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Performance Max Retail

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Performance Max offers retailers the opportunity to serve on new inventory thereby expanding reach and meeting goals. Some of these new advancements require additional assets (such as text, image, or video) to enable them to serve on new formats and surfaces such as text, Discover, YouTube In-stream, and Display. If these assets are not available, retailers can only serve on existing Smart Shopping campaign inventory for the stated goal.

Additionally, if retailers have unique insights on which segments of users are more likely to convert, they can now use Audience signals to let Google know.

Performance Max campaigns offer full parity with Smart Shopping campaigns, while offering the following advantages:

  • Language targeting based on Merchant Center feed or campaign criteria
  • Final URL expansion
  • Store targeting: All stores are targeted when the Store Visit goal is selected
  • Ability to set conversion goals on a per-customer or per-campaign basis
  • Additional inventory

In order to use Performance Max for retail, the Google Ads account must be linked to an existing Merchant Center account. Follow the instructions in Link your Merchant Center and Google Ads accounts if you previously have not linked your accounts.

By linking to Merchant Center, assets are generated automatically for the campaign, but reach and performance will be limited. Adding an asset group enables Shopping and dynamic remarketing channels, and setting URL expansion enables Dynamic Search Ads. In general, the more assets you provide, the more ad formats the system can create to target additional inventory.

Create a Performance Max retail campaign

Like other shopping campaigns, set the ShoppingSetting fields of the campaign.

Required

merchant_id
The Merchant Center ID of the account that contains the products to advertise.
feed_label

A string used for feed label as defined in your Merchant Center. If used instead of the legacy sales_country, the feed_label field accepts country codes in the same format.

sales_country is the target sales country of the products to include in this campaign as a two-letter country code (XX). This field can never be modified, but can be cleared if you set the feed_label in the same operation.

Only one of feed_label or sales_country can be set.

Note that submitting a country code in a feed_label doesn't automatically enable ads to serve in that country; you must first set up geographic location targeting.

Optional

campaign_priority
The priority of the shopping campaign. Campaigns with numerically higher priorities take precedence over those with lower priorities.
enable_local

The option to enable ads for products sold in local stores for this campaign.

Local products are turned on by default if inventory is present. This can be filtered using listing groups.

language

You can select multiple languages to show your ads to specific sets of customers.

Conversion goals

When migrating from Smart Shopping campaigns, all campaign-level conversion goals behave the same except for store visits.

You can override customer-level conversion goals by updating campaign-level conversion goals as illustrated in this example:

Java

/** Retrieves the list of customer conversion goals. */
private static List<CustomerConversionGoal> getCustomerConversionGoals(
    GoogleAdsClient googleAdsClient, long customerId) {
  String query =
      "SELECT customer_conversion_goal.category, customer_conversion_goal.origin "
          + "FROM customer_conversion_goal";

  List<CustomerConversionGoal> customerConversionGoals = new ArrayList<>();
  try (GoogleAdsServiceClient googleAdsServiceClient =
      googleAdsClient.getLatestVersion().createGoogleAdsServiceClient()) {
    // The number of conversion goals is typically less than 50, so we use
    // GoogleAdsService.search instead of search_stream.
    SearchPagedResponse response =
        googleAdsServiceClient.search(Long.toString(customerId), query);
    for (GoogleAdsRow googleAdsRow : response.iterateAll()) {
      customerConversionGoals.add(googleAdsRow.getCustomerConversionGoal());
    }
  }

