Google Ads lays off hundreds of staff amid support crisis


Google will lay off approximately 1,000 employees from its advertising sales team this year.

Why we care. Advertisers told Search Engine Land last week that they are already struggling to solve issues impacting their Google Ads accounts as they can’t get hold of their reps. The reduction in staff could exacerbate the situation, further complicating problem resolution for marketers.

Changes to come. News of the staff layoffs comes just weeks after Google Ads Liaison Officer, Ginny Marvin, confirmed that support is not being phased out but “changes are being made.” Google has not confirmed what changes we can expect, but Marvin did add:

  • “I do think Support is an area where LLMs/Google AI will be able to make big strides in improving experiences. That’s not happening yet, but work is underway. Stay tuned.”

What Google is saying: Commenting on the staff layoffs, a Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land:

  • “Every year we go through a rigorous process to structure our team to provide the best service to our Ads customers.”
  • “We map customers to the right specialist teams and sales channels to meet their service needs. As part of this, a few hundred roles globally are being eliminated and impacted employees will be able to apply for open roles or elsewhere at Google.”

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Nicola Agius is Paid Media Editor of Search Engine Land after joining in 2023. She covers paid search, paid social, retail media and more. Prior to this, she was SEO Director at Jungle Creations (2020-2023), overseeing the company’s editorial strategy for multiple websites. She has over 15 years of experience in journalism and has previously worked at OK! Magazine (2010-2014), Mail Online (2014-2015), Mirror (2015-2017), Digital Spy (2017-2018) and The Sun (2018-2020). She also previously teamed up with SEO agency Blue Array to co-author Amazon bestselling book Mastering In-House SEO.


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