Testing a new format for brands to start conversations across the web - +Post Ads

Brand advertisers want to create visually rich, compelling experiences online, which is why we’ve seen growing interest from advertisers in formats designed around engagement, like TrueView and Engagement Ads. We’ve recently started testing a new, brand-friendly format: +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. This lets brands think of the entire web as their social stream.

Bringing together the sharing capabilities of Google+ and the reach of our ad products has already allowed advertisers to better connect with customers, and customers to better discover what others are thinking. For example, showing social annotations on search ads has helped increase click through rates, and advertisers that ran Hangouts on Air in the YouTube masthead have seen strong participation. Similarly, +Post ads will allow advertisers to start conversations right from the ad - consumers can reshare a video, leave a comment or a question for the brand, or even join a live Hangout. These conversations create a valuable community around a brand where people can talk with each other and with the brand itself. 

A select group of partners, including +Toyota USA  and Mondelez brands +RITZ crackers  and +Cadbury UK  are currently running +Post ads and seeing expansion rates 50% higher than the industry average for rich media ads. Over the next few months, we’ll collect feedback from brands and users, and plan to open this format up to additional advertisers. For more details, visit http://goo.gl/j2TuLM and check out this quick video about how Toyota is using +Post ads to drive consideration for the newly launched Corolla.

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