Google is now blocking clicks on mobile ads and in-app interstitial ads that are likely to be unintentional.
Referencing third party studies that claim up to half of mobile ad clicks are accidental, Google is now blocking:
- Clicks occurring close to the image edge of mobile image ads (as users can inadvertently click on ads when trying to scroll past them).
- Clicks on the app icon of an in-app interstitial ad (which is typically close to the ad close button). Valid clicks now require users click on the call-to-action button to visit the app store page and install the app.
- Clicks occurring before the ad has been onscreen for a short time (allowing users enough time to examine the content of the ad before clicking).
Why should you care?
AdWords advertisers running multi-device display campaigns or promoting their apps can expect to see changes in campaign performance. While click-through rates may drop, conversions should increase.
In announcing the recent changes, Google says that after introducing the new rules mobile ad conversion rates have improved by 15 percent.
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