This is a friendly reminder that starting on January 31, you’ll only be able to create and edit text ads using the expanded text ads format. You’ll no longer be able to create standard text ads. While this will be the last date to create them, existing standard text ads will continue to serve.Expanded text ads can deliver great results, particularly with a commitment to testing new creatives.
While making similar improvements to your ads, keep these best practices in mind:
Implement multiple versions of your ads. Aim for at least 3-5 per ad group.
Leave your standard text ads running. You can’t create new ones, but the old ones can still serve. Don’t delete them until they stop receiving impressions on their own or the message is no longer accurate.
Plan to optimize your ad rotation for clicks or conversions. These options give preference to ads that are likely to perform better.
Focus your testing on headlines. They’re the most important part of your ads.
Consider shorter headlines on things like brand terms where someone might not need more info.
Iterate new ads based on previously successful creative. Learn from what already works.
Add terms from user queries and your keywords in your longer headlines whenever appropriate.
As you prepare for expanded text ads to become the only way to create new text ads, check out our best practices guide for creating effective ads or our previously-hosted Hangout-on-Air for more advice. Take advantage of AdWords Editor, the AdWords API or the ETA Transition Helper to make these changes across your entire account.