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Protecting what we love about the internet: our efforts to stop online piracy

The internet has enabled people worldwide to connect, create and distribute new works of art like never before. A key part of preserving this creative economy is ensuring creators and artists have a way to share and make money from their content—and preventing the flow of money to those who seek to pirate that content. Today, we're releasing our latest update on those efforts..

Our 2018 "How Google Fights Piracy" report explains the programs, policies, and technology we put in place to combat piracy online and ensure continued opportunities for creators around the world.

We invest significantly in the technology, tools and resources that prevent copyright infringement on our platforms. We also work with others across the industry on efforts to combat piracy. These efforts appear to be having an effect: around the world, online piracy has been decreasing, while spending on legitimate content is rising across content categories.

Here are a few of our findings from this year's Piracy report:

  • $3 billion+:The amount YouTube has paid to rights holders who have monetized use of their content in other videos through Content ID, our industry-leading rights management tool.
  • $100 million+: The amount we’ve invested in building Content ID, including staffing and computing resources.
  • $1.8 billion+:The amount YouTube paid to the music industry from October 2017 to September 2018 in advertising revenue alone
  • 3 billion+:The number of URLs that were removed from Search for infringing copyright since launching a submission tool for copyright owners and their agents.
  • 10 million+:The number of ads that were disapproved by Google in 2017 that were suspected of copyright infringement or that linked to infringing sites.

As we continue our work in the years ahead, five principles guide our substantial investments in fighting piracy:

Create more and better legitimate alternatives: Piracy often arises when it's difficult for consumers to access legitimate content. By developing products that make it easy for users to access legitimate content, like Google Play Music and YouTube, Google helps drive revenue for creative industries and give consumers choice.

Follow the money: As the vast majority of sites dedicated to online piracy are doing so to make money, one way to combat them is to cut off their supply. We prevent actors that engage in copyright infringement from using our ads and monetization systems and we enforce these policies rigorously.

Be efficient, effective, and scalable: We strive to implement anti-piracy solutions that work at scale. For example, as early as 2010, we began making substantial investments in streamlining the copyright removal process for search results. As a result, these improved procedures allow us to process copyright removal requests for search results at the rate of millions per week.

Guard against abuse: Some actors will make false copyright infringement claims in order to have content they don't want online taken down. We’re committed to detecting and rejecting bogus infringement allegations, such as removals for political or competitive reasons.

Provide transparency: We’re committed to providing transparency. In our Transparency Report, we disclose the number of requests we receive from copyright owners and governments to remove information from our services.

Today, our services are generating more revenue for creators and rights holders, connecting more people with the content they love, and doing more to fight back against online piracy than ever before. We’re proud of the progress this report represents. Through continued innovation and partnership, we’re committed to curtailing infringement by bad actors while empowering the creative communities who make many of the things we love about the internet today.

Source: Search


Introducing a new transparency report for political ads

We first launched our Transparency Report in 2010 with the goal of fostering important conversations about the relationship between governments, companies, and the free flow of information on the internet.

Over the years, we’ve evolved the report, adding sections about content removed from Google Search due to European privacy laws, adoption of encryption on websites (HTTPS), and more. And today, we’re adding another new section to our Transparency Report: Political Advertising on Google.

Earlier this year, we took important steps to increase transparency in political advertising. We implemented new requirements for any advertiser purchasing election ads on Google in the U.S.—these advertisers now have to provide a government-issued ID and other key information that confirms they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law. We also required that election ads incorporate a clear “paid for by” disclosure. Now, we’re continuing to roll out new transparency features with the addition of the political advertising report as well as a new political Ad Library.

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The new political advertising section in our Transparency Report shows how much money is spent across states and congressional districts

The new political advertising report shows who buys federal election ads in the U.S., how much money is spent across states and congressional districts on such ads, and who the top advertisers are overall. We designed this report for anyone interested in transparency—the information is searchable and downloadable, so that you can easily access and sort through the data. We’re updating the report every week, so as we head into election season, anyone can see new ads that get uploaded or new advertisers that decide to run Google ads.

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The new political advertising section in our Transparency Report

Meanwhile, our new, searchable election Ad Library shows things like which ads had the highest views, what the latest election ads running on our platform are, and deep dives into specific advertisers’ campaigns. In addition, the data from the report and Ad Library is publicly available on Google Cloud’s BigQuery. Using BigQuery’s API, anyone can write code and run their own unique queries on this data set. Researchers, political watchdog groups and private citizens can use our data set to develop charts, graphs, tables or other visualizations of political advertising on Google Ads services. Together with the Transparency Report, we hope this provides unprecedented, data-driven insights into election ads on our platform.