  return customerConversionGoals;
}

/** Creates a list of MutateOperations that override customer conversion goals. */
private static List<MutateOperation> createConversionGoalOperations(
    long customerId, List<CustomerConversionGoal> customerConversionGoals) {
  List<MutateOperation> mutateOperations = new ArrayList<>();
  // To override the customer conversion goals, we will change the
  // biddability of each of the customer conversion goals so that only
  // the desired conversion goal is biddable in this campaign.
  for (CustomerConversionGoal customerConversionGoal : customerConversionGoals) {
    ConversionActionCategory category = customerConversionGoal.getCategory();
    ConversionOrigin origin = customerConversionGoal.getOrigin();
    String campaignConversionGoalResourceName =
        ResourceNames.campaignConversionGoal(
            customerId, PERFORMANCE_MAX_CAMPAIGN_TEMPORARY_ID, category, origin);
    CampaignConversionGoal.Builder campaignConversionGoalBuilder =
        CampaignConversionGoal.newBuilder().setResourceName(campaignConversionGoalResourceName);
    // Change the biddability for the campaign conversion goal.
    // Set biddability to True for the desired (category, origin).
    // Set biddability to False for all other conversion goals.
    // Note:
    //  1- It is assumed that this Conversion Action
    //     (category=PURCHASE, origin=WEBSITE) exists in this account.
    //  2- More than one goal can be biddable if desired. This example
    //     shows only one.
    if (category == ConversionActionCategory.PURCHASE && origin == ConversionOrigin.WEBSITE) {
      campaignConversionGoalBuilder.setBiddable(true);
    } else {
      campaignConversionGoalBuilder.setBiddable(false);
    }
    CampaignConversionGoal campaignConversionGoal = campaignConversionGoalBuilder.build();
    CampaignConversionGoalOperation campaignConversionGoalOperation =
        CampaignConversionGoalOperation.newBuilder()
            .setUpdate(campaignConversionGoal)
            .setUpdateMask(FieldMasks.allSetFieldsOf(campaignConversionGoal))
            .build();
    mutateOperations.add(
        MutateOperation.newBuilder()
            .setCampaignConversionGoalOperation(campaignConversionGoalOperation)
            .build());
  }
  return mutateOperations;
}
      

C#

/// <summary>
/// Creates a MutateOperation that links an asset to an asset group.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="fieldType">The field type of the asset to be linked.</param>
/// <param name="assetGroupResourceName">The resource name of the asset group
/// to link the asset to.</param>
/// <param name="assetResourceName">The resource name of the text asset to be
/// linked.</param>
/// <returns>A MutateOperation that links an asset to an asset group.</returns>
private MutateOperation CreateLinkAssetOperation(
    AssetFieldType fieldType,
    string assetGroupResourceName,
    string assetResourceName) => new MutateOperation()
{
    AssetGroupAssetOperation = new AssetGroupAssetOperation()
    {
        Create = new AssetGroupAsset()
        {
            FieldType = fieldType,
            AssetGroup = assetGroupResourceName,
            Asset = assetResourceName
        }
    }
};

      

PHP

private static function getCustomerConversionGoals(
    GoogleAdsClient $googleAdsClient,
    int $customerId
): array {
    $customerConversionGoals = [];
    $googleAdsServiceClient = $googleAdsClient->getGoogleAdsServiceClient();
    // Creates a query that retrieves all customer conversion goals.
    $query = 'SELECT customer_conversion_goal.category, customer_conversion_goal.origin ' .
        'FROM customer_conversion_goal';
    // The number of conversion goals is typically less than 50 so we use a search request
    // instead of search stream.
    $response =
        $googleAdsServiceClient->search($customerId, $query, ['pageSize' => self::PAGE_SIZE]);

    // Iterates over all rows in all pages and builds the list of conversion goals.
    foreach ($response->iterateAllElements() as $googleAdsRow) {
        /** @var GoogleAdsRow $googleAdsRow */
        $customerConversionGoals[] = [
            'category' => $googleAdsRow->getCustomerConversionGoal()->getCategory(),
            'origin' => $googleAdsRow->getCustomerConversionGoal()->getOrigin()
        ];
    }

    return $customerConversionGoals;
}

/**
 * Creates a list of MutateOperations that override customer conversion goals.
 *
 * @param int $customerId the customer ID
 * @param array $customerConversionGoals the list of customer conversion goals that will be
 *      overridden
 * @return MutateOperation[] a list of MutateOperations that update campaign conversion goals
 */
private static function createConversionGoalOperations(
    int $customerId,
    array $customerConversionGoals
): array {
    $operations = [];

