How to create an audience campaign
Learn how to create a campaign that will run ads natively on the Microsoft Audience Network.
Not everyone has this feature yet. If you don't, don't worry—it's coming soon!
Creating a new campaign to run audience ads on the Microsoft Audience Network is similar to creating a new search ad campaign.
From the Campaigns page, click the Campaigns tab (or from the main menu on the left, click All campaigns and then Campaigns).
- Click Create campaign.
- Click the appropriate goal for the campaign. Setting your goal right at the start lets us suggest the most helpful features for your campaign. You'll still have access to all Microsoft Advertising features regardless of the goal you choose.
- On the What kind of ads do you want to run for this campaign window, click Audience ads.
- The campaign creation wizard will then walk you through the four-step process:
1. Campaign settings
In the first step, you give us the basic details of your campaign:
- For Campaign name, give your campaign a unique name. It's a good idea to have your campaign's name reflect its goal. Note: A campaign name cannot contain scripts, HTML, or other markup language.
- For Daily budget, enter the maximum amount of money you want to spend per day. Learn more about your budget options
- When you're done, click Save & go to the next step.
2. Audiences & targets
In the second step, you create an ad group for this campaign and choose the audiences you want the ads in the ad group to target. This is one of the major differences between audience marketing and search marketing: Here, you are telling us what kind of people you want to see your ads, instead of telling us what keywords you want your ads to appear for.
You can choose any combination of the possible target criteria:
Select locations you want to target or exclude. You can target and change your bid adjustment for:
United States and Canada
All available countries/regions
- Selected countries/regions and states/provinces
- Selected counties within the United States
- Selected cities, metro areas, and postal codes* within Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
- Not all postal codes are supported for targeting exactly within their boundaries. If you target an unsupported postal code, it will be converted into a radius target (see below).
- For Canadian and UK postal codes, only the first segment (for Canada, the first 3 characters; for UK, the first 2-to-4-character segment) is recognized. If you enter the second segment, you will only be able to use radius targeting.
- The boundaries of some postal codes in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and United Kingdom do not appear accurately on the map you see in Microsoft Advertising, but targeting within them will still function accurately.
- A specified radius around a postal code, coordinates*, landmark, or area. (Note: You cannot exclude using radius targeting.)
*Coordinates can be searched for in the format "[latitude], [longitude]" with the degrees in decimal form — for example, "44.590,-104.716".
Select one or more age ranges of people you want to see your ads.
Select the gender of the people you want to see your ads.
With audience targeting, you specify who can see your ads using remarketing lists or audiences such as in-market audiences. You can also exclude audiences if you don't want them to see your ads.
To target an audience:
- Under Ad group targeting click Add targets and then select which type of audience you want to target.
- Search or browse for an existing audience, and then select it in the left pane to move it into the Selected pane on the right.
- If you want to create a new audience, click the link at the bottom of the area. For example, Create remarketing list.
To exclude an audience, follow the same process under Ad group exclusions.
With company targeting, you can target your ads to be more (or less) likely to appear for people who most recently worked at specific companies (according to their LinkedIn profiles).
- Search for a company by name.
- You will see relevant companies, along with the approximate number of employees each company has (according to LinkedIn).
- For the appropriate company, click Target or Exclude.
You cannot target more than 1,000 companies in a single ad group.
With industry targeting, you can target your ads to be more (or less) likely to appear for people who most recently worked in specific industries (according to their LinkedIn profiles).
- Search or browse for a type of industry.
- For the appropriate industry, click Target or Exclude.
With job function targeting, you can target your ads to be more (or less) likely to appear for people who most recently had specific kinds of jobs (according to their LinkedIn profiles).
- Search or browse for a type of job function.
- For the appropriate job function, click Target or Exclude.
As you add and edit targets, pay attention to the Possible monthly impressions meter on the right side of the page. This will estimate how many people would be eligible to see your ads based on your targeting criteria.
If your targeting becomes too narrow, you won't be able to save your campaign.
In the third step, you give us the imagery, text, and URLs to use in the ads in your campaign. This is the other major difference between audience ads and search ads: Audience ads are responsive, automatically adjusting the imagery, text, and overall appearance to naturally blend in with the fundamental experience of the page they are placed in.
As you add information, we will update the Ad preview area on the right side of the page to give you an idea of what your ad could look like. Use the arrows on either side of the Ad preview area to scroll through the different possible placements in properties such as MSN and Outlook.com.
The ad previews are examples of how your audience ads could appear. Depending on placement, the actual ad shown may appear differently — for example, some text may be shortened.
- Add a Wide image and a Square image. Both are required so your ads can flexibly display across a variety of publishers and placements.
- Under Wide image, click Add.
- Select an existing image you've uploaded to Microsoft Advertising or click Browse... to select a new image to upload.
- Crop the image by moving the provided 1.91:1 aspect-ratio window to show your desired imagery. You can also select the Square image checkbox and crop the square image using the provided 1:1 aspect-ratio window.
- When you're done, click Save.
You cannot upload more than 5,000 images to a Microsoft Advertising account.
- Enter a Short headline and a Long headline. Both are required for display flexibility. Short headlines must be 25 characters or fewer; long headlines must be 90 characters or fewer.
- Enter 90 characters or fewer of Ad text. Depending on your audience ad's placement, this text will appear below or adjacent to your ad's long or short headline.
- Enter your Business name. Depending on your audience ad's placement, your business name may appear in your audience ad.
- Enter your Final URL. This is your landing page URL — in other words, the URL of the page that displays after a customer clicks on your ad.
- Enter your Mobile URL. This is the webpage where people go to after clicking on your ad on a mobile device.
- (Optional) Click Advanced URL options to include tracking templates or URL parameters in your final URL.
- When you're done providing information for this ad, click Save.
- (Optional) Click Create another ad to set up another audience ad. You can create as many ads as you like in this step.
- When you're done creating ads, click Save & go to the next step.
4. Budget & bids
In the final step, you review your campaign budget and set your bids:
- Review the Daily budget that you set in step 1 of the campaign-creation process and change it if necessary.
- Choose the Bid strategy that you want to use to manage your bids. Learn more about bid strategies
- Set a Default bid as a starting point for this campaign's bids.
- Click Bid adjustment and tell Microsoft Advertising how much to increase or decrease your default bid on each of the target criteria you set in step 2 of the campaign-creation process.
- (Optional) Click Ad schedule if you want to show your ads only on certain days or certain times of day.
- When you're finished, click Done.
After you click Done in the fourth step, your ads will begin appearing on the Microsoft Audience Network shortly, unless there is an error with your account.