Audience Controls for Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns

Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns offer advertisers powerful results using machine learning and special features. But in some cases, audience controls are necessary to provide some guardrails for broad targeting.

After reading this post, you’ll have a better idea of how targeting works with Advantage+ Shopping, how to use audience controls, and how this approach could be helpful for other types of campaigns in the future.

Let’s go…

Advantage+ Shopping Campaign Targeting

Advantage+ Shopping Campaign

Targeting for Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns is essentially “let the algorithm do the work.” You custom audiences. No lookalike audiences. No interests and behaviors. You can’t even limit age groups.

What you see in the image above is it. You can provide countries or regions, but that’s it. Even within locations, you can’t provide states, cities, or zip codes.

It’s broad for a reason, but this can be problematic for advertisers who have (often legal) restrictions regarding customers they can serve by age or location.

Audience Controls

Go to Ad Account Setup within you Ad Account Settings. It should be the default view.

You should see Audience Controls within the Account Controls section.

Click on it, and you’ll see this…

Advantage+ Shopping Campaign

Toggle on “My business can only advertise in specific locations.” You can then search for or enter specific countries, states/regions, cities, postal codes, addresses, DMAs or congressional districts where you don’t want to deliver your ads.

Audience Controls for Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns

Requiring the entry of every place you don’t want to reach people is a weird approach. You’d think an option to list the only places you want to target people would make sense, too.

Luckily, you can also add locations in bulk.

You can then paste a list of locations.

Audience Controls for Advantage+ Shopping

Click to match…

Audience Controls for Advantage+ Shopping

You can download that list or save it to use it later.

It’s a bit more straight-forward for age-restricted goods or services.

Audience Controls for Advantage+ Shopping

Simply provide the minimum age you can serve, and you’re good to go.

These settings will apply to all Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns going forward.

Why Stop There?

You’d think that this type of approach could be helpful elsewhere. Consider the change to location targeting (“living in or recently in” default) as an example.

What if there could be an account-wide location setting that isolates travelers for the tourism industry or local residents for service businesses?
It would be different than these audience controls, but a similar concept.

You’d think that there could be some account-wide settings that could help in these and other unique cases.

Your Turn

Are you using audience controls for Advantage+ Shopping Campaigns?

Let me know in the comments below!

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