Google Ad Manager is a comprehensive hosted ad serving platform that streamlines your ad management, whether you deliver ads to websites, mobile webpages, mobile apps, games, or a combination. Ad Manager offers a complete toolkit to manage your ads for a multi-screen audience, including:
- One central place to traffic all of your ad networks, apps, games, and sites.
- Advanced forecasting to give you a better sense of how many impressions you will have available to sell to your direct advertisers.
- Total revenue optimization that allows Google AdSense and Google Ad Exchange to compete against other networks in real-time, so you’ll get the most revenue for every ad impression.
Your Ad Manager network
When you sign in to Ad Manager, you’re signing in to a particular network. Most publishers use a single Ad Manager network to manage all of their advertising across all of their content. Your Ad Manager network is where you define your inventory and create, manage, and report on your advertising campaigns.
How Ad Manager delivers ads
Each piece of inventory you create in Ad Manager — called an ad unit — can be targeted by one or more ad campaigns. These ad units represent spaces in your content where you intend to deliver ads.
For each ad request, Ad Manager chooses the best ad from among the campaigns you’ve created, delivers the ad, and records the event. If the user clicks on the ad, Ad Manager records that too. With customizable reports, Ad Manager shows you which ads served to which inventory, how many clicks they got, and much more.
Note: When Ad Manager delivers ads to mobile apps, the process is similar to delivering ads on the web. The key difference is that mobile apps use the Google Mobile Ads SDK to communicate between your apps and Ad Manager’s ad servers.