Create a Local campaign

Local campaigns allow you to connect online advertising to your storefront. You can promote your stores on Google search results, maps, YouTube, and other websites.

To access Local campaigns, you’ll need to create location extensions or affiliate location extensions in your account meet these requirements will see the option to set up a local campaign. Campaigns should run for a minimum of 30 days, and target 10 or more locations per account (can be spread across multiple campaigns). 

Learn how to Drive offline performance with Local campaigns.

Use location groups to make it easier to manage targeting.


1. Create a Local campaign

Steps to create a Local campaign

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click Campaigns from the page menu on the left.
  3. Click the plus icon and select New campaign.
  4. In the “New campaign” window, select Local store visits and promotions.
  5. In the next panel you can make a selection to either use Google My Business to select your store locations  or affiliate locations to select stores in which your products are sold. Click the radio button next to the option you want to choose.
    • For Google My Business, you can select all locations in the account for the Local Campaign by checking “Use all locations in your linked Google My Business account”. You can also uncheck the box to select a specific subset of your locations. Click Use location group to apply an existing group, or Create new location group to manually assemble and name a set locations. That set will be applied to your campaign and saved as a reusable location group. Learn more about location groups
    • For  “affiliate locations,” choose an existing location group or create a new one. To create a group with all locations within a chain, use Select by chain (note: locations may take a few minutes to sync after saving).  To create a group with a subset of locations from the chain, use Select by specific locations
    • Note that Geographic radius targeting will be inferred based on the physical business locations specified for your campaign. If needed, you can exclude certain geographic locations from your campaign.
  6. Click Continue.

2. Select your Local campaign settings

Steps to select your campaign settings

  1. Enter a name for your campaign in the “Campaign name” field.
  2. Fill out the text assets for your ad, including:
    • Headline: Required; can have up to 5. Limit of 30 characters.
      • Enter up to 5 lines of text to catch the attention of potential buyers. Make each of the headlines unique from each other for the most effect.
    • Description: Required; can have up to 5. Limit of 60 characters.
      • Enter up to 5 lines of text that summarize your offer. 
    • Call to action: Required; can have up to 5. Limit of 11 characters.
      • Enter up to 5 lines of text informing users of how to interact with your business.
    • Final URL: Required; must enter a valid URL
      • Enter the URL you want your ad to take users to.
    • Display path: Optional; can specify 2 paths
      • Enter up to 2 lines of text to complete a URL that users will be able to see on your ad. The domain must be the same as the Final URL. If you leave this blank, Google Ads will use your final URL as the display URL.
    • Mobile final URL: Optional; must make a valid URL
      • Enter the URL to take your users to. Consider if the target site is mobile-friendly.
    • Click the Images and logos box to search and upload images for use in your ads.
      • Your campaign must have at least 1 image with a 1.91:1 ratio, and 1 logo with a 1:1 ratio in order to serve
    • The following images and logo sizes are accepted (Up to 20 each per campaign):
      • 1.91:1 ratio image
        • Minimum size 600x314
        • Maximum file size 5mb
      • 1:1 ratio image
        • Minimum size 314x314
        • Maximum file size 5mb
      • 1:1 ratio logo
        • Minimum size 116x116
        • Maximum file size 5mb
    • You can crop your images to fit a 1:1 or 1.91:1 resolution. Accepted formats: jpg, png.
    • Video: Required; must be at least 10 seconds
      • Enter a valid YouTube URL.
  3. Enter information for the following settings:
    • Languages: The eligible languages you are aiming to target with your ad
    • Bidding: The default bidding strategy is to maximize conversion value, which will automatically maximize the number of store visits within your average daily budget.
    • Average daily budget: How much you’re willing to spend per day on your ad campaign. Contact your account manager for budget guidance.
    • Additional settings: An expandable section where you can input tracking or a specific mobile URL.
  4. Click Save and continue at the bottom.
  5. Your campaign will now be ready. On the next page, you can review your campaign’s settings. Click Ad assets to review the text and images you set for your ad.

Steps to connect to local product feed

You can also promote the products and services available at each location. These steps show you how to connect your campaign to a local product feed. Before you begin you’ll have to first create a local product feed in the “business data” section.

  1. Follow the instructions above to create a Local campaign.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your settings, and expand Additional settings.
  3. Expand “Product feed”. Check the box for Use a product feed for this campaign.
  4. Select your feed source.
    1. Google Ads (local product feed): With this option, you can select a local product feed that you’ve created in “business data”.
    2. Merchant Center (local product feed): With this option, you’ll connect the products in a Merchant Center account to this campaign.
      1. Select a Merchant Center account.
      2. Enter or past a list of product IDs from this account, and click Add products.
      3. Drag your IDs into the order in which you want them to appear as ads.

3. Create additional ad groups

If you have more than one set of creative assets you can create multiple ad groups. This approach works well for assets that represent different creative themes or should run on a specific schedule. Once you’ve created your Local campaign, you can then add more ad groups.

Steps to create ad groups

  1. Click Campaigns in the page menu to see a full list of your Google Ads campaigns.
  2. In this list, click the name of your Local campaign to see an overview.
  3. Click Ad groups.
  4. Click the plus icon to create a new ad group.
  5. Fill out all the assets (see details above).
  6. Click Save and continue at the bottom.

If desired, ad groups can be scheduled to pause or enable at a specific time. See Set up automated rules for details. 

4. Optimize bidding

Local campaigns use the Maximize Conversions Value bid strategy, which will automatically maximize the number of store visits your campaign is driving within your average daily budget.

Local campaigns report conversions in one aggregate count across these channels. View the Per Store report to see store visits and other local actions conversions, categorized by location.

To view the total conversion value driven by your campaign, set a value for the Store Visits conversion action. The default value is set to $1, but you can change it under “Conversions” in the “Tools” menu. 

5. Edit your conversion action settings for store visits

Steps to edit conversion actions

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools icon in the upper right corner of your account.
  3. Under “Measurement,” click Conversions.
  4. Find the store visit conversion action you’d like to edit from the list, and click its name. You’ll see the settings for the conversion action.
  5. Click Edit settings.
  6. Click on a setting, make your changes, and click Save. Repeat this step for all the remaining settings you need to edit.
    Click Conversions to use the “Conversion window” setting. Click View-through conversions to use the “View-through conversion window” setting.
  7. Click Done.

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