TikTok starts serving ads in its search results

TikTok starts serving ads in its search results

TikTok is going to start serving ads in its search results.

Brands will be able to target users specifically using the app’s search box to look up products by using a new feature on the TikTok Ads Manager program called the Search Ads Toggle. The tool is not a standalone product, but an extension of an advertiser’s TikTok video ad buy.

It leverages existing In-Feed Ad creatives to display adverts alongside organic search results from related user queries.

Why we care. Brands using the Search Ads Toggle will be able to expand the reach of their campaigns to high-intent users seeking information relevant to their business, driving incremental engagement and revenue potential.

What is the Search Ads Toggle? The Search Ads Toggle is a new tool that automatically creates ads using a brand’s existing ad content. It then serves the campaign in TikTok organic search results that meet relevant user queries.

How it works. The ads are clearly labeled “Sponsored” content and appear in different position on the results page depending on how well the ad is understood to serve the user intent. When a user clicks on a search ad, the ad mirrors the in-feed TikTok experience, with users able to continue scrolling through the search results in the order they appear on the page.

Safety features. Advertisers will have some control over ad placement on TikTok as they have the option to add “negative keywords” to prevent their campaigns running near posts that don’t align with their brand’s message.

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What has TikTok said? A spokesperson from TikTok explained:

  • “The Search Ads Toggle provides a unique opportunity to offer rich, relevant information and experiences to our users. Users may search on TikTok to find new content, resurface older content, or look for the latest hot trending items or ideas. The Search Ads Toggle provides advertisers a new way to assist and enhance this user journey.”
  • “It also drives results. TikTok internal research shows that 70% of ad groups with the Search Ads Toggle ‘on’ see more efficient performance when compared to not, as a result of more efficient conversions coming from search ads.”

Deep dive. Read TikTok’s Search Ads Toggle announcement in full for more information.

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