    // To override the customer conversion goals, we will change the biddability of each of the
    // customer conversion goals so that only the desired conversion goal is biddable in this
    // campaign.
    foreach ($customerConversionGoals as $customerConversionGoal) {
        $campaignConversionGoal = new CampaignConversionGoal([
            'resource_name' => ResourceNames::forCampaignConversionGoal(
                $customerId,
                self::PERFORMANCE_MAX_CAMPAIGN_TEMPORARY_ID,
                ConversionActionCategory::name($customerConversionGoal['category']),
                ConversionOrigin::name($customerConversionGoal['origin'])
            )
        ]);
        // Changes the biddability for the campaign conversion goal.
        // Sets biddability to true for the desired (category, origin).
        // Sets biddability to false for all other conversion goals.
        // Note:
        //  1- It is assumed that this Conversion Action
        //     (category=PURCHASE, origin=WEBSITE) exists in this account.
        //  2- More than one goal can be biddable if desired. This example
        //     shows only one.
        if (
            $customerConversionGoal["category"] === ConversionActionCategory::PURCHASE
            && $customerConversionGoal["origin"] === ConversionOrigin::WEBSITE
        ) {
            $campaignConversionGoal->setBiddable(true);
        } else {
            $campaignConversionGoal->setBiddable(false);
        }

        $operations[] = new MutateOperation([
            'campaign_conversion_goal_operation' => new CampaignConversionGoalOperation([
                'update' => $campaignConversionGoal,
                // Sets the update mask on the operation. Here the update mask will be a list
                // of all the fields that were set on the update object.
                'update_mask' => FieldMasks::allSetFieldsOf($campaignConversionGoal)
            ])
        ]);
    }

    return $operations;
}
      

Python

def get_customer_conversion_goals(client, customer_id):
    """Retrieves the list of customer conversion goals.

    Args:
        client: an initialized GoogleAdsClient instance.
        customer_id: a client customer ID.

    Returns:
        a list of dicts containing the category and origin of customer
        conversion goals.
    """
    ga_service = client.get_service("GoogleAdsService")
    customer_conversion_goals = []
    query = """
            SELECT
              customer_conversion_goal.category,
              customer_conversion_goal.origin
            FROM customer_conversion_goal
            """
    # The number of conversion goals is typically less than 50 so we use
    # GoogleAdsService.search instead of search_stream.
    search_request = client.get_type("SearchGoogleAdsRequest")
    search_request.customer_id = customer_id
    search_request.query = query
    search_request.page_size = 10000
    results = ga_service.search(request=search_request)

    # Iterate over the results and build the list of conversion goals.
    for row in results:
        customer_conversion_goals.append(
            {
                "category": row.customer_conversion_goal.category,
                "origin": row.customer_conversion_goal.origin,
            }
        )
    return customer_conversion_goals


def create_conversion_goal_operations(
    client, customer_id, customer_conversion_goals,
):
    """Creates a list of MutateOperations that override customer conversion goals.

    Args:
        client: an initialized GoogleAdsClient instance.
        customer_id: a client customer ID.
        customer_conversion_goals: the list of customer conversion goals that
          will be overridden.

