Old: Expanded Text Ads FormatExpanded text ads enabled advertisers to provide much more info in their ad versus the standard text ads. This was seen with the below format:
New: Responsive Search AdsAfter some initial beta testing Google implemented Responsive search ads. Rather than let the media buyer choose which ads to show exactly. Google allows the advertisers to write up core messaging, which will then be showing to the end user in many different variations to show the type of ad that encourages the highest click through rate.
You can now test up to 15 different headlines, and 4 descriptions at a time … all the while letting Google decide which is most effective. The main time you’ll have to duplicate an ad is when you are testing multiple landing pages.
How to write effective responsive search ads?Besides giving Google a little more control over which messaging to show and testing more variations, little has changed. You still need to understand your market, and write ads that actually get clicked. Below is a methodology to ensure you are setup for success:
Headline 1: For any headline 1 ensure you are using the keyword. This instantly shows Google your ad has relevance and lets the searcher know they’re going to the right place. For e.g. ‘SONOS Wireless Speaker – Black’.
Headline 2: Headline 2 is an opportunity to showcase more around the product / service unique selling points. For example, this may be free delivery over £100, 10% off, 14 hours battery life, made from real leather. Whatever the best usp may be.
Headline 3: Headline 3 is more around the call to action. This call to action is a next step that the user should take, very often this is; Shop Online Now, Get 10% Off Now, Order Online Today etc
Description 1: Description 1 is an opportunity for you to expand upon more of the keyword relevance and on top of that mix in some more unique selling points.
Description 2: Description 2 is often for expanding upon desc 1, and thus if possible adding in more usps. At the end of description 2 should be another final call to action.
How to Gain More Control of Responsive Search Ads?Although responsive search ads remove some of the control, there are some ways to recapture some of that control.
In terms of headlines as stated above there are 3 core types of headlines you need to be utilising:
One amazing tool which I don’t hesitate to recommend is Karooya – Ad Preview tool. It enables you to see exactly how your ad appears and is often easier to use than the actual Google ads platform.