Gmail Sponsored Promotions (also called GSP) is now moved into AdWords. Although it is still in beta there are a lot of changes done after moving it to AdWords.

Major Changes in GSP in AdWords:

  1. UI (User Interface) of GSP in the earlier version was much better.  Now after it is moved into AdWords, there are a lot of complications arose
  2. Now the GSP ads are supporting the ‘Custom HTML’ mailers option again. It can even have in a built form, where the users can fill in contactable details in the email itself, they need not even go to a landing page, which increases the chances of conversions. and you are required to use the three templates called ‘Single Image’, ‘Single Promotion’ and ‘Multiple Products’.   
  3. We also had the option to provide an inbuilt lead generation form in mailer itself, which means, users could simply fill up their details into the form given in their inbox.  This feature was most loved by marketers as it was increasing the form filling.

Using GSP in Adwords:

Step 1: Open your AdWords account

Step 2: Create a new campaign.

While creating the campaign, select the DISPLAY campaign only.

Gmail Sponsored Promotion / GSP Configuration. Select Campaign as Display only

Give your bid strategy (Auto/manual bidding) and set the daily budget.

Set your bidding strategy for gmail ads

Select the delivery method, start, and end date, etc.

GSP Configuration

GSP Configuration

Step 3: Now go ahead and create your ad group. While creating the ad group, click on ‘Use a Different Targeting Method’ and then select placements.

Targeting Method GSP

Step 4: Now click on add multiple placements at once. as placements

Step 5:  Add as a placement to target your ads in Gmail.

add to placements

Step 6: Click ‘Save and Continue’. You will now be moved to start ad creation. Click on ‘Skip Ad Creation’ and move out.

Step 7:  Click on Ad and select the ad gallery.

Ad gallery in GSP

Step 8: Select the ad type as GMAIL ADS

Ad types in gmail

Step 9: You will see the THREE predefined ad templates by Gmail as ‘Image, Multi Product, and Single Promotion’. You can choose your desired template and add your images, texts, and links to it.

GSP Ad Templates

Next post we will talk about the reporting and measurement for GSP campaign. I will also talk about some optimization tips. So, stay tuned.

  1. Thank you for the post, i have been trying to use gsp but cant find gmail ads in my ad gallery, in my ad gallery there are only three options 1)Dynamic ads 2) video Ads 3) General Purpose Ads
    kindly help me out in running gmail sponsored promotion ads
    Hoping to hear from your end soon

  2. Hello Vishal,
    The GSP is still in beta. 🙁
    You would need to approach google representatives to get your account white-listed for GSP ads.

  3. GSP is now available in all US AdWords accounts.

  4. Great post!. How would you go about setting up domain targeting? Would the domains be added under keywords?

  5. Thats a great news. Indians are still eagerly waiting for the same. Its indeed a good product. 🙂

  6. For domain targeting, you can simply define the domain in placements.

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