Gmail Sponsored Promotions: Domain Targeting Bids Adieu (Updated 2020)

Domain Targeting

Google AdWords advertisers using Gmail Sponsored Promotions (GSP) made a big change in their marketing.

What Is Domain Targeting & What Changed?

A few years ago, Google announced that they’re ending the domain targeting feature in GSP.

You could enter specific domains (like directom.com) in the Display Keyword section of your GSP campaign and Google would scan email bodies and subjects for the specific domain. It was a pretty targeted method of reaching people who have received information from, say, your competitors.

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The Impact

GSP targeting had always been a little bit of a mystery with Google. They were basically crawling user inboxes and scanning recent email content for selected targeting. Domain targeting at least gave you the opportunity to target users with emails from specific companies.

With the exit of domain targeting, you’re left with much broader keywords that could not only include emails from specific companies but also users simply talking about a company in an email.

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Nikki Powley

About The Author

Nikki Powley is Director of Operations at DOM. She is certified in five Google Ads platforms, Google Analytics, and Microsoft Advertising. Her experience has been trusted by CIO Online, and she has been a featured speaker at the Integrate Conference. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Point Park University, and enjoys spending time with her family when she's not crafting high ROI ad campaigns.

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