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The Google Marketing Platform: DoubleClick Products & GA 360 Rebrand

When the DoubleClick Digital Marketing Platform debuted in 1996, and Google AdWords in 2000 (now rebranded to “Google Ads”), the world of digital marketing wasn’t nearly what it is now. As today’s complex digital reality has shifted the way we think about marketing, and how we measure it, Google’s product offerings have evolved to keep up with the times.

Google’s Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy, broke the news on June 27, 2018, that Google’s saying goodbye to “Google AdWords”, “DoubleClick” Platform, and a slew of other brand names, in addition to introducing a new unified solution: the Google Marketing Platform

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Official Rebranding Announcements from Google

  • “We’re unifying our DoubleClick advertiser products and the Google Analytics 360 Suite under a single brand: Google Marketing Platform;
  • The new Google Marketing Platform brand – including new product names and logos – will be reflected in product interfaces, help centers, trainings, and more;
  • As part of the launch of Google Marketing Platform on July 24, Google Analytics 360 Suite Home will become Platform Home”

So what is the impact to your business? What does the announcement of Google Marketing Platform mean for better marketing integration and reporting? Here’s what digital marketers need to know:

  1. DoubleClick Search is now being replaced with Search Ads 360

  2. DoubleClick Bid Manager, Campaign Manager, Studio and Audience Center are being integrated into Google Display & Video 360 (DV360)

*Note – Although #2 won’t take effect immediately, Google says they will gradually transition customers to the new Display & Video 360 platform (DV360) as additional features become available.

Google Adwords is now (new & improved) Google Ads

While Google Ads is more of a branding decision than major platform news. Google is focused on providing value to anyone using Ads whether you’re a small business or large enterprise company.

This new ability to run campaigns across all of Google’s advertising networks opens up the full range of online capabilities offered by Google and their partners.

Before it was pretty exhausting to keep track of your online advertising if your spend was spread across multiple properties and platforms offered by Google. But even more valuable, you now have unlimited access to more niche platforms in addition to standard Google Search. Some you may not have even considered viable in the past — such as YouTube, Google Maps, Play Store, Waze, and more.

Programmatic Ad Management through Google Ad Manager

In an effort to streamline the way publishers monetize their content, Google is unifying DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange into a new programmatic platform, simply named, “Google Ad Manager”.

Ad Manager gives you a single platform for delivering, measuring and optimizing ads wherever your audience is engaging—including connected TVs, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), mobile games and other apps, and platforms like YouTube and Apple News – Jonathan Bellack, Director of Product Management, Google.

With Google Ad Manager, you get a complete digital advertising platform that helps you earn more and grow revenue, no matter how or what you sell. Google’s move away from traditional Sell-Side Platforms (SSPs) and into the space of programmatic means that machine learning will be at the forefront of digital marketing campaigns curated in Ad Manager.

Leveraging this programmatic framework means you have new opportunities for monetization across different screens, SDKs, and content distribution platforms. Ad Manager will offer sophisticated features like Optimized Competition, Dynamic TV Ad Insertion, and on-demand video in a range of formats (native, 6-sec bumpers, etc.) to provide the most value to your audiences.

What is a Marketing Platform, exactly?

You might be wondering what a marketing platform is, and what exactly digital marketing platforms are. There’s a few explanations, but we recommend considering Gartner’s model illustrated below when defining the differences between each type of marketing technology. It functions on a breadth vs extensibility framework that highlights four quadrants of criteria:

  1. Digital marketing point tools focus on one primary marketing function and are typically limited to standard off-the-shelf functionality. A good example of a Point Tool is Facebook Analytics. Although there is new customization available, its limited, and retained in the tool so it can’t be used anywhere else.
  2. A digital marketing suite brings multiple products from a single provider under a single product line together. You can consider the depreciated Google Analytics 360 Suite when thinking of this quadrant. GA 360 Suite had bundled together features like Attribution, Audience Center, etc. with Analytics 360.
  3. A digital marketing hub supports many use cases across more than one marketing function providing a unified portal with access to multiple applications and workflows. It integrates with existing systems “of record”. Consider previously existing DoubleClick by Google. It allowed for the management of many marketing functions from different products under one roof and natively integrated with Analytics 360.
  4. Digital marketing platforms are designed to support an extensible set of requirements within a single interface that spans many (if not all) core marketing functions; sales, marketing, advertising, digital optimization, etc. The Google Marketing Platform is a collection of standardized services offered by Google Certified Partners and GMP Resellers spanning core marketing functions in a single user interface (Platform Home).

A MARKETING PLATFORM is a suite of standardized services, products, and tools coming together under one central location for Adminstrative management.

What is Google Marketing Platform?

Google Marketing Platform brings together DoubleClick Digital Marketing and the Google Analytics 360 Suite to help you plan, buy, measure and optimize digital media and customer experiences in one place.

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Google Marketing Platform helps you deliver more relevant and effective marketing, while ensuring that you respect your customers’ privacy and give them control over their data – Brad Bender, VP of Display and Video Advertising, Google.

Your upgrade to Google Analytics 360 (GA 360) just got better. Built upon existing integrations between the Google Analytics 360 Suite and DoubleClick products, the new Google Marketing Platform brings the great results marketers have seen from using ads and analytics technology together to certified Google 360 Agency Partners and Product Resellers just like us.

Google Platform Tools

Platform Home

Integration Center

The new Google Marketing Platform will provide better control and management of the Google products linked to your company. This means you benefit from a greater visibility into your Google marketing efforts and how they’re being leveraged holistically across platforms and properties from within the Integration Center.

Organization Settings

As a Google Marketing Platform customer, some of the best tools in your Platform Home can be found within the Administration tab under Organization Settings. Here, you’ll be able to manage users across Google properties, access billing hit volume per product as well as manage your linked products within your Organization.

Organization Settings > User Management

Here is where you’ll manage, facilitate, and delegate access rights to users across the Organization.

There are a variety of access levels available for Users and User Groups, and just 3 distinct roles for Organization Users.

The level of access for Users and User Groups are Edit, Collaborate, Read & Analyze, as well as Manage Users. These can be across specific products, and furthermore, across specific properties and views within those products.

Organization Users on the other hand, have the highest level of access to all products within a Google Marketing Platform organization. This user role should be reserved for company stakeholders, as well as your GA 360 Reseller who manages billing for you.

Another key benefit of the new User Management tool within Organization Settings is that you can create and manage users as part of a “group”. Organizing the users you provide access to can be highly useful if you have multiple agencies, partners, and vendors accessing your data on a frequent basis.

Organization Settings > Billing

Billing in the GMP has 3 modes: Usage, Orders, and Accounts. Orders and Accounts are dedicated to managing how you are paying for your premium services. These should be handled carefully by your Organization Admins and GMP Reseller.

Billing > Usage is perhaps the most important to be familiar with in order to ensure your Google Analytics 360 properties and non-360 properties are within the billable monthly hit rate you are expecting.

This tool enables reporting on how many hits each GA 360 property is receiving in relation to your monthly limit and cumulative YTD total volume. You can also toggle the option for receiving notifcations when you might be approaching your monthly hit limit.


Google is continuing to implement marketing solutions that stimulate a collaborative environment for digital marketers. Does change always mean improvement? We are curious to know… are you on board with the new Google Marketing Platform?

Let us know what your thoughts are on these announcements in the comments below. 

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