About Microsoft Audience Ads

Learn about Microsoft Audience Ads, a way to place custom-designed ads in high-quality web properties.

This feature is currently available in Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Guiana, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe


What are Microsoft Audience Ads?

Microsoft Audience Ads is a performance marketing solution for advertisers who want to connect with their ideal audience and drive return on investment (ROI). This feature enables advertisers to serve highly relevant ads to an audience who is ready to convert. 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. Audience Ads are easy to set up, maintain, and optimize because they are fully integrated with existing Microsoft Advertising workflows. Search ads are automatically eligible to be transformed into Audience Ads, and advertisers are able to set up standalone audience campaigns as well.

If you're interested in creating an audience campaign, see How do I create an audience campaign?

Where will my ads appear?

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.

Who will see my ads?

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.

Adding images to your ads

Images play a key role in getting people's attention and driving clicks. You can use image extensions or stock images.

  • We always prefer image extensions if you have them.
  • If image extensions aren't available, we'll use stock images.

Set up Universal Event Tracking

You can improve Microsoft Advertising's understanding of users' interests by having Universal Event Tracking (UET) tags on your website and setting up remarketing lists. This will allow us to target your ads to people who have previously visited or interacted with your website. For more information on UET tags and remarketing lists, see Remarketing: Target people who have visited your site before

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