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AdRoll vs Google Ads Comparison

Wilson Lau

Sr. SEO Marketing Manager @ AdRoll

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If you're a digital marketing professional hoping to grow a brand of service, selecting which ads platform to use can be challenging. As the world of digital advertising has become more complex, so have the platforms that give brands the tools they need to refine strategies and attain strong returns on their marketing spend. 

The choice often comes down to two major competitors: Google Ads and AdRoll. Let's run through both marketing platforms to explore how each might help you reach new audiences, boost engagement, and grow your brand!

What Is AdRoll?

We’re a marketing platform that helps brands and marketing professionals turn shoppers into customers, whether your goal is to grow  brand awareness, drive conversions or increase customer lifetime value. With a convenient dashboard for monitoring and optimizing your campaigns, we’ve helped thousands of ecommerce businesses evolve their marketing strategies and increase revenue. 

One of the most effective ways to drive sales is through a hyper-personalized segmentation plan across both ads and email, which AdRoll can help you create.

What Is Google Ads?

Google Ads’ vast display network makes it possible for marketers to engage with potential consumers in almost every corner of the Internet. With Google advertising, your brand can rise to the surface on search results pages through various tools for collecting and analyzing data to improve campaigns.

Comparing AdRoll and Google Ads

AdRoll vs Google Ads: Pricing

Pricing is a critical element of any decision for a growing brand, especially ecommerce sellers just trying to break into the marketplace. Here's how the price differences between us and Google Ads shake out.

AdRoll: 

  • We price ads dynamically based on CPM, so costs reflect the true value of the inventory at the moment. Budget can be allocated to individual campaigns and can be changed at any time. We also provide a handy ROAS calculator to help you determine the appropriate budget amount and estimate return based on the business's nature.  

  • As a marketing and ads platform, we also offer monthly subscription plans starting at $36/month that include marketing Recipes, which use a combination of ads and email to automate cart abandonment and retargeting. Additionally, subscribers can simplify by connecting their Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok social ad managers to AdRoll. Our Ads plan, on the other hand, offers display ad campaign launch, segmentation, optimization, and monitoring at no cost. After providing a few simple details about your business — including your industry and monthly website visitor count — our ROAS calculator will help you decide how much to invest in digital advertising.

After providing a few simple details about your business — including your industry and monthly website visitor count — our ROAS calculator will help you decide how much to invest in digital advertising.

Google Ads: 

  • A pay-per-click (PPC) system, Google Ads uses your budget to determine pricing rather than setting monthly rates. For example, you can define your budget at $100 per month, which will prompt your campaigns to display until they have attracted enough clicks or conversions to exhaust your budget. This provides some flexibility for brands, making it easy to pause campaigns or increase ad spend on the fly. 

  • However, if consumers are enthusiastically clicking your ads, you might find your spending skyrocketing in a short period of time. While the Google advertising platform will never spend more than the amount you allocate, you’ll want to continuously optimize your budget as the data rolls in to achieve the best results.

AdRoll vs Google Ads: Key Features

AdRoll:

  • Managed services

  • Display ads across the web (we have access to inventory across 500+ leading networks that Google can't access) 

  • Robust ads and email Recipes to automate common marketing goals

  • A range of creative templates to make your ads engaging and hook shoppers in — plus, you can request free custom ads from our in-house design team! 

  • Connected social media ads, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest

  • Email campaigns, templates, and automated email flows

  • Email capture pop-up builder to help you build your first-party data 

  • Basic and advanced custom audiences

  • Integration with Shopify and other ecommerce platforms, which generates a product feed for you to easily run dynamic ads 

  • Cross-channel measurement of non-AdRoll channels

  • Chat and email-based customer support

Google Ads:

  • Display ads on all Google-integrated networks, including YouTube

  • Dynamic templates

  • AI-based campaign improvements

While AdRoll and Google Ads share some functionality and features, there are a few key differences. By offering a wider variety of placement and format opportunities when it comes to display, banner, text, and email ads than Google provides, our platform makes it easier to launch, manage, and optimize all your marketing efforts in one centralized location. Our Shopify integration — as well as our capability to manage social campaigns — is also extremely beneficial for brands looking to streamline their MarTech stacks. Lastly, our retargeting and remarketing features are second-to-none, allowing brands to present consumers with messaging and creatives tailored to their shopping and browsing behavior, interests, demographics, and more.

Google Ads, meanwhile, boasts a vast display network thanks to Google’s web dominance. It’s also useful for putting ads on popular websites such as YouTube. Its data analysis tools are famously robust and easy to explore, manage, and report on, especially for brands with a significant amount of data.

AdRoll vs Google Ads: The Final Decision

For new brands or established enterprise-style retailers looking to develop a larger audience and streamline their funnels, AdRoll offers unmatched functionality, advanced features, managed services, customer support, creative services, cost-effective subscription plans, comprehensive retargeting tools, and, most importantly, the ability to advertise on networks that aren’t part of the Google Display Network.

With an AdRoll subscription, it’s easy to:

  • Scale and grow at a healthy, manageable pace

  • Develop brand loyalty and authority with personalized content

  • Boost your brand recognition

  • Simplify your MarTech stack and save costs 

Comparatively, when it comes to ease of use, Google, as one of the biggest tech companies in the world, can unsurprisingly be hard to get a hold of. While Google Ads offers similar features and functionality as our platform, it can be challenging for marketers to access on-demand customer service, which is essential for new brands hoping to grow or troubleshoot problems. 

And because Google Ads only focuses on display advertising, you’ll also need additional partners and solutions to cover your other marketing needs, such as email and social media — which means you may miss out on crucial cross-channel insights. 

Long story short, while Google advertising is an undeniably useful option for digital marketing, it’s best suited for larger brands that advertise to extensive, established audiences with high brand loyalty.

Bottom line: Our powerful, streamlined platform is incomparable where it matters most. Interested in learning more? Check out this guide on all things AdRoll.

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