    Returns:
        MutateOperations that update campaign conversion goals.
    """
    campaign_conversion_goal_service = client.get_service(
        "CampaignConversionGoalService"
    )
    operations = []

    # To override the customer conversion goals, we will change the
    # biddability of each of the customer conversion goals so that only
    # the desired conversion goal is biddable in this campaign.
    for customer_conversion_goal in customer_conversion_goals:
        mutate_operation = client.get_type("MutateOperation")
        campaign_conversion_goal = (
            mutate_operation.campaign_conversion_goal_operation.update
        )

        campaign_conversion_goal.resource_name = campaign_conversion_goal_service.campaign_conversion_goal_path(
            customer_id,
            _PERFORMANCE_MAX_CAMPAIGN_TEMPORARY_ID,
            customer_conversion_goal["category"].name,
            customer_conversion_goal["origin"].name,
        )
        # Change the biddability for the campaign conversion goal.
        # Set biddability to True for the desired (category, origin).
        # Set biddability to False for all other conversion goals.
        # Note:
        #  1- It is assumed that this Conversion Action
        #     (category=PURCHASE, origin=WEBSITE) exists in this account.
        #  2- More than one goal can be biddable if desired. This example
        #     shows only one.
        if (
            customer_conversion_goal["category"]
            == client.enums.ConversionActionCategoryEnum.PURCHASE
            and customer_conversion_goal["origin"]
            == client.enums.ConversionOriginEnum.WEBSITE
        ):
            biddable = True
        else:
            biddable = False
        campaign_conversion_goal.biddable = biddable
        field_mask = protobuf_helpers.field_mask(
            None, campaign_conversion_goal._pb
        )
        client.copy_from(
            mutate_operation.campaign_conversion_goal_operation.update_mask,
            field_mask,
        )
        operations.append(mutate_operation)

    return operations
      

Ruby

def _get_customer_conversion_goals(client, customer_id)
  query = <<~EOD
    SELECT
        customer_conversion_goal.category,
        customer_conversion_goal.origin
    FROM customer_conversion_goal
  EOD

  customer_conversion_goals = []

  ga_service = client.service.google_ads
  # The number of conversion goals is typically less than 50 so we use
  # GoogleAdsService.search instead of search_stream.
  response = ga_service.search(
      customer_id: customer_id,
      query: query,
      page_size: PAGE_SIZE,
  )

  # Iterate over the results and build the list of conversion goals.
  response.each do |row|
    customer_conversion_goals << {
        "category" => row.customer_conversion_goal.category,
        "origin" => row.customer_conversion_goal.origin
    }
  end

  customer_conversion_goals
end

def create_conversion_goal_operations(client, customer_id, customer_conversion_goals)
  campaign_conversion_goal_service = client.service.campaign_conversion_goal

  operations = []

  # To override the customer conversion goals, we will change the
  # biddability of each of the customer conversion goals so that only
  # the desired conversion goal is biddable in this campaign.
  customer_conversion_goals.each do |customer_conversion_goal|
    operations << client.operation.mutate do |m|
        m.campaign_conversion_goal_operation = client.operation.campaign_conversion_goal do |op|
          op.update = client.resource.campaign_conversion_goal do |ccg|
              ccg.resource_name = client.path.campaign_conversion_goal(
                  customer_id,
                  PERFORMANCE_MAX_CAMPAIGN_TEMPORARY_ID,
                  customer_conversion_goal["category"].to_s,
                  customer_conversion_goal["origin"].to_s)
              # Change the biddability for the campaign conversion goal.
              # Set biddability to True for the desired (category, origin).
              # Set biddability to False for all other conversion goals.
              # Note:
              #  1- It is assumed that this Conversion Action
              #     (category=PURCHASE, origin=WEBSITE) exists in this account.
              #  2- More than one goal can be biddable if desired. This example
              #     shows only one.
              ccg.biddable = (customer_conversion_goal["category"] == :PURCHASE &&
                  customer_conversion_goal["origin"] == :WEBSITE)
          end
          op.update_mask = Google::Ads::GoogleAds::FieldMaskUtil.all_set_fields_of(op.update)
        end
    end
  end

  operations
end
      

Perl

sub get_customer_conversion_goals {
  my ($api_client, $customer_id) = @_;

  my $customer_conversion_goals = [];
  # Create a query that retrieves all customer conversion goals.
  my $query =
    "SELECT customer_conversion_goal.category, customer_conversion_goal.origin "
    . "FROM customer_conversion_goal";
  # The number of conversion goals is typically less than 50 so we use
  # GoogleAdsService->search() method instead of search_stream().
  my $search_response = $api_client->GoogleAdsService()->search({
    customerId => $customer_id,
    query      => $query,
    pageSize   => PAGE_SIZE
  });

