What are Google Adwords Extensions?

Have you been Googling around and noticed longer looking text advertisements than usual?

What you are seeing are ad extensions being displayed alongside a typical Google text ad on the search network. Using these extensions gives more information to the ‘Googler’ and (bonus!) these extensions are displayed at no additional cost.

Normally we use 4 kind of extensions in the campaign to enhance the performance of text ads.

Below is a synopsis of the type of extensions and how they work:

  • Sitelinks Ad Extension: The sitelinks ad extension shows links to specific pages on your website beneath the text of ads (and in addition to the main landing page), helping customers get to what they’re looking for on your site with just one click. Sitelinks appear in ads at the top and bottom of Google search results.

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  • Callout Ad Extension: The callout ad extension include additional text with search ads. Callouts are useful because, people can immediately identify the services you may have like free shipping, 24-hour customer service, or price matching. Callout extensions allow 3 to 4 additional 25-character phrases of text — providing 3 to 4 more ways to speak to a user. Callouts appear in ads at the top and bottom of Google search results.

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  • Structured Snippets: Structured snippets allow ads to highlight specific aspects of products and services. These ad extensions provide context on the nature and variety of products and services before visitors click through to website.

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Additionally, if your goal is to increase phone calls to your business or you want to get more orders from phone call, there is also the option of a ‘Call-only campaign’. You can add phone numbers to these ads and it makes it easy for people to call you on the go. (Example screenshot below). These ads work only on mobile devices that are capable of making calls.

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So what’s the goal of your adwords campaign? Are you a moving business who wants people to call you? Or are you selling watches and want to call out specific benefits of your brand. Or maybe you are a fitness studio and want to direct people to your schedule page and contact us page.

Choose which extension is going to help you achieve your adwords campaign goal and then go implement it.

 

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Lindsey is a digital strategist and owner of Smartify My Biz, an online marketing company that helps businesses win more customers with Adwords Management, SEO, Facebook Advertising and developing an Online Marketing Strategy. She uses her analytic skills to teach her clients the value of online marketing.