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Free Google Shopping Beta

Mark_Dunkley
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
314 0 12

Install the free the Google Shopping Beta

Shopify is getting ready to release it's official Google Shopping App. This app will sync your Shopify Store with Google Merchant Center giving your access to 2 of Google's paid features for getting more traffic to your store.

Google Shopping - Google's own search engine especially for products. You are listed for free if you have an active AdWords campaign.

Google Product Listing Ads - paid AdWords product results on Google's main search engine

Google Product Ads are much cheaper than traditional text-based Google AdWords and convert around the same number of customers. It's a little tricky to get set up if you've never set up adwords before, but it's worth it because the CPC (cost per click) is low and Google will even give you free clicks if you are a paying adword customer. 

While we've tried to make this as pain-free as possible, it will take at least 10 minutes to set up your store with Google Merchant Center. 

Any feedback is welcome. 

 

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Jolly_Old_Bloke
Tourist
39 0 2

This looks promising. Will it replace the current Shopify Merchant Center integration? Can you describe how the integration actually works? Do you synch nightly, on demand, etc? How much control do I have over the feed? The current integration is very unpredictable, which can be very frustrating during the holiday season. I attached a screenshot of what the current integration yields for my company. As you can see, the number of products Google lists and the status of those products varies widely from one day to the next!

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Mark_Dunkley
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
314 0 12

This will replace the current Google Shopping implementation in the old admin. 

The integration is API based, so there is no feed. 

We sync whenever your product are updated by you.

I've used the previous integration in admin1 and had the same problems you did. Google added a slew of new requirements and properties for merchants to fill out. The new app is up to date with Google's standards, but it does require a little more work form merchants to set up. But it's worth it. 

Jolly_Old_Bloke
Tourist
39 0 2

Thanks Mark. Sounds like this is the way to go. I'll give it a try.

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Fidget
New Member
2 0 2

Is there any way to bulk update the extra fields required, instead of doing them individually? We're having to add product type, gender, age, etc all one at a time - can we not do it with csv files?

HunkyBill
Shopify Expert
4793 56 562

Ha!

I am just today, finishing up all the final touches on Meta Tagger App... and it has 100% support for all those new Google Shopping tags, with the bonus of bulk import/export on those specific resource tags.

All CSV beauty for you, and anyone else into Google Shopping.

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Fidget
New Member
2 0 2

Sounds good, will look out for that 😉

Also for the few products I have added so far, google is Disaproving them because: The URL specified in your data feed wasn't working correctly when we reviewed this item.

Even though, when you click the link it comes up fine? Is it because each product url seems to have something along the lines of this: ?utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc on the end?

HunkyBill
Shopify Expert
4793 56 562

I just spent the weekend perfect the bulk export/import of Google Shopping tags in my App. Now I have to develop the Liquid to render them in a way that Google likes. Thanks for the hot tip that that is also needed!!

I am sure I will be tapping some knowledgeable merchants for help in that!

 

 

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Paul_McGuane1
Shopify Partner
3 0 0

this app is majorly flawed in the fact that you can only add the meta data to one product before it crashes, and the fact that when you export the products there isnt a field in the CSV to update is also really annoying. at present i would highly suggest not wasting your time in downloading and trying to get this product to work

Mark_Dunkley
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
314 0 12

Hey Paul!

When you say it "crashes" what do you mean? Can you please post a screenshot? Your the first person I've heard that's had trouble with adding meta fields. 

The bulk editing of meta tags is annoying we are aware that it's a real pain if you have 1000s of products. 

HunkyBill
Shopify Expert
4793 56 562

Meta Tagger offers bulk import/export of Google Shopping tags. 

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Mark_Dunkley
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
314 0 12

Nice HunkyBill! I wasn't sure if you shipped the latest version yet. I'm definitely going to use that for my store. 

HunkyBill
Shopify Expert
4793 56 562

Yes Mark.. I made that update live a few long weeks ago. Had to deal with some migration problems whereby certain clients experienced some problems, but lately it has all been pretty smooth... please do let me know if you experience any troubles. 

 

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standoutd
Navigator
1151 0 128

Does the app allow you to make a Google-Shopping-specific description? Or will it just use what you have in the description field?

 

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Christopher_Aki
New Member
3 0 0

Google Shopping - Google's own search engine especially for products. You are listed for free if you have an active AdWords campaign.

How is it free if you need an "active" AdWords campaign? Assuming an active campaign means you have set up the bidding numbers & billing information. We have an AdWords account but have not set up bids. Is that the only way for our products to be listed on Google Shopping? 

We used the app and synced our products with Google Merchant Center, but still cannot find our products in Google Shopping search results. Anyone have any insight on this? 

standoutd
Navigator
1151 0 128

Is the app aware of Shappify Customer-Specific Pricing and ShopFrogs Wholesaler so wholesale variants are not published? The Shopify FB app needs to do the same before we can use them.

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The_Naked_Alien
Tourist
12 0 2

Hi,

I m gettin an errror "content_language" Empty language code during google marketplace shopify app integration (screenshot attached).

Please help...

PeterMcCracken
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
72 0 11

Hi The Naked Alien,

The issue with "content_language" was a bug in the app. We've just fixed it -- you should now be able to continue getting your products ready to sync with Google Shopping.

Thanks for reporting your problem!

Peter | Shopify 
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Shloime_Fellig
Shopify Partner
2 0 0

Hi,

For the last few months, I've been getting the error: are affected by an error on "color".

Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks very much!

 

PeterMcCracken
Shopify Staff (Retired)
Shopify Staff (Retired)
72 0 11

Hi Shloime,

Thanks for reporting your problem. That error message definitely wasn't very helpful! I've improved the messaging on the app a little to make it easier to understand how to set colours for your products.

Basically, you'll need to add "Color" and "Size" options to each of your variants on the Shopify product pages.

Hope that helps!

Peter | Shopify 
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