Create ad customizers for text ads

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  • Starting June 30, 2022, you’ll no longer be able to create or edit expanded text ads.
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Ad customizers adapt your ads to the real-time context of your potential customers, such as what they're searching for, where they're browsing, what device they're using, and when they're looking at your ad.

This article explains how to create ad customizers for text ads. You can also create ad customizers for responsive search ads.

Note: The format for ad customizers differs for responsive search ads.

Instructions

1. Open your business data

The first step is to open your business data.

  1. Sign into your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools icon Google Ads | tools [Icon].
  3. Under “More Tools”, select Business data.

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2. Create your ad customizer

Next, you’ll create your ad customizer and add details about the type of information you’d like to customize. These details are known as “attributes”.

  1. Click the plus button .
  2. Select Ad customizers data for text ads.
  3. Download the template by clicking ad customizer data template (download CSV).
    1. In the spreadsheet, enter details in the 3 types of columns to determine how your customizer works:
      • Ad content: This is the content that appears in your ad text. You can name these columns whatever you’d like. Use parentheses to specify the characters or attribute type of this content, such as number, text, time of date, or price. Refer to the attribute types table when finalizing your ad content.
      • Duration and device: These columns determine when your ads run, which devices they show on, and other preferences. Name your columns using the standard list of attributes.
      • Targeting: These columns determine what triggers your ad customizer and which campaigns and ad groups they affect. You can leave some of these columns blank if you don’t want them to affect where your customizer shows. Choose from any of these targeting attributes.

        Example

        Model (text)

        Capacity (number)

        Type (text)

        Start_price (price)

        Sale_ends (date)

        Target campaign

        Target ad group

        Target location

        Target keyword

        ProWhip 300

        5

        tilt-head

        $199 USD

        2014/05/15 20:00:00

        ProWhip campaign

        ProWhip 300 ad group

        Mountain View, CA

        Professional mixers

        ProWhip 300

        7

        bowl-lift

        $399 USD

        2014/05/31 20:00:00

        ProWhip campaign

        ProWhip X ad group

        United States

        Deluxe mixer

    2. After you’ve finished entering your column details, convert your spreadsheet into a CSV.
    3. Back in your Google Ads account, name your customizer and click Select a file from your computer and choose the spreadsheet you created.
    4. Click Apply.
    5. You’ll now see the new customizer in your business data. Click on the customizer to see the details you added.
  4. Click the Select a file from your computer option near the pencil icon Pencil icon / edit icon.
Tip
  • Make sure the text in the “Target campaign” and “Target ad group” columns match exactly with names of ad groups and campaigns in your account. If they don’t match, your data won’t be uploaded.
  • It's best not to include spaces in your column header names.
  • Make sure the column names for standard attributes and targeting attributes match the names provided.

3. Place a customizer in your ad text

Now that you’ve created your customizer, you can now customize your ads.

  1. Click Ads & extensions in the left panel and select Ads. You can also create an ad in the campaign and ad group targeted by the ad customizer.
  2. Select an existing ad to edit, by clicking the pencil icon Pencil icon / edit icon.
  3. Enter a curly bracket “{“ into the location in your ad text where you want a customizer to show.
  4. Select Ad customizer from the dropdown menu.
  5. Select the specific customizer you’d like to show on this part of your ad text.
  6. This is the format for customizers in brackets: “{=Name of customizer.Name of column/attribute}”. You can select customizers from the dropdown or directly enter your customizer name and attributes in this format.
Here’s an example of what your ad might look like with all the text that will be customized highlighted in yellow:
CookieKing Stand Mixer
Ad www.example.com
15% off mixers in our Portland store. Offer ends 6/1.

4. Edit your ad customizer

You can edit your customizer details in your business data.

