50 Google Ads Examples (And Why They Work)

May 16, 2019

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As Google continues to innovate and expand its advertising offerings, text based search ads still prove their effectiveness. Text based search ads are usually the first results to appear before organic results.

This year, Search Engine Land reported that in a survey of people who said they clicked on a paid search ad in the past month, 49% said they clicked on text ads, while only 31% clicked Shopping ads and 16% clicked video ads. Every word counts to optimize your ads. We wrote this post so you could learn from some of the best by taking note of what companies with successful Google ads are doing.

We collected 50 examples of effective text based ads that work to drive visitors to a site who have genuine interest in its product or service. For each example, we tell you the keyword phrase that we typed in order for the ad to appear.

We decided to split up the ads according to the following 10 categories:

Part 1: SaaS Companies

Part 2: Apparel

Part 3: Jewelry

Part 4: Travel and Hospitality

Part 5: Beauty and Wellness

Part 6: Music and Entertainment

Part 7: Fitness

Part 8: Education

Part 9: Real Estate

Part 10: Medical and Dental

Part 1: SaaS Companies Ad Examples

1) Squarespace

Search keyword: Ecommerce platform

Why it works: The headline catches attention by saying “Best Ecommerce Platform”. The ad description has short, punchy sentences assuring users that Squarespace is a one stop shop for all of their online business needs.

Monday Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

2) Monday

Search keyword: Team collaboration tool

Why it works:  The headline starts by claiming to be “#1” and includes three memorable adjectives describing the tool. The ad description summarizes what Monday offers and ends on its main selling point: customizable dashboards.

Monday Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

3) Airtable

Search keyword: Event management 

Why it works: At a quick glance, you can tell what Airtable does and why it’s a reputable platform to trust. Take note of how the ad quantifies its credibility, emphasizing its user base of 80,000+.

Airtable Event Management Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

4) Slack

Search keyword: Business instant messaging 

Why it works: This ad uses extensions such as a quick link to a Slack Demo, and describes Slack’s benefits in comprehensive way (without keyword stuffing). If you are unfamiliar with the multiple options for ad extensions, check out our Google Search Ad Primer

Slack Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

5) Dropbox

Search keyword: cloud storage file sharing

Why it works: Take note of how Dropbox only uses the essential information needed to sell its product. Sometimes less is more It still uses eye catching words like “free” and quantifies an impressive user base (500 million).

Dropbox - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 2: Apparel Ad Examples

6) Fabletics

Search keyword: leggings

Why it works: Includes its most desirable deal in the headline. Emphasizes wide size range and free shipping. Does not include the fact that it’s a subscription-based company (the idea of commitment to a recurring payment might initially deter people).

Fabletics Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

7) Nordstrom Rack

Search keyword: casual dresses

Why it works: This ad lists every possible attention-grabbing, relevant offering related to dresses, emphasizing quantifiable discounts, promotions, and free shipping. Also since the ad uses the location sitelink extension (pointing out that there are 6 nearby locations), it adds a sense of immediacy to the call to action. 

Nordstrom Rack Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

8)  Kids on 45th Apparel

Search keyword: sweaters for kids

Why it works: The cheap price featured in the ad headline is a great way to grab people’s attention, and the sitelink extensions encourage people to learn more and check out the store without seeming pushy. Choosing a call-to-action like “Get Started Now” seems less demanding than something like “Buy Now” or “Shop Now”.

Since this apparel company sells pre-owned clothing (and isn’t a household name like the Gap), it’s smart that the ad highlights its FAQ section.

Kids' Clothes Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

9) Ann Taylor

Search keyword: blouses for work 

Why it works: This ad follows all the best practices for Google text ads, while emphasizing their seasonal collection and sale on suits in some promotional sitelink extensions. The ad also includes the location extension, which is dynamically generated depending on a searcher’s location.

Ann Taylor Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

10) Madewell

Search keyword: denim shorts

Why it works: Madewell makes use of three ad extensions: a review extension, a promotional extension, and sitelink extensions that direct traffic to specific web pages.

The 4.6 star rating (based on 19,063 reviews) is smart to highlight, because searchers are always looking for evidence to back up advertisers’ promotional claims.

People can easily see more details about the source of these reviews by clicking the rating. Also, the time-sensitive promotion (with the code included) encourages searchers to take action. 

