What Is Google Discover?
Google Discover is a news feed of relevant articles based on your browsing and search history that can be further customised based on user preferences. It appears on the Google app for iOS and Andriod phones, as well as the Google homepage on any mobile phone.
Here’s what it looks like on mobile:
800 million people use to discover each month – so even if you’re not personally using it, it’s not to suggest that your ads won’t be reached by relevant audiences.
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What Will Discover Ads Look Like?
If you’re sceptical on the reach-ability on the discover feed – the good news is that these ads exist in other formats.
In addition to showing up within Google’s Discover feed on mobile and in-app, these ads will also appear in Gmail ads and YouTube Discover feeds.
It’s also important to note that these ads will look slightly different based on where they’re displayed, all of which are pictured below:
- YouTube Ads (pictured left) – These will show up on the “Discover” page, which exists as the homepage in YouTube’s current in-app setup. These will appear similar to the standard Discover ads with a large image, headline, and description, although it’s unknown if gallery-style ad functionality will extend to YouTube as well. However, YouTube Discover ads will have the added functionality of a call-to-action button to direct users to the next step. This feature is likely to prevent misleading users into thinking they’ll be brought to a YouTube video when they’ll actually be taken off the app.
- Discover Feed (pictured center) – Display as standard in-feed ads that you’d see on other social platforms with a large image, headline, and description. Google also announced they’ll soon be adding swipeable gallery ads to the mix later this year.
- Gmail (pictured right) – Appear as standard Gmail ads in Social and Promotion tabs, and within email search.
Ad Targeting & Setup
By nature, these ads are based on more in-depth targeting than a user’s search intent.
So, the targeting options follow suit.
Advertisers and brands can target based on Google’s audiences: interest, in-market, or affinity, or create custom intent audiences.
Google will also collect data from a variety of activities across Google-owned platforms like search activity, YouTube watch history, visits to sites within Google’s display network, and others to determine the best audience fit within these targets.
During the conference, Google shared an image of what the ad setup will look like for Discover Ads, which is set to roll out globally later this year:
Search Engine Land reported you can enter up to five different headlines for testing, your brand logo, and a larger landscape image. Google won’t allow any images that appear blurry, low-quality, or include calls-to-action or other forms of clickbait though.
Like most Google Ad products, advertisers will be charged on a per-click basis.
Why Marketers Should Care
Google is one of the kings of the ad space, but has been lacking this type of ad product that isn’t necessarily intent-focused.
Of course, intent is important in terms of catching the right person while they’re actively researching a product or service, but as Facebook has found with its ad success, sometimes a consumer might not know what they want until its right in front of them.
The Discover Ad product will strengthen Google’s overall ad product by being able to capture a bigger portion of the sales funnel with their ads — often even before they’re actively in the market.
Combined with Google’s access to many features we use regularly – like it’s search engine Gmail, YouTube, and the hundreds of sites within Google’s Display Network – the tech giant is in a good position to deliver these hyper-targeted ads that can hit the right person.
When inbound marketing first came to be, it was all about marketing by helping people find the answers they were looking for. This is still true, but it only serves the people who are actively searching for a way to solve a present pain point.
But the fact to the matter is, people don’t always recognise a problem until the solution is right in front of them. That’s not to say people won’t find your products through organic search efforts, but that it’s important to have a healthy mix of different tactics in your marketing strategy to help people discover your product.
From PPC to a well-optimised website, great content, and a clearly-defined conversion funnel, you will likely see the best ROI if you scale your efforts.