The ‘Funbox’ is a little known reference to the top ad spot in gmail, and guess what? You can target it as a managed placement in your AdWords content network campaigns.

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So how do you target the fun box? The fun box is not found in the placement tool, so you need to add this in manually as a managed placement (in the networks tab):

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Also, one of the most common mistakes is to try and target gmail by adding ‘gmail.com’ as a managed placement. It’s important to know that to target gmail, you need to add the following as a managed placement:

mail.google.com

If you see gmail is performing well for you, it’s best practice to create a separate campaign that targets only gmail users.

Here are the benefits of creating separate gmail targeted campaigns:

It’s not necessary to create gmail targeted campaigns when you are first testing out Google’s content network. The best strategy is to first start with a keyword targeted (or contextually targeted) content campaign, and monitor the performance of mail.google.com on the networks tab. If you see traffic and conversions are high, it’s a good idea to go ahead and separate out mail.google.com traffic into a separate campaign.