  # Iterate over the results and build the list of conversion goals.
  foreach my $google_ads_row (@{$search_response->{results}}) {
    push @$customer_conversion_goals,
      {
      category => $google_ads_row->{customerConversionGoal}{category},
      origin   => $google_ads_row->{customerConversionGoal}{origin}};
  }

  return $customer_conversion_goals;
}

# Creates a list of MutateOperations that override customer conversion goals.
sub create_conversion_goal_operations {
  my ($customer_id, $customer_conversion_goals) = @_;

  my $operations = [];
  # To override the customer conversion goals, we will change the biddability of
  # each of the customer conversion goals so that only the desired conversion goal
  # is biddable in this campaign.
  foreach my $customer_conversion_goal (@$customer_conversion_goals) {
    my $campaign_conversion_goal =
      Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V11::Resources::CampaignConversionGoal->new({
        resourceName =>
          Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V11::Utils::ResourceNames::campaign_conversion_goal(
          $customer_id,
          PERFORMANCE_MAX_CAMPAIGN_TEMPORARY_ID,
          $customer_conversion_goal->{category},
          $customer_conversion_goal->{origin})});
    # Change the biddability for the campaign conversion goal.
    # Set biddability to true for the desired (category, origin).
    # Set biddability to false for all other conversion goals.
    # Note:
    #  1- It is assumed that this Conversion Action
    #     (category=PURCHASE, origin=WEBSITE) exists in this account.
    #  2- More than one goal can be biddable if desired. This example
    #     shows only one.
    if ( $customer_conversion_goal->{category} eq PURCHASE
      && $customer_conversion_goal->{origin} eq WEBSITE)
    {
      $campaign_conversion_goal->{biddable} = "true";
    } else {
      $campaign_conversion_goal->{biddable} = "false";
    }

    push @$operations,
      Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V11::Services::GoogleAdsService::MutateOperation
      ->new({
        campaignConversionGoalOperation =>
          Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V11::Services::CampaignConversionGoalService::CampaignConversionGoalOperation
          ->new({
            update => $campaign_conversion_goal,
            # Set the update mask on the operation. Here the update mask will be
            # a list of all the fields that were set on the update object.
            updateMask => all_set_fields_of($campaign_conversion_goal)})});
  }

  return $operations;
}
      

Best practices for asset groups

For asset aroups in Performance Max retail campaigns, we recommend that each asset group target different products. Learn more.

If you want to customize your messaging (such as text, images, video, logos) by audience, you can create multiple asset groups per campaign. In this way, you can create different asset groups for the same final URL.

Note that limit for listing groups is smaller than what was previously available with Smart Shopping campaign product groups. As a best practice, advertisers should only target a certain set of products from an asset group. For example, Products A-L would be in Asset Group 1 and Products M-Z would be in Asset Group 2.

Shopping reports

Use the shopping_performance_view to retrieve metrics summarized by product segments such as segments.product_item_id.

SELECT
  segments.product_item_id,
  metrics.clicks,
  metrics.cost_micros,
  metrics.impressions,
  metrics.conversions,
  metrics.all_conversions,
  campaign.advertising_channel_type
FROM shopping_performance_view
WHERE
  campaign.advertising_channel_type = 'PERFORMANCE_MAX'
  AND segments.date DURING LAST_30_DAYS
  AND metrics.clicks > 0
ORDER BY
  metrics.all_conversions DESC,
  metrics.conversions DESC,
  metrics.clicks DESC,
  metrics.cost_micros DESC,
  metrics.impressions DESC