Automatically optimize your campaign with bid strategies

Automatically optimize your campaign with bid strategies

Learn how Bing Ads can automatically raise your bids on searches that are more likely to convert and lower them on searches that are less likely to.

Your bid strategy setting tells Bing Ads how you want to manage your bids. Whichever bid strategy you use, Bing Ads will always respect your budget limit. Currently, you have two bid strategy options:

  • Manual CPC (cost per click): You set your ad group and keyword bids, and Bing Ads uses these bids every time. This is every campaign's default bid strategy unless you chose a different strategy when creating your campaign.
  • Enhanced CPC (cost per click): You set your ad group and keyword bids, and Bing Ads automatically adjusts your bids in real time to increase your chances for a conversion. Your bid will go up to 30% higher on searches that are more likely to convert and up to 100% lower on searches less likely to convert (up or down, this change will be made after we apply any bid adjustments you have set).

How does Enhanced CPC work?

Important
  • You must have conversion tracking (a UET tag and a conversion goal) set up for Enhanced CPC to work. See What is conversion tracking? for more information.
  • Enhanced CPC is not currently supported for Bing Shopping Campaigns.

Bing Ads looks for patterns to identify searches that are most likely to result in a conversion. When we see a good opportunity, we increase your bid up to 30% to capitalize on it. On the other hand, if the patterns show that a conversion is less likely, we lower your bid. Up or down, this change will be made after we apply any bid adjustments you have set. If you haven't optimized your campaign yet, Enhanced CPC should reduce your cost per conversion and increase your total conversion count while respecting your current budget.

Note

Enhanced CPC will not break third-party bid-management tools. Enhanced CPC will always use the bids set by your bid management tool as a starting point before applying an adjustment between -100% and +30%.

Setting a campaign's bid strategy

You set bid strategy at the campaign level. To switch a campaign to Enhanced CPC:

  1. On the Campaigns page, click the Settings tab.
  2. Under Bid strategy, choose Enhanced CPC: Adjust my bid to get more conversions.

This bid strategy will apply to your entire campaign, but you can set an individual ad group’s or keyword’s bid strategy to Manual CPC (see next section) at any time.

Changing an ad group's or keyword's bid strategy

If you want full control for some individual bids, you can override a campaign's bid strategy for any ad group or keyword.

  1. On the Campaigns page, click either the Ad Groups tab or the Keywords tab.
  2. Select the checkbox next to appropriate ad group or keyword.
  3. Under Bid strategy, choose Use my bid.

How bid strategy appears in the table

The Bid strategy type column in the table in the Ad Groups or Keywords tab shows you which bid strategy is being used. In the Search bid column (Ad Groups tab) or Bid column (Keywords tab), you'll see (enhanced) after the bid value if you're using Enhanced CPC.

Bid strategy information in the Keywords table

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