Even though the political advertising report and Ad Library provide many new insights, we know there is more work to be done. We’re working with experts in the U.S. and around the world to explore tools that capture a wider range of political ads—including ads about political issues (beyond just candidate ads), state and local election ads, and political ads in other countries. We’re also continuing to share our Protect Your Election tools to safeguard campaigns from digital attacks. As we approach the 2018 midterm elections in the U.S, we’ve introduced new tools to help protect political campaigns, provide voters with accurate information, and increase transparency on our platforms, and we’ll continue to do more.

New brand, new home: Where to find Google Marketing Platform online

When we brought together DoubleClick and the Google Analytics 360 Suite under Google Marketing Platform, we knew we had to make some changes to our websites, blogs and social media channels too. Now, the resources you’ve been reading and visiting over the years have been updated to reflect our new brand, so you can find the latest news, tips and more on our advertising and analytics solutions in one spot.

First, you should know that we’ve moved our content and product information to marketingplatform.google.com. You’ll also find product sign-in links there. (Those bookmarks you have for the old DoubleClick and Google Analytics websites should automatically redirect you.)

We’ve also launched new and improved blogs, with information for our product users and enterprise customers. We’ll be regularly updating them with product news and digital marketing insights. Bookmark us.

Of course, you can also connect with Google Marketing Platform on social:
You’ll find customer stories, major product announcements, research, reports and other advertising and analytics content intended for large enterprises.

Thanks for following DoubleClick on this blog and on social over the years. We hope you like our new home!

Posted by Karen Budell
Content Marketing Manager, Google Marketing Platform

Upgrade to Gmail ads from Gmail template ads

On August 15, 2018, creating TemplateAds with IDs 464 (Gmail single promotion template), 466 (Gmail multi-product template), and 497 (Gmail multi-call-to-action template) will result in the error: AdError.Reason.USER_DOES_NOT_HAVE_ACCESS_TO_TEMPLATE. These template ads are now considered deprecated, but existing template ads with these IDs will continue to serve after this date.

If you would like to create a Gmail ad, use the new GmailAd introduced in v201802. Use this new entity instead of the deprecated Gmail template ads going forward.

Here are some tips to ease the transition:
  • Create new GmailAds in a paused campaign with the AdvertisingChannelType as DISPLAY and the AdvertisingChannelSubType as DISPLAY_GMAIL_AD.
  • Use MediaService to upload images or retrieve existing media IDs.
  • Enable the new campaign when the ads are ready, letting it run in parallel with the Gmail template ad campaign.
  • Pause and remove the Gmail template ad campaign when you’re comfortable with the new Gmail campaign.
For an implementation example, see the Add a Gmail ad to an ad group sample in any of our supported client libraries: Java, PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, C#, and VB.NET.

If you have questions while you’re upgrading, please reach out to us on the AdWords API forum.

Drive stronger collaboration with Display & Video 360

Two weeks ago, we announced that we’re unifying our DoubleClick advertiser products and the Google Analytics 360 Suite under one brand: Google Marketing Platform. We also introduced Display & Video 360 as a key part of Google Marketing Platform. Display & Video 360 is a single, integrated product that helps creative, data and media teams work together to execute end-to-end ad campaigns.

Today, we’re sharing more about Display & Video 360, including how it helps marketers collaborate across teams, gain transparency and control over their investments, and use the latest advances in machine learning and automation to get better results. Read on to learn more, or watch the live stream from our Google Marketing Live event happening later today in San Jose, CA.

About Display & Video 360

Display & Video 360 brings together features from DoubleClick Bid Manager, Campaign Manager, Studio, and Audience Center in a single product.

So what does that mean?

First, Bid Manager will soon become Display & Video 360. This will happen automatically—customers won’t have to take any action and campaigns will continue to run uninterrupted. Second, Display & Video 360 is organized around five integrated modules that work together to simplify the end-to-end campaign process: Campaigns, Audiences, Creatives, Inventory and Insights.

These new modules reflect the fact that Display & Video 360 offers more than just Bid Manager’s programmatic capabilities. It also includes the campaign management, cross-platform measurement, creative and audience capabilities that are currently part of DoubleClick Campaign Manager, Studio and Audience Center. (Don’t worry, these products aren’t going anywhere right away—we’ll gradually transition customers of these products to Display & Video 360 in the future as additional features become available.)

By bringing these solutions together, Display & Video 360 enables marketers to fully manage their reservation, programmatic and programmatic guaranteed campaigns across display, video, TV, audio and other channels, all in one place. And using a single product to manage advertising campaigns and workflows end-to-end offers significant advantages compared to a more piecemeal approach.

