Overview of Targeting

Location Targeting

A setting that lets you choose your target locations to reach out to your customers.

  • Location targeting helps you focus your advertising on the areas where you'll find the right customers, and will hopefully help you increase your profits as a result.

    • We suggest that you choose regions where your business can serve your ideal customers.

  • Keep in mind that you can also select locations to exclude in your campaigns if you don't want your ads to show in specific regions.

Audience Targeting

Audience targeting can be used for targeting or used for observation.

  • Targeting: Targeting restricts the reach of your ad group

    • In addition to narrowing your reach, you have the option to use custom bids or bid adjustments on specific criteria within your targeting.

  • Observation: The reach of the campaign is not limited

    • Data is reported for ads that meet the criteria selected for both observations and targeting.

    • In addition to observing the performance of criteria, you have the option to use custom bids or bid adjustments on specific criteria within your observations

Detailed Demographics

  • Detailed demographics enable you to reach broad segments of the population that share common traits, such as college students, homeowners, or new parents.

Segment Name

Display

Gmail

Search

Video

/Education

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Education/Current College Students

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Education/Highest Level of Educational Attainment

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Education/Highest Level of Educational Attainment/Advanced Degree

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Education/Highest Level of Educational Attainment/Bachelor's Degree

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Education/Highest Level of Educational Attainment/High School Graduate

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Employment

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Company Size

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Company Size/Large Employer (1k-10k Employees)

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Company Size/Midsize Employer (250-999 Employees)

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Company Size/Small Employer (1-249 Employees)

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Company Size/Very Large Employer (10k+ Employees)

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Construction Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Education Sector

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Financial Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Healthcare Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Hospitality Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Manufacturing Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/Real Estate Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Employment/Industry/TechNOlogy Industry

NO

NO

YES

NO

/Homeownership Status

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Homeownership Status/Homeowners

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Homeownership Status/Renters

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Marital Status

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Marital Status/In a Relationship

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Marital Status/Married

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Marital Status/Single

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents/Parents of Grade-Schoolers (6-12 years)

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents/Parents of Infants (0-1 years)

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents/Parents of Preschoolers (4-5 years)

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents/Parents of Teens (13-17 years)

NO

YES

YES

YES

/Parental Status/Parents/Parents of Toddlers (1-3 years)

NO

YES

YES

YES

Affinity Audience

  • With affinity audiences, you can reach people based on a holistic picture of their lifestyles, passions, and habits.

  • Affinity audiences have demonstrated a qualified passion for a given topic, allowing advertisers to reach the people that matter most with their products or offerings.

Custom Affinity Audience

With custom affinity audiences, advertisers can create audiences that are more tailored to their brands, compared to more broad, TV-like affinity audiences. Custom affinity audiences are created by using a combination of:

  • Interests entered as keyword phrases

  • URLs to create interest categories based on the content of the website

  • Types of places that people are interested in, or their lifestyles and passions

  • Apps that an ideal customer might be interested in.

    • This doesn't mean that your ads will show on the apps you specified, but rather to users that have similar apps on their mobile devices.

    • For example, if you enter Google Fit, Google Ads will find users that have fitness-related apps.

Life Events

  • Engage with viewers on YouTube and Gmail around important life milestones, like graduating from college, moving homes, or getting married.

  • By understanding when these moments are taking place, you can tailor your advertising to reach the right users with the right messages.

In-Market Audience

  • Select from these audiences to find customers who are in the market, which means that they're researching products and are actively considering buying a service or product like yours.

Custom Intent Audiences

  • Display

    • You can use custom intent audiences to segment your ad groups for a specific vertical or landing page.

    • You can use auto-created segments, or define your own audience by entering in-market keywords, URLs and apps related to products and services that your ideal customer is researching across sites and apps.

  • YouTube

    • Custom intent audiences can help you reach new customers on YouTube based on the terms they use to search for your products or services on Google.com.

      • You can select from 300 to 500 keywords that your ideal audience would most likely use in a search.

      • Focus on general keywords to reach as many people as possible.

      • For example, if you own a sporting goods store, you might want to choose keywords like "basketball shoes" instead of more specific keywords like "discount blue high top basketball shoes."

