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Take Action! With The New Bing Ads Action Extension

Bing Ads has a new ad extension and there’s something special about it. It’s exclusive to Bing ads. They didn’t just copy Google Ad extensions.

According to Bing Ads:

This extension allows you to highlight a clear call-to-action on your text ads to entice customers to immediately click and drive them to your website.

The new Action Extensions is now available across all Bing ads markets and can run on both desktop and mobile ads. To be sure you will find a match for your company, Bing has added 70 different predetermined Action buttons.

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What Do They Look Like?

Here’s an example on desktop:

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Here’s an example on mobile:

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Details About Action Extensions

  • A click on an Action Extension has the same cost per clicks as a sitelink or your ad

  • Action Extensions will show with other ad extensions, like sitelinks.

  • They can be setup at the account, campaign or ad group level

  • There is a URL field where you can use a separate URL from the ad text, but if you leave the field blank it will use the ad text URL

How To Setup Bing Ads Action Extensions

  1. Login to your Bing Ads account

  2. Click the campaigns tab

  3. Click the ad extensions tab

  4. In the ad extension drop down click and find Action Extensions

  5. Click the create ad extension button

  6. Click +add new ad extension

  7. From here you choose

    1. Language

    2. Action Text

    3. Final URL (optional)

    4. Mobile URL (optional)

    5. Tracking Template (optional)

    6. Ad scheduling (optional)

What Next?

It’s time to set yours up and test. Be sure and follow up to see if you’re seeing an improved click through and conversion rates. Let us know what you find. Don’t forget to test different buttons. There might be more than one that work for your business and call to action.

For more information on Bing ads read our other content:

The Time Has Come: Bing Ads Has Taken Over Yahoo Search

Bing Ads Custom Audiences: Worth The Effort For Some

Bing Ads: Are They Worth The Trouble?

The Time Has Come: Bing Ads Has Taken Over Yahoo Search

As of April 1, 2019 Bing search ads took over all advertisements on Yahoo Search. For further details on the transition read our blog post from January Yahoo Search Ads: Where Are They Now? If you were of the small percentage of advertisers manager ads directly through the Oath Ads Manager (Verizon’s name for Yahoo Search Ads), this is a relief as you now have one less platform to manage. Not to mention Bing Ads is a far more advanced platform than Oath was.

The most recent data according to Statista is that Bing handled just under 25% of all search queries in the United States and Oath (formerly Yahoo) handled just under 12%. This now gives Bing a boost to handling search ads for roughly 35% of all searches in the United States. In International markets Yahoo is a bigger search engine than Bing. If you have run Bing Ads for countries outside the United States you know how small their market share was internationally. This should help give them a boost.

What Are Your Next Steps?

  1. If you were running search ads through Oath you should have already transferred everything over to Bing before March 31st with your account rep

  2. If you are still only running search ads on Google, this change will give Bing Ads more traffic and increase the value of taking the time to manage another platform. Read our blog about Bing ads if you are unsure.

  3. Look for both a potential dip in your Google search ad impressions and an increase in your Bing search ad impressions. Be ready for a potential 10-15% budget increase. Remember, Yahoo was using both Bing and Google prior to April 1, 2019 for their advertisements.

  4. If you run campaigns outside the United States on Google, but not on Bing because their international search volume was insignificant, it may be worth testing this out again.

In Bing Ads you can segment by network, but they combine Bing & Yahoo search together. Maybe now that they are taking over all of Yahoo search they will change this to allow for further segmentation and management across the two networks.

On the few test searches we’ve done on Yahoo since the transition this month, Bing is showing 5 ads above the organic results on many queries. Even when Bing shows 3-4 results they are showing 5 on Yahoo. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this as they will likely be testing.

If you have any questions or would like us to manage Google or Bing ads for your company, feel free to call or send us a message.

Bing Ads Custom Audiences: Worth The Effort For Some

Bing Ads recently rolled out custom audiences across all advertisers is most markets after nearly 2 years in beta. According to Bing:

Custom Audiences can help you anticipate your customers’ needs and reach them with the right message. You can bid more aggressively for those high-value customers, whether you’re helping them complete a purchase or you’re upselling or cross-selling. The more you know about your customers, the better you can target — and more precise targeting can help you achieve a greater return on ad spend (ROAS). Our pilot participants saw up to 18 percent higher click-through rates (CTR).1 The sky is the limit for how you can manage your own customers’ activity, purchases and behavior via CRM tools.

Bing took a different approach than Google Ads Customer Match significantly limiting the number of advertisers that can utilize their custom audiences. Where in Google Ads you can upload a list directly into your account, with Bing Ads you can only integrate through a DMP partner. Currently, there are direct integrations with Adobe Audience Manager, LiveRamp and Oracle BlueKai. What if you don’t now work with one of these three data providers? Well, you can’t use Bing Ads Custom Audiences unless you choose to start working with one of the DMP’s.

