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Spotted in AdWords: Check a box and automatically create a headline test

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For several months now, Google has been encouraging advertisers to run many ad variations in their ad groups. The message is essentially, “Ditch your manual A/B testing and let our machine learning-powered systems figure out the best ad with the best mix of extensions to show for each auction scenario.”
Now, it looks like Google is trying out a feature to make it easier for more advertisers to adopt even basic ad testing. Digital marketing strategist Conrad O’Connell spotted a new option in the old/current AdWords interface to “Create a second ad with headlines in reverse order.” Check the box, and automatically create an A/B headline test.

I’m not seeing it yet in the new or old AdWords interface, but it’s an interesting idea to make at least one ad test option as easy as checking a box.
We’ve reached out to Google to ask for more information about this test and we’ll update this article if/when we hear back.

About The Author

As Third Door Media’s paid media reporter, Ginny Marvin writes about paid online marketing topics including paid search, paid social, display and retargeting for Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Ginny has held both in-house and agency management positions. She provides search marketing and demand generation advice for ecommerce companies and can be found on Twitter as @ginnymarvin.

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