Ratings Come To Google Product Listing Ads In The U.S.

Ratings in Google Product Listing Ads Spotted in a test back in May, product ratings and reviews are officially rolling out on Google Product Listing Ads as of today -- just weeks ahead of the full transition to Shopping Campaigns. Available in the U.S. only for now, consumers will begin to see the 5-star rating system appear on PLAs on Google search and Google Shopping. Mike Capsambelis, Product Manager of Google Shopping said in the announcement: We believe these ratings will help differentiate products across google.com and google.com/shopping and will help merchants drive more qualified traffic through Product Listing [...]


Marin Software Adds Support For Google Shopping Campaigns

Marin Software Supports Google Shopping Campaigns Marin Software has added support for Google Shopping Campaigns, which will become the only way to manage Product Listing Ads (PLAs) in AdWords beginning in late August. The dynamic campaigns tool in the Marin platform automates Shopping Campaign creation and optimization. Advertisers can automate bid strategies, based a number of targets such as product-specific revenue or customer lifetime value, for example. “Support of Google Shopping Campaigns combined with our cross-channel targeting capabilities allows retailers to take their product-based advertising to new heights,” said [...]


New Google AdWords PLA Test Groups Products By Price

Google AdWords PLAs pricing groups This could get interesting. Last month, we saw Google running a test that ranked product listing ads (PLAs) by ratings and reviews in search results. Now, a new test groups and ranks products by price. In the screenshot below, provided by CPC Strategy, PLAs are grouped in two pricing stacks -- one  for "Up to $30" and a second for "Over $30." The products in the first group are shown in order by price. Oddly, there is one outlier in the second group -- the $36.95 sandal from Nordstrom is listed after two higher priced shoes from Keen. This test could obviously have a big impact on prici [...]


Google’s New AdWords Editor Version Offers Shopping Campaigns Support, More Display Targeting Options

adwords-editor-icon Roughly a month ahead of the rollover to Shopping Campaigns, Google has released a new version of AdWords Editor that supports the new campaign type. Google announced the old style of PLA campaigns will be shut down at some point in late August. Note that support is limited to editing Shopping Campaigns that are already set up, so you'll still need to create your new campaigns and product groups via the AdWords web interface. Other updates for display advertisers include support for more audience targeting. Interest categories and in-market audiences are now available from the "Assign Au [...]


Google Issues Best Practices For Shopping Campaigns Ahead Of This Summer’s Big Transition

google-shopping-600 With Shopping Campaigns becoming the default campaign type for running Product Listing Ads on Google by the end of August, the search giant has issued a best practices whitepaper to help marketers make the transition. The main points the paper dives into are product feed optimization and updates, Shopping campaign structure, bidding and mobile recommendations. Much of the best practices haven't necessarily changed from the original PLA recommendations -- use relevant titles and high-quality images -- but there are good baseline reminders such as limiting title length to 50 characters to [...]


New Google Product Feed Specs Going Live Sept. 30, Including A Mobile Landing Page Attribute

Google Shopping Logo If you're running Google Product Listing Ads, it's time to revisit your feed. Google has updated the feed requirements for Google Shopping with several new attributes as well as some changes to existing content requirements. A new 'mobile link' attribute has been added to ensure users are taken to mobile landing pages from their smartphones. Advertisers can now enter a separate mobile landing page URL via this attribute. Additional updates included: Merchant-defined custom bundles, such as a camera with additional case and lens, must now be identified as such in order to be displayed [...]


Google Introduces New Content API For Google Shopping

google-shopping-600 Today, Google introduced a new version of the API that allows retailers to manage product feed content programmatically, as opposed to through manual updates to Google Merchant Center. It's the first version update of the API since Google first launched it in 2010, before Google Shopping became a paid platform. Version 2 of the Content API for Google Shopping offers these added features: Item-level data quality information: See if an item was disapproved because a landing page URL isn’t working on a mobile device or if unique product identifiers are inaccurate. Faster pricing and av [...]


Study Finds Sweeping KPI Improvements With Switch To Google Shopping Campaigns

google-shopping-600 The August deadline for converting your Google product listing campaigns (PLA) to the new Shopping Campaigns structure -- before Google does it for you -- is just a few months away. A new study from CPC Strategy suggests it's worth making the switch sooner rather than later. CPC Strategy expected to see management efficiencies, but the team was surprised to see key metrics improve by simply making the move to Shopping Campaigns. Average revenue, orders and ROAS all increased without making additional feed optimization efforts after the switch. Average orders ticked up just over 4 per [...]


New PLA Test Spotted: Google Ranking Products By Reviews And Ratings

rankings-plas-cpcstrategy The team at CPC Strategy spotted a new test in the Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) last night. In a search for coffee grinders that was qualified with "best", the PLAs were shown in order of a  numerical rankings system that appears to be factoring in the quality and quantity of each item's ratings. In the screenshot above, notice that #2 ranked Cuisinart Supreme has by far the most reviews at 312, but with a rating of 4 stars it loses out to 5-star rated Capresso Infinity which has 169 reviews. However, the Cuisinart Supreme is still able to outrank three items with 4.5 stars (De Longhi [...]


RKG: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs; Smartphones Drove Just 7 Percent Of Spend

RKG Paid Search Spend US Q1 2014 RKG is out with its first quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing US paid search spend increased 17 percent year-over-year. This echoes positive Q1 global growth trends reported by Covario (25 percent) and IgnitionOne (8 percent). Mobile devices and product listing ads (PLAs) both drove growth. Paid search spend growth slowed slightly after the holiday-fueled Q4, which saw 19 percent year-over-year growth. Clicks rose 11 percent, while CPCs were up 6 percent compared to the previous year. Google's growth trends reflect those of the overall market, with year-over-year growth slowi [...]


