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15 Google Ad Extensions To Improve Your Ads

October 27, 2017
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written by Rob Wass

Google Ad extensions offer additional details to expand your ads and give users more information and benefits. Here's how you can use 15 of them to boost conversions and ROI.

There are plenty of articles out there telling you how to increase your Google Ads CTR with the latest hack or trick.

But ad extensions definitely improve your CTR – Google have said so themselves.

What you need are ad extensions that boost your conversions and give you a healthy ROI. They also need to be appropriate for your business. There are many different formats to choose from, including:

  • Location information
  • Extra text
  • Call buttons
  • Direct links to webpages
  • Star ratings

If you’re thinking it’s a lot to take in, fret not! This article will discuss what Google ad extensions are, what each ad extension type does and how to choose the correct extensions for your business so you can get the most out of them.

What is an ad extension?

Ad extensions are extra pieces of information that “extend” your ads with useful features for users. Because they expand your ads, that means they take up more space on the search results page which, in itself, increases CTR. Instant bonus.

Google Ads will select for you which extensions to show in order to maximise the performance of your ads, based on each individual search on Google. It’s best if you use all the extensions relevant to what you want from your ad.

The whole point is to add as much content to your ad as possible and thanks to these extensions your ad will have higher visibility and prominence in the results, adding value and improving your ROI.

The total number of clicks usually increases, as you are providing people with extra ways to interact and contact you, such as with maps or calls for instance.

How are manual extensions different from automatic extensions?

automated ad extensions

There are two types of ad extension: manual and automated extensions.

Manual ad extensions take a little setting up (hence the name) but automated ad extensions are added by Google Ads when it predicts they’ll improve your ad performance. They are dynamic and pull data from your site to generate a suitable extension relevant to a particular search term.

As there’s no setup needed for automated extensions, they won’t show in your options as you’re adding manual extensions.

When do ad extensions appear?

Google can approve or disapprove extensions, just like they can with ads and keywords. Any disapproved extensions won’t show and you need to edit these and re-submit to be reviewed.

Extensions don’t appear in your ad all the time, they’ll show when:

  • The extension or combination of extensions has been predicted to improve your ad performance.
  • The position and rank of your ad are high enough for the extensions to show up. To show extensions, Google Ads requires a minimum Ad Rank before it shows ads.

As there’s a limited amount of space in the search results, ads in the higher positions will obviously get the best chance for their extensions to show up. Generally, higher ads will have more extensions than the lower ones.

Google Ads require a minimum Ad Rank before your ads are shown, so you might have to increase your bid or your ad quality, or both, so your extensions will be displayed.

Best practices

  • Make sure you use all the extensions you feel are right for your business. Remember, they’ll only appear anyway if Google predicts they’ll improve your ad’s performance.
  • Try adding 4 or more extensions, such as callouts, site links, structured snippets and another you feel is right for you.
  • You can also create extensions at higher account levels such as account or campaign level if it suits your larger goals.
  • Choose extensions to achieve your main goal

Manual ad extensions

As the name suggests, manual ad extensions need to be set up manually, compared to automated ad extensions. Manual extensions are recommended for text ads because you can customise them to fit your campaign.

Location extensions

location extentions

These extensions show your location and a link to your business details page, which can include your opening hours, directions etc. Their details can encourage physical visits to your premises. If you’d prefer them to call a centralized line, as opposed to a specific location, you can use call extensions within your location extensions.

Sitelink extensions

Use these to link people directly to specific pages on your site, such as your opening hours, product page or your order page.

Affiliate location extensions

This will help people find retail chain stores that sell your products.

App extensions

You can easily encourage people to download your app.

Callout extensions

Callout extensions can help your conversions by offering more beneficial info, such as “free delivery” or “24/7 customer support.”

Call extensions

By adding your phone number to your ad, you’ll encourage people to act immediately and call your business right now. That’s why call extensions are so handy.

Message extensions

These obviously encourage people to text you straight from your ad.

Structured snippet extensions

With this, you can show more info customers may find valuable and attractive, by selecting a predefined header such as a product or service category and listing relevant items.

Price extensions

Showcase your products, categories and prices so people can browse right from your ad. Only available in select countries.

Promotion extensions

Promotion extensions display special sales, discounts, and offers. Perfect for seasonal ads during Christmas, Black Friday, back-to-school, or Valentine’s Day.

Automated ad extensions

Review extensions

The ability to add useful quotes or rankings from published sources, is available on desktop in select languages.

Automated call extensions

General call extension can be added manually but Google Ads may ad automated call extensions if your website has a contact number and you have call-based business goals or specific call campaigns.

Automated message extensions

These don’t require any set up either. Google Ads may use automated message extensions if you’ve set business goals regarding receiving text messages.

Dynamic sitelink extensions

Dynamic sitelink extension

Dynamic sitelink extensions add the most relevant sitelinks to your search ads, allowing users to connect to your site directly from your ad to what they need.

Dynamic structured snippet extensions

Dynamic structured snippet extension

Dynamic structured snippets add more descriptive text that helps people understand a business’s range of products and services. Using these extensions can improve CTR (click-through rate) and ROI (return on investment).

Conclusion

Ad extensions can be beneficial to your business as they target your a more specific customer base.

Their value lies in the fact you can easily focus on the goal you want to achieve, such as increase click-through rates to your site, visits to your store, calls straight through to your business and much more.

They’re free and with a little practice they’re easy to implement, so it seems a waste not to use them. Particularly with callout and call extensions, they can make or break a conversion.

Yes, you need to spend a little time really getting to know them and it will be time well spent doing your research on each one and testing a few so you can see the difference they make to your results.

With a little time and practice, you could see a big difference in the number of people that actually engage with your business. The whole point of these extensions is to efficiently and cost-effectively increase clicks to your site, viewer engagement and ultimately, your bottom line.

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Author
Rob Wass

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Robert Wass is Adzooma’s Co-Founder and Managing Director. Responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and strategy with a focus on acquisition, customer experience and scalability. Prior to founding Adzooma Robert spent 10 years working in the digital agency space working on sales strategy and driving acquisition for both start-ups and large corporations.
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