Hands-On Video: Create Your First Gemini Ad Campaign

Ilana Walder-Biesanz, a Product Manager with the Gemini team, walks you through these easy-to-follow steps, so that you can get up and running with ad and campaign creation in no time at all. The steps presented in the video are described in the section below.

Create a Yahoo Account

To start advertising on Yahoo, you’ll need a Yahoo account.

At gemini.yahoo.com, sign in with your account if you already have one, or create one if you don’t. Then fill out the form that appears with basic information about your company.


You can speed up the process by importing a campaign from Excel or directly from AdWords, but we’ll assume you want to create a campaign in Gemini from scratch.

main page create campaign

Create Your First Campaign

  1. Click Create my first campaign and choose an objective.

You can build campaigns to drive app installs, increase brand awareness, or attract customers to your website. Let’s say we’re building a web traffic campaign.

choose campaign objective
  1. Give it a name and decide whether you want it to run as a search campaign, a native campaign, or both. Search ads show up when customers search for keywords that match your list. Native ads show up among content like news and weather for customers who match your demographic and interest targeting settings. On Gemini, you can save time by setting up and running a single campaign on both channels.
general info
  1. Next, define your audience. You can specify locations, language, devices, and schedule. For native campaigns, you can also target users by age, gender, or interests. You can also set up custom audiences based on visitors to your website, email lists you own, events in your app, or advertiser IDs.
  2. Then pick some general campaign settings.
campaign settings
  1. Choose a budget, daily or in total. If you want to track conversions, you can get your conversion tag code via the settings gear at the top right, and you can define conversion rules in the shared library. Set up sitelink extensions to make ads include links to specific parts of your site – these improve your ad performance and save your potential customers clicks.

Create Your First Ad Group

Within campaigns, ads are organized into ad groups. You can set bids, serving dates, and targeting at the ad group level.

Follow these steps:

  1. Start by giving your ad group a name and a schedule.
  2. Then decide on a bidding strategy.

Since this is a website visits campaign, you have two choices: pay per click or pay per conversion. If you’re paying per click, just bid whatever a click is worth to you. If you’re paying per conversion, you need to have conversion tracking set up, and you’ll input both a conversion value and a starting bid per click.

That way, your ad will be able to compete in the marketplace auction and serve even while we’re gathering data on how well it converts.

Here, you can change targeting settings or sitelinks to make them specific to the ad group, but we’ll keep our campaign-level settings.

Create Your First Ad

You probably want multiple ads per ad group – in fact, it’s best practice to have at least three different ads running at once and to swap in fresh ad content regularly. But to get started, you only need to create one ad.

If you upload an image or video assets, they will show on your native ads and considerably improve performance.


If you’re specifically video-focused, you can actually pick the Know my brand objective in the first step and pay per view of your video.

Then just fill out the form–write a catchy title and description and destination and display URLs. For native ads, you can also improve ad performance by selecting a relevant call-to-action button, like “sign up” or “get quote”.

ad title description

For search ads, you’ll need to include a list of keywords. You can write them out in the text box during this campaign creation process, or you can upload them later from a spreadsheet. Keywords come in different match types, and you can also add negative keywords.

You’re ready to get started!

Click Launch Campaign to Set it Running

Don’t worry if there are more changes you want to make–the campaign won’t start running until you add billing info, and even after that you can pause the campaign immediately using the status dropdown (the little green dot) in your list of campaigns.

new campaign button

For now, the next step is adding billing info. After creating your first campaign, you should be directed to a page where you can enter your credit card info and any promotional credits you have.

That’s it!


Once you have a fully configured campaign and billing information, your ads are ready to start serving. Of course, you should keep an eye on your ad performance and tweak things as needed. Add more creatives, create ad groups targeting different segments, refine your keywords, or adjust bids and budgets to drive better performance.