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We introduced Upgraded URLs in February to help you manage your landing page and tracking information separately, using the new final URL and tracking template fields. This new URL structure lets you track more insights into your ad performance, scale tracking updates across your account, and keep your ads running while making updates to your shared tracking templates.

As a reminder, all advertisers will need to use Upgraded URLs in place of destination URLs starting on July 1, 2015. If you do not use tracking parameters in your destination URLs or only use auto-tagging, you can wait for the auto-upgrade starting on July 1st.1

Today, we’d like to share tips to help you take advantage of the benefits of Upgraded URLs, and stories from advertisers who are succeeding with the new and improved URL system.

Tips for upgrading your URLs
  1. To track audience, location and mobile performance, add the new ValueTrack parameters to your tracking templates using the advanced upgrade.2
  2. Keep your ads running even while you make important edits to your tracking using the new shared tracking templates. For example, if you launch a new promotion, add your new tracking parameters to your campaign level tracking template - saving you time and avoid losing potential new business.
  3. If you make frequent tracking updates across your account, use the advanced upgrade and shared tracking templates. This lets you make tracking updates in one place and apply them to your entire account, campaign or ad groups.
To learn more about the benefits of Upgraded URLs, check out this video.

Early success

From time savings to reliable and scalable tracking management - here are some of the success stories we’ve heard from advertisers who are using Upgraded URLs.

"Our clients like to move fast, which means a lot of changes to landing pages and tracking that we need to append onto our URLs. Upgraded URLs let us be nimble with these changes, without the risk of losing our ad history or triggering a review. The new value track parameters let us see deeper insights into our business, and we can set them at the account level for easier implementation. I absolutely recommend upgrading to any advertiser." — Sean McEntee, Account Lead at 3Q Digital

"Upgraded URLs let us set different final URLs for mobile and desktop under the umbrella of a single ad. This gives our teams and our advertisers’ businesses a more reliable way to update tracking and helps ensure customers land on the appropriate page, rather than relying on URL redirects." — David Gong, Director of Strategic Accounts at PMG

Upgrade today

If you haven’t updated your URLs yet, check out our blog or the upgrade guide to learn how you can upgrade them today. As always, please contact us at any time for help with the upgrade.

Posted by Leo Sei, Product Manager, Google AdWords

Your destination URLs will automatically be moved to the new final URL field for any ad groups that do not contain active or paused cross-domain redirect URLs. 
Adding the new ValueTrack parameters using the advanced upgrade, will reset your ad stats once during the upgrade. After the upgrade, any changes to your shared tracking template or custom parameters will not reset your stats. As a reminder, you can always access your historical ad stats in your normal AdWords reporting.

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Even as smartphone and tablet screen sizes get bigger, it can be hard for our fingers to keep up. It’s still so easy to click when you mean to swipe or to tap on a link or ad you didn’t mean to. When it comes to mobile ad clicks across networks, recent third party studies estimate that up to 50% of clicks are accidental. For advertisers, this can artificially inflate clickthrough rates and increase costs.

As we continue to enhance our display ad formats to make them more engaging, we also strive to maximize click quality. In 2012, we introduced confirmed clicks on banner ads to prompt users to verify that they actually meant to click on an ad. Over the past year, we’ve expanded on those efforts to provide greater automation and require less work from users. Now, to make the experience even more seamless, we’re automatically blocking ad clicks in several instances that frequently lead to accidental clicks. Here are three new updates we’ve made:
  1. Blocking clicks that happen close to the image edge: On mobile image ads, we’ve identified the image border as an area prone to accidental clicks when users are trying to click or scroll to adjacent content. Now, they must click on a more central part of the image to navigate to an advertiser’s website or app. 
  2. Blocking clicks on the app icon: On in-app interstitial ads, users will no longer be able to click on the app icon of an install ad given its proximity to the ad close button. Instead, users must click on the call-to-action button to visit an app store page and install the app.
  3. Adding a clickability delay: Ads will only become clickable after they’ve been onscreen for a short period of time. This gives users enough time to examine the content of an ad and helps eliminate accidental clicks from users who didn’t expect to see an ad.
A better experience for both users and advertisers

These latest click quality enhancements improve the user experience by keeping them within their desired website or app and not involuntarily taking them to another page. They also benefit advertisers by reducing costs from accidental clicks and improving conversion rates. To date, we’ve seen a 15% average conversion rate lift on display ads by driving more qualified clicks with these updates.