Collaboration across teams

We know that getting a successful ad campaign up and running requires media, creative, data and analytics teams to work closely together along the whole journey. In fact, recent data from Google’s Media Lab—the team that manages all of Google's advertising campaigns—shows a 1.5X improvement in campaign performance when creative strategies and design are aligned to media, compared to when creative is built in a silo.1 But today, the typical digital campaign workflow is complex and manual, involving handoffs across multiple people, organizations and products—which makes it really hard to collaborate.

Display & Video 360 changes that. It helps teams share campaign data and insights at each step of the process, so they can work together to plan campaigns, design and manage creative, organize and create audience segments, find and transact inventory, then measure and optimize results.

“Running digital marketing for Major League Baseball is a unique opportunity because we cover all 30 MLB teams and a total of 2500 games each year. Display & Video 360 helps us to achieve the scale we need to meet this demand because it allows our creative, campaign management and analytics teams to collaborate really well. For example, our analytics team can share feedback on creative performance much faster than before, and then this feedback can easily be applied to many campaigns at once.”
-Barbara McHugh, SVP, Marketing, Major League Baseball

Transparency and control

With Display & Video 360 you can see precisely how your money is being spent and know exactly where your ads are running—across all of your campaigns. Understanding how your marketing is performing in real time gives you more control. You can quickly see what’s working and what’s not, and then make informed decisions to adjust your tactics and improve campaign performance.

Buying media through a single platform like Display & Video 360 also leads to better results—as measured in terms of both reach and efficiency. For example, Nielsen found that marketers who consolidated their traditional reservation deals with their programmatic guaranteed deals in a single buying platform increased their reach of unique consumers by an average of 11 percent—for the same investment in impressions.2 In another recent study, BCG found that programmatic guaranteed deals are 29 percent more efficient for agencies than traditional reservation deals measured in hours spent on deal set-up and management.3

“By consolidating all of our campaigns in Display & Video 360, we can easily control how many consumers we reach and how often we reach them. This means we don’t have to worry about wasted impressions or a bad consumer experience from people seeing our ads too many times. Instead, we can direct that investment to reach more of the people who are likely to fly with us.”
-Justyna Valente, Digital Marketing Manager, TAP Portugal

Faster, smarter marketing

According to a recent study of global marketing organizations by Bain & Company, speed in decision making separated the leaders—the top 20 percent of respondents based on revenue and market share growth—from the laggards, who represent the bottom 20 percent. Marketing laggards are 1.7X more likely to be held back by slow decision making4, while marketing leaders are using technology to surface trends and patterns in near-real time so they can deliver more relevant marketing with speed to assist consumers at the right moment.

Display & Video 360 takes advantage of Google’s unique capabilities in machine learning to automate tasks like bidding and optimization, so you can respond to users’ needs faster. Built-in intelligence across the product automatically surfaces insights and recommendations—such as where to shift budget to improve campaign performance—so you can act quickly to achieve your goals.

Tune in to learn more

Display & Video 360 will begin rolling out to all Bid Manager customers in late July. We’re excited to introduce this end-to-end advertising solution as part of Google Marketing Platform, and we’re eager to hear your feedback.

Please join me for the live streamed keynote at Google Marketing Live today at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET or watch the recording after the event. I’ll be sharing more about Display & Video 360, including demos of some of the new features.

Posted by Payam Shodjai
Director, Product Management, Google Marketing Platform

1. Based on Q4'17-Q1'18 internal Google data.
2. Based on a Google-commissioned Nielsen study, May-Dec. 2017.
3. Based on a Google-commissioned BCG report, “A Guaranteed Opportunity in Programmatic Advertising,” July-Sept. 2017.
4. Bain/Google Marketing Leaders Study, Nov. 2017.

From basecamp to summit: Achieving new heights with Google Marketing Platform Partners


Earlier this week we announced Google Marketing Platform, which brings together DoubleClick Digital Marketing and the Google Analytics 360 Suite into a single solution to plan, buy, measure and optimize customer experiences across channels and devices. But we all know having great technology is only part of the solution. You also need people with the expertise and knowledge to fully take advantage of everything the technology enables. It’s not unlike relying on Sherpas to help guide you from basecamp to the summit. You may be able to make the ascent on your own, but engaging a team of experts with a track record of success greatly improves your chances of making the summit. That’s why we’re excited to announce Google Marketing Platform Partners, a new program designed to ensure you have access to all the resources you need to get the most value from Google Marketing Platform.

