Tips for creating effective display ads
If you're new to creating display ads, or you'd like to improve your display ad performance, we've got some tips to help you get the job done:
- Use text, images and colour schemes effectively
- Experiment with different display ad types and content designs
- Create your own customised images
- Generate display ads based on your existing text ads
Creating the ideal display ad
Display ads offer many options, so take the time to experiment with different templates, colours and content to get the best results. You want your ad to stand out!
What makes a great display ad? Here are our top tips for creating effective display ads. Let's dive into each of these tips, and look at some examples.Use responsive ads
Using responsive ads will save you time creating different versions of your ads for different devices. Responsive ads will automatically adjust the size of your ad for different types of devices, such as mobile, tablet and desktops, and can fit in almost any available ad space. Learn more about responsive ads
Need ad ideas? Consult our rich media ads gallery. Filter by ad format, feature, type, size, vertical or country.
Responsive ads should include a clear and simple brand logo (with a 1:1 or 4:1 aspect ratio) and a clear and simple brand name. Your main image should be clear and high-quality. Avoid overlaid text, collages and excessive blank space.
The main image should ideally include a physical setting, with a real background, and organic shadows and lighting. Acceptable aspect ratios are 16:9 and 1.91:9.
For your headline, use a clear and simple text to describe your product, service or brand. Make your description text easy to read and understand (80-character limit). Avoid generic messaging or click-bait.
Use sentence case, and avoid using “all caps”.
|Good examples||Bad examples|
Headline: “Our new wool socks are warm and cosy”
Text: “All of our orders are custom-made and delivered to your door!”
Headline: “Our New Wool Socks”
Text: “Click here to learn more.”
Headline: “Sundar’s Big Adventure in cinemas 22 Nov.”
Text: “Don’t miss the most adventurous film of the summer.”
Headline: SINBAD’s BIG ADVENTURE.
Text: “YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS FUN, SUMMER FILM.”
If you have something special to offer, make sure that your customers see it. People are usually searching to make a decision about something. Give them what they need to help make their decision.
Using terms like special offers, coupons, discounts, promo codes and bargains is a great way to let people know that you’ve got some deals.
Take a look at the page on your website that you're linking to, which is called the landing page. Make sure that you include a clear call-to-action in your ad that takes viewers straight to that landing page. For example, if your ad text says “Call us”, make sure that you include your business phone number on the landing page. If your ad text says “Limited-time offer”, make sure that you point people to that promotion on the landing page. In your final URL, provide the complete URL.
Create 3 to 4 ads per ad group, trying out different messages with different images. See which ad performs the best with your customers. Google Ads can automatically show the better-performing ads within an ad group more often. This removes the guesswork and lets you build on what you've learned from your experiments.