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Google Ads Search Terms Report Now Has 6.5 Times More Data Than in 2020 Advertisers Now Have Access to More Queries in Their Reports

author image Written by: Nicole McCormick           Categories - In The News, Paid Ads, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing

Interesting news from Google this morning – the search engine is now reporting that its Google Ads search term report now has around 6.5 times more query data compared to September 2020’s hide search term data. This means that advertisers will now see 6.5 times more queries in their reports.

This news comes only a month after Google Ads briefly stopped hiding search term data.

So, what does this mean for you?

“We’re able to show you more queries that meet our privacy standards in the search terms report for Search and Dynamic Search Ads campaigns,” said Google.

Google further explained that “this data will now be shown in your reports for queries you received starting from February 1, 2021. This update can help you identify more relevant keyword themes, making it easier to optimize your ad copy, landing pages, and more. These metrics will now be more consistent with the rest of the metrics in Google Ads.”

The data will be available for all searches on or after February 1st, 2021 when these reports and resources are used:

While this sounds fine and dandy, there is a catch. Some of your query data that does not meet its privacy requirements will be removed by the search engine.

This will apply to historical query data collected before September 1, 2020, that “doesn’t meet the current thresholds for the search terms report will be available in your reporting until February 1, 2022.”

So, the takeaway here is to go download this data immediately in order to access it before it’s removed. Other than that, Google Ad managers will have more data available compared to the last 12 months, but less compared to before September 2020, if that makes sense.

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How to Optimize Your Responsive Search Ads

11/24/2021

Getting Ready for RSA Era

It has become clear that the RSAs will become the only ad format that you will be able to use. Like we mentioned in one of our previous blog posts, from July 2022, you won’t be able to add new ETAs or edit and change the current ones. That is why you have to do everything you can to prepare for the RSA era. In addition to “giving Google everything it needs“, here are some tips and tricks on optimizing your RSAs.

Optimizing Your RSAs

Use all Headlines

The more headline variants you use, the better can Google offer your ad to the right person. For the same reason, adding more headlines also increases the number of impressions.

Analyze the Asset Labels

Google shows you which assets are performing well and which you should replace. These labels are based on actual performance, so it’s a good thing to keep an eye on them and make changes according to the results.

Review Combination Reports

A combination report is a magical place in Google Ads where you can check what combinations of ads are served up most often and if Google is showing any ad combinations you don’t want it to show. Here’s where to find it:

  • From the page menu on the left, click Ads & extensions.
  • Click in the bar above the table of results to add a filter.
  • In the drop-down menu that appears, click Attributes, then Ad type.
  • Select the box next to ‘Responsive search ad
  • Click Apply

Smart Bidding Automation

According to Google, Marketers who switched from ETAs to RSAs and used a combination of broad match and smart bidding see about 20 per cent more conversions. So using more RSAs is a great way to take advantage of automation in order to show your ads to more potential customers.

Some might take some time to get over the fact that the way they’re used to doing things is gone. Some might take advantage of the situation and prepare themselves in the best way possible. This transition time could be a perfect time to test your RSAs and learn how to use them in a way that best suits you and your campaigns.

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Expanded text ads drive off in the sunset

11/11/2021

What can you do to stay relevant?

You may have already heard about how Google is keeping up with trends and introducing automation. You have around eight months to doll up your Google Ads accounts. Google is phasing out ETAs and introducing Responsive search ads as a default for your ad strategy. What does it mean? Don’t panic, we got you.

From July 2022, you won’t be able to add new ETAs. However, you can keep the current ones – meaning you will be able to run them or test them, but you won’t be able to edit them anymore. This means that more of your attention should be brought to creating a bunch of headlines and texts for your RSA which Google will be automatically running and testing for you. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but the discrepancy in the control you have now and will have in the future is more than obvious. However, Google’s algorithm should take care of you and offer ads that perform the best. Also, you have the option of pinning the titles you want Google to use more for the RSAs.

How to prepare?

Give Google everything it needs

Use all fifteen headlines and the four descriptions. It will give you the most effective combinations. Use a variation of copies to prevent Google from using repetitive combinations – and you don’t want that, do you?

Know your audience

When writing a copy, customize it for your audience. You can also use Dynamic Location Insertion and Dynamic Keyword Insertion in your headlines which help you by using the location and the keywords that triggered an ad.

In conclusion, there is not much you can do except prepare. Keep your ad accounts organized and updated, check your ETAs before July 2022, do your research –  and hope for the best.

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