About Audience lists in Audience manager

Audience lists is a section in the Audience manager where you can create and manage your remarketing lists. You have control over which audiences see your ads across YouTube, Gmail, Google Search and the Google Display Network through remarketing campaigns. Once you’ve set up an Audience source, you can remarket to an audience list that you’ve created or to a list that Google Ads created for you.

Benefits

  • See all of your remarketing lists in one place.
  • View each list type, status and size (reach) on each active network.
  • Quickly add lists to ad groups and campaigns.
  • Adjust where and to whom your ads appear for optimal ad exposure.
  • Label your lists to filter and report on the data that interests you.
Starting in October 2017, advertisers who set up the Google Ads tag for remarketing in the new Google Ads experience will see the new Google Ads tag that consists of a global site tag and an optional event snippet. If you have the previous Google Ads tag installed on your website using JavaScript, it will still work; however, it’s recommended that you use the new Google Ads tag. Learn about the Changes to the Google Ads remarketing tag.

How Audience lists works

Once the Google Ads tag is added to your site or app, it will collect data and add people to relevant lists. For example, a sandwich shop could make a "Lunch visitors" list and add users that visit their site during lunch hours to a new remarketing list. The list can be used in a "Lunchtime special" campaign to target those users and increase traffic to their site for lunch orders. Learn how to Create a website remarketing list.

How to access Audience lists

  1. Sign in to Google Ads.
  2. Click the tool icon  in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Under “Shared library,” select Audience manager.
  4. You will arrive at the “Audience lists” page by default.

How remarketing lists are organized

Audience lists displays a table of up to 50 remarketing lists at a time. You’ll see the names of your lists, checkboxes for bulk actions and information at a glance including:

  • Type shows which people are included in this remarketing list and how the list was created.
  • Membership status shows whether a list is adding more users or not.
  • Size columns show how many people on your remarketing list could be reached on each network (Search Network, YouTube, Display Network and Gmail).
  • Labels help you organise keywords, ads, ad groups, campaigns or remarketing lists into groups so you can filter and report on the data that interests you.

You can click on any one of the above categories to organise the entire table around a single category. For example, you can organise your lists by “Usage status” to quickly see which lists are currently in-use and which are not in-use.

Click on a check box next to a list name to open the blue toolbelt menu with options to add your list to an ad group or campaign, edit your list, or apply a label. You can click on multiple boxes to apply the action to multiple lists. Additionally, you can add optional columns to the table by clicking on the optional columns icon Columns above the table to the right. 

Your remarketing lists in the Audience list table may also provide additional description context like how the list was created or what source the list is based from.

Types of lists

Website visitors

The standard list type for a website-based campaign. These lists track user behaviour in your website and will add those users according to criteria specified by you or Google Ads, if automatically generated. These criteria can be visits, click-in source, click-out location and the various stages of a conversion. You can create this list type once the global site tag has been added to your website. Some website remarketing lists will be automatically created for you, e.g. All Visitors and All Converters. Learn more About automatically created lists.

YouTube users

Users that view and/or interact with your video ads are added to YouTube lists. These remarketing lists can be created by first linking your YouTube channel to your Google Ads account. Learn more in About remarketing to YouTube viewers.

App users

Users that have your app installed on their device are added to these lists and become eligible to be shown your ads while in other apps on the Google Display Network. Learn more About remarketing to App users.

Customer list

Lists generated based on the Google Ads Customer Match feature. Customer lists allow you to upload contact information that your customers have shared with you, like emails or postcodes, to show ads to your customers as they browse across Google's properties like Google Search or YouTube. Learn more About Customer Match.

Custom combination 

A type of list created when you manually combine two or more existing remarketing lists. For example, if you have a list of high value shoppers and a list of people who bought electronics from you, then you can reach possible buyers of your new high value electronics by combining (ANDing) the two lists.

Similar audience

People that don’t precisely match but share other behaviours with people in your existing remarketing lists. For example, a footwear advertiser may find that their sandal buyers also search for pool accessories so they may want to try creating a similar audience targeting searchers of pool accessories to show ads for their summer footwear. Similar audiences are created automatically for you, once your seed list is sufficiently big.

Ways to act on your lists

Creating lists

You can create remarketing lists based on the data gathered from your audience sources and Google Ads automatically generates some lists for you based your audience sources.

To add a new list manually, click on the plus icon  and select the type of the list that you’d like to create.

Add to…

Ad groups. You can associate the lists with one or more ad groups so that the ads in the group will be shown to the people in your lists.

Campaigns. Select one or more campaigns in which to include your lists.

Remove

The selected list(s) will be labelled ‘removed’ and no longer appear in your main Audience lists table as long as they keep that label.

Pause

Pausing a list will suspend it from the ad group or campaign associated with the list. A paused list will still add users to the list.

Labels

Apply labels to your lists for organizational purposes. Google Ads has its own set of labels, but you can add your own at any time to organise your lists in a way that makes sense to you.

Learn how to edit, pause, or remove your remarketing lists.

Reasons to improve your lists

Remarketing lists targeting the Google Display Network must have a minimum of 100 active visitors or users within the last 30 days for your ads to show; lists targeting Google search must have a minimum of 1,000 active visitors or users. List targeting on Gmail ads must have a minimum of 100 active users or visitors. Based on the number of visitors able to be reached on each network, the list sizes may vary.

Additionally, a list with at least 1,000 users will be surfaced in Audience insights to help you find new audiences by showing valuable information about the people that make up your list.

Related links

About Audience manager
Use templates for website remarketing lists
Create a campaign

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