What if your paid advertising could reach audiences in the moments when they’re ready to discover new products and services? Google Discovery ads may be the answer. 

The new ad type allows you to capture the audience’s attention just before they search, when you have a competitive advantage.

Let’s have a look at what Google Discovery ads are, the benefits of using them, and a few examples to help you visualize what’s possible.

Advanced Pay Per Click Certification Program

Get transformed into a paid marketing professionalView Course
Advanced Pay Per Click Certification Program

What Are Google Discovery Ads?

Google Discovery ads are visually rich ads that appear on the YouTube app, the Google app, and the Gmail app. They can display as a single image or a carousel of images, helping advertisers get products and services discovered by potential audiences.

Google_Discovery_Ads_1.

Source

This ad type leverages machine learning to better focus on a user’s intent, helping Google serve your ad at the best moment based on user signals.

The Benefits of Google Discovery Ads

When you activate a Discovery campaign, you enable your brand or business to expand its reach to larger audiences and achieve performance goals. According to Google, here are a few of the important benefits you’ll experience with Discovery ads:

  • Reach more of Google with a single ad campaign
  • Drive engagement with richer, more relevant ads
  • Visually rich ads rendered natively across Google properties at scale
  • Automated bidding options to meet your media performance goals

Now that you understand what Google Discovery ads are and what they have to offer, you can see if they align with your paid advertising objectives. Discovery ads are best positioned for these performance goals:

  • Brand awareness – Drive interest from new customers when they’re open to trying new brands
  • Drive conversions – Increase website visits, newsletter signups, or sales
  • Remarketing – Reconnect with customers who already know and trust your brand

FREE Advanced PPC Certification Program

Become a Pay Per Click Pro Now (for FREE)Enroll Now
FREE Advanced PPC Certification Program

Examples of Google Discovery Ads

You’ve got an idea of what these ads do, but what do they look like out in the wild? Let’s explore the visuals across the Gmail, YouTube, and Google app feeds.

Gmail Feed

Within the Gmail feed, Discovery ads can show up in the Social or Promotions tabs.

google_Discovery_Ads_2

If you click on the ad, it will open like an email and display the brand’s message or offer:

Google_Discovery_Ads_3

YouTube Home Feed

In addition to the Gmail feed, your ads can also display on the home page feed of the YouTube app (indicated by the small yellow ad box in the left corner):

Google_Discovery_Ads_4

Source

Google App Feed

Finally, Discovery ads can also show up in the Google App feed. You’ll identify it as such by the small “Ad” text in the lower corner:

Google_Discovery_Ads_5.

What’s Important to Know About Google Discovery Ads

While this new ad type presents marketers with yet another exciting tool, it also comes with a few differentiating qualities that are important to note:

  • Discovery ads are targeted by audiences, not keywords. Google gives you the opportunity to choose which audiences you want, including remarketing, detailed demographics, in-market audiences, life events, and affinity and custom intent.
  • Google Discovery ads have limited campaign settings. You cannot adjust manual bid strategies, contextual targeting, placement targeting, device targeting, ad rotation, frequency capping, or delivery method.
  • The Discover feed in the Google App is unavailable to consumers in Germany, Australia, and France. So, if you plan to target those countries, your ads will be limited to the YouTube home feed and the Gmail feed.
Get transformed into an industry-ready paid marketing professional with our Pay Per Click (PPC) Certification Training Course. Enroll now!

Learn More About Paid Advertising Strategies

Become an industry-ready paid marketing specialist when you sign up for Simplilearn’s Advanced Pay Per Click (PPC) Certification Training. You’ll learn how to manage paid advertising initiatives to optimize your digital strategies and apply your knowledge of what Google Discovery ads are.

About the Author

Rob SandersRob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a digital marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience. During that time, Rob has helped a wide range of companies utilize new and emerging technologies to increase sales and profitability. As founder of RSO Consulting, Rob helps clients maximize their digital marketing efforts via SEO, SEM, SMO, and Web Analytics. He is responsible for many facets of the web analytics value chain, from identifying business goals and objectives to developing strategies and translating those into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Rob also teaches digital marketing and analytics classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. As a contributor for Simplilearn, Rob creates expert thought leadership content on a variety of digital marketing and analytics topics.

View More
  • Disclaimer
  • PMP, PMI, PMBOK, CAPM, PgMP, PfMP, ACP, PBA, RMP, SP, and OPM3 are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.