A robust ecosystem of skilled practitioners and companies

More than just a replacement for the existing programs, Google Analytics Certified Partners and the DoubleClick Certified Marketing Partners, the new program is designed to provide a robust ecosystem of resources, no matter your needs. The foundation of the program is scaled training and capability-building across all the Google Marketing Platform products. Whether you’re looking to build skills in-house or partner with a service provider, the program helps ensure the needed skills and resources are readily available. With more than 500 companies in the program at launch, including leading interactive agencies, system integrators, and top technology, data and media companies, you’ll be able to find a partner to support multiple facets of your business.

Three unique designations

From skill-building to broader, strategic partnerships and technology reselling, the program is designed to deliver the range and quality of expertise you expect:

Certified Individuals: To help increase the talent pool available supporting the Google Marketing Platform, individuals will be able to access a growing library of self-study materials and complete individual product certifications. Successful completion signals an individual’s expertise with specific Google Marketing Platform products.
Certified Companies: Certified Companies provide consulting, training, implementation, operations and technical support services for Google Marketing Platform. These companies not only have individuals certified in one or more products, but they have a high level of knowledge, practical and industry experience, as well as stellar customer references. These strict requirements ensure they have both the expertise and a proven ability to deliver results.
Sales Partners: Sales Partners are Google Marketing Platform experts, just like Certified Companies, but partner more closely with Google in providing consulting and support services, in addition to selling the technology on our behalf.

Get started today

Whether you’re looking to add talent to your team, up-level your current talent, or complement your team with a partner company, Platform Partners offers a trusted source to help close the gaps. And we’ll continue to build out additional skill-building resources, refine our certifications and add new partners covering more countries and languages. To get started on taking your marketing to even greater heights, browse our current Partners to find a partner equipped to help you get the most from your investment in Google Marketing Platform.

Posted by Chip Hall
Managing Director, Media Platforms

Introducing Google Ad Manager

Since the acquisition of DoubleClick over 10 years ago, we’ve continuously evolved our platforms to help our partners grow their revenue and create sustainable businesses with advertising. That’s why, for the last three years, we’ve been doing more to bring DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX) and DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) together into a truly unified platform. Today’s DoubleClick has also evolved beyond our roots in the web to become an ad platform for the next generation of content, from mobile applications by developers like King, to multi-platform video from publishers like Cheddar.

With these changes, we needed a new name that better reflects how our platform helps you earn more and protects your brand, wherever your audience is engaging and however advertisers are looking to work with you. As we announced today, that name is Google Ad Manager.



Over the next few months, you’ll start seeing the Ad Manager name reflected across your existing DoubleClick UI. Read on to learn more about our journey and vision.

Not just an ad server or Sell-Side Platform (SSP)—a complete ad platform

Automation continues to change the way we do business, with advertisers looking to transact all their campaigns, guaranteed or not, programmatically. That’s why we broke away from the traditional constraints of “ad servers” and “SSPs” to build new programmatic solutions directly into the product we now call Ad Manager—from our programmatic deals framework to features like Optimized Competition that help you maximize yield across reservations, private marketplaces, and the open auction. Ultimately, with Ad Manager, you get a complete ad platform that helps you earn more and grow revenue, no matter how you sell.

Optimizing revenue across all buyers

When we launched Ad Exchange nearly a decade ago, we created a marketplace to help you earn more from real-time competition for your inventory. Today’s exchange is not just an auction, but also a complete sales channel. With Ad Manager, you can curate who has access to your inventory, alongside all your reservation and programmatic demand, and optimize your relationships for yield.

So, with the integration of AdX into Ad Manager, we're retiring the Ad Exchange brand. The programmatic buyers and networks formerly called “AdX buyers” will now be known as “Authorized Buyers,” a name that reflects the close relationship you have with these partners. You’ll start seeing this change in the Ad Manager UI over the next several months.

Monetizing the new places where people are watching, playing or engaging

People now spend more time on their phones than anywhere else, and are watching more video—live or on demand—on a variety of large and small screens. This shift has created new opportunities for monetization, along with more challenges for managing ads across different screens, SDKs, and content distribution platforms.

Ad Manager gives you a single platform for delivering, measuring and optimizing ads wherever your audience is engaging—including connected TVs, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), mobile games and other apps, and platforms like YouTube and Apple News.

With Advanced TV solutions like Dynamic Ad Insertion for live and on -demand video, formats like native and six-second bumper ads, and yield optimization solutions like rewarded mediation and Exchange Bidding for mobile apps, we’ve evolved Ad Manager to keep up with your customers and support your new distribution channels.