In the long run, advertisers can further improve performance by re-investing spend saved from accidental clicks back into their display campaigns. To learn more about display campaigns and ad formats, visit our Help Center and read more on best practices, as well as our latest ad placement policies for apps and websites to maximize click quality.

Posted by Pasha Nahass, Product Manager, Mobile Display Ads

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With over 30 million songs, Google Play Music provides access to the music people want. And today, we’re introducing a free, ad-supported version so even more people can enjoy music that makes whatever they’re doing better.

At any moment in the day, Google Play Music has music for what people are doing  – whether you’re working, working out, or working it on the dance floor – offering curated radio stations that deliver the right song at the right time. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so listeners can just enjoy the music, effortlessly.

This new ad-supported version is great for advertisers interested in connecting with consumers through premium content and delightful mobile experiences. This Google Play Ads inventory is available through the Google Display Network (GDN), which gives advertisers access to engaging and beautiful ad units such as TrueView video ads and Lightbox ads – all mobile-optimized, seamless across screens, and simple to set up. As part of the GDN, advertisers can use keywords, affinity audiences and remarketing to reach the right people at the right time.

Many advertisers are already investing in this new music inventory, including the media agency Omnicom. Steve Katelman, EVP of Global Strategic Partnerships at Omnicom shared that: “We want to reach customers where they're spending the most time, so music is a critical part of our media mix. As a launch partner for Google Play Music, Omnicom Media Group can offer our clients an invaluable head start in delivering engaging, high-impact brand messages on mobile and the web to music-loving consumers.”

To get started with ads on Google Play Music, set up your campaign in AdWords or Doubleclick Bid Manager today.

Posted by Elias Roman, Product Manager, Google Play Music

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Consumer behavior is undergoing a massive shift: the consumer journey has fragmented from a series of predictable media sessions to hundreds of "micro-moments," where people turn to the nearest device to solve an immediate need. Our goal is to help marketers put the puzzle pieces of the consumer journey back together, which is why we've been investing in cross-device technologies for the "last two years".

Since the delivery of cross-device reporting in AdWords last year, advertisers around the world have seen an uplift in conversions reported when including cross-device data. Today, we are excited to share conversion uplift benchmarks across multiple industries and in four countries. These are additional conversions that would otherwise not have been attributed in AdWords when using single-device measurement methods. We hope these insights inspire you to capture “leaked” conversions from your own campaigns.
Click here to view full infographic
To help marketers understand the full value of their advertising, we calculate cross-device conversions across both search and display, a feature that Google is uniquely positioned to deliver. And starting today, we’re bringing cross-device measurement to DoubleClick, so marketers can now measure all of their campaigns across the web.

As marketers across many countries and industries recognize how people interact with content across devices, we wanted to share more perspectives from businesses already using the data, information about how the product works and best practices for getting started.

Customer Stories and Product Insights

Vivint, a smart home technology provider, always assumed it had many customers visiting on one device and converting on another--but it never had quantifiable proof. With AdWords cross-device conversion measurement, Vivint discovered mobile display was driving 23% more conversions than it was seeing via same-device measurement. It also discovered that by taking into account these cross-device conversions, its CPA was actually 19% lower than same-device reporting indicated. As a result, Vivint has begun shifting more of its marketing resources into cross-device initiatives.

For fashion brand Charlotte Russe, understanding consumer interaction across devices is a top priority because of the mobile-first nature of its target audience: young women. Using cross-device measurement on the Google Display Network, Charlotte Russe saw 8.5% more conversions than it would have using single-device measurement. It also learned its mobile CPA was 7.8% lower than single-device metrics indicated. As a result Charlotte Russe is adjusting its bids to value mobile more, with the goal of increasing its mobile presence.

By including cross-device conversions in the overall performance report from a President’s Day marketing push, La-Z-Boy was able to measure 31% more conversions from its mobile display remarketing campaign. This means each dollar it spent on its GDN program is driving more value than single-device metrics indicated. La-Z-Boy is increasing its focus on these insights so it can make more informed bid and budget decisions.

Michael Griffin, CEO of Retail search agency Adlucent, analyzed cross-device data for 16 retailers and found that, on average, 30% more search conversions could be attributed to smartphones. "We recommend using this data to optimize mobile bid modifiers and budgets at the most granular level possible and make adjustments frequently. Without taking cross-device conversions into consideration, you could be losing new customers, revenue and market share." 

Shreya Kushari, SVP, Search Marketing & Performance Media at global marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi, shared that her team is seeing cross-device reporting uncover between 10-25% more estimated total conversions for search ads across client accounts. "With this gauge, we have a better sense of how consumers are interacting with our ads across devices which enables a more complete assessment of the impact of our search investment."


Cross-device conversions are estimates based on aggregated, anonymized data from a sample set of users that have previously signed-in to Google services. This data is then extrapolated to represent the broader population and only reported if it reaches a strict, highly conservative confidence level. To learn more about how the product works, visit our Help Center or watch this helpful video.
Best Practices Checklist
To help marketers optimize across multiple devices in AdWords, we’ve created a new Best Practices Checklist.

This checklist will show you how to:
  • Capture all possible conversions through smarter conversion tracking and better site experiences
  • Report on all cross-device conversions for a deep understanding of your performance
  • Set bids and messaging that align with users and their place in the conversion journey
To get started with cross-device measurement, just setup conversion tracking, and conversions will appear in the Estimated Total Conversions column when enough data has been collected. We hope these insights help you measure the moments that matter.

Posted by The Inside AdWords Team

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In February, we announced Upgraded URLs - a faster and easier way to manage your URLs in AdWords. With Upgraded URLs, you’ll be able to manage your landing page and tracking information separately using the new final URL and tracking template fields.  Check out this video to learn more about the benefits of Upgraded URLs.

Starting on July 1st, all advertisers will need to start using Upgraded URLs in place of destination URLs. If you’ve already updated your URLs to Upgraded URLs, then you’re all set and no further action is required. If you haven’t upgraded yet, read on to find out what will happen to your ads1 and URLs starting July 1, 2015, and your options for the upgrade.

What happens starting July 1, 2015

Starting on July 1st, please prepare for the following changes:
  1. Destination URLs can no longer be edited or created. Any new URLs will need to be created using the new Upgraded URL fields.
  2. Destination URLs will be automatically moved to the new final URL field for any ad groups in your account that do not contain cross-domain redirect URLs.2 In your AdWords account, you will receive an alert informing you of any remaining ad groups that were not upgraded.
  3. Any ads with destination URLs that have not been updated to Upgraded URLs will stop serving in a few months. We’ll let you know 30 days before your ads stop serving by email and with an alert in your account.
Frequently asked questions

See answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the upgrade below.

Q: Do I need to upgrade if I don’t use URL tracking, or if I only use auto-tagging?
A: No, you can wait for the auto-upgrade starting on July 1st. Our system will automatically move your destination URLs into the new final URL fields, and your reporting columns will update to reflect these changes. During the auto-upgrade, your ad performance statistics will not be reset, and your ads will not be required to go through policy review.
Q: Which URL types will not automatically be upgraded and eventually stop serving?
A: URLs that fall under this category include those that contain the following: cross-domain redirects, the “{copy}” ValueTrack parameter, tracking parameters using “{}” that are not an AdWords ValueTrack parameter, or a domain different from the one used in your ad’s display URL. Please manually upgrade these URLs prior to July 1st. 
Q: How do I upgrade my cross-domain URLs?
A: Use the basic or advanced method with help from our upgrade guide for these URLs, making sure to upgrade both your paused and active URLs. Please work with your third party tool provider if you need help.
Q: Will my ad stats be reset during the upgrade?
A: To preserve your ad stats, use the automated or basic upgrade methods, or wait for our system to auto-upgrade your URLs. Your performance statistics will be retained and your ads will not need to go through policy review.
If you don’t mind re-setting your ads stats and taking full advantage of the benefits of Upgraded URLs, then use the advanced upgrade method. This lets you use the new tracking templates and the ValueTrack parameters. Any changes made after this upgrade will not reset your ad stats.
As a reminder, you can still access all historical performance statistics for your removed ads through your AdWords reports.
Q: I use dynamic tracking in my URLs, what do I need to do?
A: You will need to manually upgrade your URLs using the basic upgrade method before July 1st. Learn more.
For additional details, please see the FAQ on our upgrade guide.

Help with the upgrade

We know that this update requires some work from you, and we’re here to help. Here are some resources to help you pick the best upgrade option and guide you through the process.

We look forward to your continued success with AdWords. Please contact us at any time for help with the upgrade.

Posted by Leo Sei, Product Manager, Google AdWords

Everywhere we say ads, we also mean URLs used in keywords, sitelinks, auto-targets, and other targeting options available for the Search Network, Display Network and Shopping.

Destination URLs using cross domain redirects - meaning your URLs redirect to a site other than your domain - are not eligible for the auto-upgrade. You must manually upgrade your URLs with help from the upgrade guide.

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 This year we’ve updated the Google Shopping Feed Specification together with our Google Product Taxonomy. The goal of these changes is to create a richer experience for customers searching for your products online and to simplify the process of providing information in your feed. Some of the updates require changes to your current product data that need to be implemented by September 15, 2015.

Here's what's been updated:

Google Shopping Feed Specification
  • Units & Quantity attributes are now available for the US
  • We tightened guiding principles around the ID Attribute and GTINs
  • We disentangled Apparel and Variants attributes and expanded the requirements to Brazil. This revamped section is called: ‘Detailed Product Attributes and Item Groupings
  • We are releasing stable numeric Google Product Category IDs that can also be provided as values for the Google Product Category attribute
  • We expanded the Shipping requirements to Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Japan to enable total price displays to users in these countries 

Google Shopping Product Taxonomy
  • We simplified many Google Product Taxonomy paths by rolling up a number of categories to their parent nodes
  • Most of the categories under Activewear are now included with their non-active counterparts, for example, 'Active Skirts' will now be found under 'Skirts'
  • We added more categories to the verticals ‘Food, Beverages & Tobacco’ and ‘Mature’
  • Some verticals have undergone significant rework, and you may wish to revisit your provided Google Product Categories
Learn more.

Beginning September 15, 2015, we’ll start enforcing the feed specification update globally with the exception of shipping. Given that specifying accurate shipping rates can be more complex, we're providing more implementation time for this change -- shipping enforcement will begin February 1, 2016. All Product Taxonomy changes are recommended and not required.

You can submit the new attributes starting later this week. We encourage you to review the new feed specification, as some of these updates will require changes to your current product data. To find a list of all changes, view the updated feed specification in the Merchant Center Help Center.

To deliver the best online shopping experience for your customers, always make sure to comply with our Google Shopping policies and legal requirements while participating in Google Shopping to avoid any product or feed disapprovals.

Posted by Angelika Rohrer and Patrik Reali, Google Shopping Team

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Designed with some of our most sophisticated advertisers in mind, an AdWords manager account is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing multiple accounts. To help save you time and provide more visibility into account performance, we’re introducing a number of exciting enhancements, including cross-account campaign management, powerful reporting tools, and improved account navigation.

Manage your campaigns at scale

Creating reports and making quick changes to campaigns across multiple accounts can be incredibly time consuming. To help you manage and report on all of your campaigns at scale, from a single view, we’ve added a new “Campaigns” view to the manager account dashboard.

