Once you’ve linked Merchant Center to your Google Ads account, the real work begins. You have now completed the technical preparation and continue to create the campaigns. There are two options here: the Standard Shopping campaign and the Smart Shopping campaign. The difference in a nutshell:
Standard Shopping Ads
With standard Shopping ads, you enter all your products and display them in the Shopping environment. This can be done by means of manual bidding, so that you have everything in your own hands in a structured manner. You can then set bids on each individual product. It is also possible to apply automated bid strategies from Google such as Maximize Conversions or Maximize ROAS (Return On Ad Spend) where you try to achieve as much margin as possible.
Your preference depends on your experience and what suits your products. If you don’t sell that many products, Google doesn’t have that much data to compare. It’s always good to experiment what works best for you.
Smart Shopping Ads
With Smart Shopping Ads, Google automates your entire ad. The structure is almost the same as the standard Shopping Ads, but with an extra addition of automated bidding and dynamic remarketing.
They also combine the latter with placements on display networks via banners. So the campaign is slightly more extensive and fully automated with conversion bidding strategies. Possibly President Email Lists even specified for new and existing customers. Google claims to get at least 20% more results with this because they can display your products even more widely with retargeting, among other things.
In the coming months (between July and August), Google will adapt the Smart Shopping section to the new Performance Max. Not only do you use dynamic remarketing via banners, but your campaigns are expanded with even more placements and they combine your shopping campaigns with text and video ads. Read more about Performance Max here .
Putting your products live
Both types of campaigns work in the same way. Once you’ve gone through the settings such as bid strategy, targeting location, and budget, it’s time to link the products.
In the advertising set you directly link the desired products. You can simply put all products in it, but I recommend a clear division. This way you can use bid adjustments and budgets per product group and you also have direct insights into the different target groups. This way you can see which group achieves more results and for which search terms you are found per product group. You can then exclude any unwanted search terms that have been used and where you have been shown.