Jessica Cui

Program Manager, Bing Ads Platform

Bing Ads Keyword Planner Adds New Features and Gets Extended to More Markets

Bing Ads Keyword Planner Adds New Features and Gets Extended to More Markets
We are extremely excited to announce that Bing Ads Keyword Planner is available in an additional 3 markets – United Kingdom (UK), Canada (CA) and Australia (AU) – in additional to the United States (US), and integrates popular customer features from Campaign Planner, like vertical insights based on product category and keyword suggestion.

Targeting fine-grained locations in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia
With this release, customers from the UK, CA and AU can now access Keyword Planner under Toolsin Bing Ads, where there was once only “Research Keywords.”  In Keyword Planner’s targeting section, you can now also target multiple and more specific locations – like state/province and city-level.

These new targeting options are also enabled with historical statistics like average monthly searches, competition, suggested bid, ad impression share, and traffic estimations, so you can make the best targeting decision.

One more source for keyword suggestion – product category 
In addition to better targeting and new markets, Keyword Planner now provides 3 types of sources for keyword suggestion: seed keywords related to your business, landing page and product category. You can input one of them or any combination of them to get keyword suggestions.

You will also notice in Product Category that the hierarchies and keywords associated with the category align to those in your Campaign Planner.  Select a particular Product Category to get insights for those keywords represented in the category, such as search trends, mobile trends, performance breakdown by device and locations, and other competitive insights.

If you select one product category together with other sources to get suggestion, the product category will be used as filter to ensure that the expanded keywords from other sources are related to this category. Note: to help streamline your optimization tools, we will be removing the Campaign Planner tool from the Tools tab.

Excited? Want to learn more? Login to Bing Ads today to try out the new Keyword Planner!
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2 Features in Bing Ads Intelligence to be discontinued

Because the Bing Ads web user interface (UI) experience provides more data in a more efficient layout, helping you to easily connect with valuable customers, we will be discontinuing the both Auction Insights and the Opportunities tabs within Bing Ads Intelligence (BAI). Starting in January of 2016, these 2 features will no longer be available in BAI, but they will still be accessible within the Bing Ads web UI.

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Where can I find Auction Insights in the Bing Ads web UI?

You'll find Auction Insights in the “Details” drop-down menu in the Campaigns, Ad Groups and Keywords tabs. Additionally, you can export them as a report.

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Where can I find Opportunities in the Bing Ads Web UI?

In the Bing Ads Web UI, you'll find Broad Match Opportunities in the “Opportunities” tab. You can also see both keywords and potential search queries, and export them as you would in BAI.

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What’s different about the Bing Ads Web UI version of Auction Insights & Opportunities?

For Auction Insights in the Bing Ads web UI, you may select campaigns, ad groups and keywords, referencing their performance inline to get Auction Insights. Whereas in BAI, you can only select them by their names without reviewing performance metrics.

For Opportunities in the Bing Ads UI, you can view them at an account level or at a campaign level with sorting and filtering done through a table in the Bing Ads UI. You can also dismiss the opportunities you don’t want or apply the selected opportunities only. Whereas in BAI, you get the account level Broad Match Opportunities by one click and sorting and filtering are done through Excel. You can’t dismiss opportunities and can only “apply all” at an account level.

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to ping us on Twitter, visit us to ask questions at the Bing Ads Answers forum, submit and vote on your top-priority features at the Bing Ads Feature Suggestion forum, or send us your feedback directly at

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New in Bing Ads Intelligence: Use the Auction Insights Report to Gain a Competitive Edge

The fate of your ad – its rank, CPC, CTR - is decided in the auction, where it competes with many other ads. Do you want to know who’s competing with you and how their ad performed relative to yours, especially on your most important keywords?

If so, you’ll be pleased to know we’re rolling out the Auction Insights report this week in Bing Ads Intelligence (available in the Web UI and API soon).  Use this report to view your competitive landscape quickly and easily.   

I. What Does Auction Insights Measure?

The auction insights report reveals key performance statistics for you and your competitors. It also lists the display URLs of other advertisers who are participating in the same auctions as you. Up to 20 competitors are shown in the report, ranked by impression share.

The five statistics provided and what they means are as follows:  

1. Impression Share

The number of times your ad is shown on the Yahoo Bing Network divided by the total available impressions you were eligible to receive.

2. Average position

The average position of your ad on a Yahoo or Bing search results page or content-based webpage. It's determined by how your ad ranks against competing ads.

3. Overlap rate

The percentage of time competitors showed up on the search results page when your ad is also showed

4. Position above rate

The percentage of time competitors showed up higher on the search results page than your ad.

5. Top of page rate

The percentage of times your ad showed up above the organic search results at the top of the page (mainline position).

Your performance is compared to other advertisers competing in the same auction.  

II. How Do You Run an Auction Insights Report?

Accessing the Auction Insights report through Bing Ads Intelligence is fast and simple.  Log into Bing Ads Intelligence, select an account, and follow these steps (also detailed in Help Center):  

  1. Click the Auction Insights button on the main ribbon.
  2. On the left-hand menu, click the drop-down menu to select the time period you want to run auction insights for. The tool can show yesterday, the last 7, 14, or 30 days of data.
  3. Click Available entities to only list entities that have statistically significant data for auction insights, or All entities to view all campaigns, ad groups, or keywords in your account.
  4. Select the individual campaigns, ad groups, or keywords you want to run auction insights for. Click the parent campaign to access the ad groups, and click the parent ad group to access the keywords.

For example, if you’d like to see how your brand terms compare, select those keywords and run the auction insights report to see who your top competitors are for those brand terms. Similarly, if you want a broader view of how you compare to the competition, select a campaign or multiple campaigns and run the auction insights report. 

     5. Click Show auction insights button and view auction insights report

III. How Can You Use Auction Insights to Improve Performance?

You can improve your campaign’s competitiveness in many ways by using the Auction Insights report. Let’s walk through a use case.

Lets assume you’re feeling good about your campaign performance, but have a hunch your visibility relative to your competitors could be better.  You decide to run an Auction Insights Report and see that, under Impression Share, your brand term keywords are achieving significantly less impression share than your competitors in the same auction.  What should you do? 

Auction Insights revealed where you may be falling short of the competition – impression share.  Let this be your new optimization target.  To solve for this, run a Share of Voice report from the Reports Tab for those brand term keywords.  This will reveal which factors - budget, bid, landing page relevance, keyword relevance, and ad rank, for example - are contributing most to the loss of impression share. (Refer to this blog for more on using Share of Voice report).  Now you can take the corresponding optimization action.

TIP: Review your Auction Insights report period over period to familiarize yourself with themes in marketplace movement. If you discover that your impression share and average position is dropping on a campaign you haven’t made any changes to recently, by comparing auction insights reports period over period you may discover there are competitors who are aggressively pushing up by more impression share and position above rate. Therefore, you may also need to adjust your bidding strategy or improve the ad quality.

We hope this new feature helps you better understand your campaign’s relative performance in the auction, and equips you with the insight you need to achieve an edge over your competition. 

As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback here on the blog, Twitter, or in the Feature Suggestion Forum. For more information on recent releases that have come as a direct result of your feedback, be sure to visit

Thank you!

Jessica Cui, Program Manager, Bing Ads Platform

Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them below, or ping us on Twitter.

NOTE: The information contained in this blog post is intended for agencies and advertisers that are self-managed or supported by Microsoft.  If you are an agency or advertiser managed by Yahoo, the details therein may not be applicable, and you are encouraged to contact your Account Representative for more information.

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