The campaign-level actions you’re familiar with at the individual account level are now available at the manager account level. You can add columns, apply segments, and set filters to report on campaign performance for up to 20 selected accounts. Or, you can take action by quickly updating daily budgets and enabling or pausing your campaigns across those accounts. You can also create a new campaign for any individual account right from your manager account.

Create better, more insightful reports

Data freshness in the manager account dashboard now matches the rest of AdWords. This means you no longer have to navigate to individual accounts for the most up-to-date reporting metrics. To make the dashboard reports more useful, you can now select a custom date range beyond the last 90 days, and compare it to any period you want. We’ve also added more reporting columns, including conversions, as well as the ability to chart performance directly in the dashboard.
To help you explore your account data in more meaningful ways, we’ve added advanced segmentation and filtering tools. Quickly slice your data based on what matters most to your business, such as by network, click type, or device. Then, apply filters to help identify new opportunities or to simply see the data you’re interested in.

If you use sub-manager accounts, there’s also a new dropdown to help you refine your dashboard to only show performance data across directly linked sub-manager and individual accounts, all linked sub-manager and individual accounts, or all linked individual accounts.
Navigate faster between accounts

Finally, we’ve made it easier to find the account you want to view. You can now search for or select the manager account or individual account you want to jump to by expanding the dropdown at the top of your AdWords account.

Customer stories

Many customers are already seeing early success with these enhancements to manager accounts.

Our product line recently expanded, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of AdWords accounts we manage. However, the ability to identify meaningful trends in campaign performance and take action where it’s most impactful — all from a single view — not only saves us 4-5 hours each week, but also gives us more confidence in the health of our accounts.” — Katherine Doty, Global Search Marketing Manager at Rosetta Stone

We have over 90 individual AdWords accounts and rely on a strong campaign naming convention to effectively manage all of them. Thanks to the new campaigns view in our manager account, we can now manage and optimize all our campaigns from a single view. This saves us countless hours since we no longer have to click through and manage our campaigns, account by account.” — Jeremy Legrand, Head of SEM at Kaymu

New enhancements, new name

To simplify our naming convention and align with these new enhancements, we’ll no longer use “My Client Center” and “MCC” to refer to AdWords manager accounts. Throughout the year, you’ll see these changes reflected across the AdWords Help Center and in our future communications.

You can take a tour in AdWords of the new enhancements, or learn more about manager accounts in the AdWords Help Center.

Posted by Zak Stern, Product Manager, AdWords

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Today’s consumer journey has become fragmented into micro-moments that span many channels, devices and media types.  As a brand trying to reach today’s consumer, it’s more important than ever that you know which moments matter most.  And, because consumers are making decisions faster than ever, you need to be able to make decisions equally as fast.

The good news is that while technology makes the consumer journey more fragmented, it also makes it easier to measure brand impact. At Google, it’s our mission to help you measure all of the moments that matter -- from first impression to final conversion.

That’s why last year we launched our Brand Lift solution, giving you insights into what impact your YouTube ads have on the consumer journey - from awareness, to ad recall, to brand interest - in a matter of days, not weeks or months.

So how is our one-year-old doing?  In the first year, we’ve run more than 10,000 studies on YouTube campaigns.  In April, we published an analysis showing the results Brand Lift has measured on YouTube, and found that 94% of campaigns saw a lift in ad recall, with an average lift of 80%.  Not bad for a toddler!

Today, we are excited to announce that we’re expanding Brand Lift to include measuring lift in consideration, favorability and purchase intent for your ads. Our survey methodology will quickly tell you how your YouTube ad resonates at different points in the consumer journey:

  • Did my ad break through with consumers?
  • Are they more aware of my brand after seeing my ad?
  • Is their consideration of my brand higher after my campaign?
  • Are consumers more favorable towards my brand after seeing my ad?
  • Has their intent to purchase from my brand risen?

And because more than half of YouTube traffic occurs on mobile devices, we’ve expanded Brand Lift to measure the impact of ads served on YouTube’s mobile app as well.

