Auction-time bidding in Search Ads 360 bid strategies
Turn on auction-time bidding in a Search Ads 360 bid strategy
Navigate to the bid strategy report.
A bid strategy's goal is listed in the Goal column of the bid strategy report.
In the "Engine features" section, select the Auction-time bidding checkbox.
In the "Turn on Auction-time bidding and share Floodlight conversions" box, click Yes, I understand to share the conversions with Google Ads.The following checkboxes are selected by default. You can't change the settings.
- Keywords and other biddable items
Bid adjustments section
- Device bid adjustments
- Remarketing target bid adjustments
- Location target bid adjustments
On the "Target" page, enter a CPA or ROAS target.
Under Conversion source, select one of the following:
Google Ads conversion tracking
Floodlight activity columns
Google Ads conversion tracking columns
Optional. The last-click attribution model is selected by default. Select a different attribution model.
If required, select the conversions, and then click Next.
Specify a default bid range and any other constraints.When auction-time bidding is enabled, a second set of "Minimum bid" and "Maximum bid" constraint fields appears on the "Target and Constraints" page. These additional constraints only apply to Google Ads campaigns in auction-time bidding. The first set of "Minimum bid" and "Maximum bid" constraints only applies to "legacy" campaigns that are not enabled for auction-time bidding.
Save the bid strategy.
Enable auto-tagging in Google Ads
Turn off auction-time bidding
If you remove a bid strategy for the campaigns in the Google Ads UI, within a few hours, Search Ads 360 will change the strategy back to the Target CPA or Target ROAS previously set by Search Ads 360.
If you don't want the campaign in Search Ads 360 auction-time bidding, in the Search Ads 360 UI, remove the campaign from the portfolio or clear the “Auction-time bidding” checkbox in the bid strategy.
Drafts and experiments with auction-time bidding
For testing purposes, it's not possible to have drafts and experiments set up to have 2 different conversion sources in the 2 halves.
Any campaigns being updated to optimize for auction-time bidding goals in one arm will see the same source in the other arm. You can continue to use the "All Conversions" column filtered to the original biddable Google Ads Conversion Tracking if you want to report a different conversion source to help you make manual bidding decisions.
To run drafts and experiments with auction-time bidding, do the following:
- Ensure you have an active auction-time bidding strategy somewhere in your Search Ads 360 advertiser.
The default conversion goal passes conversions over and changes the conversions source for manual campaigns (or those in intraday bidding in Search Ads 360).
- Configure drafts and experiments for the test that you're trying to run. For example, evaluate auction-time bidding performance versus intraday bidding performance.
- Wait at least 2 weeks for the data to normalize.
- Enable auction-time bidding on the strategy that contains the test half of the experiment.