4 Important Changes to Google Ads Extensions: What You Need to Know

the google ads ads and assets tab
When is it happening? This report will roll out in the coming weeks.
google ads assets report - metrics available in the assets view
google ads assets report - assets view

  • Ad extensions are now called assets.
  • [Legacy] extensions easier to create and preview.
  • Combinations report to show [legacy] extension performance.
  • New assets report to show individual asset performance.

When is it happening? In the coming weeks.

Google Ads extensions update: The short version

So the combinations report is not a new report in Google Ads. What this report shows you is the number of impressions each asset combination in your responsive search ad is getting so you can see which ones are most common.
Any existing extensions will automatically transition to assets while maintaining their assocations at the account, campaign and ad group levels.
But if you do want to learn about which assets (fka extensions) are best for your ads check out our Google Ads [legacy extensions 🤦🏻‍♀️ ] cheat sheet!

What’s changing with Google Ads assets & extensions?

In the associations view, you’ll see similar information for your [legacy] extensions, like sitelink, image, lead form, call, price, promotion, and more. You’ll also have visibility into clicks, impressions, and CTR:

Change #1: Ad extensions now called assets

tweets about the google ads extensions update
What’s changing is this: Since extensions are now assets, you can now see which [legacy] extensions are getting the most impressions as well. There’s nothing you need to do—all of this will happen automatically and your existing [legacy] extensions and associations will remain intact.
But while all [legacy] extensions are now assets, not all assets are [legacy] extensions. Assets also include headlines and descriptions (for responsive search ads) as well as images, logos, and videos (for Performance Max campaigns).

Change #2: You can more easily create assets (fka extensions)

Since RSAs use machine learning to serve the best-performing combinations, this essentially gives you an idea of which ones are the best performers, but as Google reminds us in the report, it’s not advised to create static versions of top-performing combinations (using pinning), since RSAs use real-time signals to generate combinations.
This part of the update is pretty straightforward. Google Ads extensions are now called assets. Nothing is changing about any of the assets (fka extensions) themselves, just the name. So you can still create:
Yesterday, Google announced some changes to ad extensions—all of which are pretty good, but which may be a little confusing to beginner advertisers—so we’re clearing it all up in this post.
Now, you can create and preview your [legacy] extensions alongside your headlines and descriptions.
legacy extensions now included in the google ads combination report
google ads assets report - metrics available in the associations view
Now I know that sometimes Google will frame a less-than-ideal update as “an easier way” to do X, Y, or Z, but in this case, this does seem to be an actual improvement in the Google ad creation process.
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  • Google will now recommend assets based on your campaign objective (such as recommending a lead form asset if your goal is to generate leads).
  • Any assets (fka extensions) you create within this new workflow will also be available for other campaigns and ad groups.

Change #3: [Legacy] extensions to be included in the combinations report

new vs old google ads ad and extension creation windows
Last but not least, there is a new report, called the asset report which allows you to look at individual asset performance within your responsive search ads (as opposed to combinations of assets). There’s both an ad-level asset report and a campaign-level asset report, and it will be available in an Ads & assets tab in your left-hand navigation panel:
So here’s the quick run-down of Google’s September 15 announcement on extensions:
Now let’s dive into each change.
What this means is, before, you had one window where you could enter and preview your headlines and descriptions (tips on responsive search ad copy here) and then a separate window where you could preview your [legacy] extensions—but not in combination with the ad you are associating it with.

Change #4: New ads & assets report

examples of assets in google ads
the new vs old ad and extension creation flow
Two other changes:
You’ll then have two views:
Nope! As Google states,
When is it happening? Now.
Note that each of these images are screenshots from a GIF in Google’s announcement.
Read on to get the full scoop!
In the assets view, you’ll be able to see headline and description performance:
The four updates are as follows:
This includes how many and which ads are using the asset, whether it’s pinned, as well as clicks, impressions, click-through rate, and performance rating metrics:

Do you need to do anything?

Starting now, extensions in Google Ads have been rebranded as “assets.” In the coming weeks, the ad creation flow will change such that you’ll create and preview [legacy] extensions within the ad creation window (as opposed to separately, as it is now). Also in the coming weeks, you’ll get to see individual asset performance in a new assets report. And in the coming months, you’ll get to see [legacy] extension performance in the combinations report.

Previously, [legacy] extensions were a separate step from ad creation in the campaign setup process. You had (1) Bidding (2) Campaign settings, (3) Keywords and ads, (4) Extensions, and then (5) Budget. Now, you’ll have (1) Bidding (2) Campaign settings, (3) Keywords (4) Ads and Assets, and then (5) Budget.

When is it happening? The new data in this report will be rolling out in the next few months.

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