Turn Google+ Content Into Ads On Google Display Network With New +Post Ads

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In their first attempt to monetize Google+, Google made an announcement today about the introduction of +Post ads. These new ad units allow users to turn Google+ content into interactive display ads that run on the Google Display Network.

The announcement was made by Google’s Social Ads Product Manager, Eran Arkin, who describes the benefits of +Post ads:

+Post ads allow a brand to take a piece of their public Google+ content, like a photo, video or even a Hangout, and with a few clicks, turn it into a display ad that can run across the more than 2 million sites in the Google Display Network.

Unlike traditional display ads, +Post ads allows users to interact by expanding the ad to see comments from other Google+ members. Users can also share the ad, +1 it, or leave a comment of their own.

According to Arkin, these social annotations have helped brands increase their click-through rates along with expansion rates up to 50% higher than the industry average for rich media ads.

Select brands are already running +Post ads as a test group to collect data and feedback before offering the ad units to additional advertisers.

See the video below for an example of how Toyota is using +Post ads to reach connected consumers:

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  • Nancy Badillo

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post! Its very cool how we are able to expand the ads to see comments. I look forward in trying it out!

  • http://expresswriters.com Express Writers

    Thanks for the share! This looks like a really positive addition to Ad Words. In our experience, Ad Words either works (for companies) or it doesn’t. It’s going be very interesting how this plays out.

  • James Halloran

    So, basically it’s a way to interact with your audience on your own ads instead of your content? Am I seeing all of this right?

  • http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Products/man/toshiba/cat/laptops Jonathan

    This looks like a good way of interacting with your target audience through Google