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Connect, Click and Convert Around the World with Google Shopping
On June 11th, Google Shopping will complete the transition to a commercial model in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. When the transition is complete, free product listings will no longer appear on Google Shopping. We believe this new model, built on
Product Listing Ads
, will help retailers of all sizes
the right products with customers around the world, increase
to their sites, and
more shoppers into buyers.
Onward and upward
We've been pleased with the rapid adoption of Google Shopping by the global retail community. Over 1 billion products are now being promoted globally on Google Shopping, largely driven by a 300% year-on-year growth in participating sellers (including many aggregators and marketplaces). And we’ve seen 20% growth in traffic to retailers over the past year.
Global merchant success stories
We’ve heard from a variety of retailers around the world who have embraced Google Shopping and are seeing great results. Check out the highlights below:
, a retailer specializing in children’s apparel and decor, launch a Product Listing Ads campaign that accounted for 7% of sales from their website in the Autumn-Winter 2012 season.
runs a social shopping site offering domestic customers brand items from sellers outside of Japan. After they optimized their data on Google Shopping and created a Product Listing Ads campaign, Enigmo succeeded in increasing the number of new customer sign-ups.
is a family-owned business that exports flower bulbs, seeds and plants across Europe and the US. They promoted their products on Google Shopping for their top export markets and saw their conversion rates increase by 20%.
, a leading fashion retailer for men, women and teens in the UK, experiment with Product Listing Ads to increase reach and improve engagement beyond standard text ads. They used Merchant Center labels to categorize the catalogue by price bracket, balancing CPAs and ROI more effectively. As a result, New Look saw a 24% increase in revenue week over week, 68% overall revenue growth and 40% improved ROI.
, a retailer of books, stationery, and more, promote their products on Google Shopping. Product Listing Ads represent 6% of total PPC spend but generate 10% of the revenue, producing a total ROI that is 59% better than standard text ads.
, a leading fashion retailer, complement standard text ads with Product Listing Ads, achieving a 50% higher click-through rate and 30% higher conversion rate at the same cost-per-click.
Make the most of Google Shopping
Whether you’re just getting started with Product Listing Ads or are looking for more advanced optimization strategies, we’ve compiled our top recommendations to succeed with Google Shopping below. Read on for these quick tips and sign up for one of our
upcoming Hangouts on Air in your country
to learn how you can prepare for the global commercial transition.
If you’re new to Product Listing Ads
Get started with Merchant Center
, the place to upload your product data to Google
Once your products are in Merchant Center,
create a Product Listing Ads campaign
to promote your products on Google Shopping
If you’re already using Product Listing Ads
target to quickly promote your entire inventory
Take advantage of
for Product Listing Ads, which saves you time and resources by enabling Google to automatically adjust your CPC bids to optimize traffic
high quality data
and follow our
updated product feed specifications
Promote products across devices by ensuring all of your Product Listing Ads campaigns are
to enhanced campaigns
to get the latest agency news, trainings and support from the Google Shopping team
Need additional assistance? We’re happy to help. Feel free to visit our
or call one of our Shopping specialists in your country below:
Australia - 1800 087 124
Brazil - 0800 727 8947
Czech Republic - 800 500 353
France - 805 540 727
Germany - 0800 5894933
Italy - 800930819
Japan - 0120-984-684
Netherlands - 0800 2500026
Spain - 900 814 539
Switzerland - 0800 002539
United Kingdom - 0800 169 0711
Posted by Sameer Samat, Vice President of Product Management, Google Shopping
An update to Google Checkout for merchants
Today, we’re letting web merchants know that in six months, Google Checkout will be retired as we transition to Google Wallet — a platform that enables merchants to meet the demands of a multi-screen world where consumers shop in-stores, at their desks and on their mobile devices.
Just last week, we announced two enhancements to the Google Wallet platform that are simple to integrate. The
Instant Buy API
enables merchants to offer a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers buying physical goods and services on their Android apps and websites, while processing their own payments. In addition, the new
Wallet Objects API
enables merchants to engage their customers with loyalty, offers, and more.
