The rise of automation in Google Ads

The algorithms are trying to take the reins... Should we hand them over, or should we hold on tight?

One of the key shifts in Google Ads is the move away from advertiser control.

Ten years ago it was the advertiser’s role to determine when their ads should show, with the keyword being the primary unit of targeting…

Now, Google has moved to take the reins, encouraging us to let the smart bidding algorithms make those decisions for us, based on a wider set of signals… some of which are simply unavailable for manual use.

How far we should accept that move and put our trust in the algorithms is not a simple question, but it’s one of the key issues to grapple with as Google Ads continues to shapeshift…

The video above is #3 of the five-part mini-series outlining How Google Ads Has Changed.

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