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After a prolonged period of testing, Google Ads has officially launched the new Insights page to all advertisers. 

As the company announced, starting April 14th, 2021, “the Insights page is available to all advertisers globally.”

The Insights tool allows for advertisers to easily track and explore emerging trends in your industry to create more effective ads. 

The latest announcement gives an example of how a brand could use the tool:

“Let’s say you’re a pet store looking to reach more customers. With the Insights page, you can see rising demand for ‘dog subscription boxes’ and ‘dog toys’. You can then act on these trends by creating campaigns to reach new pet owners, or even explore selling dog care packages.”

“The Insights page surfaces trends tailored to your business, so you can see if you’re keeping up with demand for trending products or services,” continued the statement.

How Google Ads Insights Works

The new tool pulls data from your account’s performance history and campaign settings, before combining them with search trends across Google to automatically show you relevant trends and insights. 

Currently, the Insights tool only provides one type of data, showing search trends to help you better understand the most recent patterns in search behavior and identify relevant trends in your market. 

However, Google Ads says it will be rolling out more types of insights in the future. 

For more information about the new page, Google Ads has published a help document to get you started tracking the latest trends in your industry. 

Google My Business is adding new Insights showing how Posts from businesses are doing. This means you can now monitor your Posts and see what type of content works best for the unique placement.

For those unfamiliar, Posts are a feature of Google My Business which allow businesses to create social media-like content and highlight it within their GMB listing. As posts only last for 7 days, they are a great place for letting customers know about special short-term promotions and sales.

The new Insights for GMB Posts were announced by a GMB Community Manager who said:

“We’re excited to announce that we’re launching a new summary view of your Post Insights! Post Insights help you better understand how your posts perform with potential customers.”

The Insights are available within the Posts tab on the GMB dashboard and provide details for individuals posts or all posts from the last week or month.

Post Insights include data on the number of views and clicks you’ve received, as well as how those metrics have changed time.

It should be noted, however, that GMB will not show any percent change in the summary if any of the following issues exist:

  • Your posts received 0 views.
  • You haven’t made any posts.
  • Your percentage change is over 99.99%.

The new Google My Business Post Insights are available to everyone with a GMB listing on a desktop browser or through the mobile version of the website. It has not been rolled out to the GMB yet, though.

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When it comes to marketing your business, it’s all about image. How people perceive your business will decide whether they decide to come in the door or walk away. This is especially true online.

One of the first images people will see when they find your business is almost always your photos in your local listings on search engines. Thankfully, Google has given you more control and more data on how your images are performing.

With the new insights for photos on business listings, you can see how people are responding to your listing and images and compare them against your competition.

You can easily see the new insights in your Google My Business listing by clicking the Insights tab on the top navigation bar. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find a graph comparing your business to “businesses like you”.

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You can refine the time-period you want to look at by the past 90 days, past 30 days, and past 7 days.

Unfortunately, you can’t select exactly what businesses you are comparing your site against, nor do you even get to know who the “businesses like you” are. But, the new tool can still be an effective way to make sure you are making a great first impression with your listings on Google.