This feature is currently available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. If you advertise in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia and want to opt in to audience ads, contact support.
Search ads are now automatically eligible to be transformed into Microsoft Audience Ads.
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 campaigns are easy to set up, maintain, and optimize because they are fully integrated with existing Microsoft Advertising workflows.
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). Clicks on these ads will take users to the landing page you specified when you created your ads.
To take advantage of these placements, your ad will need to have an image. Adding images to your ads can help boost your volume and drive clicks. See below for instructions on how to add images to your campaign.
Microsoft Audience Ads are unique because they’re targeted to users based on our understanding of their interests. We use consumer intent signals, which include search history, browse history, page content, and demographic information. These signals, combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, provide highly relevant content to users and determine which ads to display. Microsoft Audience Ads also conform to your search ads' existing targeting and negative-keyword settings.
Images play a key role in getting people's attention and driving clicks. You can define the imagery to use in your ads by associating Image Extensions to your campaign or ad group. This is important: If you don't have Image Extensions, our system may automatically use stock images to increase the number of placements for your Microsoft Audience Ad. Stock images are licensed images that are editorially reviewed for quality and relevance and then matched with appropriate ads (to opt out of using stock images, use bid modifiers set to -100% at the campaign or ad group level).
To set up Image Extensions:
The requirements for adding an image to an extension are:
We recommend that you upload the largest possible image. When you upload the image, it'll automatically be cropped to the four preset aspect ratios for your use. The four aspect ratios and dimensions are:
|Aspect ratio||Min. dimensions (pixels)||Max. dimensions (pixels)|
|1.2 : 1||300 x 250||1200 x 1000|
|4 : 3||100 x 75||1333 x 1000|
|1.5 : 1||300 x 200||1500 x 1000|
|16 : 9||640 x 360||1778 x 1000|
If you don’t like how the smaller images are automatically cropped, you can re-crop them or replace them with other images that are the same size.
For more information on working with Image Extensions, see Add visual elements to your ad with Image Extensions
You can view performance data for Microsoft Audience Ads in two places: