Google Marketing Live 2019: All the highlights you missed

Google Marketing Live 2019 just launched 10 new digital marketing products. Read on for the major breakthroughs you need to know about.

The annual Google Marketing Live event happened last week and saw the search engine giant launch several exciting new products and some clever updates for Google Ads.

Google Ads, formerly known as Google AdWords, is now more comprehensive yet easier to use, making the online advertising and digital marketing sphere better for businesses.

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Businesses can now make use of a new and improved Google Ads app, Local campaigns and exciting new Discovery Ads to maximize their online strategy. Other developments to report on include deep linking, gallery ads and shopping updates.

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Google Marketing Live: The scoop

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The announcements were made at Google Marketing Live; a super important annual SEO event full of innovation and ideas, held over two days in the US. Google held the main keynote, eight hours of presentations and live Q&A with industry leaders.

This was the first time Google Marketing Live streamed the conference live online. This allowed viewers from all over the world to engage directly with product managers. Industry leaders answered questions and gave their personal tips on best practices.

If you weren’t lucky enough to watch this year’s Google Marketing Live event in-person or remotely as it unfolded, read on. We’ve compiled the standout highlights from Google, including new launches, developments and recommendations.

New and improved Google Ads App

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They took their time but the Google Ads mobile app is now functioning to full capacity so you can make your dream ad from wherever. You no longer need to suffer the frustration of limited mobile features like only being able to start and pause your campaign.

With the launch of Responsive Search Ads you can now create and edit ads on the go. You’ll also soon be able to receive new recommendations and alerts to your app directly from Google Ads. This will give you an insight into things you can do to increase performance in the new and improved app.

In light of whatever tip Google wants to send you, you’ll be able to add new keywords to your Google Ads campaign to improve it. You’ll also be able to pause those which aren’t doing so well and opt in to all the new smart bidding features.

So next time you’re away on holiday without your laptop, simply log in to your Google Ads app. You’ll be free to get creative writing and launching your responsive ad straight from your phone.

Better than ever Local campaigns

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We know it’s good to be a little more connected to our local community and invest in local business. Thank goodness there are new features for Local campaigns helping to make this a reality.

Google has made Local campaigns available to small businesses. They can now also enjoy promoting products currently in stock thanks to new inventory in Google Maps. This showcases info to local people who are using Google to shop.

The Local campaign category is the first on Google Ads especially made to help businesses attract foot traffic to local branches.

Google said, in regards to global studies with 10 advertisers: We found that Local campaigns helped brands drive a median 5x incremental return-on-ad-spend from their business locations.

Local campaigns will continue to become more effective. They will expand to assist more businesses and encourage other calls to action from nearby shoppers, like contacts or directions. Google has also said it plans to improve local ads by showing more specific data and special offers.

New Google Discovery Ads

Don’t you love the Instagram Explore page? Hours can go by as you flick through images of whatever you’re into from a source you’ve never heard of. The internet is smart and may just introduce you to your favorite new food, shopping site, blogger or local deli you didn’t know about.

Google feels us too and is actually on to something similar. So-called Discovery Ads is a new launch to be displayed on the Google and YouTube mobile home pages, as well as the Gmail promotions tab.

Discovery Ads was announced at Google Marketing Live and helps businesses inspire and engage potential customers with rich and relevant content. Advertisers can now reach consumers across Google channels at the very moment they’re open to discovering their product or service!

Researchers at Google & Ipsos found 76% of people love making unexpected discoveries when shopping. And 85% will take a product-related action within 24 hours of discovery, such as reading reviews, comparing prices or purchasing!

Google Shopping revolution

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Google Marketing Live presented a new captivating look to the smart Shopping Ad campaigns and the Shopping tab. Shoppable ads now feature enticing ways for consumers to explore and compare countless products from various stores.

Meanwhile, advertisers can promote store visits and display local product information.

Shoppers get a bespoke homepage on the Shopping tab allowing them to filter based on their favorite features and preferences. They will also be able to watch reviews and other relevant videos about the items.

Google said of those entering shopping-related searches: About 60% are from users browsing a category or brand like ‘Max Mara dress’ or ‘living room decor ideas.’

Customers can choose from various products available online from a nearby store and buy directly from Google. Retailers and brands now have one uniform platform for local ads and transactions.

The new Google Shopping experience lets users add items from different unrelated online sources to one overall shopping cart. This is good for everyone as it makes shopping for more items easier while letting buyers keep track of their spending. Clever.

Our summary of the rest

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Other launches at Google Marketing Week 2019 include new Gallery ads allowing users in to an interactive experience with an image carousel. Shoppers can now enjoy swiping through, say, a selection of jackets from a fashion retailer at the top of a search result. Sounds fun!

There is also a new audience expansion tool which helps advertisers expand their reach, much like Facebook’s lookalike audience tool. Simply identify the best-performing custom audience and use Google’s audience expansion tool to target others with similar demographics.

Deep linking is now a thing and you’ll be able to link from a Google Search, Shopping or Display page to your app. A user can click the link and go directly to a page within your dedicated business app – as long as they have it installed already. This feature allows for a faster and more bespoke shopping experience.

Google says early tests have been promising: On average, deep linked ad experiences drove twice the conversion rates.

Meanwhile, a new bumper machine tool lets you make those 6-second ads that play on YouTube before a video starts, at no extra cost. This was previously reserved for advertisers with a heap of resources but now everyone can benefit from bumper ads thanks to the handy new tool in the Google Ads interface.

An exciting online marketplace

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Google Ads is evolving the digital marketing and online advertising space. Businesses can now use social media, YouTube and Gmail to reach a giant, relevant audience through one Google Ad campaign.

As long as you know what you’re doing to make full use of the new features and developments, you can make this marketplace work for you. Just make sure you’re using the right SEO keywords to rank organically too.

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