Madewell Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 3: Jewelry Ad Examples

11) Eve’s Addiction

Search keyword: personalized jewelry 

Why it works: The discount in the headline grabs people’s attention, and one sitelink extension takes you straight to the product page of one of the company’s best selling items. The other two sitelink extensions emphasize free shipping, and bring searchers to two of the most frequently visited pages on their site.

Eve's Addiction Jewelry Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

12) Angara Diamonds

Search keyword: diamond jewelry

Why it works: The ad description creates a sense of urgency and uses the maximum amount of space to list the company’s selling points.

The two sitelink extensions used (“Diamond Bracelets” and “Diamond Earrings”) can be used to help advertisers measure the clicks going to those specific pages to figure out which one customers are clicking more frequently.

Diamond Jewelry Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

13) JCPenney

Search keyword: costume jewelry

Why it works: This ad follows the Google Ads guidelines perfectly, and uses a call extension to invite potential customers to find out more information.

Even if you don’t think it’s necessary to include a phone number for product like costume jewelry in a department store, consider that simply having the extension there could positively influence ad click through rates (and it’s free to include!)

JCPenney Jewelry Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

14) Novica Jewelry

Search keyword: handmade jewelry

Why it works: Novica includes a review extension of 4.9 stars with over 6,000 reviews to make this ad stand out. Emphasizing social proof as a small jewelry brand with an unrecognizable name is important to maximize campaign success.

The sitelink extensions and time-sensitive promotional extension also set this ad apart from the other paid search results for “handmade jewelry”.

Handmade Jewelry Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

15) David Yurman

Search keyword: men’s jewelry

Why it works: This ad uses call-out extensions to take up as much space on the Google SERP (search engine result page) as possible. Callout extensions look similar to sitelink extensions, but they don’t link back to anything.

For example, “Book an Appointment” and “Live Chat” don’t link anywhere, but bring attention to the fact that David Yurman takes appointments and offers live support if you visit the website.

David Yurman Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 4: Travel and Hospitality Ad Examples

16) Booking.com

Search keyword: paris hotels

Why it works: Three extensions are used here: callout extensions, structured snippet extensions, and sitelink extensions.

The callout extensions highlight the key benefits of using Booking.com to make reservations (such as 24/7 customer service in any language). Even though the benefits mentioned aren’t unique selling points, they communicate the convenience. Also, the ad used a structured snippet format (where it says “Types: Hotels, Apartments, Villas, etc.) The sitelink extensions underscore great deals and the ease of booking.

Booking.com Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

17) Getyourguide.com

Search keyword: group tour new orleans

Why it works: This ad is using positive customer reviews as its main selling point, opting to utilize the Google Ads review and call-out extensions.

The ad stands out from other paid results for this search term because of its impressive 4.7 star review and use of the words “top-rated”, “trusted” and “expert”.

Booking.com Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

18) Airbnb

Search keyword: where to stay in new york

Why it works: This ad keeps it simple. It works because it looks like an organic search result, and people know and trust Airbnb because it’s such a well-known website. The ad only uses one structured snippet extension, when it lists amenities.

Airbnb Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

19) Audleytravel.com

Search keyword: where to visit in italy

Why it works: This ad captures people’s attention by leading with “Recommended by 98% of Clients” in the headline. The ad only uses two extensions (call-out and sitelink), but it’s perfectly optimized with the right keywords. The ad even appears before Google’s featured images that appear on the SERP for this search term.

Places to Visit in Italy Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

20) Kayak.com

Search keyword: vacation deals hawaii

Why it works: The ad description and call-out extension summarize every benefit and feature in an easy-to-read way. It’s difficult for advertisers to strike a balance between lexical diversity and keyword density, but this ad does it well. 

Kayak.com Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 5: Beauty and Wellness Ad Examples

21) Fox & Jane Salon

Search keyword: hair salons brooklyn

Why it works: This ad is extremely simple with only two sitelink extensions included. In this case, it’s perfect, because someone who researching salons and trying to compare services will appreciate the quick link to the “Our Services” page. Any extra ad text is unnecessary. 

Hair Salon Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

22) Silver Mirror Facial Bar

Search keyword: facials new york

Why it works: The ad description and callout extension include services, price, and social proof to inform searchers, and the sitelink extensions give searchers options for how they want to take action (go to the online shop, fill out a contact form, or book services).

The emphasis of this ad is to target potential clients in close proximity. Including location information in the headline and a location ad extension with business hours included is smart to attract nearby prospects.

Silver Mirror Facials Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

23) Mybeautycarecenter.com

Search keyword: best eye creams

Why it works: The ad description and call-out extensions use exclamation points and “#1” to grab a searcher’s attention. The sitelink extensions serve to answer a searcher’s question rather than just saying “Buy Now”.

