There are many and varied benefits of Google Shopping. Google Shopping ads are the best ad format for getting your website found by people searching for your products. You can create an ad with an image, title and price for every product on your website. Over the last few years, more than 50% of all Google Ads spend has shifted from traditional text ads to Google Shopping ads.
For more information on what Google Shopping ads are, read our blog What are Google Shopping ads?
For now though, let’s look at the 7 biggest benefits of Google Shopping ads.
Google Shopping ads allow you to advertise an image for each of the products you are selling. The benefit this provides retailers over Google Search ads lies in how shoppers respond to images.
Firstly, an image of your product means your Google Shopping ads are much more likely to be remembered than a text ad. 65% of people are visual learners and will remember a picture of product over text about one.
Another advantage of image based advertising is that shoppers are drawn to image ads before text ads. According to research from 3M, our brains process images 60,000 times faster than text. Using images with Google Shopping ads allows you to get your website found faster and easier than ever before.
Shoppers respond to simplicity. Removing overly descriptive text in place of an image keeps your ads simple and effective.
2. Search page real estate
As simple as it sounds, taking up more of a search results page can have more of an impact on the effectiveness of your ads. Google Shopping ads appear above text ads, giving you the chance to get your products in front of shoppers at the first opportunity.
Google Shopping ads allows you to ‘own’ a Google search results page with your products and brand.
3. Better conversion rates
One of the most practical benefits of Google Shopping ads is that they convert better than Google Search & Display ads. Alongside the appeal of image advertising and their page location, shoppers are more likely to buy a product after clicking on a shopping ad.
With Google Shopping ads, you’re reaching people that have shown a greater intent to buy. If a search matches to your specific product title, the shopper is likely to be further along their purchase journey.
As a result, Google Shopping ads have over 30% higher conversion rates than Google Search ads.
4. Save money on irrelevant clicks
Google Shopping Ads can pre-qualify buyers in a way that other ad formats can’t. Shopping ads show the product in the image, can outline sizes and colours in the title and include the price. If a shopper doesn’t like the look of a product, or is looking for a particular size or price point, they will be able to find the information before clicking on your ad.
You only pay when someone clicks on your ad. By filtering our potential buyers before they click on your ad, Google Shopping ads save you money on irrelevant clicks. Pre qualifying with your image, title and price means you only ever pay for relevant traffic.
5. Product specific landing pages
Google Shopping ads will direct shoppers to your website’s product specific landing pages. With Google Search and Display ads, more often than not you’re driving shoppers to category pages or your homepage. In doing so, you’re adding steps between a shopper and a sale.
One of the biggest benefits of Google Shopping ads is that you can drive shoppers to the pages you want. Google Shopping ads make a sale as frictionless as possible by taking people to product pages. Shoppers would then ideally add your products to their cart in 1-click.
6. No keywords
With Google Shopping ads, you don’t have to worry about picking the keywords most relevant to your products. Searches match to your product titles, not a manually entered keyword. The search popularity of your product and your title optimisations will dictate how sizeable and relevant your traffic is. So any traffic shaping optimisations you want to make to your Google Shopping ads can happen easily at the product title level on your website.
7. Dynamic Remarketing
You can use Google Shopping ads whilst also taking advantage of Google’s machine learning with Smart Shopping. Smart shopping ads are in the same format as standard shopping ads but utilise automated bidding to reach consumers more likely to purchase your particular product.
As well as the product Shopping ads, Google’s Smart Shopping includes Dynamic Remarketing. This shows tailored display ads to your website visitors on the Google Display Network. The benefit of Google Shopping Ads over Google Display ads, is that you’re targeting shoppers who’ve shown an intent to purchase. The user will have searched for your product and clicked on your Google Shopping ads.
For more information on Google Smart Shopping read our blog “What are Google Smart Shopping campaigns?”
Get Google Shopping ads
As effective as Google Shopping Ads are, setting them up can be complicated. Shopping ads need a Google Merchant Centre account, feeds, shipping details, GTINs and more. You could do it all yourself by setting up a Google Merchant Center account and Google Ads account. Or you could get started with Google Shopping Ads using the Dynamic Creative Ad Platform.
We integrate your website with our Ad Platform & optimise your product and category data to match the way that shoppers search, browse and buy. You get Google Shopping ads for every product, category, sub category and variant listed on your website.
Every product on your website will have a Google Shopping ad, every product title optimised for relevancy and every ad price adjusted whenever you do. As you progress, we have full managed Google Shopping ads plans to keep up with your business priorities as you grow and scale. We’ll introduce machine learning, multiple campaign goals and expanded search ads to help you reach a predictable revenue growth model through your advertising.
Find out more information about Google Shopping ads and the Dynamic Creative Ad Platform here