Types of ads you can create with Microsoft Advertising

Learn about the variety of options you have for your ads.

An ad is an individual online advertisement displayed to a potential customer. You'll often see ads referred to in the context of an ad group or a campaign. An ad group contains one or more ads and keywords, while a campaign contains one or more ad groups.

Here are the different Microsoft Advertising ad types:

Expanded Text Adsexpando image

An example of an Expanded Text Ad.

This ad consists of four parts:

Ad part and character limitExample (see above)
Ad title (supports three headlines, up to 30 characters each, separated by a space, vertical bar, and space (" | "))Flowers for any occasion | Delivered right to your door!
Ad text (supports two descriptions, up to two 90 characters each)Sustainably grown flowers on sale and ready to ship within 4 hours.
Display URL (Domain and subdomain automatically generated from your final URL, plus two customizable URL paths.) www.contoso.com/Seattle/Flowers
Final URL (2,048 characters) www.contoso.com/Floral/SeaWa/default.aspx

When you create your ad, Microsoft Advertising shows you a preview of what your ad will look like on desktops, mobile devices, and tablets on Bing search results pages. This could change depending on how Bing formats your ads. Bing does experiment with ad formats to provide the best ad experience possible to customers.

Learn how to create an Expanded Text Ad

Dynamic search adsexpando image

This feature is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dynamic search ads look just like Expanded Text Ads, but they're automatically targeted to relevant search queries based on the content of your website, and are dynamically created to respond to these search queries. Using them will:

  • Create targeted and relevant ads automatically: New, dynamically-created ads for every search query based on your entire website, or on specific pages or categories of your site.
  • Reduce your workload: No need to maintain keyword lists, manage bids, or update and customize ad titles.
  • Find missed opportunities: Automatically adapt to new queries to drive additional conversions.

To learn more, see About dynamic search ads.

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An example of a product ad.

Products ads include custom images from your own product catalogs (created in Microsoft Merchant Center), plus specific promotional text, pricing, and seller details. For more information about Product ads, check out What are product ads?

  • Product ads can only be created in Microsoft Merchant Center, as Microsoft Shopping Campaigns.
  • Microsoft Shopping Campaigns and product ads are available only in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, India, and Canada (English only and excluding Quebec).
Microsoft Audience Adsexpando image

This feature is currently available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Microsoft Audience Ads is a native advertising solution optimized for search advertisers. This feature enables advertisers to get additional high-quality traffic from non-search placements. Microsoft Audience Ads experiences, such as ads placed within articles, are engaging for users, integrate naturally into page content, and deliver visually rich ads for advertisers.

Microsoft Audience Ads appear on the Microsoft Audience Network. These ad placements are cross-device and include premium sites like MSN, Outlook.com, Microsoft Edge, and other partners (with more to come).

To learn more, see About Microsoft Audience Ads.

Microsoft Advertising in Bing Smart Searchexpando image

An example of a Bing Smart Search ad.

Bing Smart Search ads are similar to text ads on the BingAOL, and Yahoo search network sites, but formatted for the modern touch experience and displayed in the Windows 8.1 Smart Search results. When possible, these ads will include a preview of your landing page.

Microsoft Advertising in Windows 8.1 Smart Search are available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada (English). To learn more, see Microsoft Advertising in Bing Smart Search.

App Install Adsexpando image

Not everyone has this feature yet. If you don’t, don’t worry. It's coming soon!

App Install Ads are similar to text ads but provide direct links to your apps with a button, sending customers directly to the applicable store to download the application. This is an ideal solution for advertisers wanting to manage and drive downloads of their apps, rather than website traffic.

App Install Ads automatically detect the customer’s mobile device and operating system, sending them to the corresponding Apple App Store or Google Play. You can also track conversions with the same conversion tracking partners as App Extensions: AppsFlyer, Kochava, Tune, Singular, Adjust, and Branch.

App Install Ads are only available in the United States and on iOS and Android only.

To learn more, see What is an App Install Ad?

Responsive search adsexpando image

Responsive search ads make creating ads easier by eliminating the need to figure out which headlines and descriptions work well together. You provide up to 15 headlines and 4 descriptions, and using these, Microsoft Advertising will mix and match the most optimal combinations to create effective ads for potential customers. The best performing ad combinations are automatically identified and reported to you, while the ineffective ads aren’t shown again. Adapting your ad’s content to match what potential customers are searching for can help to improve your campaign’s performance.

Learn more about responsive search ads.


Microsoft Advertising also has several enhancements you can use with your ads, known as extensions and Automated Extensions. To learn more, see About ad extensions and Enhance ads with Automated Extensions

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