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Top Google Shopping Optimisation Tips For Christmas

Can you hear the jingling of bells and the sounds of Mariah Carey defrosting after 11 months in hibernation? That’s right, Christmas is right around the corner, and the team at Get More Traffic are here to make sure your business is ready to boost your traffic and maximise your sales over the most wonderful time of the year. One of the easiest ways to do that is by optimising your Google Shopping feed. However, if you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know how to optimise my Google Shopping feed! I don’t even know if I have one!’; that’s okay. That’s what we’re here for! So, let’s get your Google shopping strategy sorted out, so you have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.

What Is A Google Shopping Feed?

Simply put, Google Shopping is a service provided by Google that lets customers search for, view, and compare products easily. When you search for a term, say ‘rollerskates’, you’ll be shown sponsored ads at the top of the search;

If you learn how to optimise your Google Shopping feed, you’ll be among the first product results

If a customer clicks on the shopping tab, it’ll take them to the Google Shopping feed. It looks a little like this;

Learning how to leverage Google Shopping optimisation means your product will be seen by more consumers

To work on your Google Shopping feed optimisation, you’ll need access to two platforms; Google Ads and Google Merchant Centre. You might already be familiar with Google Ads, where you run your campaigns and control things like budgets, bidding strategy, location, ad schedule, and access insights. The Google Merchant Centre is the place you’ll keep your product feed and upload details about your products. This might include things such as an EAN, prices, colours, ISBNs, etc. 

Your shopping campaign will work a little differently from the search campaign you might be familiar with in Google Ads. In a search campaign, your budget will be used to bid on pre-selected keywords that help get your products and services in front of the people searching for them. On the other hand, you won’t have direct control over which search queries trigger the ads when you launch a shopping campaign. Google crawls shopping advertisers’ sites and feeds to find ads relevant to a given search query. The relevance of your ads depends on the depth and detail of your Google Shopping feed. That’s why it’s crucial you know how to optimise your Google Shopping feed. 

If you don’t have your Google Shopping feed set up, don’t worry; the team at Get More Traffic can work with you to create a campaign that shows off the very best of your products. If you already have a feed up and going but you’re looking for some advice and help with Google Shopping optimisation in time for Christmas, our team can help you with that too. We have some great tips and tricks to help you make the most of your Google Shopping feed this Christmas.

Get More Traffic’s Ultimate Guide To Optimising Google Shopping This Christmas

Did you know that 90% of Australians across all age groups research their Christmas shopping online? These potential customers are all at different stages of their consumer journey. Some will be researching ideas for gifts, some will be comparing prices for specific items. Others will be in the ‘buying’ phase of their journey, ready to spend their money there and then. No matter what stage of the journey your customers are in, you’re going to want a solid Google Shopping campaign to leverage the increased holiday traffic. Lucky for you, the Get More Traffic team have a few tips to help you do just that. 

Use Christmas-related keywords. When planning your Christmas campaign, target keywords such as ‘present ideas’, ‘gifts for teenagers’ or ‘christmas present for mum’. These are the things people tend to search for in their panicked ‘buy’ phase of the consumer journey. This means they’re far more likely to purchase the products that make it straightforward and easy for them. Another audience who tend to search this term are people in their ‘research’ phase of the consumer journey. While they may not necessarily add your product to the cart in a spree of frenzied pre-Christmas panic, your brand and products will be front of mind as they think about what to buy their loved ones.


Use your old data to optimise best-selling products. You probably have a good idea of which products will sell well over Christmas, so make sure you do everything you can to promote those items. Don’t waste your budget on poorer-performing or low-value items when you could be investing in higher-value products.

Use product ratings. Reviews and ratings help your product stand out. They drive quality scores, which means you’ll get higher visibility and lower CPC. Additionally, when customers see items with product ratings or reviews, they receive positive reinforcement for their purchase decision.


Offer a special deal. If you’re selling an item in a competitive market, you might need to do something to sweeten the deal and entice them to choose your product over your competitor’s. For example, make a special offer promotion, a sale, or a free shipping offer to promote traffic to your site.


Provide plenty of information. There’s no such thing as too much information. The more detail you provide when describing your products, the more precisely Google can match your Ads with queries. Make sure you include crucial information like the brand, colour, size, style, model, gender, measurements, and any other relevant attributes. This will give your product the best chance of being seen by holiday shoppers.


Choose your category wisely. The Google product category tells Google what your product is, and if you leave it blank, Google will automatically assign it the most appropriate category. If you’re selling embroidery kits as stocking stuffers, don’t just use the tag ‘Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts’. Instead, make the category as detailed as possible and write ‘Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Arts & Crafts > Craft Organisation > Needlecraft Patterns’.


Update your product availability. When a customer sees online that you have something in stock, naturally, they expect to be able to buy that item. If they can’t buy the product online or, heaven forbid, they go into your brick and mortar store to find it unavailable; you’ll lose a customer. 1 in 3 Australian consumers will pick their second-choice brand over their first-choice brand just because it is present when they are ready to buy, so don’t think that your customers will hold out for you to restock!

If You Need Help With Your Google Shopping Optimisation This Christmas, Contact The Team At Get More Traffic. 

Is your website a highway at peak hour? Because boy, you’ll be getting a lot of traffic with the help of our digital marketing experts. We’re passionate about helping businesses all over Australia harness the power of SEO and SEM to take their sales to the next level. If you’re ready to give traffic to your website the green light and learn how to optimise your Google Shopping feed, contact the team at Get More Traffic today!

