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Learn how to create a Gmail Ads Campaign in your AdWords account. This video takes you through the process and covers important things to remember!

00:00 Hi everyone, I’m Erica from the Google AdWords team and this is AdWords in Under 5 Minutes! This video will teach you all you need to know about showing ads in Gmail. Let’s get started!

00:16 Sign in to your AdWords account at, and create a “Display Network only” Campaign by selecting “No Marketing Objective”, and then “All features” as your campaign subtype. Fill in the rest of your Campaign settings as you would for a normal display campaign.

00:33 It’s best to create a campaign and ad group for Gmail ads only. This will ensure all your Gmail ads have the correct targeting and aren’t competing against your other campaigns.

00:43 When creating your ad group, select the “Use a different targeting method.” When asked how to target your ads, select “Placements” from the drop down. Then, search for “Gmail” and select “”. Click “Save and Continue”.

00:57 It’s important not to use In-market audiences targeting, Remarketing lists, Dynamic Search Keywords, custom affinities, or placements other than Gmail inboxes ( since these targeting methods aren’t supported by Gmail ads.

1:11 Since Gmail ads must be created by using the Ad Gallery, we’re going to skip “Ad Creation” after creating our Ad Group and create the ads directly from the “Ads” tab.

1:20 Click the Ads tab. Click the red + Ad button, and select Ad gallery from the drop-down menu. Click the Gmail ads image.

1:30 Remember you must use a Gmail ad from Ad Gallery to run on Gmail.

1:34 Select the template you’d like to use. Choose from “Image”, “Single item” or “Multiple items” templates. Custom HTML creatives require some coding knowledge — you can see how these work in the Gmail Ads Custom HTML specifications article.

1:50 In this case, we’ll select “Gmail Image template”. Enter an Ad Name, Display URL, and a Landing Page URL. Note that static tracking URLs can be used but impression pixels and dynamic tracking URLs are not permitted for Landing page URLs.

2:07 Upload a logo with a max size of 144px x 144px. The logo image will be used in the collapsed ad. Enter the name of your Advertiser. This must be the domain or recognized name of your advertiser and under the character limit of 15 characters.

2:24 Next enter the Subject which is the title of your collapsed ad. The subject can have up to 25 characters. Try including an offer, % discount, or compelling announcement.

2:36 Enter your Description. This should be a short summary or powerful call-to-action, and can be up to 100 characters.

2:43 Finally, upload the image. There are a few requirements to keep in mind. It must be less than 650px x 1000 px with a minimum of 650 px x 300px. Javascript, stylesheets, flash, HTML5, audio, iFrames, GIFs are not allowed.

3:02 Once everything looks good, check the ad preview. If it looks correct, click Save. And that’s it!

3:09 Let’s wrap up with a few important things to remember when setting up your Gmail Ads Campaign:

3:14 First, to run ads in Gmail you must use a Gmail Ads template from the Ad Gallery – other Ads will not work.

3:22 Second, When creating ads to show in Gmail, it’s important to remember that this will be your main targeting method. You can target topics demographics, interests, and keywords as you would in your Display campaigns, however it’s best to avoid other targeting methods.

3:36 Third, Ads that show in Gmail can only show to an individual gmail user up to four times per week.

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  1. Who all will view the ad?? Will the ad be viewed in a persons gmail, those who have read or browsed some content related to my ad

  2. I want to serve Gmail Ads to a Customer Match audience – we uploaded a list of emails into our adwords account. How do we do that?

  3. please help me to start this start from scratch and how can i pay for this so that i can make a business in this , here in Rwanda this can be great tool of marketing so please can can help me to make money and we can work together please contact me at my name is Fred

  4. Hello, thanks for the video. I was trying to create a Gmail ad but when I get to the red button, mine doesn't have a drop-down option to choose ad gallery. It is just a read button nothing else. Is there anything am doing wrong?

  5. She doesn't even know how to pronounce Gif… we all know that the "G" in "Gif" is the same sound as the "G" in "Gigantic"…


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