People use Google across different devices in all sorts of contexts. This guide to Search ads will help you create messaging that reflects your brand.
Responsive search ads are designed to be adaptable and user-friendly. Learn about how to use this format to the fullest.
Create ad text that appeals to users across devices
We’ve found that a compelling call to action on one device tends to be compelling on other devices as well. Your ad text should highlight why you have what a user is looking for. Find what’s most compelling about your business and build your ads around that insight.
Here’s an important consideration: tie creative messages to your keywords. You want to indicate that you have what someone is looking for by speaking directly to her search term.
Customizing the experience for mobile users can still be a good thing, though. Direct them to pages of your site that deliver a great experience through mobile-specific URLs.
Focus on your headlines
Your headlines are the clickable space on your Search ads. What you put into that space will be a big indicator of how enticing your ad text is — big blue headlines are more prominent than your description text. The content and quality of your headlines matters and will determine how well your ads perform.
Your headlines should receive the majority of your testing attention. As you go about instituting and testing your ads, focus on writing the best headline possible. Implementing great headlines has the most potential to make a big difference to performance.
Capitalization doesn't typically affect the performance of your headlines, so decide what looks best for you and your brand. You should plan on capitalizing the first word of each headline, though. Responsive search ads can serve your headlines in any order and it’s best to lead off with a capitalized word.
Your headline fields raise another question about ad text - where should you place your call to action? It’s a great question, and exactly the type of thing that you should test as you optimize your creative messages. If you’re taking advantage of responsive search ads you don’t have to worry about that. Add great options for your headlines and let the system decide the ideal order. Keep in mind, though, that you should include any sensitive or mandatory info in headline 1, headline 2, or description 1. Your third headline or second description might not always show.
Be sure to check out our headline policies.
Be mindful of your character limits
You have 30-character headlines, 90-character descriptions, and 15-character URL path fields. Use that space creatively. Include messaging that focuses on what you and your users care about. Longer headlines increase the clickable space of your Search ads, but try to create headlines that are a variety of lengths. You might find that shorter headlines perform better for people already searching for your brand. And it’s more likely that you’ll show all three possible headlines if a headline or two are shorter than the limits. Test what works for your account along with different types of keywords within your account.
Don’t underestimate the value of your path fields. The URL that’s visible in a text ad is an important indication of where a user should expect to end up. Adding descriptive path fields gives a user confidence that she’ll find what she’s looking for when she arrives at your site.
Your URL paths don’t have to match the exact language that is present in your final URL. The URL paths should simply be relevant content to help the user understand what to expect from your landing page.
When you’re creating campaigns on the Google Display Network, add an image to make your ads more appealing. You can reach a larger audience on the GDN using responsive display ads that combine text with a required marketing image of your choice. Responsive display ads tend to drive better results and maximize your ROI.