Set up targeting

Custom list targeting

There are two types of Custom List targeting, Custom Affinity and Custom Intent. Use Custom Affinity segments to target an audience by the media they consume online or by the products and services they're interested in. Use Custom Intent to define and reach a specific audience as they are making a purchase decision related to your product or service.

Custom affinity

When using Custom Affinity targeting, enter the interests your audience is likely to have, and then Display & Video 360 will intelligently define an audience without unnecessarily limiting the scale of your campaigns.

To set Custom Affinity targeting in a line item:

  1. Start by navigating to your line item's targeting, then open Audience Lists targeting.

  2. Click the Custom Lists tab, then click New Custom List > Custom Affinity to build a new segment.

  3. Enter the following:
    As you enter items, the Audience Estimator to the right will show you an estimate of your segment's approximate audience size. 
    Note that Display & Video 360 has policies restricting the use of sensitive keywords (e.g. financial status, medical history/information, racial or ethnic origins, and etc.). Learn more about Display & Video 360 targeting polices.
    1. A name and brief description (optional) for the segment.

    2. (Optional) Interests entered as keyword phrases.

    3. (Optional) URLs (websites) based on the content of the websites.

    4. (Optional) Apps that your audience might be interested in. This doesn't mean that your ads will show on the apps you specified, but rather to users that have similar apps on their mobile devices. For example, if you enter Google Fit, Display & Video 360 will find users that have fitness-related apps.

    5. (Optional) For TrueView, click Additional Settings for Trueview and enter types of places your audience is interested in. Note that once you enter a place, the entire Custom Affinity will only serve on TrueView campaigns.

  4. Click Create when you are done.

  5. Once you've picked Custom Affinity segments you want to target, click Done, then save your line item.

Limitations

  • Display & Video 360 potential reach data won't reflect the reach of any Custom Affinity segment you target. Additionally, the Inventory Availability report can't generate data for Custom Affinity segments, either.
  • Once you target a Custom Affinity segment, you can't edit it in any way.
  • Affinity, Custom Affinity, and In-Market audience targeting can't be combined with an "AND" clause with any other audience lists.
  • Affinity and Custom Affinity audience targeting are only available on Google Ad Manager inventory. If your line items' targeting includes an affinity or Custom Affinity segment and one or more first- or third-party audience lists in a logical OR relationship, your line item will be able to purchase impressions from exchanges other than Ad Manager.

Custom intent

​This feature isn't available for network users of Display & Video 360.

Custom Intent audiences allow you to go beyond Display & Video 360's predefined In-Market categories and use your own keywords, URLs (websites), and apps to reach specific people as they are making a purchase decision related to your product or service.

For Display campaigns, use Custom Intent (Display, Video) to create a custom intent audience using in-market keywords — simply entering keywords and URLs related to products and services your ideal audience is researching across sites and apps. For Video ads on YouTube, use Custom Intent (TrueView) to create an audience of users who have searched for certain terms on Google.

To create a new Custom Intent (Display, Video) audience:

  1. Sign in to your Display & Video 360 account and navigate to Advertisers > [advertiser name]
  2. Select Audiences > Custom Lists from the left menu.
  3. Click New Custom List > Custom Intent (Display, Video).
  4. Enter a name and brief description (optional).
  5. Enter 10 to 15 keywords of a similar theme related to products and services your audience is actively researching. The keywords are considered broad matches so there's no need to enter plurals, misspellings, etc. 
  6. Enter a few URLs (websites) and apps (optional) related to products and services your audience is actively researching. Avoid URLs that require a login (i.e. social media pages).
  7. Once you're done, click Create.

To create a new Custom Intent (TrueView) audience:

  1. Sign in to your Display & Video 360 account and navigate to Advertisers > [advertiser]
  2. Select Audiences > Custom Lists from the left menu.
  3. Click New Custom List > Custom Intent (TrueView).
  4. Enter a name and brief description (optional).
  5. Enter keywords your audience is searching for on Google.com. Start with at least 50 keywords from your Google search campaigns. Enter more general keywords if you’d prefer to reach as many people as possible. For example, if you own a sporting goods store, you might want to choose general keywords like “basketball shoes” instead of more specific keywords like “discount blue high top basketball shoes”.
  6. Once you're done, click Create.
 

Limitations

  • Keywords are broad matched and therefore are not case sensitive.
  • Custom Intent audience targeting is only available on Google Ad Manager inventory. If your line items' targeting includes a Custom Intent segment and one or more first- or third-party audience lists in a logical OR relationship, your line item will be able to purchase impressions from exchanges other than Ad Manager.
  • Custom Intent audience targeting cannot be combined with an "AND" clause with any other audience lists.

 

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