Listen as Kirk, Mike, Isaac, and Patrick Discuss Smart Shopping, Automation, and More!

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In the world of Smart Shopping Campaigns, some of the most vocal PPCers on this topic have been myself, Mike Ryan of SMEC, and Patrick Gilbert of AdVenture Media Group. We’ve laughed, cried, argued, hugged about this new campaign type.. not really, but in the early days, we did engage in thoughtful debate in the blogosphere (to steal a phrase …

Now You Can Show YouTube Videos in Smart Shopping Campaigns

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Smart Shopping campaigns get their kicks by showing products to your potential customers across multiple channels. One of the cool things about Smart Shopping, is that you can advertise with more generic ad text and a banner image (that Google turns into multiple formats) when Google doesn’t have enough data on that user to select products for their dynamic prospecting …

Read This Before Using New Customer Acquisition Goals in Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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Let’s talk Smart Shopping New Customer Acquisition conversion goals. I can hear your heart beating faster already from the anticipation of that first sentence. What joys and excitement must lie ahead of us with such an opening! Self-teasing aside, as I have written previously, it is alarming that Smart Shopping campaigns (SSC) do not reveal how much traffic they are …

Does Google Shopping Query Filtering Still Work in 2020?

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Nearly 6 years ago, I watched a video of Martin Roettgerding (who would later become my friend) giving a presentation on a brilliant strategy he had devised to better control Google Shopping campaigns. I tested this in our ZATO accounts, developed my own process for building it out and managing it, and then recorded my walk-through on Search Engine Land …

Should Smart Shopping Include More Data? My Rebuttal to The Rebuttal – Part 6: The ZATO Guide to Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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If you’ve been monitoring the Google Shopping Ads, Smart Shopping Campaign, ongoing data transparency discussions (okay, so all 2 of you) you might have run across this sound article by Patrick Gilbert on LinkedIn in response to my article, both linked to here: The Concerning Lack of Data Transparency in Smart Shopping – Part 5: The ZATO Guide to Google …

Listen: Managing Shopping Ads in an Automated World – BrightonSEO Search Show Talk

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In September 2019, I had the privilege of speaking on Shopping Ads at the world renown, massive search conference in Brighton, UK: BrightonSEO. While this was an honor in itself, I secretly enjoyed my time at the Search Advertising Show the day before even more! The Search Advertising Show is a precursor event (to the main BrightonSEO show) put on …

My Notes on the Google Shopping Expert Series in LA Seminar

Today I had the privilege of a quick trip to sunny LA to learn a little more about Google’s take on Smart Shopping campaigns (SSC). It was especially a privilege, because Billings (in Montana where ZATO is based) is getting buried under 6-12 inches of snow! While I’m sad to miss the first snowfall of the season… I’m also not. …

Should You Switch From Standard Shopping Ads to Google Smart Shopping? – Part 3: The ZATO Guide to Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

In the first segment of this series (What is Smart Shopping?), we focused on what Google Smart Shopping is, and in the second segment we discussed key tactics (Establish Your Smart Shopping Strategy). In this post, we will answer the question of whether someone should follow Google’s advice and switch their entire Shopping program over to Smart Shopping.   This …

Establish Your Strategy – Part 2: The ZATO Guide to Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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In the first segment of this series (What is Smart Shopping?), we focused on what Google Smart Shopping is, and in this segment we will now begin to get into the actual tactics to use in this campaign type. I’m not here to debate whether this is a strategy or tactic post…we’ll leave that for the guru marketers with too …

BrightonSEO 2019 – Google Shopping Ads Sessions – Search Advertising Show

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  This week I am in gorgeous Brighton, UK at a conference I have a lot of respect for. Kelvin Newman and the BrightonSEO crew have really made something special, and it was an honor to participate this week. What a great conference, amazing people, and receptive crowd. Per my usual, I spoke on Shopping Ads and keeping in mind …

Learn Inbound 2019 Shopping Ads Session – Slides, Tools, and Resources

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I had the immense privilege of speaking at a show I’ve wanted to get to for awhile, Learn Inbound in Dublin Ireland! What a great conference, amazing people, and receptive crowd. Per my usual, I spoke on Shopping Ads and keeping in mind my more generalized audience, I went from the angle of giving a high level look at everything …

What Is Smart Shopping? – Part 1: The ZATO Guide to Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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  At ZATO, we do a lot of Shopping Ads management (everything from little brands & retailers, to household brands like Traeger Grills and Purple Mattress) which means we do a lot of new feature testing. Because of this, the number one content piece we have had requested in the past few months is a guide to Google Smart Shopping …

Run Google Shopping Ads on YouTube? Here are All the Ad Formats (So Far).

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Joe Martinez of Clix Marketing. Joe is a great friend, and one of the world’s foremost experts on Youtube advertising so we are excited to share this post with you today. You can get further details about Joe in his biography at the end of the post. Happy reading!   Google Shopping …

How to See Placements in Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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Running Smart Shopping campaigns but frustrated at how little reporting and data you are receiving? Here is a way we discovered, where you can at least see the Placements associated with your Smart Shopping campaigns… even though you can’t yet take any action on these! 🙄 Check out the video, and/or transcript below. Screenshots are added into the transcript. EDIT …

Trying a Smart Shopping Campaign? Be Aware of This

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Do you run Shopping Ads for clients and been wondering lately about whether you should use Smart Shopping campaigns? Here is something to consider. Please note, this was based on a Twitter thread I wrote, so will not be my typical thousands of words post 😉 It is my attempt to jot down a few things to consider as you …