Edit multiple proposal line items

This article shows you how to edit more than one proposal line item and outlines best practices.

We'll cover the following topics:

How to edit multiple proposal line items

You can bulk edit either targeting or settings for selected proposal line items but not both at once. Fields, settings, and targeting options available in the bulk editor vary depending on the type of proposal line items selected.

To edit multiple proposal line items:

  1. Sign in to Google Ad Manager.
  2. Click Sales and then Proposals and then All proposals or My proposals.
  3. Click  the name of the proposal that contains proposal line items you want to edit.
  4. On the table, select the checkbox next to the proposal line items you want to edit.
  5. Above the table, click Edit.
  6. Make the desired updates and click Save.

When you edit targeting, you'll also have the option to append or overwrite before applying targeting.

  • The "Append" option adds the targeting you selected in the bulk editor to the existing targeting.
  • The "Overwrite" option removes existing targeting and replaces it with this targeting you selected in the bulk editor.

When you use the "Append" option, Ad Manager checks proposal line items to ensure that there's no conflict between the targeting you selected in the bulk editor and the targeting that already exists. If there is, Ad Manager lists the proposal line item and notifies you about the conflict. Learn more in Common reasons why Ad Manager is unable to apply targeting.

When you apply bulk edits, all changes are immediately saved. You can't "undo" changes—that is, go back to the last saved or previously saved values. To restore previous values after applying, you'll need to go back and edit each proposal line item manually.

Common reasons why Ad Manager 360 is unable to apply targeting

Ad Manager 360 may not always be able to apply targeting to a selected proposal line item. 

If Ad Manager 360 is unable to apply some of the targeting for a given proposal line item, Ad Manager 360 skips applying any of the targeting for that proposal line item.  

Foregoing the targeting in cases like this ensures that you don't apply some intended targeting from the bulk editor while forgetting to apply other intended targeting. When Ad Manager 360 skips targeting, it indicates which proposal line items were skipped and why. You can then go to those proposal line items and ensure that all intended targeting is applied.

As a general rule, select proposal line items that are of the same or similar line item types. 

Below are some common reasons Ad Manager 360 is unable to apply targeting. For each of these reasons, Ad Manager 360 provides an alert in the user interface along with the list of the affected proposal line items.

  • Video targeting is not supported in the following proposal line items

    Some proposal line items do not support video targeting. For instance, Ad Manager would not be able to apply video targeting to a "Standard" proposal line item if its inventory size was not set to "VAST Video".

  • Bumper video positions can only be applied to bumper proposal line items

    There are two categories of "Video position" targeting. If you tried to apply "bumper" video positions to a non-bumper video proposal line item, Ad Manager would alert you and list the proposal line item. Learn more in Video targeting in the bulk editor.

  • The targeting added conflicts with existing targeting in the following proposal line item

    If you're appending targeting, Ad Manager checks proposal line items for conflicts between the existing targeting and the targeting you added to the bulk editor. If there are no conflicts, Ad Manager merges targeting. However, if there's a conflict, Ad Manager lists the proposal line item and the conflicting targeting.

    A "conflict" is a direct contradiction in targeting. For instance, if existing targeting was "United States" and you attempted to exclude "United States", Ad Manager would not apply targeting and list the proposal line item.

Video targeting in the bulk editor

There are two targeting types to consider when bulk editing video: "Video positions" and "Video content".

Video positions

There are two categories of "Video position" targeting:

Proposal line items whose inventory size is set to "Video VAST" can be targeted only to the "Mid-roll positions". If the proposal line item type is also set to "Bumper", it can be targeted only to "Bumper positions". These categories are mutually exclusive: proposal line items can't be targeted to both kinds of positions at once.

The bulk editor allows you to select a combination of proposal line items that use the two categories. However, if you do select said combination, Ad Manager only shows mid-roll positions in the targeting picker. This means if you try to apply mid-roll positions to proposal line items that use bumper positions, Ad Manager won't apply targeting to the bumper video proposal line item.

As a general rule, to bulk edit positions for bumper video proposal line items, do not also select mid-roll video proposal line items.

Video content

If you bulk edit "Video content" targeting, you can only overwrite existing targeting and not append. If you elected to append and have chosen to modify video content targeting, Ad Manager alerts you to select the "Overwrite" option instead in order to apply targeting or to remove video content targeting.

Targeting presets in the bulk editor

If you add targeting manually to bulk editor and then subsequently select a targeting preset in the bulk editor, when the preset loads, its targeting overrides the targeting you manually added.

For example, suppose that the existing targeting in your proposal line item targets two geographic locations:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom

You select the proposal line item and open the bulk targeting editor. You manually add the following in the bulk editor:

  • France

You then find a preset and select it in the bulk editor. This preset's only geographic targeting is "Spain". When the preset loads in the bulk editor, it'll overrides "France".

If you select "Append" from the bulk editor and apply this targeting, the resulting targeting in the proposal line item would be:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain

If you select "Overwrite" from the bulk editor, and geographic targeting is customizable, when you apply this targeting, the resulting targeting in the proposal line item would be:

  • Spain
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