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Updated by Stephan Marais on Jul 27, 2013
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6 Advanced Strategies For Optimizing PLA Campaigns

In January, Marin Software released a study on Google’s 2012 transition from Google Product Search to the commercial, “pay-to-play” model built on Product Listing Ads. When this enhanced shopping experience was first announced in May of 2012, online retailers reacted with both praise and criticism.

Product Listing Ads Remain Strong - Paid Search Trends For February 2013

Cost-Per-Clicks (CPC) fell across the board month-over-month, as is typical for February, resulting in a 5% lower CPC for Google and 3% lower for Yahoo!-Bing, compared to January. Year-over-year (YoY), retail CPCs are stronger on Google, partially due to rising CPCs on Product Listing Ads (PLAs), ending at a 5% YoY gain for Google.

How Leveraging Data Quality In Google Shopping Can Increase Product Sales

Retailers advertising in Google Shopping should know the definition of Google Product Rank is a combination of “relevance and bid price” (similar to Ad Rank, also a combination of “relevance and bid price”). What this means is merchants must use clean data in their data feeds.