Over the past year, consumer behaviour has transformed. In 2020, online shopping in Aussie households grew by 57%. In fact, out of 2.3 million low-frequency online shoppers, 52% were spending more time shopping online in 2020. These shoppers were said to have purchased items online at least 10 times between March and December of that year.
The big question is, are you making the most out of your digital marketing to reach these customers, or do you think you could do more? For businesses running Google Shopping ads, what are some ways that you can ensure that you’re making the most out of this opportunity?
We’ve listed below 5 easy steps to help you make sure that you’re doing the right things in optimising your Google Shopping ads. Let’s take a look.
What is the Google Shopping feed? At its core, this is basically the spreadsheet that contains a list of all your product SKUs (stock-keeping units). It’s from this spreadsheet that Google sources the data and information it needs to determine whether your products are relevant to a user’s search query.
Just because it’s your product database, however, doesn’t mean that you should simply upload the spreadsheet directly onto the Google Merchant Centre. Doing this can cause problems such as duplicate listings, products not being listed at all, or even the suspension of your account.
To make sure that your database doesn’t run into any compatibility issues, go over it again and make sure that it contains information such as:
For a quick and easy reference, you can always check out Google’s Product Data Specification page to make sure that you have all the necessary information to ensure that your spreadsheet is optimised and ready.
One thing that you have to note is that Google Shopping campaigns are a little bit different compared to Google search campaigns. With search campaigns, you’re bidding on keywords. Whereas with Google Shopping ads, you’re bidding on Product Groups.
But even though the bidding process is different, keywords still play an important role in making sure that your ads convert into clicks.
When writing out your product titles and descriptions, then, keep the customer in mind. Think about what keywords they would type trying to search for your products. It’s best to be specific, especially in the title, as you want to be able to grab your audience’s attention right away and have them say, “This is what I’m looking for.”
What are Google Seller Ratings? Your Google Seller Ratings are actually your Google customer reviews. These reviews are the best way for you to fortify trust and authority with the audience you’re targeting, especially if they’re a cold audience. The higher your seller rating, the better your clicks and click-through rate will be.
To make your account eligible to display your Google Seller Rating, however, you first have to build up your customer reviews. Google requires that you be able to collect around 100 or more reviews within the last 12 months for them to be able to calculate and showcase your seller rating score.
That means it’s important to be consistent in asking customers for reviews. Create a system within your business wherein you always ask a customer if they could leave a review and you should be well on your way to collecting 100.
When it comes to Google Shopping success, bidding is definitely something that you have to keep an eye out for. If you’re also currently running Google Ads, it’s important to note that there’s a difference in the bidding process for Google Shopping. For Google shopping, you’re bidding for visibility and not just placement.
Unlike search ads, your bidding strategy with Google Shopping ads will determine whether your ad will show up or not. Here, testing is important. Keep testing to see which bids are working for you. Don’t overbid, as doing so can have your ads appear for more generalised queries, hurting your results in the long run. Bidding high, in this case, isn’t always the best solution.
Last, but not least, make sure that your campaign structure is optimised and segmented properly. This can make or break your campaign.
Shopping behaviours are different, whether the user is shopping on their mobile devices, or on their laptops and desktops. In 2020, 91% of online shoppers use their mobile phones to make purchases, while 76% did so through a laptop computer, and 61% on their tablets.
Segmenting your campaigns based on the device is one way to structure your campaign, as shoppers on a mobile phone will behave differently than one doing so on a computer. And although a computer is the preferred purchasing device during the holidays, the mobile phone is the winner overall.
Another way you would want to structure your campaign is to segregate your products into different ad groups. Group them according to price. Give your high-priced items more exposure, as they can give you the highest margins, and lower your bidding for your low-priority products. Aim to achieve a sense of balance with your bidding so that you can get the most out of your ad spend.
Of course, all of this can be time-consuming, especially during the holiday season. But that’s why agencies like Get More Traffic exist. If you’re looking to start or optimise a Google Shopping campaign, feel free to get on a call with one of our agents so that we can discuss how we can best serve you and set you up for success.
Chances are, if you’re a small to medium (SME) sized business owner, you will be aware of, and probably have, Google Ads up and running. You might even have an SEO campaign. Couple these with a reliable, easy-to-navigate website and I actually want to shake your hand – well done! However, I’m here to tell you that there is still more you could be doing to optimise your ROI. It’s called Google Shopping.