Note: Most beauty/skincare aficionados would think Sephora or Ulta, two retail beauty industry titans, would have the top paid search results. The trick that Mybeautycarecenter.com used to increase its click-through rate is to disguise this ad as an organic search result. The headline does not seem like an advertisement, but rather like the title of a blog article.

Eye Cream Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

24) Love Beauty and Planet

Search keyword: eco friendly beauty products

Why it works: The advertisers who created this for Love Beauty and Planet know how to maximize the use of extensions with keywords seamlessly incorporate. The most important benefits to Love Beauty and Planet’s prospective customers are listed right away in the ad description, and then elaborated on in the callout extension.

The ad also uses a structured snippet extension to specify the type of products they sell (body wash, shampoo, etc.) There are also sitelinks to an intriguing quiz and specific product pages, and a location extension all work together to pique a searcher’s interest.

Love Beauty Planet Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

25) Gillette

Search keyword: best razors

Why it works: This ad takes up as much real estate as possible and captures attention through its emphasis on brand authority/quality and coupons/offers. The sitelink extensions to the product pages and the coupon pages drive shoppers to the right places to make a purchase on the website.

Gillette Men's Best Razors Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 6: Music and Entertainment Ad Examples

26) SeatGeek

Search keyword: concert tickets nyc

Why it works:  The ability to purchase tickets with a guarantee that they’ll be verified and hassle-free to access is in high demand: so SeatGeek doesn’t hold back in explaining every perk of buying tickets from them. It works because of the appealing benefits highlighted in the callout extensions, and the sitelink extensions that emphasize their guarantee and encourage people to download the SeatGeek app.

SeatGeek Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

27) BroadwayBox

Search keyword: discount broadway tickets

Why it works: The promotion in the headline paired with the promotion extensions and the two sitelink extensions make this search result a no brainer to click on for someone searching for discounted tickets.

BroadwayBox Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

28) New York Comedy Club

Search keyword: comedy show nyc

Why it works: Every ad has an emphasis, and this ad from the New York Comedy Club is focused on promoting their new location.

It uses a callout extension and a location extension to make it easy to find on Google Maps for new and returning show attendees to know where and when to check out the newly renovated club.

Comedy Club Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

29) Whatweshoulddo.com

Search keyword: live music nyc

Why it works: The strategy with this ad is to drive searchers to the website’s blog and encourage a paid membership. The sitelink extensions to the website’s blog and to the landing page to start a free trial serve as non-aggressive ways to get searchers on the path to a paid subscription.

Best NYC Music Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

30) Red Bull

Search keyword: music festivals near me

Why it works: The ad headline captures attention by including when the event is taking place. The ad description remains vague to intrigue searchers. The sitelinks lead with a sneak peak of the lineup and serve as direct links to get tickets.

Music Festival Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 7: Fitness Ad Examples

31) Chelsea Piers Fitness Club

Search keyword: best gym nyc

Why it works: The ad uses a location extension (including the club’s hours of operation) and a call extension with a phone number. Prospective gym members can directly call for more information. 

Chelsea Piers Fitness Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

32) Complete Body Gym

Search keyword: fitness classes near me

Why it works: This ad is extremely straightforward and uses a location extension and two sitelink extensions to drive the searcher to take action (either by navigating to the gym’s physical location, ir exploring their offerings more in depth).

Complete BodyGym Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

33) Type A Training

Search keyword: personal training

Why it works: Type A Training opts for a streamlined ad description that utilizes callout ad extensions and sitelink extensions. The sitelinks lead you to landing pages serve to promote not only their personal training packages, but also to cross-sell their private yoga sessions.

Personal Training Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

34) YogaWorks

Search keyword: yoga new york city

Why it works: This ad contains a large amount of information and uses extensions to display it all in an aesthetically pleasing way. The location and call extensions are great for mobile searchers, and the sitelink extensions emphasize the studio’s various offerings.

Yoga Classes Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

35) Equinox

Search keyword: group fitness class near me

Why it works: This is an example of an ad that so specifically fulfills the needs of the searcher (who in this case, is looking for a group fitness class) that it doesn’t need to overcompensate with extensions to be effective. If your brand already has a presence/following within your industry and you want to keep your Google search text ad simple, just be sure you incorporate your relevant keywords as seamlessly as Equinox does in this example.