  1. Click the tools icon Google Ads | tools [Icon], and under “More Tools”, select Business data.
  2. Select the ad customizer you’d like to edit. Look for “Ad customizer data” in the “Type” column.
  3. To edit rows, click on the cell you’d like to update.
  4. To add new rows, click the plus button and enter details into the fields for your existing attributes
  5. To add new columns, click Settings and open the Attributes section. You can only add new targeting attributes by creating a new customizer.
  6. To schedule the addition of new attributes, click Schedules and click the New Schedule option. Select a source from the dropdown list and fill out the source URL, username, and password sections. Choose a frequency from the dropdown list.
  7. Click Save.

5. Specifications for customizer data

When creating or updating ad customizer data, you can use attributes and language codes as needed to help create your ad customizers.

Language codes
Language Code
Arabic ar
Bulgarian bg
Catalan ca
Chinese (China) zh-CN
Chinese (Hong Kong) zh-HK
Chinese (Taiwan) zh-TW
Croatian hr
Czech cs
Danish da
Dutch nl
English (Australian) en-AU
English (UK) en-GB
English (US) en-US
Estonian et
Filipino fil
Finnish fi
French fr
German de
Greek el
Hebrew iw
Hindi hi
Hungarian hu
Indonesian id
Italian it
Japanese ja
Korean ko
Latvian lv
Lithuanian lt
Malay ms
Norwegian no
Polish pl
Portuguese (Brazil) pt-BR
Portuguese (Portugal) pt-PT
Romanian ro
Russian ru
Serbian sr
Slovak sk
Slovenian sl
Spanish (Europe) es
Spanish (Latin America) es-419
Swedish sv
Thai th
Turkish tr
Ukrainian uk
Vietnamese vi
Attribute types (for custom attributes)
Attribute type Commonly used for Characters allowed Example value
text ProductName Any letters, numbers, or symbols Hiking Shoes
number InventoryCount Any whole numbers 11
price Cost Any number (including decimals) and valid currency characters $24.99
date Timestamp yyyy/MM/dd hh:mm:ss 2014/08/14 17:01:00
Note: Attribute names shouldn’t contain spaces, symbols, punctuation, or special characters, such as wingdings, arrows, vertical bars, or other symbols. Using special characters, such as <3, =>, <=, ⇐, ⇍, ->, ⇒, », :-), :), ∞, ⋇, Ξ, ****, |, and so on, may lead to the disapproval of your ads.
Standard attributes
Attribute Function Accepted values
Device preference Limits a row of data to ads that appear on smartphones (not tablets or computers). mobile or all
Scheduling The days and times of the week you want your ad customizer to be shown. Day, start time - end time. If you wanted to schedule the time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, then you would enter Monday, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM. If you want to schedule the time for multiple days, separate your days with a semicolon. For example, you could schedule for both Monday and Tuesday using Monday, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM; Tuesday, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM.
Start date Starts serving the feed item on this date. yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss (24-hour format)
End date Stops serving the feed item on this date. yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss (24-hour format)
Custom ID Unique identifying value for a row of data. Google Ads gives each row a value called "Item ID," but you might like to create your own custom ID values that Google Ads can recognize. Any combination of letters and numbers
Target location restriction The type of targeting that's applied to the locations listed in "Target location." Physical location or an empty cell
Targeting attributes
Attribute Function Accepted values
Target keyword The keyword that should trigger this row. Keywords with match type punctuation formatting. (for example, [flowers] for exact match). Learn more about keyword matching options
Target keyword text The keyword that should trigger this row. This keyword has a match type specified in the "Target keyword match type" column. Keywords without match type punctuation formatting
Target keyword match type The match type you want applied to the corresponding keyword in the "Target keyword text" column. broad or phrase or exact
Target ad group The ad group this row's data should be used for. Existing ad group names
Target campaign The campaign this row's data should be used for. Existing campaign names
Target location The location that should trigger this row when it matches the user’s location or area of interest. The name of the location, in any language
Target location restriction The type of targeting that's applied to the locations listed in "Target location." Physical location or an empty cell

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