About bid strategies

Bid adjustments in AdWords accounts

Some search engines such as AdWords can increase or decrease the bid you specify for specific types of devices, such as mobile, or specific types of targets, such as remarketing targets.

If a bid strategy targets conversions or revenue, you can you can set up the bid strategy to find the optimal bid adjustment for your goals. The bid strategy uses the same historical performance data to set the base bid and to adjust the bids for specific devices and targets. You can even set up a bid strategy that focuses exclusively on optimizing bid adjustments. With this type of bid strategy you manually set bids, and the bid strategy automatically sets bid adjustments.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can use a bid strategy to simply recommend bid adjustments. Then you can periodically view and apply the recommendation when it suits your needs.

Selecting optimization options

When you're creating a bid strategy in an AdWords account and you select a Conversions or Revenue goal, DS presents the following options:

  • Keywords and other biddable items: Select this checkbox if you want the DS bid strategy to automatically set optimal bids for your goals. If you clear this checkbox, you'll be creating a bid strategy that focuses exclusively on optimizing bid adjustments. You'll need to manually set bids, and then the bid strategy can automatically adjust those bids depending on which of the next two options you select.
     
  • Mobile bid adjustments: Select this checkbox if you want the DS bid strategy to automatically adjust bids for mobile devices. If you don't select this checkbox, DS will still recommend mobile bid adjustments, and you can apply them manually.
     
  • Remarketing target bid adjustments: Select this checkbox if you want the DS bid strategy to automatically adjust bids for AdWords remarketing targets. If you don't select this checkbox, DS will still recommend bid adjustments for any AdWords remarketing targets you've set up, and you can apply the adjustments manually.

Changing the settings

After you create a bid strategy, you can change most of the bid-adjustment settings. For example, if you start with a bid strategy that only recommends mobile bid adjustments,  you can change the bid strategy later to automatically apply the bid adjustments. Likewise, if you start with a bid strategy that automatically sets bid adjusments, you can change the bid strategy so that it only recommends bid adjustments.

However, once you set up a bid strategy to automatically set bids (that is, automatically setting the base bid, not just setting adjustments such as mobile bid adjustments), you cannot go back to a bid strategy that focuses exclusively on optimizing bid adjustments.

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