May 31
2022

Data Feed Considerations When Replatforming

Over our 16 years in business building data feeds for retail clients, we've experienced quite a number of ecommerce replatforms. Our #1 recommendation on this is to plan for problems. There's always going to be something that comes up but hopefully with preparation and awareness, it will be minimal. Here are things we've observed over the years to help you stay ahead: Losing Google Merchant Center Site Verification & Claim: Make sure your ...

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Apr 25
2022

Solutions for Availability Restrictions

The steps below can solve for the situations where: The ability to ship a product depends upon the location of the shipping address (referred to as ‘Region’).The price of a product is consistent across all locations and does not change, no matter where the user is located. For any regional pricing situations, the full Regional Availability and Pricing (RAAP) solution is needed. How to Tell Google What Areas You Do Not Ship to Within ...

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Apr 08
2022

Inaccurate Availability Warnings for Regional Shipping Limitations

Websites selling items that limit shipping based on location alone will have another hoop they will need to know how to jump through to advertise with Google Shopping ads. A common example of this is any website selling alcohol that can be shipped. With so many various delivery/shipping restrictions on alcohol at the state level and lower, Google Merchant Center needs to be told what areas are off limits (no shipping allowed). Google Merchant ...

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Mar 03
2022

Preparing for Planned Site Outages

From time-to-time websites need to come offline for maintenance. There's no way of telling Google about this so when they perform their regular checks of your data feed against your site, it sets off a wave of events that can include product disapprovals. So in addition to temporarily pausing your ad campaigns to avoid paying for clicks to a dead site, there is also a step that needs to be taken within your product ...

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Jan 24
2022

Google's New Deals Feature

Within the Shopping tab, Google has launched a new feature allowing shoppers to quickly filter out the best product deals of the day. There are a few ways to get there and a few key differences to expect. What Does it Look Like and How to Find it When an applicable search query such as "deals", "sales", "promotions", "Black Friday", etc occurs on the Shopping tab, Google is prompted to redirect to this new Deals ...

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Dec 16
2021

Merchant Promotion vs Sale Price Annotations / Badge

Google steadily introduces enhancements to Shopping ads and before you can execute, you have to know how to choose the right approach. When product prices are discounted during a sale, there are 2 common options that websites will utilize to communicate the price cut. Taking a look at the product landing page can typically clue you in on what to do next to ensure that your ads effectively promote this offer. Discount Shown on Landing ...

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Oct 26
2021

How to Set Up a Google Merchant Promotion

Check EligibilityGoogle Merchant Promotions are only applicable to use in certain situations. See the comprehensive list of Promotion Policies Quick Points: Coupon codes are ONLY REQUIRED for Free/Discount Shipping offers. Google does NOT require them for % off on merchandise. HOWEVER, if they are needed to make the promo function properly on the site, then they should be submitted with the promo details.The promo should offer an ADDED benefit. Google Shopping policies state that ...

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Jun 22
2020

Google Feed Specification 2020 Updates

Each year Google updates their Google Merchant Center (GMC) feed specification with modest changes to how merchants should submit their product data. This year is no different and Google has just announced the changes as follows: Changes available now:Two new attributes are now available to submit: product_highlight and product_detail. These attributes let you submit additional product data to Google in a generic fashion. product_highlight allows you to submit bulleted lists of product highlights. product_detail ...

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May 07
2020

Free Product Listings on Google Shopping

Google recently announced that they now offer an option for Free Product Listings on Google Shopping. This change went into effect in the US at the end of April with an expected Global rollout by the end of the year. What does this mean? Some of the digital real estate on the Google Shopping tab is now free through the “Surfaces across Google” program in the Merchant Center. What does it NOT mean? That Google ...

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Feb 13
2020

Structured Data Help for Google Price/Availability Suspensions

Part 2 of our Google Merchant Center inaccurate price/availability suspension warning screencast series. Here we cover the gory details of what Google expects your structured data to look like, including examples with variants (size/color variations that may be priced differently). Links referenced in the video: Part 1: Google Suspension Warnings for Price/Availability GMC Structured Data OverviewGMC and Schema.org Attributes ExplainedGoogle Structured Data Testing Tool

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Feb 10
2020

Google Suspension Warnings for Price/Availability

This video discusses Google Merchant Center suspension warnings for price and/or availability violations. John reviews the various parts of your website and data feed to help merchants understand what the real issues are and how to fix. Part 2: Structured Data Help for Google Price/Availability Suspensions

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Oct 31
2019

VersaFeed PriceWatch

OverviewVersaFeed PriceWatch monitors your product prices compared to other vendors on the web. Using this information, PriceWatch enables clients to adjust their advertising strategies accordingly. Have the lowest price on a popular product? Use PriceWatch to increase bids to maximize exposure. Alternatively, is a product not priced competitively? Use PriceWatch to remove products or lower bids to save costs. TechnicalPriceWatch monitors pricing over 24 hour periods and enables merchants to use this data in two ...

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Oct 31
2019

VersaFeed Image IQ

Image IQ is a VersaFeed technology that modifies merchant images to be more customer engaging and channel compliant. By ensuring your products have the best possible images, merchants can drive more clicks and sales. Image IQ primarily works on three common image problems: 1 Backgrounds Merchant images are often shot with grey or beige backdrops and/or lifestyle elements. However, most advertising channels (Google Shopping included) need images to have white or transparent backgrounds. To ...

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Nov 07
2018

VersaFeed & Google Local Inventory Ads

Google Local Inventory Ads ("LIA") show ads on Google to potential customers who are interested in physically purchasing items from nearby stores. If your retail business does significant in-store transactions and/or has many brick and mortar locations, LIA could be a very important revenue stream. LIA has existed since 2014 and has grown significantly since then. Google continues to add features to LIA and actively promote it — meaning it is likely a technology that ...

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Oct 03
2018

Setting up Google Ads KPI Integration

This article provides technical details on how to add Google Ads KPI's to your VersaFeed account (an overview of the feature in general can be found here). Please click here to login and read the full article. Not a current client or agency? Contact VersaFeed today to see how we can help with your Google product feed.

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