All Google Play developers will
continue to be supported
. Also, shoppers can continue to use Google Wallet to make safer and more secure payments anywhere they see the Google Wallet button.
What this means for Checkout merchants
Merchants can continue to accept payments using Google Checkout until November 20, 2013.
If you don't have your own payment processing, you will need to transition to a different solution within six months. To make things easier, we've partnered with
to offer you discounted migration options.
If you are a U.S. merchant that does have payment processing, you can
apply for Google Wallet Instant Buy
, which offers a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers.
We invite merchants to join us for a
on May 23, 2013 at 10AM PST to learn more. Or, you can visit the
for more details.
What this means for Google Play developers
Developers selling through other Google properties (such as Google Play, Chrome Web Store and Offers Marketplace) will continue to be supported and will automatically transition to the Google Wallet Merchant Center in the next few weeks.
What this means for shoppers
Shoppers can continue to use Google Wallet to make purchases on merchant apps and sites (such as Priceline, Uber, and Rue La La), as well as on Google properties, such as Google Play and Chrome Web Store. Just look for the Google Wallet button to make safer and more secure payments.
Finally, we’d like to thank our merchant partners that have used Google Checkout and we look forward to helping many more businesses grow with Google Wallet.
Posted by Justin Lawyer, Senior Product Manager, Google Wallet
Connect your loyalty programs, offers and more to Google Wallet with the Wallet Objects API
Consumers want access to all of their loyalty cards, offers, and more on their smartphone. An average household has
18 loyalty cards
but use less than half of these cards regularly because of the inconvenience. And the same goes for tickets, membership cards and other items.
With this vision in mind, we are announcing the Google Wallet Objects API. As a developer, this platform enables you to:
Save anything to Google Wallet:
Integrate your loyalty programs, offers and more into Google Wallet. Users can save these items directly to their Google Wallet for easy use.
Drive customer engagement with loyalty and offers:
Showcase your brand, acquire users and engage them through instant loyalty sign-up, real-time updates and offers.
Benefit from the broader Google ecosystem
: With Google's location services, your users get timely notifications about their saved Wallet objects. Additionally, with a simple upgrade path to Google Offers, you can distribute your offers across Google properties — including Adwords, the Google Display Network and Google Maps for Mobile — and benefit from Google's targeting capabilities.
Integration is easy, and you can work with one of our partners to make it even easier. Partners that provide tools to speed integration include Accelitec, Blackhawk, Loyalty Lab, Paytronix, ProfitPoint, Urban Airship and Vibes.
We would also like to thank our partners that have already started integrating with the Wallet Objects API. These include Alaska Airlines, Belly, BillGuard, The Body Shop, BJs Restaurants, Raley's, Red Mango, Marriott Rewards and RetailMeNot. Attendees at Google I/O can see demo loyalty integrations from Alaska Airlines and The Body Shop, and offers integration from RetailMeNot.
We plan to launch these loyalty programs, offers and more to consumers as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you're a merchant or developer, you can
and start building innovative capabilities for your consumers.
Posted by Pali Bhat, Group Product Manager, Google Wallet
Send money to friends with Gmail and Google Wallet
Paying back your friends is now as simple as sending an email, whether you're chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your roommate for your share of the rent.
Google Wallet is now integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail — even if they don't have a Gmail address. It's free to send money if your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet balance, and
apply to send money using your linked credit or debit card.
To send money in Gmail, hover over the attachment paperclip, click the $ icon to attach money to your message, enter the amount you wish to send, and press send.
While sending money in Gmail is currently only available on desktop, you can send money from Google Wallet at
from your phone or laptop. You will need to have set up
to send and receive money, and Google Wallet Purchase Protection covers you 100% against
We're rolling out this feature over the coming months to all U.S. Gmail users over 18 years old, so keep an eye out for the $ icon in the attachment options. You can also get earlier access if your friends have the feature and send money to you.