With these additions, you can measure more of the moments that make up today’s consumer journey, giving you a more complete view of how your YouTube campaigns drive impact.

Happy birthday Brand Lift!  Hope you like the new features we got you.

Posted by Samir Pradhan, Product Manager, Brand Lift

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Delivering relevant information to consumers – especially in moments of intent – sits at the very foundation of Google AdWords and our broader philosophy toward marketing and advertising. And as consumer behavior has shifted through the years, it’s always been Google’s objective to help marketers navigate the implications of those shifts. Our goal is that the current standards for relevance can be well understood and acted on.

There’s no question that today we’re facing a consumer behavior shift that has huge implications for how brands should reach and engage customers – especially on mobile. Already, more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.1 But it’s not just the fact that there is more mobile usage; mobile devices are actually changing the way people engage with brands – online and offline.

This change in behavior has fractured the consumer journey into hundreds of short decision-making moments. Consider these three figures:
  • We've seen a 20% increase in mobile's share of online sessions across the web in the past year.2
  • Over the same time period, we’ve seen an 18% decrease in time spent per visit across the web.3
  • In other words, as mobile accounts for more sessions, sessions are getting shorter overall. But there’s a lot happening in these sessions: In the past year, mobile conversion rates have also increased by 29%.4
In essence, we no longer research purchases in long dedicated sessions on a laptop or desktop. Instead, we reach for our devices in the moment, we access information faster than ever before, and as a result we make more informed decisions... more quickly. In fact, 60% of online consumers say they are making purchase decisions more quickly because of online research now compared to a few years ago.5

For example, have you ever stopped in the middle of a conversation to look something up about what you just heard? Sixty percent of smartphone users report having done the same thing.6 And 66% of smartphone users turn to their smartphones to learn more about something they saw in a TV commercial.7 Overall, 65% of online users say they are looking up information online more now compared to a few years ago.8

Have you done a quick search to find the nearest coffee shop? Eighty-two percent of smartphone users turn to a search engine when looking for a local business.9

Or do you turn to your phone to get instructional help, say, while in the midst of doing a home repair? Ninety-one percent of smartphone users turn to their smartphone for ideas while doing a given task.10

Do you use your phone inside a shoe store to inform which running shoes to get? You’re not alone: 82% of smartphone users consult their phones while in a store deciding what to buy.11 And thanks to the rise of mobile devices, decisions are happening in more unusual places, too: 39% of consumers report having made a purchase in their kitchen, another 28% in their car.12

These are just a few examples of what we call “micro-moments” – those intent-rich moments when we want to learn, find, do or buy something, and we take immediate action – increasingly on our phones.  And in those moments, we have higher-than-ever expectations for the ads, content and experiences we get back. Whatever need we have in that moment, we want it addressed right, and right away.

To help marketers better understand this consumer behavior and its implications, today we’re launching new qualitative and quantitative insights at thinkwithgoogle.com/micromoments.
This initiative presents a collection of stories of real people and their real micro-moments – like when Mabel sought hairstyle inspiration while getting ready, and when Giana’s in-store research convinced her to buy a higher-priced medicine. Through these vignettes, and the related data, insights and content, we hope to shed light on why the intersection of consumer need and consumer context is at the heart of the mobile opportunity.

We hope you enjoy the stories and insights. This is just the beginning. Over the course of the coming months we’ll provide strategies and examples of how to connect the dots between intent and context, in order to win all the moments that truly matter.

