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AdWords offers several different strategies for configuring filters for your Google My Business locations. However, users sometimes choose filters that do not match any locations, which results in no location extensions appearing with ads.

What's changing?
Starting on February 14, 2017, AdWords will perform a daily check to determine if the following location extension feed item filters are not matching any Google My Business locations: If any such invalid filters are found, they will be automatically cleared as outlined in the updated Location Extensions guide.

Please keep the following details in mind:
  • The periodic check will only clear matchingFunction filters on a CampaignFeed or AdGroupFeed for location extensions (placeholderType = 7). It will not clear filters on those objects for location targeting (criterionType = 77).
  • The periodic check will not clear matching functions of the form IDENTITY(false), since these indicate that you want to disable location extensions for a campaign or ad group.
What you should do
  1. To minimize the impact of the periodic check, regularly review your application's location feed setup and ensure that you are choosing filtering options on your PlacesLocationFeedData and matching functions that actually match locations in your Google My Business account.
  2. Make sure that your application will be able to handle the filter changes made by the periodic check.
If you have any questions, please post on the AdWords API Forum.

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Last year, we announced that you have until February 1st, 2017 to upgrade from ExperimentService to the new campaign drafts and experiments introduced in v201603. After this date, you’ll no longer be able to use ExperimentService.
  • API calls to ExperimentService across all API versions will result in an error
  • All experiments running via ExperimentService will be stopped
  • All ExperimentService experiments will be deleted and their stats will be unavailable
Check out our Campaign Drafts and Experiments guide for examples while upgrading your code. If you have questions while you’re upgrading, please reach out to us on the AdWords API forum.

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Last year, we announced that you have until January 31st, 2017 to upgrade your standard text ads to expanded text ads or responsive ads. After this date, you’ll no longer be able to create new standard text ads. Existing standard text ads will continue serving alongside expanded text ads and responsive ads.

To prevent any errors when creating ads, it’s important to immediately upgrade to expanded text ads or responsive ads before January 31st, 2017. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few resources: If you have questions while you’re upgrading, please reach out to us on the AdWords API forum.

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TL;DR: New feeds and feed items will automatically be added to eligible AdWords accounts.

This year, mobile search engines are predicted to drive nearly 33 billion clicks-to-call to businesses globally, almost 19% more calls than from mobile landing pages alone (BIA/Kelsey, July 2016). Using Google call extensions, you can get more calls by making it easy for people to contact you right from your mobile search ads.

If you manage accounts with ads that take users to landing pages prominently featuring a phone number, starting February 6, 2017 you will see call extensions automatically added for these mobile search ads via the extension setting services.

When added automatically, the new feed will have ORIGIN of "USER". You can update call extensions yourself directly with Feed services, Call Extensions or the AdWords user interface at any time.

You’ll be able to get detailed reporting insights (API report) about your calls performance (including call duration, call start and end time, caller area code) and whether the call was connected. You can also set up call conversion tracking to see which parts of your campaigns are driving the most valuable calls.

These extensions will only be added automatically once to each campaign or ad group and will not be re-added if modified or removed in the user interface or via the API. You can also indicate if you don't want extensions to be created for a specific account in the AdWords user interface:
  1. On the Ad extensions tab select “View: Automated extensions report”
  2. Scroll down to “Automated extension options (advanced)” and click on “Edit”
  3. Uncheck the option for “Automatic call extensions” under “Do not use specific automated extensions in this account”. 
As always, if you have any questions about this announcement, or other questions about the AdWords API, contact us via the forum.

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Starting on January 17th, 2017, Accountstatuses will return all the errors and warnings present in the Diagnostics tab of Merchant Center. This updates Accountstatuses to match the changes to Productstatuses from last August, so Accountstatuses will now report validation issues as well as data quality issues. This means that developers may see more issues returned by Accountstatuses than before.

If you have any questions or feedback about the changes to issue reporting or other questions about the Content API for Shopping, please let us know on the forum.

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On June 1, 2017, Google will cease development of Flash in the IMA SDKs. This will end support for the IMA SDK for Flash, as well as support for Flash VPAID ads in the HTML5 SDK. We strongly encourage all publishers still using the Flash SDK to migrate to the HTML5 SDK. We also strongly encourage advertisers still trafficking Flash VPAID ads to migrate those ads to JavaScript VPAID.

What does this mean for the Flash SDK?

We will not actively prevent ad serving to the Flash SDK. However, new releases will stop after June 1st and we will no longer fix bugs or answer support questions. If ad serving or playback stops working after this date for the Flash SDK, it will not be fixed. We strongly encourage you to migrate to the HTML5 SDK.

What does this mean for the HTML5 SDK?

We will no longer support Flash VPAID ads in the HTML5 SDK. Flash VPAID ads served to the HTML5 SDK will not be rendered and the SDK will fire an error. We strongly encourage you to migrate your Flash VPAID ads to JavaScript VPAID.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the support forum.

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On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in accordance with the deprecation schedule, v201602 of the DFP API will be sunset. At that time, any requests made to this version will return errors.

If you're still using this version, now's the time to upgrade to the latest release and take advantage of new features like HTML5 creatives, programmatic support, and retrieving saved report queries. To do so, check the release notes to identify any breaking changes, grab the latest version of your client library, and update your code.

Significant changes include:

This is not an exhaustive list, so as always, don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. To be notified of future deprecations and sunsets, join the DFP API Sunset Announcements group and adjust your notification settings.

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AwReporting is an open-source Java framework that is optimized for large-scale retrieval of AdWords API reports.

We plan to release a new major version (v2.0) within the next few months that will
This release will have some backwards incompatible changes, such as
  • uses report type names with “AW_” prefix as database table names
  • uses field names as database column names
  • renames setting “mccAccountId” to “managerAccountId” in properties file
  • renames setting "aw.report.downloader.retries.count" to "aw.report.downloader.num.attempts"
  • renames processor type setting’s options from “ON_FILE” to “FILE”, and “ON_MEMORY” to “STREAM”
  • removes “-debug” and “-verbose” command line options, and depends on log configuration file (default one is log4j.properties) for setting logging granularity
  • removes server modules (aw-reporting-server and aw-reporting-server-appengine) in the new release since they have third-party dependencies that are not actively maintained
If you are actively using the aw-reporting-server or aw-reporting-server-appengine module or have any questions about this upcoming release, please let us know on this forum thread.