Google Ads Announces Top 3 Priorities for 2022

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Google Ads sheds light on their top 3 priorities for 2022: automation, measurement, and privacy. Learn how they’re tackling these topics.

As buyer behaviour carries on to shift through the pandemic; Google Ads has committed to a better experience for its users.

Google Ads announced its top 3 priorities for 2022: automation, measurement, and privacy.

Now, these aren’t new priorities, per say; but more so shifting how they’re focusing on every one. Let’s take a further look.

New Opportunities With Automation

Vice President and GM of Google Ads, Jerry Dischler, mentioned how shifts in consumer behaviour present both challenges and opportunities.

His conversations with brands have focused on the need for readiness, speed, and agility in order to drive growth. He later states:

“Over 80% of Google advertisers are now using automated bidding to free up time and improve ad performance.”

Under the Automation pillar; Google is emphasizing the use of Performance Max and Discovery campaign types.

Both campaign types focus on reaching users at scale from a single campaign. Google touts the benefits of these campaigns to include:

  • More simplicity in management (less campaigns)
  • Multi-channel reach
  • Greater ad inventory
  • Incremental conversions

For single channel campaign types like Search, Display, and YouTube, Google recommends leaning into automation with Smart Bidding, responsive search advertisements, and broad match keywords.

The Future Of Measurement

It’s no secret that measurement was a challenging topic for most advertisers. With the iOS 14 update, the future removal of third-party cookies, and more – new approaches to measurement will be critical for success.

Without meaningful results and data to back up your marketing efforts. It’s going to be harder to prove the value of marketing.

Google is rolling out new solutions to privacy and measurement including:

  • Enhanced conversions
  • Consent mode
  • Conversion modeling
  • Data-driven attribution

The solutions put in place will rely on your first-party data and privacy-safe APIs.

These efforts put the user first by respecting their privacy; but additionally listening to the needs of advertisers to track campaign efforts.

Delivering Expectations For Digital Privacy with Google Ads

It’s difficult nowadays to go without hearing of some kind of privacy breach. Google understands the increasing need for user privacy and controls.

While you need to build and cultivate relationships with your clients, they need to know that their data is safe and maintaining some level of anonymity.

Google has updated their privacy playbook to capture these needs both from the advertiser and user viewpoint. The 3 main highlights of this playbook include:

  • Building direct relationships with clients
  • Ensuring measurement remains accurate and actionable
  • Keep your advertisements relevant

In building direct relationships with clients, you’re able to capture first party data for more 1:1 direct communication, like e-mail marketing or in-application messaging.

What does this mean for advertisers?

While we’re all used to relying upon paid media to drive the final sale and showing direct Return on investment; the role of paid media (Google Ads) might need to change. This obviously is dependent on your overall strategy.
For instance, the goal of some of your non-branded or consciousness efforts should shift to capturing first-party data, in place of the final sale.

If you’re able to capture that first-party data on the first touch; you’d be capable to attribute a final sale back to that original touchpoint. Just remember to shift your attribution modelling to reflect changes in strategy.

SourceGoogle Ads & Commerce Blog