What Are Google Ads Extensions?
Google Ads extensions are the extra snippets shown below the ad copy.
They provide helpful information such as phone numbers, directions, location, products/services, etc.
Using these extensions helps your ads stand out from your competitors and boosts your click-through rate.
Despite setting Google Ads extensions, your ads won’t always show Google Ads extensions, and if they do, their format may vary.
This guide will help you:
- Why are Google Ads extensions useful
- 14 types of the most common Google Ads extensions
Why Use Google Ads Extensions?
On average, Google Ads Extensions will provide 10-15% improvements in CTR.
This affects your cost per click.
Adding ads extensions also help highlight your ad listing compared to other advertisers.
Its a great way of standing out in the crowd.
Using Google Ads extensions improves your Google Ads performance in a number ways:
- Extensions expand the ad with extra information—giving people more reasons to click it hence a higher click-through rate (CTR) and Return on Investment (ROI).
- Extensions increase the ads’ sizes hence more visibility on the Search Engine Results Page SERP – This ensures a higher click-through rate.
- Extensions lower cost. They improve ad ranking and can help lower cost-per-click (CPC), which means you’re getting more out of your paid ad spend.
- Extensions improve ad ranking.
- Extensions can include a link to a specific page on your website, your phone number, or any other additional information about your business.
Manual/Automated Google Ads Extensions
There are two types of Google Ads extensions types: manual, which requires some setup, and automated.
The extensions discussed in this guide are manual.
However, you can enable some of them (call extensions, sitelink extensions and structured snippet extensions) to be automated.
Though manual extensions need more setup, Google recommends them to advertisers.
This is because of their customizability and reporting simplicity.
How to Set Up Google Ads Extensions
Go to your Google Ads dashboard.
- Navigate to the Extensions page (Overview > Ads & Extensions > Extensions).
- Select Extensions.
- Hit the + button. You’ll see all ad extensions available to you.
- Select the ad extension you want.
- Then choose which level the extension should apply: account, campaign, or ad group level.
- Do you want to create new or use existing Ad extensions?
If you choose to use existing ad extensions, you’re shown a list of all the ad extensions you have in your account.
If you choose to create a new extension, you’ll need to fill out any text, contact information, description lines, or URLs Google prompts you to include. Customize the new ad extension as much as possible.
Set advanced extension options
Extension scheduling – Select when your ad extensions will be eligible to show – You’ll need extension scheduling in circumstances where there’s a seasonal offer or limited-time promotion.
You can set a start date and an end date for your ad extensions.
Ad schedule – Set up your extensions to only show during specific days and hours.
For example, if you have a call extension, make sure to schedule it to run only when someone’s around to answer the phone.
Location extensions allow you to list your business’s address in your ads.
Locations extensions are added at the bottom of the ad along with your operational hours.
When your customers click, they are taken to a Google map showing your location and can get directions to where you are.
There are two ways you can get your address to show.
- If you have a Google My Business (GMB) account, you can link it with your Google Ads account, so your ads will pull information from there.
- You can add your address to your Google Ads account if you do not have a GMB account.
This extension is ideal for businesses like restaurants, retail locations, barbers and beauty salons.
Sitelink extensions allow advertisers to display a short list of links to internal pages of their website that customers might find useful in the ad.
These sitelinks can be informational pages, product pages, blog posts, etc.
Sitelinks help users go deep into your website from a Google ad.
The extra links make the ad bigger, allowing you to take up more real estate in the SERP, which in turn provides more brand exposure and ensures an increased higher click-through rate.
Sitelinks also offer customers additional options to get what they need from your site with fewer clicks and less work.
Seller Ratings Extensions
Google Seller Ratings is a Google Ads extension that displays a rating between one and five stars on search ads.
It’s an automated extension calculated by aggregating customer reviews from various sources that Google trusts.
The resulting rating is displayed underneath the URL on Google ads.
Seller Ratings are for the entire site, not individual products.
Seller Ratings only appear if you have a minimum number of unique reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars or better.
Callout extensions are a way to promote unique offers or additional benefits of your product or business.
Callouts can cover a wide variety of offers or specific unique selling points about your business.
Callouts are the easiest way to show more value in your ad while also taking up more real estate on the SERP.
Callouts create CTAs within your ad, but they’re not clickable.
Instead, they work by giving you more room for information you want to share in the ad itself.
Structured Snippets Extensions
Structured snippet extensions highlight specific aspects of your products and services.
These ad extensions provide context on the nature and variety of your products and services before visitors click through to your site.
Each snippet contains a header and a list of features you would like to highlight.
Identified by colons, structured snippets are useful for highlighting specific products, services, and features customers may be looking for.
If your business relies on phone calls for leads, call extensions are a great resource.
Google Ads doesn’t allow you to include phone numbers in ad descriptions or headlines.
However, call extensions give you something better by adding an embedded, click-to-call phone number as an extension.
On desktop, it will show up as a phone number that users can enter into a mobile device; on mobile, this number is clickable.
Affiliate Location Extensions
Affiliate location extension is useful if you sell your products through retailers.
You specify the retailers’ locations in your ads.
You do not mention your location in your ads.
In the Affiliate Location extension, you show the retailer’s business address, phone number and a map marker along with your ad text.
Price extensions appear below your text ad on desktop and mobile, and give you more space to tell people details about what your business offers.
They show as a set of up to 8 cards that people can view to see different options and prices.
Price extensions allow you to showcase how much a given product or service costs.
If you have an app, you can highlight it in your text ads using the Google Ads App Extension.
Highlighting your app in the search results can be helpful to drive app downloads.
App extensions are mobile-only extensions, and they’ll feature the name and logo of your app next to a clickable “Install” CTA at the bottom of your ad.
App extensions are created to convince users to download apps.
Promotion extensions are the perfect way to display your current promotions on the search network without having to update your ad copy whenever there’s a sale.
You can highlight the type of promotion (% off, buy one get one) and also set a date range for the sale so that once the sale is over, the extension stops showing on the SERP.
Lead Form Extensions
Google Ads lead form extensions eliminate the need for users to fill out a form on your landing page by allowing them to submit their contact information directly on the SERP.
If the searcher uses their Google account, the relevant information can be pre-populated and lead form submitted with a single click.
This helps drive qualified leads into your marketing funnel and shortens the sales cycle.
Not every advertiser is eligible for this type of extension and must meet certain requirements including a history of compliance, a Google Ads account in an eligible vertical, and active campaigns running.
Image extensions are especially useful if you sell products or services that benefit from having imagery.
They let you use relevant visuals to complement your text ads, helping drive performance.
- Utilize all relevant ad extensions. While not all ad extensions are guaranteed to show up at the same time, it’s best to max out on the extensions you have running to increase the likelihood of having at least one ad extension show.
- Sitelinks, callout extensions, and structured snippets are universal extensions. Every marketer should use them to enhance their text ads.
- Remember that you will not get impressions just by setting up ad extensions. That is only the first step towards effective ad extension practices. It is crucial to monitor the performance of the ad extensions to get insight into what works for your customers by observing what boosts the CTR or improves your conversion.
- Though manual extensions require a bit more setup, max out on those before relying on their automated counterparts.
No matter what ad extension practice you choose, the key to all these Google Ad extension best practices is in testing. Like with any ad element, it’s essential to measure the performance of your ad extensions.
By looking at your AdWords account data you can see which ad extensions are working best for your account, campaigns, ad groups and ads, and which aren’t.