About Display Expansion in Editor

Display Expansion on Search campaigns can help you get additional conversions on the Google Display Network using unspent Search budgets at similar cost per conversion as Search. This article explains the basics of how this expansion option works in Editor and how it can help you get better results.


How it works

You can enable Display Expansion for your Search campaigns by selecting 'Enabled' from the 'Include Display Network' drop-down when you choose to edit a campaign in Editor. The settings for your Search campaign will be observed in the Display Expansion wherever possible, including:

  • Bidding and targeting, for example, contextual relevance.
  • The overall campaign budget cap will be observed and use of Display Expansion won’t typically affect your spend on Search and will aim to use only unspent Search budget.
  • Cost per conversion on Display will typically be similar or less than spend on Search.
  • Ads will be created based on your Search ads, although you'll have the option to easily create image ads in the 'Assets' section, which is under the 'Campaigns' tab of your Google Ads account.
  • It's recommended to use Responsive Display Ads to expand your reach even further and help improve your performance.

Your ads can appear when people search for terms on Google search and search partner sites that match your keywords, and they can also appear on relevant website pages and apps on the Google Display Network. By carefully monitoring Search performance and after a limited exploration period, Google can selectively show ads on the Display Network while maintaining on average the same performance. It’ll stop spending if Search performance can’t be matched. Search campaigns that have spare search budgets and are opted into Display Expansion can deliver up to 15% more conversions at similar CPA to Search.

Find the right audience

A Search Network campaign with Display Expansion increases your reach with no additional setup, and can help you to find the right audience at the right place and the right time.

  • Additional impressions and conversions: Search campaigns that are opted into Display Expansion will only serve on Display if we predict there's unutilised Search budget and no other Display or Universal campaigns of yours are competing for the same impressions.
  • Performance: Search campaigns opted into Display Expansion and that have spare Search budget can deliver up to 15% more conversions at similar CPA as the current campaign's CPA.
  • Grow your potential audience: By adding the Display Network, your ads can appear on the Google Display Network, allowing you to reach potential customers who browse or research similar products on a collection of more than three million websites, videos and apps.
  • Be strategic with little extra work: Since the Display Expansion is fully automated, your ads will be optimised to target across the Display Network with no additional setup.

Use responsive ads to reach more people

To expand your reach even further and help improve your performance, create a responsive ad for your Search Network campaign with Display Expansion. Responsive ads are a convenient, all-in-one format that serve across the entire Display Network. Using the assets that you enter, including headlines, images and your landing page, responsive ads automatically adjust their size, appearance and format to fit just about any available ad space. By creating one ad that fits almost any ad space on Display, a responsive ad can increase your reach and impact while also saving you time. If you’ve uploaded Google Ads image assets, from Search for example, Display Expansion may create responsive display ads automatically with no work required on your part. Learn more About responsive display ads.

Note: If you’ve been running Search Network campaigns and then expanding to Display, you may notice an increase in conversions and thus, an increase in daily spend. On average, your cost per conversion on the Display Network should be similar to that on the Search Network.



Create a Search Network campaign with Display Expansion

  1. In Google Ads Editor, click Campaigns under the 'Manage' menu on the left.
  2. Click + Add campaign.
  3. Select the 'Campaign name' field and provide a name for your new campaign.
    • Optional: In Editor, new campaigns are created with a default campaign name. You can change or leave this as is.
  4. On the right side, under the 'Edit selected campaigns' tab, go to 'Campaign type'.
  5. Select Search from the 'Campaign type' drop-down.
  6. Select Enabled from the 'Include Display Network' drop-down.
  7. Select your remaining campaign settings. Learn more About campaign settings.
  8. Click Save and continue.

Enable Display Expansion on an existing Search Network campaign

  1. In Google Ads Editor, click Campaigns under the 'Manage' menu on the left.
  2. Select your Search campaign.
  3. Select Enabled from the 'Include Display Network' drop-down.
  • The use of spare Search budget for Display Expansion doesn’t apply to shared budgets or campaign experiments and is calculated by predicting unused Search budget on a best effort basis.
  • For bidding strategies that consume the full budget by design, such as Maximise Conversions, Maximise Clicks, Maximise Conversion Value, Display Expansion shares budget with Search if similar or better CPA can be achieved. The majority of the budget will typically still be reserved for Search.
  • If you’re not using conversion tags, Google will use a best effort estimation to establish a baseline for performance.


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