Check the Forward Compatibility Map before modifying LocationGroups in CampaignCriterion (v201409, v201502)

Do you use LocationGroups in CampaignCriterion? If so, read on to learn about a new key in the Forward Compatibility Map to identify whether a Location Group is compatible with the AdWords user interface or the API.

Through the Campaign Settings tab of the user interface and the AdWords API CampaignCriterionService, you can create a LocationGroups campaign criteria to target locations within a specific radius around all of your campaign's location extensions.

The user interface also allows you to further restrict the LocationGroups criterion to location extensions within geographical targets or Cities-DMA regions. However, the AdWords API does not currently support modifying these additional settings.

To indicate in the AdWords API that someone created a configuration of the latter form through the user interface, the CampaignCriterion.forwardCompatibilityMap has a new key called LocationGroups.locationId.

Value Description
Key Name
The Location criterion ID chosen for the LocationGroups criterion from Geographical Targeting or Cities-DMA Regions. For example, an ID of 2752 indicates targeting around location extensions within Sweden.
If this key appears in CampaignCriterion .forwardCompatibilityMap, then re-adding the LocationGroups after removal or using a copy of the LocationGroups may result in a loss of configuration information.

We’re working to support the geographical targets and Cities-DMA regions option in future API versions.

Be on the lookout for an upcoming addition to the Forward Compatibility Map regarding which feed ID will be used for proximity targeting.

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