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Bulk location targeting: how to add country codes in bulk?

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Hi All,

 

I am creating a number of campaigns in which I need to target 20 to 30 countries per campaign. I was hoping that by using the country codes as provided by the Adwords API location targeting document I could then quickly upload through the bulk locations tab but soon realized that this is only possible by state (CA, FLA, NY,...) after specifying 1st the country in the box above.

 

 bulk_location_targeting_by_countries.png

 

Is there a way to upload country codes in bulk?

Like this list for example:

 

AUSTRALIA: AU
NEW ZEALAND: NZ
United States: US
VANUATU: VU
Papua New Guinea: PG
Samoa: WS
TONGA: TO
UNITED KINGDOM: GB
Samoa: WS
SOLOMON ISLANDS: SB
NAURU: NR
GERMANY: DE
RUSSIA: RU
INDIA: IN
LIBERIA: LR
CHINA: CN
COOK ISLANDS: CK
SWITZERLAND: CH
EGYPT: EG
IRAQ: IQ
TUVALU: TV
SINGAPORE: SG
FRANCE: FR
MALAYSIA: MY
NEW CALEDONIA: NC
ISRAEL: IL

 

It would seem a very intuitive approach. Am I missing something obvious in the interface? or is this something where Adwords API might help?

 

Appreciate any input.

 

Moises.

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Hi Moises,


The AdWords Editor allows the use of Location codes in the CSV import feature, see here:

 

https://support.google.com/adwords/editor/answer/57747?hl=en-GB

 

Simply put you'd use the Location ID column heading and an id in the format ID:2826 (for the UK, for example).

 

Jon

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Moises,

 

Great question and hello from Google Headquarters! What Jon said above is correct. The most efficient way to upload 20 to 30 countries in each campaign is by using AdWords Editor! This help center article provides instructions that can follow in order to do this.

 

 (A quick note: while you could also do this by using an API, if you aren't already using an API, it wouldn't make much sense to start using an API just to accomplish something like this.)

 

Sarah P.

 

 

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Hi Moises,


The AdWords Editor allows the use of Location codes in the CSV import feature, see here:

 

https://support.google.com/adwords/editor/answer/57747?hl=en-GB

 

Simply put you'd use the Location ID column heading and an id in the format ID:2826 (for the UK, for example).

 

Jon

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Moises;

Ignore the  "yellow box";

See  these instructions below :

Advanced: Targeting multiple locations in bulk

https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/1722043?hl=en

 

(>>"In the box, paste or type the names of up to 1000 locations that you'd like to target,")

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@MosheTLV after ignoring the 'yellow box' I tried using the text input box of the Adwords interface with several formats, country names, country codes, country Id's, id:n, and so on, and it keeps on giving me this message in red:

safe:    

"Invalid country code. Please refer to the <a href="http://code.google.com/apis/adwords/docs/appendix/countrycodes.html" target="_blank">list of valid country codes</a>."

 

It seems that the only way to go with what I want to do is with CSV upload through Adwords Editor as @Jon_Gritton is suggesting.

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 @Moises S 

 

Yep;

Though I don't target more than one country per campaign (I  am a great fan of "tailored landing pages" -  I set a tailored  landing page per location) - I tried to add a few  targeted countries in one of my campaigns (using bulk upload): I got the same error as you did,.

I am escalating the case to Google.

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Used the Adwords Editors interface for this and the functionality is very good, you can upload the locations by name not even needing to use the codes, then click verify. Still think it should be available in the web platform as well.

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"Still think it should be available in the web platform as well."
I agree
Let's also wait for Google to reply to the query I submitted.
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Moises,

 

Great question and hello from Google Headquarters! What Jon said above is correct. The most efficient way to upload 20 to 30 countries in each campaign is by using AdWords Editor! This help center article provides instructions that can follow in order to do this.

 

 (A quick note: while you could also do this by using an API, if you aren't already using an API, it wouldn't make much sense to start using an API just to accomplish something like this.)

 

Sarah P.