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August 10, 2020

The 411 on Google Discovery Ads

Back in 2019, Google introduced Discovery Ads, a native ad format that is visually rich and utilizes targeting powered by user intent, instead of keywords, at their Google Marketing Live event. Fast forward one year later, and the age of Google Discovery Ads has begun. Much like many aspects of Google Ads, initial understanding and utilization of these ads can be confusing. Let’s take a simple step back and break down Google Discovery Ads.


Google Discover, previously known as Google Feed, is available to mobile users on the Google App, Android devices, and Discover allows users to personalize their newsfeed by choosing to follow or unfollow topics that may interest the user.


Google Discovery ads are designed to appear exclusively on mobile devices. Simply put, Discovery Ads are Google’s newest ad format that runs across YouTube’s home feed, Gmail’s promotions tab, and the Google Discover feed. The purpose of these ads is to show potential customers something they want before they even know they want it. These ads are designed to work with a searcher’s intent, rather than keywords and provide brands the opportunity to showcase products or services. The placement of these ads is directly influenced by topics the user shows an active interest in. Discovery Ads allow advertisers to show their products and tell their brand story through interactive, highly visually rich ads.

What do Discovery Ads look like?

In Gmail, the Discovery Ads will function and look much like standard Gmail Ads. For YouTube Home Feed and Discover, the ads will look more like native feed ads with images. YouTube Home Feed ads will also allow the advertiser to utilize call-to-action banners to complement the Discovery Ad.


  • Headlines: A headline can be up to 40 characters with 5 different variations.
  • Descriptions: A description can be up to 90 characters with also 5 different variations, allowing the advertiser to include additional details to the ad.
  • Images: Square, landscape, and a square logo are needed. An advertiser can use up to 15 images for a single creative; however, we recommend only selecting images that work well with any combination of the ad copy. Google will utilize all assets submitted to create ads dynamically. Google recommends having at least 3 square and 3 landscape images. For carousel ads, you should have a minimum of 5 cards with the same aspect ratio.

When to use Discovery Ads

More than 800 million people use the feed to stay up to date on their interests, and that number continues to climb. With Google’s machine learning, coupled with audience and intent signals based on customer behavior, Google Discovery Ads allows advertisers to deliver personalized ads to people interested in discovering and potentially engaging with your brand as they browse their favorite content.

Discovery ads can be used to drive sales, newsletter signups, or website visits. They can also be used when trying to reach new customers. Discovery ads allow an advertiser to utilize imagery to drive interest to new potential customers. This can help an advertiser reconnect valuable customers, or introduce new customers to their brand.

What Discovery Ads mean to advertisers

Google Discovery Ads is showing the industry where AI is headed in the next few years. With Google leaning heavy on machine learning, Discovery Ads will be able to provide more information that allows the algorithm to show content that users want to see and prevent content that they do not want to see. Discovery Ads are a new way to attract new customers or even interact with a current customer base.

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