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Bing Expanded Ads Provide Further Optimization Opportunities for Marketers

November 21, 2018 Digital Media Solutions

Bing Expanded Ads Provide Further Optimization Opportunities for Marketers

Always on the hunt for increased market share, Bing continues to enhance their search experience and make updates to their platform. While Bing achieved 17% revenue growth for Microsoft year over year, they continued to lose ground to Google, which was up 22%. Eager to stay in step, Bing recently ushered in significant changes to the their ad platform offering further optimization opportunities for marketers.

Bing Ads Have Expanded Their Character and Line Count

Last week, Bing quietly updated its Bing Ads to allow more characters and lines. Few should find this news surprising, since Google did the same several months ago (and as Google goes, so goes Bing). The improved ad formatting allows for an optional third headline and second description line within the ad text. Character counts also increased and now allow for 30 characters per headline and up to 90 characters for each description line.

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The new update allows advertisers to import their expanded Google ads directly into Bing, or advertisers can create entirely new ads.

It’s too soon to know whether the addition of more lines and characters to Bing Ads will result in better performance, although like Google it seems poised to result in higher CTRs. Any other performance benefits it may offer remain to be seen.

Bing Competition Tab Allows for Agile Campaign Adjustments

The Bing Competition tab, which is now available globally, gives advertisers the how and why of a competitor’s ranking and the results they are seeing from paid ads. Advertisers are able to look at the performance of a competitor’s campaign via two interfaces in the Competition tab: Auction Insights and Recommendations, and then tweak their own campaign for more optimal results.

Bing Competition Tab Allows for Agile Campaign Adjustments

“We took the Auction Insights report and completely revamped it with richer visualizations, including the ability to segment the data using metrics such as time or device, as well as filter down to specific competitors or campaigns,” announced Bing in a recent press release on the changes.

With Auction Insights, long term trends can be seen broadly in the “Over Time” feature, with a further drill down providing detailed analytics into day, time, type of device and dayparting. Specific campaigns can be selected for a granular evaluation of a key competitor.

Recommendations is a key part of the Bing Competition tab, offering advertisers tips and tools to amend their campaigns if a competitor is getting the best of them. In their recent release Bing chose to focus on seven recommendation areas

  1. Competitive bidding
  2. Device optimizations
  3. Restrictive budgets
  4. Optimizing location targets
  5. Expanding geotargets
  6. Expanding reach within the Bing network
  7. Expanding keyword lists

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Digital Media Solutions, LLC (DMS), the largest single entry point for scalable and reliable, martech-enabled digital marketing solutions, deploys a robust database of consumer intelligence and leverages massive proprietary media distribution to provide customer acquisition campaigns that grow businesses, offer visibility into the customer experience and provide accountability for every media dollar spent. DMS continues to experience explosive year-over-year growth, with continuous recognition on the Inc. 5000 list, securing its sixth consecutive ranking in 2019, and the Entrepreneur magazine 360 list. Named one of America’s “Best Places to Work” by Inc. magazine and awarded the 2018 Excellence in Lead Generation Award by the LeadsCouncil, DMS brings together some of the industry’s most knowledgeable people, efficient processes and sophisticated technology across the digital marketing spectrum.

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