Compare Smart campaigns with other Google Ads campaign types

With Smart campaigns or other Google Ads campaign types, you can show your ads on, Google Maps and relevant websites within the Google Display Network. With all campaign types, you can use targeted messaging in your ads to attract and engage potential customers. Google Ads campaign types can help you reach potential customers at the right moment.

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Below, we describe the Google Ads campaign types to help you find the best option for your business. Click a heading to read an overview.

Smart campaigns


Smart campaigns are Google's smart, easy solution for small businesses and helps your business get discovered on Google in those relevant moments. Powered by the best of Google's advertising technology, Smart campaigns bring you results based on your ad goal, whether that be customer calls, visits to your shop or actions on your website.

Smart campaigns can be set up in just 15 minutes, and then works to constantly improve your ad around your goal, measure its performance, and show you clear, understandable results. That way, you can feel confident your advertising is delivering real results on your investment while you spend time doing what you love most – running your business.


  • Pay only when someone clicks your ad
  • Minimal ongoing management necessary
  • Advertise on Google, Google Maps and partner sites.
  • Reach customers in any geographic location that you choose

How it works

You can use Smart campaigns to advertise your website or Google+ page on Google or Google Maps. You'll write your own ad, and when someone searches for phrases related to your business, your ad can appear above or below the search results.

To get started with Smart campaigns, you’ll set up a budget, and based on the type of business that you have, Google Ads will come up with a list of search phrases that will trigger your ad and potential related sites where your ad can appear. Your search phrases will be maintained and updated over time. Minimal ongoing management is needed, and you pay only for clicks that your ad actually receives.

Other Google Ads campaign types


With other Google Ads campaign types, you can have full control over your ad campaigns. You'll also have access to other ad formats, settings and features. With Google Ads, you can create Search ads, Display ads, Video ads, App campaigns and Shopping ads.


  • Pay only when someone clicks your ad.
  • You choose your own keywords, set bid prices and structure your account.
  • Reach customers in any location that you choose.
  • Advertise with special ad formats and detailed reporting.

How it works

When someone searches for your keywords on, Google Maps and Google's partner sites, your ad can appear above or below the search results. With Google Ads, you are responsible for all aspects of your advertising campaign. You choose the keywords that can trigger your ads. You also determine a daily budget, how much to spend on each click, and where your ads can appear. You’ll pay only when someone clicks your ad.

Google Ads also offers other ad formats, such as Video ads and Shopping ads.

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