About image assets

Image assets allow advertisers to upload rich, relevant visuals to complement their existing text ads. Image assets can help drive performance for advertisers, with compelling visuals of products or services that enhance the message of their text ads.

Benefits

Image assets help you:

  • Drive measurable performance. You can view a 10% increase in click-through rate on average when image assets show with their mobile Search ads. (Source: Google internal data, 3/5/2021 - 3/18/2021).
  • Convey information visually that is difficult to convey with text only.
  • Extend Search ads to new platforms to reach more customers as image assets can serve on YouTube Search via the Search Partner Network (AFS).

How it works

When your image asset appears on the Google search results page, potential customers are shown:

  • Your headlines
  • Your descriptions
  • Your URL
  • Your image

Requirements

To use image asset, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Account has been open for more than 90 days.
  • Account has a good history of policy compliance.
  • Account has active campaigns.
  • Account has active text ads and has been accruing spend on Search campaigns for at least the last 28 days.
  • Account is in an eligible vertical or sub-vertical. Sensitive verticals or sub-verticals (for example, sexual content, alcohol, gambling, and healthcare) aren't eligible for image asset.

Guidelines

To best represent your products and services, you can upload up to 20 diverse, high-quality images that are relevant to your keywords. Image asset must follow a strict set of creative guidelines without exceptions. Make sure you review the guidelines below before creating your image asset to avoid disapprovals. Images must also meet image asset format requirements.

Images go through quality and policy checks before being eligible to serve. You can read more About the ad review process.

Image specifications

Aspect ratio:

Aspect ratio Required
Square (1x1) Yes
Landscape (1.91x1) Optional but recommended

Image resolution:

Aspect ratio Minimum pixels Recommended pixels
Square (1x1) 300x300 1200x1200
Landscape (1.91x1) 600x314 1200x628

File formats: PNG, JPG static GIF

Maximum file size: 5120 KB

Recommended image safe area: Put your important content in the center, 80% of the image.

Note: By creating image assets, you are confirming that you own all legal rights to the image and have permission to share the image with Google to use on your behalf for advertising or other commercial purposes.

Best practices to create effective image assets

Utilize both image assets and dynamic image assets

While dynamic image assets have strict quality and relevance checks to ensure you have a great experience, the image assets you provide will always serve over the dynamic image assets.

Create the right image asset based on your account structure

When you create image assets at ad group level or campaign level, keep your account structure in mind because

  • Ad Group level provides for the strictest relevance, assuming a well structured account.
  • Campaign level provides for faster implementation in cases where images will be relevant to all ads within the campaign.

Add 3 unique images to the asset

Form a good balance between the amount of effort it takes to create the image assets, and its performance by striving to add around 3 unique and relevant images at either the Ad Group level or Campaign level.

Implement images with both kinds of aspect ratio

Use both square (1x1) and landscape (1.91x1) images. Prioritize the square images since it is required. You can use landscape images to enable more serving through experiments.

Note: You can crop images using the image picker during implementation.

Add relevant images

Make sure to add images relevant to the queries they'll be eligible to show for, the text ads they'll show with, and the landing page the final URL directs to. Images need to be relevant in the same way headlines and descriptions do.

Make your image assets useful

The images you add can convey unique selling points, visually show how to convey information, or inspire customers to take action.

Focus on quality

When you focus your content in the center to 80% of the image, it helps the user to keep a track of what your image is about. Simple backgrounds emphasize the essence of your content as well. Learn more about image asset format requirements

Experiment to know what fits your content

You can find inspiration by experimenting with the way your image asset looks. Make use of a wide variety of creative styles including product imagery, lifestyle imagery, and creative visualizations of abstract concepts.

Cost

When someone clicks on your image asset, you’re charged on a CPC basis, similar to search text ads. The images in your image asset are clickable and are charged the same CPC as a click to a text headline.

Instructions

Create new image assets

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Note: Option to create image assets automatically appears only when you meet all the requirements.
  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click Ads & assets on the page menu on the left, then click Assets.
  3. Click the plus button , and select Image.
  4. From the “Add to” drop-down menu, select a campaign or ad group you want to add your image assets to.
  5. Click the plus button next to “Images”, then select an image source from the top of the dialog box.
  6. You can select:
    • Create new - To add image assets, select “Scan website”, “Upload”, or “Recently used”.
    • Use existing - Select existing image assets from any campaign or ad group in your account.
  7. Follow the prompts to upload your images.
  8. If any of your images don’t have an aspect ratio of 1:1 or 1.9:1, you’ll need to crop them before you can include them in your image assets. Click the image you’d like to crop, make your changes, and then click Continue. Repeat this step for each image.
  9. Select up to 20 images for your image assets, and then click Save.
  10. You can refer to a preview of your final image asset on the right side of your screen. If you want to make changes, click the pencil icon Edit .
Note: Your ad might not always include all your text. Some shortening may also occur in some formats.
  1. When you’re ready to run your ad, click Save.

Delete an image asset

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click Ads & assets on the page menu on the left, then click Assets.
  3. You will now see a table with all your assets. Select Association from the “Table view” drop-down menu.
  4. Select Image from the list above the table toolbar.
  5. Find the image asset you’d like to delete.
  6. Check the box to the left of the asset you’d like to delete.
  7. Click on Remove from the table toolbar.
  8. Click Confirm to delete your image asset.
If you’re looking for a more automated way to manage your image assets, dynamic image assets use machine learning to automatically select relevant images from your ad’s landing page and append them to your ad. Once opted in, images from your landing pages are added to the ad groups in your account. Learn more About dynamic image assets.

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