Google Adds Shopping Campaigns Features, Says Regular PLA Campaigns To Sunset In August 2014

google-shopping-products-featured Google introduced Shopping campaigns to all advertisers running Product Listing Ads (PLAs) in February as a way to simplify PLA set up and management. Today, Google announced some new features that have been rolling out in response to advertiser feedback, and they laid out the succession plan for Shopping campaigns to take over legacy PLA campaigns. Probably the most requested change is the addition of multiple ad groups. When Shopping campaigns debuted, campaigns consisted of just one ad group, which many advertisers found limiting. Retailers can now set up multiple ad groups within a Shoppi [...]


Bing Ads Launches Product Ads In U.S., Mobile Version Now In Beta

bing-ads-600 After months of testing, Product Ads are now available through Bing Ads in the U.S. Like AdWords Product Listing Ads (PLA), Bing's version are powered by merchant product feeds. The ads display on the Yahoo Bing Network for commerce-related searches and feature a product image, title, price and merchant name. Also similar to the Google process, advertisers first set up Bing Merchant Center Store accounts and upload their product catalogs. From there, advertisers can create a Product Ads campaign in Bing Ads. Advertisers already running PLA campaigns on AdWords can use the Import From Goo [...]


Google Testing New Sponsored Shopping Boxes, With 3D View

google-shopping-panel-nest-cropped Google continues to experiment with Google Shopping displays beyond the traditional thumbnail box panel of Product Listing Ads. This latest version is larger than the sponsored result spotted earlier this month for the book "Don't Make Me Think". Found by Twitter user Britney Muller of Pryde Marketing, the sponsored result for "Nest thermostats" -- now owned by Google -- incorporates Google Shopping's 3D product view. The result presents information from Google Shopping including a list of merchants with prices, product details and reviews all in one box in the search result. Clickin [...]


Google Stepping Up Merchant Feed Enforcement

google-police-600 Got some slop in your Google product feed? Now's the time to revisit all those pesky identifiers and tidy things up. Google is upping its enforcement of product feeds in Google Merchant Center again. Google began this process last year by disapproving products without unique product identifiers such as GTIN (which also must be conform to standard specifications), MPN and brand and demoting products with incorrect usage of the identifier_exists attribute. The identifier_exists attribute was added last year for merchants selling custom goods that don't have unique identifiers like brand na [...]


AdWords API For New Google Shopping Campaigns Now Available

Google Shopping Campaigns global launch Google has launched the API for the new Google Shopping Campaign type for managing product listing ads (PLAs). The API is available to agencies and third-party platforms to facilitate large-scale implementations. Google Shopping Campaigns came out of beta last month and are available globally. The new campaign type is meant to make the process of setting up and managing product listing ads easier by giving users more access to the information in Google Merchant product feeds without having to access Google Merchant Center directly. Google has also said a bid simulator is on the horizon f [...]


Go Deep: Product Listing Ad Campaigns That Just Focus On Top Sellers Get Short Changed [Study]

Google shopping PLAs Is there a long tail in PLAs? Does it pay off for retailers to advertise all of their products in their Google product listing ad (PLA) campaigns? Or should they stay focused on top sellers and high margin items? Sitting on a trove of data from large scale Google Shopping campaigns, a team at PLA management platform Adchemy decided to dig in to see if advertisers really do benefit from a long tail effect -- small volume conversions across a large number of products -- when they advertise their entire catalogs in PLAs. What they found: SKUs with just one conversion in Q4 2013 accounted fo [...]


DoubleClick Search Adds Integration With Channel Intelligence For Product Feed Management

DoubleClick logo Google announced Monday that Channel Intelligence's feed management and optimization capabilities will integrate with the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite. Performics is piloting the integration for "a major retail client". "We're really excited to team with Channel Intelligence and DoubleClick Search to optimize and fully integrate the search experience for our retail brands,” says Eric Papczun, President US of Performics. “The integration is greater than the sum of its parts, and we feel that these combined technologies will give our clients a clear competitive edge in the marketplac [...]


Google’s DoubleClick Search Ramps Focus On PLAs And Ecommerce With New Commerce Suite

DoubleClick logo In a sign of where its focus lies and the growing importance of PLAs in the search ecosystem, today Google is introducing the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite, what it calls "a smarter, faster, product-centric layer to search management". The Commerce Suite is comprised of two new capabilities: 1. Dynamic Product Listing Ads creation is an extension of inventory-aware campaigns, which launched in June of last year, as an update of its inventory management solution. Advertisers can automatically create ad group, keywords and ads based on their Google Merchant Center feeds. Dynamic Produc [...]


Are You Ready For The New Google Shopping Campaigns?

google-shopping-products-featured This past October, Google announced a new campaign type for Google Shopping which fundamentally changes campaign management for Product Listing Ads (PLAs). Google Shopping Campaigns are currently in beta (you can request to sign up here), but are likely to become the main campaign structure for Google. This will revolutionize how you create Google product ads. So, how can you avoid getting burned by the New Google Shopping campaigns? Read on to find out. 1. Choose Your Product Groups Wisely Google has emphasized that the new campaign structure for PLAs is designed to make managing P [...]


Marin: 40 Percent Of Google PLA Clicks To Come From Smartphones By Dec 2014

google-shopping-products-featured By now it's clear that retailers made record investments in Google product listing ads (PLAs) in Q4 2013, as reports from Covario, RKG and IgnitionOne have each shown. Today, Marin Software released its own findings which reinforce the general consensus that PLA performance this past holiday season will set the trend for 2014. Marin also sees smartphones playing a greater role in PLA performance in 2014. "As mobile shoppers utilize Google Shopping more in-store and on-the-go, we expect these holiday CTR trends to continue in 2014," Marin projects in the new The State of Google Shopping repo [...]


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