To learn more, visit our
Posted by Travis Green, Product Manager, Google Wallet
Fast and easy checkout for Android apps selling physical goods and services
Shopping for physical goods on mobile devices is a difficult experience for consumers, leading to
97% of mobile shoppers
abandoning their shopping carts. Last October, we
a Google Wallet API to speed up payments on mobile sites. Today, we are inviting U.S. developers to
for our new Google Wallet Instant Buy Android API, which makes buying in native Android apps fast and easy.
The Instant Buy API is designed for merchants and developers selling physical goods and services, who already have a payment processor and are looking to simplify the checkout experience for their customers. Developers selling digital goods within their apps will continue to use Google Play In-app Billing, which offers full payment processing capability, including support for carrier billing and gift cards.
The Instant Buy API provides Android developers with these important benefits:
Fast checkout for Android users buying physical goods.
Users who buy on Google properties have set up Google Wallet. They can now checkout in Android apps in as few as 2 clicks without having to manually enter their billing or shipping information. Google Wallet securely sends this information to the developer with the user's permission.
Easy app registration. More logged in users.
By implementing Google+ Sign-in along with Instant Buy, developers can enable users to sign-in directly with their Google account, instantly creating an app registration. Having more logged in users allows developers to deliver a highly engaging, personalized experience.
More secure payments.
All transactions are monitored for fraud 24/7 and
by Google Wallet Purchase Protection to enable a safer shopping experience for your customers.
Easy integration. No Google fees
. Since Google is not processing payments or managing fulfillment, there are no additional fees or complex integrations.
Apps integrated with Google Wallet will require the latest version of
Google Play Services
, which is rolling out to all Android devices in the next day or so.
We'd like to thank our launch partners for integrating early and helping us create a great checkout experience for Android users:
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allows you to discover and buy goods from a crowd-curated catalog.
GoPago live POS
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Posted by Prakash Hariramani, Senior Product Manager, Google Wallet
Updated Google Shopping feed specification
Last year, we announced the rollout of the new Google Shopping commercial model built on Product Listing Ads both in the
. We believe these changes, and the improved user experience, will create new opportunities for merchants and help retailers of all sizes attract more customers to their stores.
The quality of data provided by merchants is critical for achieving these goals. Therefore, we're announcing some changes to the
Google Shopping Feed Specification
We are improving our support for
. For example, many consumer products like toothpaste are sold in custom multipacks. The feed specification now clarifies how such products should be submitted.
We are moving towards a world with high-resolution displays. Therefore, we are also starting to recommend
with at least 800 pixels in height and width to give users a better visual representation of advertised products.
Some products like custom goods, vintage items, or collectibles don't have unique product identifiers. For such products, we are now introducing the
attribute. Additionally, we have updated our requirements on
unique product identifiers
We have updated our guidance for the
attributes to make them more precise and actionable.
We now provide dedicated support for
energy efficiency labels
for merchants targeting countries in the European Union and Switzerland.
Merchants promoting non-family safe items on family-safe websites can now tag individual items as non-family safe.
Some of these changes won't be visible to Google Shopping users immediately. We want to give merchants enough time for preparation and adoption. We encourage merchants to use the
test feeds feature
to ensure that their updated feeds can be processed correctly.
Merchants can review the
new feed specifications
summary of attribute requirements
to help prepare for these changes. They should always make sure to comply with
while participating in the Google Shopping program.
Enforcement of new Google Shopping Feed Specifications
For accounts that are currently exempted from requiring unique product identifiers, Google Shopping will start enforcing these new requirements for unique product identifiers on July 15th, 2013 in the US, and September 16th, 2013 in all other target countries. Enforcement for all other accounts will start July 15th, 2013 for the US, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and September 16th, 2013 for all other target countries. Non-compliant items might then be disapproved and disappear from Google Shopping.
Account level exemptions for unique product identifiers won’t be supported after the above mentioned dates – the 'identifier exists' attribute should be used instead.
Posted by Angelika Rohrer, Program Manager, Google Shopping
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