Google Rolling Out Branded Local Services Ads (Opt Out Coming...)

Feb 12, 2024 - 7:11 am 1 by
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Late last week, Google began to roll out those branded Local Service Ads, but it surprised many businesses without a way to opt out of the feature. I am told that Google will provide a way to opt out and will send more details to advertisers this week. In fact, some already started to see the opt-out feature on Sunday.

Anthony Higman spotted this and posted about it on X saying, "It Looks Like Google Just FULLY Rolled Out Branded Local Services Ads And It's NOT A Setting That You Can Control."

He shared this screenshot:

Google Branded Local Services Ads

Ginny Marvin, the Google AdsLiaison replied on X saying, "This is an experiment that will be rolling out shortly." "To be clear, the opt-out will be available for everyone. Customers will receive more information on this next week," she added.

Later Ginny explained that "Advertisers are charged only for new leads, not existing customers. (On both call and message leads, users are asked whether they are a returning customer.)"

The setting might be related to that direct business search setting that you may be able to toggle on and off within your LSA campaigns but at the time I wrote this story, that setting was missing for most advertiers.

Samara Hart on Sunday said on X, "Opt-out appeared today for our accounts."

Here are some of the posts about this:

Forum discussion at X.

Update: Some were charged after being opted in by default and having no way to opt out:

And Google will discuss the opt out vs opt in:

Update Thursday, February 13: Google now sent out an email to those impacted that they are being opted in automatically. It says, "We wanted to let you know that in approximately 2 weeks, your ad will be eligible to appear when people directly search for your business or brand. With this new feature, your ad will be the only Local Services ad to appear in the results, and you'll only be charged for these leads from new customers. If you'd like to opt out of receiving this type of lead, you can simply turn off the feature.".

Here is a screenshot from Len on X:

Lsa Email Optin

 

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