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