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Give them the Feels! The Power of Emotional Marketing

Are you a music lover? Imagine standing in line to buy tickets to the greatest concert ever. Or, if it’s more appropriate, imagine standing in line outside of an Apple store at 5:00 A.M. just so you can be one of the first to purchase the latest model with some game-changing features and updates.

The curiosity that blossoms when you first hear about this thing, the anticipation that comes with standing in line, and the joy and excitement that hit home when you finally hold that ticket or phone in your hand is the power of emotional marketing.


What is Emotional Marketing?

Marketing, in its essence, is all about conveying a message that resonates and creates a connection between the audience and the business. It’s about creating an emotional connection through the telling of a relevant story.

The way that a brand makes you feel and the experience that comes with associating yourself with that brand help create this overall experience. And this experience results from Emotional Marketing. It’s this experience that moves someone from being just a prospect into a customer, and eventually, an avid fan.


How to Cultivate Emotion into Your Marketing Campaign

There are a lot of factors that contribute to creating an emotional response in your audience. One element that’s usually the first thing that people notice are the visuals that you use, particularly in your web design.

The way your website is designed should be able to convey the experience of what it’s like to engage and be a part of your brand. Avoid cold and distant designs and focus instead of bringing your brand personality to the forefront.

One example of a brand that does this well is Chubbies Shorts, wherein if you scroll down a bit after the header and some announcements on sales, you’ll get to a part that says, “Welcome to Chubbies. Here is what we believe. We believe in the weekend…” This part goes on into what seems like a manifesto of who Chubbies is and what they’re all about.

This is where both the visuals and copywriting mix and intermingle to create an overall cohesive experience. Audiences who buy into the Chubbies philosophy and experience are more likely to engage with the brand and purchase their items.


It’s All About Emotional Storytelling

Marketing and advertising are really just another way of telling and sharing a story.

Keep in mind, however, that it’s not just about you telling your story as a brand or as a business. Rather, it’s about telling your ideal customer’s story better than they could tell it themselves. The best way for you to connect with your audience is to communicate in a way that speaks to them. Use words and phrases that they would use when they try to communicate their pains and problems.

For Chubbies, it’s all about comfort, freedom, and fun. It’s all about the weekend and enjoying the weekend.

For Apple users, it’s all about beautiful, sleek, and intuitive design and use.

Think about the ads that have stuck with you in the past. Think about how they made you feel. Think about how they stimulated your curiosity, how they built up that desire in you to want to purchase their product.

More often than not, they connected with you because they told you a story. And it’s not just any story. It’s your story.

The reason you went out to buy their stuff was because you saw yourself in that ad, in that image, in that setting. And you wanted to be that person.

Emotions are what bridge the connection between a brand and its customers. And the best way to bring out those emotions is through the art of storytelling. It’s not enough to be technically-savvy with design. It’s not enough to be grammatically correct.

Find a way to emotionally connect with your audience by letting them know that you get what they’re feeling. You understand where they’re coming from. And you can help them.

As digital marketing experts, we are expert storytellers as well. Want your brand’s story told? Need help with spreading your story to your ideal audience? Call us today and let’s talk about how we can position your brand as one that people will not only recognise, but will wholeheartedly follow.

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November Digital Marketing Industry Updates

New Google Features Coming to Increase Privacy and Security

Several new features have been recently released by Google recently that focus on increasing security for its users. These features were rolled out to celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month. These updates include Security Hub for Pixel devices, VPN expansion to new countries, and an HTTPS-First Mode for Chrome users. For business owners, the most notable change to pay attention to would be the HTTPS-First Mode. HTTPS websites are secure websites that reduce the risk of online threats. This new feature gives Chrome users a warning before loading a less-secure site. For those not yet on HTTPS, this could greatly affect your traffic and your business, especially if you’re selling products on your website. So if you haven’t secured your site as HTTPS yet, now would be the best time to make sure you make the change.

Google Performance Max Now Open to All Advertisers!

Online consumer behaviour has been in constant flux, especially this past year. It was because of this that Google introduced Performance Max as a step towards automation and a new way to buy Google Ads across Search, YouTube, Display, Discover, Gmail, and Maps, all from a single campaign. Performance Max was first rolled out to a select number of advertisers for testing. And after strong beta results, Google has now released the product to all advertisers worldwide. Google considers Performance Max as a good way to complement your keyword-based Search campaign to help grow your performance across their advertising channels.

Instagram’s Encouraging You to Take a Break!

Do you sometimes wonder where time has gone whenever you decide to take a short break and scroll through your Instagram feed? Before you know it, 60 minutes have passed when you intended to scroll through for about ten. Instagram is well-aware of this and is testing out a new feature that gives you a little nudge that maybe it’s time to take a break from Instagram. How does it work? First, you opt into the feature, and then you get to choose how much time passes before the app will send you a reminder that it’s time for a break. This can be after 10, 20, or 30 minutes. After the allotted time passes, you’ll get a message on the app saying, “Time for a break? Take a moment to reset by closing Instagram.” The feature doesn’t block access from Instagram after the prompt, though, but only sends you a reminder. Taking a break from Instagram will be up to you.

Facebook’s Facial Recognition System is Going Away

Facebook has recently decided to shut down their Facial Recognition system. For those unfamiliar with it, this is the feature that automatically identifies your face in the photos and images uploaded onto the social media platform. This allows Facebook to provide suggestions on who to tag in your photos and also notifies those included in the photo whether they’d like to tag themselves in it. This system was also used to create image descriptions for blind and visually impaired people. However, the system has incurred growing concerns, especially in terms of user privacy. As a result, Facebook has decided to shut down the Facial Recognition system and will explore how else they can use the technology for better-suited purposes.

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