Remarketing

  • You can also reach people who have already engaged with your company’s products and services, including past visitors to a website, mobile app, videos, or customers who have given you their contact information.

Demographic Targeting

Demographics for Display

  • Age:

    • "18-24," "25-34," "35-44," "45-54," "55-64," "65 or more," and "Unknown"

  • Gender:

    • "Female," "Male," and "Unknown"

  • Household income:

    • “Top 10%,” “11-20%,” “21-30%,” “31-40%,” “41-50%,” “Lower 50%,” and “Unknown”

  • Parental status:

    • "Parent," "Not a parent," and "Unknown"

Demographics for Search:

  • Age:

    • "18-24," "25-34," "35-44," "45-54," "55-64," "65 or more," and "Unknown"

  • Gender:

    • "Female," "Male," and "Unknown"

  • Household income:

    • “Top 10%,” “11-20%,” “21-30%,” “31-40%,” “41-50%,” “Lower 50%,” and “Unknown”

Demographic targeting for Google Ads Video campaigns can include:

  • Age:

    • "18-24," "25-34," "35-44," "45-54," "55-64," "65 or more," and "Unknown"

  • Gender:

    • "Female," "Male," and "Unknown"

  • Household income:

    • “Top 10%,” “11-20%,” “21-30%,” “31-40%,” “41-50%,” “Lower 50%,” and “Unknown”

  • Parental status:

    • "Parent," "Not a parent," and "Unknown"

Refine your strategy

  • Targeting: Demographic targeting can be combined with other targeting strategies.

  • Exclusions. You can also exclude demographic categories so you don’t show your ads to certain demographics.

  • Customize your bids. While still showing your ads to everyone, you can place higher (or lower) bids for a certain demographic group

Topic Targeting

Only for Display & Video

  • You'd like to show your ads on a broad set of websites related to certain topics.

  • For example, if you sell bicycles and know that your customers also like hiking and camping, you can try advertising on a large number of websites by selecting the Hiking and Camping subtopic to show your ads on web pages about this topic.

  • You'd like to quickly ramp up your ad delivery.

  • If you'd like to prevent your ads from appearing on pages about specific topics that aren't performing well or are unrelated to your business, you can exclude those topics.

Managed Placement Targeting

Only For Display & Video

Placements are locations on the Google Display Network where your ads can appear. A placement can be a website or a specific page on a site, a mobile app, video content, or even an individual ad unit.

The Basics

  • The placement has to be part of the Display Network for your ads to show there.

  • If a specific website you target has an equivalent app, your ads can also show there.

  • You can only add managed placements to certain campaign types: "Display Network only," "Search Network with Display Select," and "Video."

  • As with all Google Ads, you'll compete with other advertisers to show your ads on placements you select.

  • If you choose popular sites or are just getting started with advertising on the Display Network, you may need higher bids to get impressions. You can always adjust your bids later.

Why add managed placements

  • Show your ads only on specific placements you choose

    • If you want to run ads on the Display Network but only on placements you’ve hand-picked, you can do so with managed placements.

      • For example, if you sell travel packages and want your ads to appear on a particular website or a specific page about travel, add it as a managed placement.

  • Show your ads on placements where your customers spend time

    • If you know of a website that your customers visit, consider adding it as a managed placement.

      • For example, if your typical customer spends a lot of time on example.com and you want your ads to appear there, add it as a managed placement.

  • Get more (or less) traffic from placements by setting individual placement bids

    • If you find that advertising on a specific site works well, you may decide to increase your bid for just that one site to be more competitive and increase your potential exposure on that site.

      • On the other hand, you may want to reduce your bid for another placement that may not provide as many conversions.

Ad Schedule Targeting

You can use the ad schedule to:

  • Specify certain hours or days of the week when you want your ads to show.

  • Set bid adjustments to increase or decrease your bids for specific days and times.

Devices Targeting

Only For Display & Video

  • For Display and Video campaigns, you can target specific device types, operating systems, device models, and ad inventory (spaces where publishers allow ads to run), as well as carriers and wireless networks.

  • You can set targeted bid adjustments for tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers.

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