Use this guide to solve the most common Google Merchant Center issues affecting your Shopping Ads.
Your product feeds will determine a big part of your ecommerce success. In this post we round up the most important and often overlooked "insider" steps on generating a successful data feed.
Mobile shopping isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With 82% of online users in the U.S. (as of December 2017) using mobile devices for online shopping, mobile looks like it is here to stay. So if you’ve been putting your mobile ecommerce strategy on the back burner, it may be time to rethink that.
The way we shop is changing. The shift to mobile shopping is accelerating. Product discovery is happening across a variety of devices. And our voice assistants have begun making purchases on our behalf. As a retailer, you want to take advantage of these ecommerce trends. And with Google Express, you can do that.
Mobile shopping and quick delivery are some of the hot topics around ecommerce at the moment. Amazon is dominating the industry with services such as Prime, Prime Now, and Prime Pantry. But Google could soon be giving them a run for their money with Google Express, a centralized shopping experience built upon Google Shopping Actions that lets you purchase items from reputable retailers through Google.
We’re all busy. And sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day -- especially when you’re running a business, launching Google Shopping campaigns, managing product feeds, competing with thousands of other retailers, and trying to have some semblance of a life. We get it. And we’re right there with you. So we put together a 15-minute work week plan for the busy merchant to help you stay on top of your Google Shopping campaign more efficiently -- and give you back some precious time.
Most online retailers are already familiar with Bing Product Ads, which let you advertise your products to users while they browse on the Bing Search Network. Product Ads are a great way to get your products seen, but they aren’t the only advertising tactic you should be using. After all, 96% of users won’t even convert on their first visit to a website. That’s where a remarketing campaign comes into play.
Retargeting ads are pretty much a necessity when it comes to advertising your online store. They help you get your brand back in front of previous site visitors who may have left without completing a purchase. Google offers its own set of remarketing tools to help retailers ramp up their advertising. One popular option is Remarketing Lists for Search Ads, better known as RLSA.
Walmart has built a reputation on being the place to shop to save money. Hence their slogan “Save Money, Live Better.” And even though they’ve ventured into the world of an ecommerce marketplace by allowing third-party sellers on their site, they still want their customers to score good deals. That’s why it isn’t surprising that Walmart encourages third-party sellers to give customers free shipping.
Nowadays, there are an overwhelming amount of ways to advertise your products online. From Google Shopping Ads to retargeting campaigns to Facebook ads, the possibilities seem endless. It can be difficult to know where to drop your advertising dollar.
More than 300,000 small and medium-sized U.S. based businesses started selling on the Amazon platform in 2017 alone. With that many sellers, it can be hard to stand out among the pack. Here’s where Amazon’s advertising solutions come into play. Sponsored Products, Headline Search Ads, and Amazon Stores offer a unique way to reach customers, boost product visibility and land more sales within the Amazon platform.
In the age of ecommerce, online reviews matter big time. They can sway a customer’s buying decision--for better or for worse. And if you don’t think that shoppers take these stranger’s opinions seriously, think again. A whopping 85% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.
Amazon’s Buy Box is the featured section on a product detail page where customers can click-to-add directly into their shopping carts. Needless to say, winning the Buy Box can be a boom to sales. But because multiple sellers can sell the same product, it’s not uncommon to find your products “competing” with other listings to win the Buy Box. To the novice seller, this might all seem arbitrary — maybe even lucky. But Amazon’s product search takes multiple variables into consideration to decide what listing to show in the Buy Box.
Third party sellers make up a big part of Amazon’s sales. The retail giant generated a whopping 31.88 billion dollars in third-party seller services revenues in 2017 alone. A lot of these third-party sellers are competing to sell the same products. And since there is only one listing per product, these sellers need a way to stand out from the pack. That’s where the Buy Box comes into play.
Amazon sellers have a lot on their plate. They have to decide what products to sell, create the actual product listing and run their business outside of Amazon. Add shipping and fulfillment in there and it can get exhausting. That’s where Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) comes in. It’s the alternative option to Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM) that can save sellers time to focus on other areas of their business.
For those selling home decor products through the Houzz marketplace, this can be achieved by obtaining a high Seller Score. To help you do so, we've outlined what goes into the Houzz Seller Score along with some tips on revamping your score before the holiday season is in full swing.
Getting a product feed ready for Google Shopping takes some work. After you set it up, you have to submit it to Merchant Center and resolve any errors that may prevent it from going live. But once you finally have the perfect, error-free feed, you can’t simply put it on an automated submission schedule and expect the sales to magically roll in.
This year, shoppers are expected to spend $75.8 billion on supplies, apparel and electronics for back-to-school.
Titles are one of the most important features of any Amazon listing. Without an optimized title, your products may not be found by potential customers and, as a result, yours sales will suffer. In order to build that perfect title, there are certain formulas that you can use as guidelines. With that being said, not all titles follow the same format. The format all depends on what category you are selling in and the specific product type.
Shipping is a sore subject for many online shoppers. To put it into perspective, 66% of online shoppers have decided not to buy an item because of online shipping costs. One way to avoid this scenario when it comes to your online store is to be upfront about shipping costs from the start. Google has a list of requirements and guidelines that you’ll want to follow to ensure your setting up your shipping as accurately as possible.
When submitting a Google Shopping feed, you’re required to provide the currency that your prices are in. If you’re submitting US dollars, you append USD to the price field. If you’re submitting Canadian dollars, you append CAD.
After optimizing our feeds through GoDataFeed, average order value and ROAS all increased.
If you’re looking for a way to boost PLA visibility, incentivize shoppers to click on your ad and potentially increase conversions on Google Shopping, then look no further than Google Merchant Promotions.
About 80 percent of online stores die out within the first two years. But why? The answer, we found, might be hiding in plain sight.
Creating product listings are usually pretty straight-forward. One product, one listing. But what happens when you have items that are all related but only vary by attributes such as color or size? If you create a separate listing for each of these product variations, it becomes difficult for a person to shop all of your product options as they would have to click through multiple listings to see all of the options available.
If you sell a product that varies by attributes such as color, size, or material, you can group these related products together in your Google Product Listing Ads by using product variations.
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You probably already have your products up on Google, but here are even more ways Google can help you increase sales and revenue.
If you’re struggling to find success on Google Shopping, it's time to revisit your PLA titles. In this post we look at title optimization strategies and provide you with ready-to-use templates.
We've broken down the steps to mastering your data feed marketing strategy. Read on to learn how to make the process as painless as possible.
Feed optimization is something that needs to be continuously worked on. Here we’ve rounded up some tips to help get your feed in shape before the shopping season is in full swing.
Here are three reasons that your product data impacts your Google Campaigns.
Houzz announced a few changes coming to your feeds and accounts.
Google has officially launched Shopping Ads inside image query SERPs.
It is not uncommon for merchants using Shopify as their ecommerce platform to experience errors in Google Merchant Center for incorrect product URLs. Google will show the error ‘URLs do not belong to your website’ if the product URL in your data feed does not match exactly that of the domain that you claimed within your Google Merchant Center.
FTP is an easy, reliable way for merchants to submit their product feeds to both Google Merchant Center and Bing Merchant Center. If you are using a third party feed service you may want to provide them with these FTP credentials to complete your feed submission. A common question that we receive is how to actually find these credentials within the Merchant Center accounts.
After much waiting and speculation, yesterday Microsoft announced the launch of its answer to Google Product Listing Ads – Bing Product Ads. This is great news for merchants, because Bing is seeing a 26% increase in traffic year over year and the Bing and Yahoo network commands approximately 30% of market share for all searches.