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What's new about Google vehicle ads?

Greg Spencer

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Here's a stupid question. Several news sites are reporting Google has launched "a new ad format, called 'vehicle ads', that shows Google search users nearby cars for sale." I believe this has been available for some time now. George Nenni shared a screen shot of vehicle ads in search back in January 2021. Perhaps the new element is that it's available on mobile now? Does anyone know?
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Greg_Gifford

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yep - just came into beta (so open to the public) the week of NADA - in most markets, you'll only see the big aggregate sites like Jeff mentioned, since they were in the limited alpha since last year... only a handful of dealers were able to participate. Now that it's in public beta, it's open, and we SHOULD see more dealers be in there... but you have to find a vendor that offers it...
 
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#12 on my 2022 prediction list

12) Google Vehicle Listing Ads Will See Widespread Adoption / Coercion
Google Vehicle Listing Ads will be the hot new product for advertising agencies (and OEMs) to pitch in 2022. They are expected to come out of beta in Q1/Q2 and are currently producing great results. Be sure to jump on the bandwagon early, the longer you wait the less ROI there will be as CPC’s inevitably rise.

 

Greg Spencer

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It's been almost a month since Google announced the public launch of Vehicle Listings Ads, or VLAs. https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/11586690?hl=en
  • Can anyone share whether their dealerships are participating and what their experience is so far?
  • Is it good ROI? Better or worse than the alternatives (e.g. marketplaces, Facebook Ads, Bing)?
  • Do you all think VLAs are destined to be a marketplace killer, as some predicted?
 
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We are running these for several dealers with success. Here is a screenshot of the difference between the GMB cars for sale and the VLAs. The VLAs are a little stronger than regular VDP level ad copy, but they are also a bit pricier. Our current Google VDPs are coming in at about 1.25-1.30 per click and our VLAs are running closer to 2.00/VDP (depending on market). I am seeing 135-165 VDPs per unit sold- which is up a bit over the past couple of years when we were consistently running under 100 VDPs per unit sold.
 

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