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Google is Getting Rid of Similar Audiences – How to Transition?

Every end leads to a new beginning if you learn your next step. Here is how to move on from Google’s Similar Audiences....

You may be aware of the rumor that Google is saying goodbye to its cherished feature, Similar Audiences. Well, it is not a rumor anymore. In August 2023, we won’t see Similar Audiences anymore. Don’t worry, though; I’ve got you covered in terms of what this means for us and how we can seamlessly switch to alternate audience targeting strategies.

What does Google’s Similar Audiences feature mean for Businesses?

With the help of Similar Audiences, advertising could reach a larger audience by focusing on people who are similar to their current clientele. Thanks to this helpful resource, we were able to identify new audiences likely to respond to our advertisements and ultimately become paying clients. It’s been a great asset to our advertising repertoire. 

Unfortunately, though, all good things eventually end. So, let’s all take a deep breath and figure out why this choice was taken before we go into a full-blown panic. 

Our advertising strategies will continue to be successful only if we are able to adapt to new ways of audience targeting seamlessly. We can’t afford to squander this opportunity or let any of our potential consumers fall behind. 

So, here on the blog, we’ll discuss potential strategies for maintaining efficient communication with the relevant demographic. Our marketing arsenal includes everything from interest-based and contextual targeting to first-party data targeting. Let’s dive right in. 

Google’s Decision to Retire Similar Audiences

Reasons behind Google’s decision 

Google has always been ahead of the curve, with its advertising platform always being updated for the better. 

Google has made the difficult decision to end support for Similar Audiences in light of rising concerns over the privacy of its users’ data. This ensures that our customers’ information is treated with respect and care.

What implications will advertisers and marketers face?

The ruling will have far-reaching effects on the advertising and marketing industries. Considering the success we’ve had with Similar Audiences in reaching new people and connecting with the right ones, we’ll have to adjust our tactics accordingly. Since Similar Audiences is being phased out, it can no longer be used as a stand-alone audience discovery tool. On the other hand, it allows us to test out innovative approaches to interacting with possible clients. So while it is unfortunate, let’s look at this as an opportunity to improve our marketing and find new ways to compete. 

3 Steps to Prepare for the Transition

Step 1: Review your current ad campaigns on Similar Audiences

We need to take a look at our past usage of Similar Audiences and evaluate its effects on our results. Knowing where we are now allows us to make educated choices about where we go from here. So, it is wise to start by gathering the information and understanding we’ll need to get this ball rolling.

Step 2: Analyze the performance data of your recent campaigns

After collecting relevant information, we may begin analyzing it. Let’s do some math and figure out what’s working best. We need to know the secret of your success, right? This will allow us to incorporate proven strategies into our future audience-targeting initiatives. It’s crucial that we double down on our winning strategies and never lose sight of what’s making a difference.

Step 3: Identify successful strategies that worked for you in the past

  • First-party data targeting comes first. Our hard work in compiling email addresses from our loyal clientele over the years will be put to good use here. Customer Match initiatives allow us to maintain constant communication with our current clientele. And don’t forget about RLSA (Remarketing Lists for Search Ads), which lets us reconnect with past site visitors. 
  • Working with data suppliers and ad networks, as well as accessing data from DMPs, allows us to acquire invaluable insights into our target audiences. 
  • Affinity and in-market audiences from Google come in quite handy. Based on their interests and online habits, we can narrow our focus to certain users. 

Remember, you can always leverage other Google Ad features as an alternative. 

  1. Expanded Text Ads and Responsive Search Ads
  2. Google Ad Extensions
  3. Landing Page Optimization

Let’s Explore Some Alternative Audience Targeting Methods in Detail

1. First-party Data Targeting 

Customer Match campaigns can be developed using our customer email lists. With this magic, we can send relevant advertisements to our current clientele. It’s like we’re delivering a customized note to each of our devoted customers, which makes them feel valued and encourages them to continue interacting with our company. Always keep in mind that a satisfied client is a returning one. 

In addition, we may re-engage visitors to our website with the ingenious strategy of Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA). It’s like nudging people who have shown curiosity but haven’t taken any action just yet. We may increase the likelihood that these users will finish their trip with us by displaying advertising that is more relevant to them. Consider it an electronic version of a “Welcome back! “We’ve been waiting for you!”

2. Third-party Data Targeting

Data Management Platform (DMP) data is like opening a chest of valuable audience insights that we may use in this context. These systems aggregate information from numerous resources, allowing us to get a full picture of our prospective clientele. With this information in hand, we can create timely, hyper-specific advertising campaigns. Like looking into a crystal ball, it tells us exactly what our target demographic is looking for. 

By forming partnerships with data suppliers and ad networks, we may learn even more about our target demographic. Working with these specialists allows us to hone our targeting methods and make more informed choices. 

3. Interest-Based Targeting

Potential clients who have already demonstrated an interest in a certain topic or are actively seeking products and services like ours can be found in abundance among Google’s affinity and in-market audiences. Affinity audiences allow us to reach individuals based on their shared interests over the long term, while in-market audiences let us focus on those who are actively looking to make a purchase. 

4. Contextual Targeting

Advertisements are contextually targeted when they appear on websites with subject matter that is relevant to our company. It’s like being at the right place at the right moment, right when interested customers are reading about topics that pertain to what we have to offer. Understanding content categories and their relevance to our business is essential for making the most of contextual targeting. By strategically selecting categories, we can ensure that our advertising is seen by the people most likely to find them interesting and useful. 

Key Takeaways

Don’t be afraid to leap into Similar Audiences. Examine several approaches to targeting, gain insight from industry professionals and effective case studies, and fine-tune your tactics. Take early advantage to leverage your customers positively. 

Use Google’s advertising tools to their full potential by making data-driven decisions. I hope this blog helped you get an insight into what’s coming even after what’s taken from you.

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Ahmad Jamal - Content Writer

Ahmad works as a content writer at Mavlers. He’s a computer engineer obsessed with his time, a football enthusiast with an MBA in Marketing, and a poet who fancies being a stage artist. Entrepreneurship, startups, and branding are his only love interests.

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