Google Ads recently revealed a significant update regarding Discovery campaigns set to roll out in January 2024. The news comes as part of the transition to the enhanced Demand Gen campaigns, promising a seamless experience for advertisers with improved features and capabilities.
In an email to account holders Google Ads informed users that their Discovery campaigns would be automatically upgraded to Demand Gen in January 2024. This transition ensures the transfer of campaign settings, budget, and historical performance statistics to Demand Gen, maintaining the continuity of campaigns.
The upgrade brings several noteworthy changes and enhancements to the table. Demand Gen campaigns, powered by AI, aim to boost creativity and drive demand for advertisers on social platforms. According to a Google/Ipsos survey, 1 in 3 consumers has purchased on Google feeds, highlighting the platform's influence on consumer behavior.
Key Features of Demand Gen Campaigns:
Diverse Ad Formats: Advertisers can now flexibly engage audiences with various formats, including short-form videos, carousels, portraits, and square images, all within a single campaign.
Lookalike Segments: Advertisers can leverage their first-party data, allowing Google to match it with audience intent and interest signals to discover new customers similar to their existing user base.
Performance Optimization: Similar to Discovery ads, Demand Gen campaigns can be optimized for conversions or value-based bidding strategies. Advertisers can tailor campaigns to meet specific goals, including site visits and actions.
Ad Previews and A/B Experimentation: The redesigned workflow offers ad previews, allowing advertisers to visualize how their creatives will appear across different surfaces. A/B experimentation enables the optimization of placements for effective campaign strategies.
Timeline for the Upgrade (as of December 2023):
Beta Access (Available Now): Advertisers can already sign up for the Demand Gen beta to access the latest features. Active Discovery campaigns have seamlessly transitioned to Demand Gen after enrollment.
October 2023: Discovery ads became eligible for an upgrade to Demand Gen. Advertisers could proactively reach out to their Google account team for assistance, or campaigns were automatically upgraded by November.
Early 2024: The automated upgrade process for all remaining Discovery campaigns is scheduled to begin from January to March 2024.
This timeline provides a retrospective view, detailing the completion of beta access and the eligibility period for upgrading Discovery ads to Demand Gen during October 2023. Advertisers who enrolled in the beta have already experienced the transition, while those with Discovery campaigns have seen automatic upgrades or sought assistance from their Google account team by November. Looking ahead, the automated upgrade process for remaining campaigns is set to unfold in the early months of 2024.
Google Ads encourages users to stay updated with additional resources and best practices to ensure a smooth transition. The platform aims to equip advertisers with the tools needed to leverage the enhanced features of Demand Gen campaigns effectively.
This upgrade aligns with Google Ads' commitment to providing a dynamic and efficient advertising platform, emphasizing adaptability and improved performance for advertisers across various industries.
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