Protecting you from bad actors

Over the last year, the digital advertising industry has faced a lot of challenges, from brand safety to ad fraud. These issues can degrade user experience with inappropriate ads and annoying creatives—or, even worse, harm users with malware-laden ads, and hurt advertisers with invalid, domain-spoofed inventory and non-human bot traffic.

With Ad Manager, you can be confident the ads we deliver will respect your brand and keep your users and advertisers safe. We have more than 30 controls to help you manage the type of ads you allow to make sure they meet your brand values. In 2017, our industry-leading spam detection and policy enforcement tools took down more than 3.2 billion ads before they reached users. To ensure you don’t lose money to domain spoofing, Google was the first to integrate the IAB TechLab’s ads.txt standard into all our ads platforms. Rest assured, you have a partner invested in protecting your brand and business as the industry continues to evolve.

A solid foundation for innovation

“Google's complete and integrated ad platform has helped accelerate revenue growth while freeing our team to focus on important relationships with our advertising partners and users”
Chris Janz, Managing Director of Fairfax, Australian Metro Publishing

We’re committed to making sure that Ad Manager supports your advertising business both today and in the future. While we may be bidding a fond farewell to the DoubleClick name, we are excited for the next chapter in our journey with you—one that’s focused on sustainable growth in an industry where the only constant is change.

Posted by Jonathan Bellack
Director of Product Management

Introducing Google Marketing Platform

The online world was very different when DoubleClick debuted in 1996. Things we take for granted today, like texting emoji, sharing funny YouTube videos, or taking smartphone selfies were all years away.

Of course, changes in technology have meant changes for digital marketers. There’s been an explosion of channels, formats and data. Consumers are also more aware of how they’re being marketed to and how their data is being used—and they want more control.

To address these new realities, marketers need tools that make it easy to get better results from their marketing in a way that puts privacy first.

This is why we’re announcing Google Marketing Platform.
Google Marketing Platform brings together DoubleClick Digital Marketing and the Google Analytics 360 Suite to help you plan, buy, measure and optimize digital media and customer experiences in one place. Google Marketing Platform helps you deliver more relevant and effective marketing, while ensuring that you respect your customers’ privacy and give them control over their data.
In our recent survey of global marketing organizations, we learned that the #1 priority for marketers is to better understand their customers. By offering tools that make it easy to collaborate and share insights, Google Marketing Platform helps achieve this customer-first approach to marketing.

In the U.S., adidas has started working more collaboratively across their digital teams to share insights and get a deeper understanding of their customers. Chris Murphy, Head of Digital Experience, describes their approach:

“Our adidas teams work together in one environment where we can see audience insights, what creative we’re running and where, how it’s performing, and make changes almost in real time.”
Chris Murphy, Head of Digital Experience, adidas


Better results with ads plus analytics

Google Marketing Platform builds on existing integrations between the Google Analytics 360 Suite and DoubleClick advertiser products. Marketers have seen great results when they use ads and analytics technology together. For example, BookIt used Analytics 360 to uncover insights about the types of travelers interested in their brand and used these insights to create more relevant campaigns in Display & Video 360. The result was a 20 percent increase in revenue.

Now, with Google Marketing Platform, we’re introducing ways to make our products work even better together. For example, the new Integration Center helps you discover and easily setup valuable connections between products.
Google Marketing Platform also supports 100+ integrations with exchanges, measurement solutions, and other technology providers. In short, you can choose what media you buy, how you buy it, and how you measure it.

Search Ads 360 and Display & Video 360

With Google Marketing Platform, we’re also making changes to some of our advertising products.

Search Ads 360 is the new name for DoubleClick Search. Search Ads 360 will continue to help you plan, buy, and measure your search campaigns on Google and other search engines.

Display & Video 360 brings together features from our display advertising products: DoubleClick Bid Manager, Campaign Manager, Studio and Audience Center. Display & Video 360 allows you to execute ad campaigns end-to-end in one place, creating efficiency in how you work and helping your teams do more together.

Don’t worry, Campaign Manager and other DoubleClick products aren’t going anywhere right away. We’ll gradually transition customers to Display & Video 360 as additional features become available.

Looking ahead

This is just the beginning of the next chapter in our platforms story. We’re committed to building solutions that help you achieve your marketing goals while meeting consumers' high expectations for privacy, transparency and control.

We’ll be sharing more about Google Marketing Platform and Display & Video 360 at Google Marketing Live. Sign up to watch the live streamed keynote on July 10, 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET.

Posted by Brad Bender
Vice President of Display and Video Advertising