Google Merchant Centre Promotions is a free tool that Google offers to promote your products on Google Shopping Ads. These promotions appear as a special offer with a link to catch the customer’s attention and encourage them to buy.
Promotions do not alter anything else in the shopping ad. You still need to pay based on Cost Per Click.
Why Should You Use Promotions?
Promotions help to boost click-through rates by showing a special offer link to entice people to click. They can also help improve conversion rates as people are more inclined to click on links with offers. Promotions work on desktop as well as mobile devices.
How To Get Started?
You need an active product feed in Google Merchant Centre to use promotions. Once you have set the product feed, you will need to fill in an interest form which can be found here. Once Google approves your interest form you can create promotions based on any of the offer types mentioned below.
Types Of Promotion
Google recommends the following types:
- Discounts: Percent off, cash back, buy one get one free, or buy one get 2nd percent off
- Free gifts: Free item or free gift card for a specified value
- Shipping: Free or discounted shipping
However, make sure that your promotions meet the following criteria. Your promotions must:
- Be redeemable at checkout or by the time of purchase
- Expire within 6 months (183 days) of the date the promotion starts
- Comply with Merchant Promotions Policies
Once you submit your promotion to Google, it will either be approved or rejected. If your promotion is rejected, please update it so that it meets the necessary criteria and policies and resubmit for approval. An approved promotion will start appearing in Shopping Ads.
Have you experimented with Shopping Promotions yet? Let us know what you think of this Google feature in the comment box below.