Keyword match types help Bing Ads determine how closely a search query or other input must match your keyword. Generally, the more precise your match type, the higher your conversion rates and the lower your volume tends to be. Finding the right balance between conversions and impressions can help maximize the ROI of your campaign.
Here's an introduction to the different available match types:
|Broad match (search network)|
What triggers your ad: Search queries that contain the words in your keyword or concepts related to your keyword.
Example: If your keyword is red flower, related searches like red flower, crimson poppies, and buy crimson flower might trigger your ad.
|Broad match modifier (search network)|
What triggers your ad: Search queries that contain the modified word(s) or any close variations, in any order.
Example: If your keyword is +red flower, searches for red flower and poppies red will trigger your ad, but yellow flower won't.
Note: Broad match modifiers only affect search ads. On the content network, broad match modifiers serve as broad match keywords.
|Phrase match (search network)|
What triggers your ad: Search queries that contain all of the words in your keyword (or any close variations), in the same order - even if other words are present in that query.
Example: If your keyword is "red flower", searches for big red flower and red flower dresses will trigger your ad, but yellow flower and red aromatic flower won't.
|Exact match (search network)|
What triggers your ad: Search queries that match the keyword exactly, including some close variations.
Example: If your keyword is [red flower], only searches for red flower will trigger your ad.
|Negative match (search network)|
Syntax: [keyword] or "keyword"
What triggers your ad: Search queries that do not trigger your ad. Negative keywords can be exact or phrase matches.
Example: If you have a keyword "flower" and a negative keyword "red," searches for red flower won't trigger your ad, but searches for yellow flower will.
|Content match (content network)|
After June 30, 2017, Bing Ads will stop serving ads on the content network and content match will no longer be supported. Learn more
What triggers your ad: Search queries that contain any word in your keyword, ad title, or ad text, in any order, must match input from Windows apps that are part of the content network.
Example: If your keyword is red flower and a page on a website requests ads containing the word flower, your ad will be triggered.
Note: Content match triggers your ad in the content network, including Windows Phone and Windows apps that were downloaded from the US Windows Store. Delivery only occurs in mobile apps and on Windows Media properties.
For exact match and phrase match keywords, your ad may also show on queries that match minor variations of the keyword, so you can maximize relevant matches without having to add all of these variations yourself. Close variation matching takes place in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Close variations are also considered for broad match modifier keywords.
Examples of the types of close variations that are considered include:
If you're not sure which match type to use, we suggest starting with broad match. This will give you the best chance of reaching your target customers right off the bat. You can then the results of your search term performance reports to refine your list of keywords. Here are some quick tips on how to optimize your keyword lists:
If you bid on the same keyword on exact and broad match, exact match will take precedence when your ad is displayed. For example, if you bid on both the exact match keyword [red flower] and the broad match keywords red flower or flower, a search on red flower will trigger the exact match and not the broad match. Additionally, exact match is preferred over exact match close variants.
To avoid duplicate reporting, all reports, such as keyword performance reports, will only report the match type that took precedence. In this example, an impression would be reported for the exact match [red flower] and not the broad match flower.
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