New Widget In AdWords Makes Countdown Copy Easy

ad customizer widget in adwords for countdowns

Adding a dynamic countdown — to show the days until a deadline like a sale starting or registration period ending, for example — has gone through several iterations. There’s the countdown script, then Google debuted ad customizers with a countdown variable. Now Google is building on the ad customizer functionality with a new widget.

As soon as you type “{=” into a line of ad copy in the AdWords web interface, the widget will appear. Now just pug in the date and time the countdown ends and the days ahead of the countdown end date that you want your ads to start running.

The time zone defaults to the “Ad viewer’s time zone”, or you can change that to the time zone that the account is located in.

I happily stumbled on this update while setting up countdown ads, and it’s a big improvement over having to type the entire sequence in manually.

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