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Refine where your ads show

Essential to all kinds of display activity is excluding targeting. This enables you to exclude where your ads show. You can exclude specific demographics, audiences, keywords, placements, topics, and you can exclude the marketing list like people who have recently bought, and you can also exclude wider category lists as well.

You can exclude certain targets from your company based on different criteria.

Changes in your KPIs

If something changes in your KPIs you might want to just jump in and exclude a certain audience. From what you’re seeing in the analytics, new research might have emerged or you’re noticing trends in the observation reports. These are reasons to exclude audiences to refine. Consider it like adding negative keywords to your search campaign. You’re now adding negative audiences or negative placements, and so on. to your display campaign to remove the things that are less effective and focus solely on the things that are effective.

By mobile apps

Moreover, you can exclude devices so you can exclude mobile apps, or mobile app traffic. So there is a placement that you can add as a negative placement called If you add you will exclude all mobile apps from your GDN display campaign. It’s useful if you aren’t associated with apps, or indeed you don’t want to be associated with gaming apps. For example, if you’re targeting a certain audience, you might want to exclude people using certain mobile apps. If they’re on Angry Birds or if they’re on another gaming app, they may not be in the correct mindset or frame of mind to engage with your product, despite them being in the audience. So you might want to remove that from the mix.

By content labels

A deeper dive, a very important dive into the type of exclusions, you can look at are content and site category exclusions. So, these are predefined category groups to try and protect your brand from being associated with unwanted content or violent content. There’s a list of unwanted content and category exclusions for all display campaigns, and we should add them, they’re in the setting section.

By sensitive content

You don’t want to be associated with sensitive content, tragedy, profanity, anything that’s overly suggestive or indeed sensationally shocking content. If you want to protect your brand and ensure that we don’t veer and associate our brand with this type of content, site category exclusions are essential to doing this.

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Cathal Melinn

Cathal Melinn is a digital strategist, lecturer, and trainer. He has over 15 years’ experience in eCommerce, social media, affiliate marketing, data analytics, and all things digital. He worked at Yahoo! Search in 2005 as a Senior Search Strategist for the UK Financial Services vertical. He moved to the world of agency in 2010 as Head of Search and Online Media. Cathal’s previous clients include Apple, Vodafone, Expedia, Virgin, Universal Music Group, Amazon, Compare the Market, and HSBC.

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