When it comes to selling products, you would want to be able to reach out to as many people as possible; the larger the marketplace, the more chance there is that there'll be people searching for something that you have to sell. The caveat though, is the largest marketplaces are just that; BIG – it can be easy to get lost and not find what you're looking for. It doesn't help the customer and it certainly doesn't help the business. So how can you filter out the needless stalls and find what you're searching for? Enter Google Shopping campaigns.

What Are Google Shopping Campaigns – And How Do They Work?

Google Shopping (previously known as 'Google Product Search'and 'Froogle' before that) is a service that allows consumers to search for products and to compare prices against different retailers. This is all done through Google's all-conquering, powerful search engine. It is driven by two platforms; Ad Words, which is responsible for the management of the campaign and Google Merchant Center, which holds the details of products,organised in a format that is enjoyed by the search engine.

When it comes to advertising your products on Google, you may have already heard of text ads; these are adverts that are targeted towards certain keywords that users may enter into the search engine. With Google Shopping campaigns, Google will choose when and where the ad will be displayed – everything from the product feed, the website and the bids are considered to determine which search queries will trigger the ads.Potentially, it allows for the better placement of ads – whereas text ads will have to done manually, based on keyword research, Google Shopping automatically picks the search query. Added to this,is the fact that Google Shopping ads are able to convey more data than a text ad; placing them in a better position to capture the attention of an interested browser.

Essentially, the mechanics of a Google Shopping campaign can be divided up into three parts:

  • The creation (and optimisation) of a Google Shopping feed covers the product data, images and the price.
  • The bidding can be done successfully in a number of different ways; although it is very complex. It isn't strictly about how much is bid, more to do with how well optimised the advert is. It actually isn't that uncommon for ad campaigns with small budgets to glean more than double their targeted ROI – and a big budgeted campaign to return very little. It's all about the optimisation.
  • Monitoring how well ads are performing is one of the joys of a Google Shopping campaign; not only can performance be measured but it can also provide an insight into the different aspects of the campaign that are working, items which need to be tweaked and those that need to be taken out. This can only make for a better-optimised future ad campaign.


The Benefits of Google Shopping Ads

When faced with all manner of advertisement options, it can be difficult to decide which one best fits your needs. Understanding what benefits can be experienced is the ideal place from which to form a decision;so here are the benefits provided by Google Merchant Center and its adverts:


  • Shines the spotlight on your products – When a shopper searches for a product,they'll be much more likely to visit the listings that appear at the top first,before working their way down. This is why it's vital to optimise your ad to get it placed in the right keyword search, at the top of the page. Even if shoppers are unfamiliar with your brand, the trust factor will come into play; you being at the top of their search will assure them that they are dealing with a reputable service.

  • Get better leads – By feeding Google relevant information about the product, it will be able to place your ads in a better, more-refined marketplace; where the browsers are waiting to buy. These shoppers are looking to make a purchasing decision on the information that they can garner from their search – therefore,if their eyes are met with an attractive ad, that is rich in information,revealing that they have what they want, they will click on it. Think of it like a window display – being able to buy something that they can see is the reason why Google Shopping campaigns garner much higher click-through rates than text ads.


  • Easy to understand and manage – The process of running Google Shopping ads has been purposely designed to be much simpler; the elimination of the manual keyword entering that's at the heart of a text ad campaign is a prime example of that.Google exists to match their users (the shoppers) with the exact services/products they're searching for – the advertisers (those who give Google money). Therefore, it's in the search engine's best interests to find the right(and most used) search queries for their advertisers – something they can achieve with a well-optimised product data feed.


  • Attract an even-wider audience – The trick with finding the right keywords to match the queries that shoppers use, is that there will always be related terms used by an even wider audience. As an example – say you're a sports retailer who has a new range of a 'certain teams' football shirts out. The main query would be'certain teams football shirts' – around this, there would be other search terms, such as 'certain teams football kits' or 'certain teams jerseys'.Different brand names, sizes, amounts, editions etc all need to be thought about. This is something that Google Shopping can do; matching your products with the best related search terms; shouting about what you have to sell to an even wider audience.

Looking To Use Google Merchant Center To Advertise Your Products? Allow PPC Junkies To Help

With Google being the principal search engine on the World Wide Web, it provides that large audience that eCommerce businesses are looking for – but how can you get the best out of your Google Shopping campaigns? With Google Merchant Center and AdWords automatically choosing the search queries for your products, the ability to set up well-optimised ads is of paramount importance. It simply will be the difference in making the most out of your available budget. So why not allow the experts to help?

Here at PPC Junkies, we are a vastly experienced PPC Agency that throughout the years, has helped many an online business to establish themselves within the highly-competitive online marketplace. Being a Google-affiliated PPC agency, we are constantly at the forefront of the industry; giving our clients the peace of mind in knowing that we are able to design and implement the most up-to-date and well-honed eCommerce marketing techniques that will make a real difference to their business.


Contact Us Today To Learn More On Google Shopping

If you would like to learn more about how our digital marketing experts can help you to establish Google Shopping campaigns that will help to attract a more refined audience, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can call us on 0118 902 9912 or alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at sales@ppcjunkies.co.uk.

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