Create a Local campaign

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

Google Ads Tutorials: Setting up Local campaigns

Eligibility Criteria

To access Local campaigns, you’ll need to have active location extensions or affiliate location extensions in your account or have a Google My Business account connected to Google Ads.

To support performance, we recommend running your campaigns for a minimum of 30 days and targeting 10 or more locations per account (can be spread across multiple campaigns).

This article explains how to create a local campaign.

Instructions

1. Create a Local campaign

Create new 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 (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.
    • 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

Select campaign settings

  1. Enter a name for your campaign in the “Campaign name” field.
  2. Fill out the text assets for your ad, including the following:
Asset Required/Optional Description
Headline Required 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. Limit of 30 characters.
Description Required Up to 5 lines of text that summarize your offer. Limit of 60 characters.
Call to action Required Up to 5 lines of text informing users of how to interact with your business. Limit of 11 characters.
Final URL Required The URL you want your ad to take users to. Must be a valid URL
Display path Optional

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. 

*You can specify 2 paths

Mobile final URL Optional The URL to take your users to. Consider if the target site is mobile-friendly. Must be a valid URL
  1. 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):
Image ratio Minimum size Maximum file size
1.91:1 600x314 5mb
1:1 314x314 5mb
1:1 (Logo image) 116x116 5mb

*You can crop your images to fit a 1:1 or 1.91:1 resolution. Accepted formats: jpg, png.

  1. Add a video. This step is required and the video must be at least 10 seconds in length.
    • Enter a valid YouTube URL.
  2. 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 value of your conversions within your average daily budget. If you only select one conversion action, such as store visits, bidding will maximize total conversions at your conversion value. In this case, bidding works in the same way as Maximize conversions.
    • 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.
  3. Click Save and continue at the bottom.
  4. 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.

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 Local Products in a Merchant Center account to this campaign. (Please note that this option is currently available only to some Google Ads users and will be available to all users soon)
      1. Select a Merchant Center account.
      2. Enter or paste a list of product IDs from this account, and click Add products.
      3. Drag your IDs in the order in which you want them to appear as ads.
You can select a minimum of 5 products per store in order for the campaign to serve your ads. We recommend you to choose 5 to 10 products.

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.

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 the Local campaign in which you'd like to add more ad groups.
  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.
You can set up automated rules to pause or enable your ad groups to run at certain times.

4. Optimize bidding

Local campaigns use Maximize conversion value bidding. This bid strategy automatically maximizes the conversion value of store visits, call clicks, or driving directions for your campaign based on your average daily budget.

Conversion bidding guidelines

The conversion actions available depends on the account.

  • If you’re currently measuring store visits in your account, you’ll have store visits bidding automatically enabled for Local campaigns. Learn more About store visit conversions
  • If you're not measuring store visits, you can still use Local campaigns with local actions bidding (call clicks and/or driving directions biding)

To ensure Maximize conversion value bidding works properly, set a conversion value for your conversion actions.

  • By default, the conversion value for any of these conversion actions is set to $1.
  • If you select just one conversion action, such as store visits, bidding will maximize total conversions at your conversion value.

Optimize performance

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