The pandemic accelerated the growth of ecommerce and Google plans to use this momentum to usher in a new era of online shopping. In this year’s Google Marketing Livestream, the company has laid out its plans to enhance the Google Shopping experience with new features that rivals its biggest competitors.
In this post, we’ll look at the techniques we’ve used to help our customers’ listings rise above other free listings.
Select merchants are being notified by Google Merchant Center that they are eligible for a new pilot program regarding carrier-calculated shipping speed.
If you sell a product that varies by color, size, material, or other attributes, you can group these related products together by using product variations.
In this post, we dive into each of Google’s retail-specific solutions. We look at what makes each solution unique, why it may or may not be right for your business, and where and how your products will appear for shoppers.
Google makes product marketing feasible, but there seems to be some confusion around how and where product listings are surfaced. Let's clear that up!
Google's newest free marketing program, Surfaces Across Google, is a win for both shoppers and merchants.
Google Shopping could be great for your business, or it could lead to some wasted time, wasted ad spend, or both. What you need to know is where to focus your efforts – set your sights on these three areas.
Google tends to diversify search results as much as possible unless it’s close to 100% certain of the searcher’s intent. But there are ways to optimize for your brand. Here's how.
From product data, to campaign settings, to account-related issues, this is why your Shopping ads aren't showing up on Google – and what you can do about it.
Once approved to participate in Google Shopping Actions, you’ll need to create a product data feed. This is virtually seamless if you’re already utilizing Google Shopping, as you can use your existing product data for Shopping ads. In fact, all of your existing Google Shopping products will be opted in by default—unless you manually exclude those products, which we’ll get to.
A lot goes into creating successful Google Shopping campaigns. It's easy to get caught up with campaign details that have high optimization caps, only to overlook important campaign elements that bottleneck performance if left ignored.
Using Negative Keywords in Google Shopping Campaigns
Your products vary by price, margins, inventory, seasonality, etc. While these attributes might seem trivial on paper, they can help you create smarter Google Shopping campaigns (or hurt your campaigns if ignored).
The final leg of a successful Google Shopping campaign is less about what you do on Google and more about how you tie the overall strategy together. Even if you’ve done everything right up to this point, a poor shopping experience can cost you a sale.
One of the main benefits of selling through Google Shopping Actions is the prominent merchant branding featured on Google Express. Having your brand featured in Google’s online mall is a great way to set it up for mass exposure. People conduct over 3.5 billion searches per day, and through Shopping Actions, Google organically weaves Express results into those everyday searches.
Google Shopping Actions makes selling on Google not only possible, but also affordable and scalable. And Google has done a great job of rolling out the program and educating sellers and service providers along the way. But like any marketing platform, there's bound to be questions about the setup, the process, timelines, etc. That's true of the sellers we've helped onboard into the program and it'll probably be true for you (future Shopping Actions seller) too.
Through Google Express, companies of all sizes are finding new customers, and in many cases, enjoying much larger revenues. There should be no reason your company can't take part in the fun.
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.
Google's latest ecommerce initiatives, Google Shopping Actions and the revamping of Google Express, make the world's most popular search engine now also one of the most practical platforms to shop on.
If your company manufactures products, Google Manufacturer Center is a no-brainer. Although it's only a few years old, Google Manufacturer Center has completely changed the way manufacturers are able to market their products. In this article, we’re going to explain what the Google Manufacturer Center is, why it’s so important, and what you can do to ensure your products are benefiting from it.
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.
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.
It's been a long time since there was this much buzz about an online selling platform. What makes Google Shopping Actions unique is its combination of clout and infrastructure. Having "Google" on the label doesn't hurt, but having Google Shopping as an ad delivery system is the real winning detail here.
Google Ads parallel tracking is here and it’s going to make landing pages load much faster. That’s because, unlike the traditional linear redirect model, which sends customers through one or more tracking URLs, parallel tracking enables click measurement as a background process. This smoother process can lead to increased conversions, and improved ad performance.
Google Shopping campaign optimization is a key part of your selling strategy. In this step-by-step guide, we'll review 5 proven techniques for optimal Google Shopping campaigns. From data optimization to employing custom labels, we'll dive deep into some of the most talked-about concepts in Google Shopping strategy and present five ways in which you can effectively optimize your Google Shopping campaigns to improve performance.
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.
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.
Google Shopping is the entry point to all things retail on Google. Product listing ads, dynamic remarketing ads, local inventory ads, Manufacturer Center, you name it, these all depend on a Google Shopping foundation. So it makes sense that Google Shopping is far and away the most important marketing channel for ecommerce marketers looking to reach Google's one billion users.
Your Google Shopping product descriptions are more important than you might think. Use this guide to optimize them.
Customer Match uses remarketing lists to target Google shoppers. Pretty awesome, huh?
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.
In a move to further unite the worlds of in-store commerce and ecommerce, Google recently announced a few new features designed for brick-and-mortar merchants. Of those features, "See What's In Store" is the most significant. It will enable physical stores to provide inventory information in their Knowledge Panels as well as on Google Maps. Other features include location extensions on YouTube video campaigns, enhanced local catalog display ads, a new competitive pricing feature, and an update to Shopping Actions.
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.
To help you identify sources of PPC discontent, here are the biggest mistakes ecommerce advertisers make with their shopping campaigns.
How to Add UTM Tracking to Google Shopping Campaigns
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.
Here's something to consider: you may be misjudging your ROI. In this post we show you how to squeeze more ROI out of each Google Shopping conversion.
Whether you run a Fortune 500 company or are going at it alone, there is no way you won’t see greater profits if you put these nine Google shopping methods to use.
Google is certainly a force to be reckoned with, but by bringing in help from the world’s largest retailer, it has a powerful new angle.
The traffic from your Google Shopping campaigns can come in droves. But if that traffic also has a high bounce rate, a low session duration or few pages per session, it's clear that something is wrong.
Customer Match is still new and has a lot of options for targeting ads, so here are some tips on how to use its features in your next campaign.
Google has officially launched Shopping Ads inside image query SERPs.
Google Shopping has evolved greatly since the early days. From Froogle to Product Search, from Product Listing Ads to Google Shopping, one thing remains clear: however you look at it, Google product listing ads work because they’re powered by Google’s popular search engine, which attracts 178 million unique visitors each month.
If you're new to online marketing, Google Shopping -- and the rest of Google's marketing platforms -- might seem alien. Intimidating even. And, to be fair, they can be. But that's no reason to neglect them; with a little know-how, these platforms become powerful assets in your marketing toolkit.