Equinox Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 8: Education Ad Examples

36) General Assembly

Search keyword: coding classes

Why it works: General Assembly realizes that for this search term, there’s no need for any unnecessary site extensions that distract from the main goal: to funnel site traffic to specific web pages with information about their different class offerings. This is why sitelink extensions such as “ Corporate Team Training”, “Full-Time Courses” and “Software Engineering”.

Coding Classes Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

37) BrainStation

Search keyword: digital marketing classes

Why it works: This ad strategically uses a structured snippet extension (where it says “Courses” and lists the different categories of courses) to elaborate on their course offerings and intrigue prospective students. It also has a location extension and call extension, which is especially important so that potential students feel like BrainStation is accessible. 

Digital Marketing Classes Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

38) Online School Scout

Search keyword: masters programs online

Why it works: In a similar way that the example from General Assembly we just mentioned was simple, this ad gets straight to the point, too. The headline invites searchers to navigate straight to list of top programs, and there’s no need for any unnecessary site extensions or distractions.

Masters Programs Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

39) Fluent City

Search keyword: spanish classes

Why it works: Fluent City realizes that people who are searching for language classes need to determine their competency level before they can do anything else. This is why the “Find Your Level” sitelink extension is a perfect way to increase clickthrough rates.

FluentCity Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

40) NY Institute of Art & Design

Search keyword: graphic design online course

Why it works: This ad from the NY Institute of Art and Design includes an impressive 4.4 rating as a review extension, and makes it easy for searchers to get in touch with admissions by including a call extension.

Graphic Design Online Course Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 9: Real Estate Ad Examples

41) Rocket Homes

Search keyword: real estate agents near me

Why it works: This ad is short and sweet, using sitelink extensions to direct searchers to different sections of the Rocket Homes website, such as: “Contact Us”, “Buy a Home”, and “About Us”.

Real Estate Agent Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

42) StreetEasy

Search keyword: apartments for rent

Why it works: The enthusiastic calls to action using callout ad extensions and sitelink extensions make apartment hunting an easy task for searchers. 

StreetEasy Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

43) HomeLight

Search keyword: best real estate brokers nyc

Why it works: This ad uses its impressive average of a 4.8 star rating as its main calling card. Using the review extension, HomeLight allows searchers to click the rating and read the individual reviews for themselves, adding to the credibility of the 4.8 star claim. 

Real Estate Brokers Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

44) UpNest

Search keyword: new york realtors

Why it works: When someone is searching for a realtor in their area, they want to know that they aren’t going to get a bad deal. UpNest has a reassuring ad description and sitelink ad extensions to bring searchers exactly to the page where they need to go.

New York Realtors Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

45) Douglas Elliman

Search keyword: homes for sale near me

Why it works: This ad uses sitelink extensions like “View Our Listings” and “Find Your Neighborhood” to increase click-through rates. 

Douglas Elliman Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Part 10: Medical and Dental Ad Examples

46) Gotham Physical Therapy

Search keyword: physical therapy manhattan

Why it works: The combination of using a sitelink extension and a location extension is perfect for this physical therapy office to encourage prospective patients to get in touch with them. The emphasis on a free discovery visit and flexible hours is attractive to searchers. 

Gotham Physical Therapy Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

47) CityMD

Search keyword: urgent care near me

Why it works: This ad masters the art of using all the relevant extensions without making the ad look too crowded. It includes sitelink extensions, a location extension, and a call extension seamlessly. The call extension is especially important for an urgent care clinic like CityMD.

Urgent Care CityMD Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

48) Mount Sinai Primary Care

Search keyword: best primary care doctor

Why it works: This ad uses sitelink extensions (such as “Find a Doctor”, “Request an Appointment, and “Find a Location”) to drive search traffic to their most important web pages (the pages that encourage searchers to become patients).

Primary Care Doctor Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

49) Gramercy Kids Dental

Search keyword: pediatric dentist near me

Why it works: A simple headline, ad description, call to action, and sitelink extensions work together to make this ad effective. The location extension with hours of operation is also essential to drive click through rates.

Pediatric Dentist Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

50) Stella Dental NYC

Search keyword: best dentist office nyc

Why it works: The sitelink extension to “Check Insurance” is particularly useful and likely to drive clicks by interested prospective patients. The call extension and location extension are also important for any dental or medical practice.

Stella Dental Google Ad Example - Chainlink Relationship Marketing

Wrapping It Up…

Our goal for this blog post was to help you recognize some of the features successful Google ads have in common. Check out our blog post with 50 awesome Facebook ad examples, too!

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