With product ads continuing to see growth year-over-year, it’s vital that advertisers utilize Shopping campaigns now more than ever. Not only do they drive additional revenue but they boost a brand’s presence on the search results page. Last week, I had the privilege to speak on a webinar about Bing Shopping with Rachel Rogowin from Microsoft that can be found here.

Today, I will walk you through the basics of Bing Shopping including setting up your Bing Merchant Center, your shopping catalog, and your first Bing Shopping campaign.

Basics

Bing Shopping campaigns are similar to those of AdWords. They allow advertisers to display their product ads on the Bing Search Network. They are currently displayed on the right-hand side of the search results page in a grid format. Each ad contains an image, price, product description, and company name. This format allows for advertisers to increase their overall presence on the search results page outside of general text ads.

Shop for red shoes
Shop for red shoes

Bing Merchant Center And Shopping Catalog

Creating Your Bing Merchant Center

If you are new to Bing Shopping, you will need to create a Bing Merchant Center account. To do this, from your Bing Ads account, go to “Tools > Bing Merchant Center > Create a Store.” This will be where your shopping catalog is stored and where it will need to be updated on at least a monthly basis or more frequently depending on how often products are updated.

Bing Merchant Center
Bing Merchant Center

Creating Your Shopping Catalog

Once you have created your merchant center, you can begin creating your shopping catalog (also called a shopping feed) and ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most accurate information. There are two options when creating your feed.

Once the catalog is created, it will need to be uploaded to your Bing Merchant Center.

Bing catalog management
Bing catalog management

There are three options in terms of uploading the catalog.

More information can be found here.

Once your catalog is uploaded or if you already have a shopping catalog, below are some common practices to ensure that your feed is in tip-top condition!

Required and recommended fields
Required and recommended fields
Feed errors
Feed errors
Custom labels and values
Custom labels and values

• Ensure all descriptions are unique, as that will allow you to show multiple times in the same results.

Campaign Creation

From your account, go to “Create Campaign > Sell Products” with Bing Shopping Campaigns.

Sell products
Sell products

You will then choose your settings, similar to those of any other campaign. One setting to note is priority level. Priority levels tell Bing which campaign(s) take preference over others. When determining which product(s) to show in an auction a campaign with a high priority will be looked at before a campaign with medium or low.

There are three options:

Ad Group Segmentation

Once your campaign is created, you can set up your first ad group. Each ad group will start off by containing all products. At that point, it’s up to you to frame the ad groups in a way that makes sense for the account and campaign.

Product groups
Product groups

This happens by creating divisions based on one of the categories below.

Product group categories
Product group categories

From this point, there are infinite ways to segment your products and narrow down your target group of products for a given campaign/ad group.

Conclusion

Whether you are new to the ecommerce world or a veteran, shopping campaigns give you a new presence on the search results page and allow you to showcase visual images of your product(s). They are essential in terms of keeping up with the competition. For more tips, tricks, and best practices, check out the full webinar here.

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http://www.ppchero.com/a-guide-to-bing-ads-shopping-campaigns/

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