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About structured snippet extensions

Highlight specific aspects of your products and services with structured snippets extensions. Structured snippets show beneath your text ad in the form of a header (ex: "Destinations") and list of values (ex: "Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Africa"). This article gives an overview of structured snippets. For instructions, jump to Use structured snippets.

How they show

When your structured snippet extension appears with your ad on a computer, it can show up to 2 headers at a time, while ads that show on mobile and tablet devices will only show one header. AdWords algorithmically decides the best header or combination of headers to show, so it’s best to add as many headers as possible that are relevant to your business.

Here's what an ad with structured snippets might look like on a computer:

ACME Electronics - Full Service Tech Shop
Ad www.example.com
Shop ACME Electronics For Laptops, Smartphones, Video Games, And More.
Services: Tech Support, E-Waste Recycling, Computer Repair

Benefits

  • Help people instantly find out more about your products and services: Structured snippets give visitors a preview of the nature and range of your products and services, before they click on your ad.
  • Improve your return on investment: The additional information that appears with your ads can increase your ads' relevance and clickthrough rates. This may help you improve your return on investment by attracting clicks from visitors who are more likely to be interested in what you have to offer.
  • Customizablity: You can add structured snippets at the account, campaign, or ad group levels. Specify the dates, days of the week, or times of day your structured snippets are eligible to show.

How structured snippets work

You can add structured snippets at the account, campaign, or ad group level. You choose where to add them, decide what type of information potential customers will find most valuable, and schedule when you’d like them to appear. Consider your products and services, select from a list of predefined headers (like "Product" or "Service category"), and then add specific, supporting details as values.

Here's a list of available headers:

  • Amenities
  • Brands
  • Courses
  • Degree programs
  • Destinations
  • Featured hotels
  • Insurance coverage
  • Models
  • Neighborhoods
  • Service catalog
  • Shows
  • Styles
  • Types

It's important to make sure your header and values match, as a mismatch is the most likely reason your snippets will be disapproved. You might think of values as examples of their corresponding headers. For example, “Costa Rica” is a destination, “WiFi” is an amenity, and “Downtown” is a neighborhood. Values for the Style header should be variations of a fairly specific category, like sandals or high heels, while values for the Type header can be variations of broader categories, like light fixtures or shoes.

There's no cost to add structured snippets extensions, but you'll be charged as usual for clicks on your ad.

Best practices

Tips: Keep these best practices in mind when creating or optimizing structured snippets:

  • Provide enough information. Aim to include at least 4 values per header.
  • Optimize for mobile users. Create shorter snippets to appeal to customers on-the-go.
  • Increase your options. Add more than one header-value set. Having multiple sets of structured snippets provides more options and increases the likelihood that a relevant extension will show with your ad.
  • Pick the right format. Unlike callout extensions, which can highlight a single unique aspect of your business in a few words, structured snippets should provide a complete group of products or services that your business provides.
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