Posted by Matt Lawson, Director, Performance Ads Marketing

1 Google internal data, April 2015
2 Google Analytics aggregated data, 2014-2015 for April 1-14, US
3 Google Analytics aggregated data, 2014-2015 for April 1-14, US
4 Google Analytics aggregated data, 2014-2015 for April 1-14, US
5 Consumers in the Micro-Moment, Wave 2, Google/Ipsos, US, May 2015, n=1,005, based on internet users
6 Google Consumer Surveys, US, May 2015, n=1653
7 Google Consumer Surveys, US, May 2015, n=1243
8 Consumers in the Micro-Moment, Wave 2, Google/Ipsos, US, May 2015, n=1,005, based on internet users
9 The Consumer Barometer Survey 2014/2015, US, n=1,000, based on internet users
10 Consumers in the Micro-Moment, Google/Ipsos, US, March 2015, n=5,398, based on internet users
11 Consumers in the Micro-Moment, Google/Ipsos, US, March 2015, n=5,398, based on internet users
12 Google Consumer Surveys, US, April 2015, n=1509

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As complexity increases in the app ecosystem, successful developers are looking for new ways to measure, manage, and optimize across multiple ad networks and operating systems.  This morning, at our annual I/O conference, we announced via Livestream a new set of media partnerships and ads offerings designed to meet the unique needs of mobile app marketers.  

Transparent, open and reliable measurement solutions

For app developers looking to drive installs and engagement, it’s critical to understand the effectiveness of various media partners and placements. That’s why we have been investing in solutions to help developers apply consistent measures across a fragmented ecosystem of ad networks, and understand the quality of users that each delivers.  

Google Analytics for Apps provides an industry-leading solution for in-app analytics that is increasingly benefiting advertisers as they seek more transparency into ad effectiveness across networks.  You can already use Google Analytics to track the performance of your mobile app install campaigns and understand the lifetime value of your users on both Android and iOS. As of today, we’ve built partnerships with 20+ ad networks including InMobi and Millennial Media since launching iOS conversion tracking late last year. Data integration with these partners provides a comprehensive view of app value across networks based on the metrics developers care about (i.e., LTV and retention), helping you make better decisions on where to spend your advertising dollars. In the next few months, you’ll be able to “postback” your conversions to referring networks in order to optimize your traffic -- all made possible with a single SDK. 

And it's not just about our measurement solutions.  We recognize that developers should have choices when it comes to attribution vendors, and are committed to open solutions for the industry.  That’s why we also announced the ability to integrate app install and event data from key third party measurement partners into AdWords. Working with third parties, including Adjust, Appsflyer, Apsalar, Kochava, and Tune, we are able to increase measurement accuracy between different trackers in AdWords, ensuring your data is accurate and reliable.

By partnering with these leading ad platforms and tracking systems, we believe we can make the entire mobile apps ecosystem stronger and more connected — all with the goal of making developers more successful.

But we didn’t stop there. 

It’s easier than ever to promote your apps across Google 

For developers looking to promote their app, we offer a variety of placements across Google Search, the AdMob network, mobile sites, and YouTube.  And earlier this year, we announced Search Ads on Google Play. By showing ads alongside app search results, you can reach consumers right when they’re looking for a new app, at the moment they are ready to install. 
Today we announced Universal App Campaigns, a new campaign type that allows advertisers to reach consumers across Google media more efficiently and effectively.  Universal App Campaigns offers a simple way to set up install ads for your Android apps in AdWords or directly from the Google Play Developer Console
With a single campaign, you can scale your reach across Google Search, the AdMob network, mobile sites, YouTube and Google Play. Just provide us with a few inputs about your app — what your ad creative will say, the audience you wish to reach, and how much you want to spend — we’ll do the rest for you. Behind the scenes, our ad creation and bidding engines will help maximize performance for your campaigns so you can spend more time building and enhancing your apps.  Search Ads on Google Play and Universal App Campaigns will be rolled out to developers and advertisers in the coming months.

Complete solutions for your entire business

Today at I/O we also announced solutions to help you develop apps, engage users organically, and earn more money from your app.  Our innovations in analytics and ads are designed to complement these offerings, and allow you to grow your business with measurement solutions that are open and reliable, and promotion tools that make ad buying easier and more effective.  Thank you to all the developers out there who are building these experiences. We look forward to engaging with your apps and supporting your ongoing innovation by working closely with you and your partners in the ecosystem.

Posted by Jonathan Alferness, Vice President, Product Management