Send audiences to Microsoft Advertising

Microsoft Advertising is a pay-per-click advertising platform that displays ads based on keywords in a user’s search query.

This topic describes the steps that are required to configure campaigns to send customer data to Microsoft Ads.

Use the Customer List Record - Bulk API to push customer data to the Microsoft Ads partner syndication network, which enables multichannel advertising to global audiencess across display, mobile, video, and native channels. This network includes:

  • Bing (and sites owned and operated by Bing, such as Bing Maps,, and

  • Microsoft Audience Network

  • Microsoft News

  • Microsoft Edge


  • Microsoft Start

  • Access to external partners, such as (and sites owned and operated by Yahoo), DuckDuckGo, (and sites owned and operated by AOL), Xandr, and Nine.


This destination uses the Bing Ads API .

Changes to audiences are not immediately available in Microsoft Ads. Allow for up to 24 hours after the point at which Amperity has finished sending audience updates for them to be available.


Amperity requires access to Microsoft Ads. This access may expire or be removed periodically, depending on how OAuth is managed at Microsoft Ads. If Amperity is unable to send data to Microsoft Ads ask your DataGrid Operator to reauthorize access to Microsoft Ads.


Ask your DataGrid Operator or your Amperity representative for help configuring Microsoft Ads as a destination to which you can send campaigns for customer activation.

Build a segment

Use the Segment Editor to build any audience using a series of drop-downs and picklists.

As you define the attribute profile for an audience be sure to refresh segment insights to see how many customers match your audience and to see how much value they bring to your business.

When the segment is ready, activate it, and then use it use it in a campaign to send to your preferred destinations for customer activation.

Which attributes should you use?

You can use any attribute that is in your customer 360 database to define your audience.

When the list of customers who belong to this audience is sent to Microsoft Ads as part of a campaign you will be required to choose specific attributes to send.

Microsoft Ads supports the following attributes: customer data.

Build a campaign

Use the campaign editor to build campaigns that send data to Microsoft Ads. Add a segment, define exclusions and sub-audiences, and then configure Amperity to send campaign data to Microsoft Ads.

To build a campaign

Step 1.

The campaign builder is available from the Campaigns page. The Create Campaign button in the top right corner of the page opens the campaign builder.

After the campaign builder opens, give your campaign a name.

Open the campaign builder and give your campaign a name.


The campaign name will always appear in the filename that is sent to any destination.

Use good naming patterns for the campaigns you will send to Microsoft Ads. Good naming patterns help ensure that you can easily find your campaigns within Amperity and that the campaign is discoverable in Microsoft Ads by users who may not be the same users who built the campaign in Amperity.

Avoid duplication between campaign and treatment group names.

Avoid using Microsoft Ads in the name unless the campaign is sent only to Microsoft Ads.

Use a naming pattern that ensures the campaign name works across every treatment group that is configured within any sub-audience.

If brand names and/or region names apply to all sub-audiences in the campaign, consider using them within the campaign name.

Step 2.

All campaigns start with an audience. Choose a segment from the Include drop-down list. The customers in that list will become the audience for this campaign.

Choose the audience to use with your campaign.


When a campaign starts with an audience that is defined by a single segment, you can use the segment insights for that segment as a way to measure the performance of that audience over time.

Step 3.

Sometimes campaigns need to exclude certain members of your audience. For example, a churn prevention campaign is often configured to exclude customers who have opted-out of SMS messaging and/or who have unsubscribed from an email list.

When you need to exclude audience members, choose one (or more) segments from the Exclude drop-down list. The customers in an exclusion list will be removed from the audience for this campaign.

Exclude some customers from this campaign.
Step 4.

Some campaigns have just one audience, while others have many and require sub-audiences.

Sub-audiences can be many things. How you choose to configure them depends on your audience, marketing strategy and goals, and the type of campaign you will run in Microsoft Ads.

Click Add treatment to add another treatment group to a sub-audience. The total percentages for all treatment groups (and the control group, if present) must be 100%.

Click Add Sub-audience to add more sub-audiences to this campaign, and then use the Audience Builder to define the criteria for that sub-audience.

Step 4.

Assign Microsoft Ads as a destination for at least one treatment group, and then edit the attributes for the sub-audience to ensure Amperity is sending the right data to Microsoft Ads.

Step 4.

Click Edit attributes to review the attributes that Amperity will send to Microsoft Ads.

Microsoft Ads requires only email addresses. There are no optional fields.

Amperity pre-selects the list of attributes that may be sent to Microsoft Ads. The Edit attributes page for Microsoft Ads is similar to:

Edit the attributes for Microsoft Advertising.


The Merged Customers table is the default table from which data is sent to Microsoft Ads, even though segments are often built against the Customer 360 table. This is by design. The Merged Customers table is the underlying table for customer profile data and is the source for all customer profile data that exists within the Customer 360 table.

Step 7.

A campaign can be configured to be sent once or on a recurring basis. A campaign can also be scheduled (i.e. “to be sent at the time you choose in the future”) or to be sent as soon as possible.

Give your campaign a name.
Step 8.

Enter the date on which you plan to launch your campaign in Microsoft Ads. This date helps Amperity improve results tracking and campaign results measurement.

Configure the schedule and timing for your campaign.
Step 9.

When your campaign is ready, click the Schedule button in the top right corner of the Campaigns page.


Amperity will begin processing the segments that define audiences, exclusions, and sub-audiences, and will then send the results to Microsoft Ads.

Please allow for enough time for Amperity to complete this process before starting a campaign in Microsoft Ads.

Configure default attributes

Each unique destination that is configured to send data to Microsoft Ads may be configured to have a set of default attributes that will sent to Microsoft Ads every time this destination is associated with a treatment group in an active campaign.

Default attributes may be configured for a destination by clicking the Default attributes link next to the Create campaign button on the Campaigns page.

The source table is set to Merged Customers for most attributes. Your brand may configure each attribute to be pulled from the source table that best represents how your brand wants to use the attribute in Microsoft Ads.

Microsoft Ads has the following requirements for attributes.

Source attribute

Destination attribute