Why Would Bing Ads Take This Approach?

Forcing you to work with one of Bing’s DMP partners likely removes at least 75% of their advertisers from being able to use their custom audiences. The vast majority of changes Bing has made to their search advertising program in recent years has been to simplify the process to increase the number of direct advertisers that are on Bing.

The hot topic in the past year has been around data privacy. Facebook especially has been under a microscope when it comes to this subject. Unfortunately, this has caused them to make many changes to their platform to continue to be a trusted platform for their customers. With so much focus being on Facebook, Google and Bing have been escaping much of the scrutiny… for now. Bing most likely is approaching custom audiences in this way to avoid any data privacy questioning. Google and Facebook allow you to upload a list of contact information that in reality, you can get from anywhere. There is no verification that it’s actually your data to use. We can make a reasonable assumption that eventually Facebook and Google will have to tighten up their custom audience program to be more secure like Bing Ads is.

Custom Audiences Across Bing Ads & Google Ads Isn’t For Most Advertisers

Facebook has done an impressive job making advertising towards custom audiences work well for large and small audiences. Google and Bing custom audiences are mostly designed for businesses with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of customers. Where Facebook can easily matchup 90%+ of your customer profiles and the only requirement for those customers to see your ads is they need to be on Facebook or Instagram, that covers a much larger pool of people. Google and Bing have much lower match up rates when you target a specific customer list. Not only that, once there is a match up, that person has to search for a keyword you are actively bidding on.

With Bing having a much smaller part of the search market than Google, you need an even larger customer base to capture those actively searching on Bing.

What Are The Next Steps?

If you’re currently working with one of the DMP’s mentioned above there are instructions for setting up the custom audiences in Bing Ads here. If you’re not now working with one of those DMP’s most likely it isn’t worth your time and effort to enter into this program. If you would to check it out the links above will take you to each of the partner DMP’s to get more information on the program.

Otherwise, feel free to send us a message for more information.

Bing Ads: Are They Worth the Trouble?

While Google is the most popular search engine on the web, believe it or not, a pretty good amount of people use other search engines as well. One of these is Bing.

If you're advertising your goods or services online using paid search marketing, also known as pay per click (PPC) advertising, then you may want to consider using Bing Ads for some of your efforts. Despite a lower user base, there are enough people using Bing to make it worth your while.

Bing also offers some advantages for advertisers compared to Google.

Below we'll tell you about some of the advantages of advertising with Bing and why it may just be worth the trouble after all.

1. Cheaper and Less Competitive

One of the best things about using Bing Ads is that not many other marketers are. This means that there will be less competition for you and it also means that Bing offers lower costs per click (CPC).

If you're a business that is advertising on a budget, then you'll likely find it much easier to manage your costs with Bing than you would with Google AdWords, which can sometimes be pretty pricey.

2. Higher Conversion Rates

Perhaps because Bing users are less computer savvy, higher conversion rates are common with Bing Ad campaigns as well. Users are more likely to click and convert on Bing Ads than with Google AdWords campaigns. Because of this, if you're serious about trying to optimize your conversion rates, then you may want to consider using Bing instead

This is a big benefit because even though there may not be as much traffic overall with Bing, the traffic that does see your ad will be more likely to convert or become a customer in the end.

3. Better Targeting Features

While Google AdWords does have quite a bit of targeting features and options for optimizing and tweaking campaigns there are places where Google could improve. Luckily, Bing picks up the slack exactly where many of the Google AdWords issues are.

For example, with Bing, you'll have much more control at both the campaign level and at the ad group level. You'll be able to target location, scheduling, language and network settings in both areas.

Additionally, with Bing, you'll also have more extensive options for choosing what devices to target and what search demographics you want your ads to be shown to. 

4. More Search Partner Control

With Bing, you'll also have more control over search partner settings. While Google gives you the option to show ads on search engine results pages (SERPs) only or on SERPS and search partners, Bing offers you the option to choose one or the other, or both.

This can be a huge plus for businesses who find that their ads fare well on search partner pages but not so well in search engine results.

5. A New Traffic Source

Another reason you may want to consider using Bing Ads in addition to Google AdWords is simply that it opens up new options for who you can target with your advertising campaigns.

Typically, the average internet user chooses a search engine and sticks with it. This means that if you've been running your ads on Google for a long time, many people will have likely seen your ad multiple times before. If you want to reach completely fresh faces, using Bing is a great way to do it since the audiences will overlap very little.

Deciding If Bing Ads Are Right For Your Business

While many businesses will want to use Google AdWords, there are cases where Bing Ads can make a good choice as well, particularly when used in conjunction with Google ads.

You'll want to consider the advantages listed above carefully when deciding if Bing is right for you. Make sure you do some testing and experimenting with both ad networks before you make the final call.

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