Like some others here, I thought I'd return to AdCenter and see if there had been any improvements since I last had the pleasure.
I thought I'd try importing some of my updated campaigns from AdWords. I wasn't entirely surprised to find the Microsoft instructions for creating an AdWords report for importing didn't work as expected (or perhaps that should be *did* work as expected) but I then tried exporting the campaigns from AdWords editor and was delighted to find I could import the CSV files successfully into AdCenter. This is great, I thought, no more problems using the bulk upload feature!
Better take a look at the uploaded campaigns to check everything's OK. Hmmmm, all the ad groups show "draft" status. Maybe there's a delay while the system checks the keywords for relevancy. No problem, I'll go off to bed and check it again in the morning.
Up nice and early, let's check those campaigns. Hmmmm, still draft status for the ad groups, better look further into this. Came across a page in the help section stating that ad groups uploaded in bulk need to be activated manually to take them out of draft status. Now, I've uploaded over 1000 ad groups so I'm not going to do that but I can probably select them all by campaign and activate them in bulk that way, maybe not all in one go but better than one at a time. No, apparently you can't do that, it has to be one at a time. UNBELIEVABLE.
OK, let me try it with the first ad group and see how long it takes (just so I'm 100% sure that doing it per ad group will see me comfortably into retirement). Well, you can't activate the ad group on the first page, no, you have to click through five pages/steps until you get the chance to submit/activate it properly. And now, here's the best bit...IT WON'T LET ME ACTIVATE THE AD GROUP BECAUSE IT WAS UPLOADED YESTERDAY AND HAS A START DATE PRIOR TO TODAY'S DATE! AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER, THERE'S NO OBVIOUS WAY TO CHANGE THE START DATE!
I'm sorry, I just had to get this off my chest. Maybe I'm missing something here (if so please tell me) and I will be sending a support request to see if someone can just activate the ad groups for me, but as things stand this has got to be one of the worst examples of any product implementation I've ever seen.