhka is an entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant, trainer, author and founder of Optron Academy. Bhavesh has more than 12 years of experience in IT, Web Development, Digital Marketing & SEO.

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