Comparison Shopping Engines

How to Create a Google Shopping Ad

In order to set up Google Shopping ads, you need to have both a Google Ads account and a Merchant Center account. These 2 accounts must be linked to create a Shopping Campaign and ads. It’s also a good idea to have a Google Analytics account.

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What is a Google Shopping Ad?

A Google Shopping Ad is an ad at the top of the Google SERP featuring specific products that you sell. This type of ad shows up when someone searches for your product, and includes an image, a product title, a price, and a brand or website name. These particular ads allow people the chance to compare products visually before clicking into any websites.

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What’s The Difference Between a Comparison Shopping Engine & Marketplace?

Both CSEs and marketplaces offer advantages and advertising on both can be beneficial. Things to keep in mind include the lower upfront cost of a marketplace because you only pay when you get paid (sell); with a CSE, you pay whenever someone clicks, even if they do not make a purchase. Marketplaces generally offer a higher traffic volume of shoppers ready to buy; but when advertising via CSE, customers visit your web site, increasing your traffic and remarketing capabilities.

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Data Feed Optimization: Creating Custom Labels

Whether you’re a merchant categorizing your inventory, a marketer breaking out custom labels in Google AdWords, or just simply naming folders on your company server – it is crucial to have a standardized naming convention. Organized and well thought out naming conventions streamline business process, makes the application intuitive, and allows future changes to be manageable for other users.

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Selling Custom Products on Google Shopping

Products that don’t have global trade item number (GTIN, UPC, EAN, JAN, ISBN) or manufacturer part number (MPN) can still be approved in the Google Merchant Center and sold on Google Shopping as long as you have your own eCommerce site.

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The Google Merchant Account Setup Process

If you want to sell products on Google Shopping, the first step is to set up a Google Merchant Account for your eCommerce store. This can be found by visiting google.com/merchants and logging in with the Gmail account you use to access Google Analytics and Google Adwords.

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Keyword Research for E-commerce

Keywords are phrases or strings of words used by people to find what they are looking for on the internet. Places people search include search engines like Bing and Google, social media sites, social networking sites like Facebook, Reddit, and Digg, comparison shopping engines like Amazon and shopping.com, information discovery websites like Quora, Wikipedia, and Yahoo answers, and even your own website’s search bar. Read on to learn more about how keywords work for eCommerce sites.

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Using Shopping Campaigns in Google Adwords

Shopping Campaigns are a type of Google AdWords advertising campaign that display Product Listing Ads on a Google search results page, in a box separate from AdWords text ads. Shopping Campaign ads show on the Google Search Network and on Google Search Partner websites, which include associated sites like AOL.

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Using Geo-Targeting in Google Shopping Campaigns

Google Shopping campaigns allow advertisers to improve ROI by targeting only the desired searchers by geographic location. By using geo-targeting, you can better ensure that your ads are reaching audiences that are more relevant to your website and likely to need your business.

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