Get A Higher CTR With Merchant Logos On Comparison Shopping Engines

Merchant Logos

Sometimes it’s hard to stick out on shopping comparison engines. Every little tweak can help. Adding your logo to your listings will definitely raise your click through rate (CTR). This may be fairly obvious to some merchants, but many merchants don’t include their logo with their listings.

Aside from laziness, there are other reasons not include your logo with your listings. The main reason is cost. Most CSEs charge extra for use of their mechant logo program. However, if you can afford it or if you still have a decent return on investment, you should include your logo.

If you are not sure if it’s worth it for you, run a test for two weeks or a month and see how you click through rate, and in effect your return on investment increases.

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How To Lower Costs On CSEs With An Inclusion Only Feed

Comparison shopping

When you have a large feed, there is usually a very long tail of products that send traffic to your site. Sometimes you can get one or two clicks on a thousand different products. You may not notice the cost of each click on it’s own, but it starts to add up. With a standard Kill Report it’s hard to get rid of the long tail because you don’t have enough metrics.

When & Where

In extreme cases where you cannot stomach the excessive costs of a specific shopping engine (CSE) and you are unable to lower the spend through other methods, it is recommended to send a feed with only the brands that have performed well historically. Keep in mind that by running an inclusion only feed, you are also getting rid of products that may perform well. So keep testing the feed by adding new products and monitor it for changes.

Bottom Line

You might stop a lot of quality traffic by sending an inclusion only feed. You might also save your business a ton of money. Keep your eyes open and watch the performance.

Maximize Your Productivity With Google AdWords Editor

Google AdWords Editor

If you are managing many campaigns with hundreds or thousands of keywords, then Google AdWords Editor is for you.

AdWords Editor is great for many things. It’s main function is to allow you to add/edit multiple campaigns/ad groups/ads/keywords in one shot. It is especially useful for creating new campaigns because your work will not be live until you are done and upload it.

In addition Google AdWords Editor is great for creating backups of specific campaigns or even your whole account. This is useful for times that you need to restructure your campaign but would like to have the ability to go back and reverse your changes at a later date. It can also be used to download campaigns for upload into Yahoo! Search Marketing or Microsoft adCenter.

Plug in to the power of AdWords Editor

AdWords Editor is a free Google application for managing your ad campaigns. Use it to download your account, update your campaigns with powerful editing tools, then upload your changes to AdWords.

  • Work offline, then upload your changes any time.
  • Make bulk changes (such as updating bids or adding keywords) in just a few steps.
  • Copy or move items between ad groups and campaigns.
  • Navigate through your account quickly and easily.
  • Circulate proposed changes and get feedback from other users.

Download Google AdWords Editor

How To Use Comparison Shopping Engines To Build Positive Brand Reputation

Five Star Rating


Most customers that are satisfied with their purchase from your ecommerce store will not go out of their way to review their shopping experience. It’s usually the customer who’s order got messed up who will go and leave you a review on PriceGrabber, ResellerRatings and the like.


It’s only normal, but what should you do? You need to push your customers aggressively to rate their experience. You can do this by displaying a banner on the order thank you page urging them to leave a review. Most comparison shopping engines provide the code for this.


If you deal with many shopping engines and don’t want to many banners popping up, you can utilize a script like this to randomly rotate a few of the scripts:

[code lang=”js”]
<script type="text/javascript">
var r_text = new Array ();
r_text[0] = "PriceGrabberCode";
r_text[1] = "Shopzilla Code";
r_text[2] = " Code";
r_text[3] = "Smarter Code";
r_text[4] = "NexTag Code";
r_text[5] = "Yahoo Shopping Code";
r_text[6] = "Or Any Other Site Code";
var i = Math.floor(7*Math.random())

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Aside from a pop-up banner after checkout, it is also a good idea to email all customers once you think they have received their order (3-5 business days from when you ship, or enough time that they will have received the shipment). You can offer them a coupon code or promo for the review, this will help you get more reviews. Just keep in mind that when you offer something in return you cannot offer a promotion for a ‘positive’ review. You can only ask them to rate their experience.

Bottom Line

Your customers love you, but not enough to go through the trouble of finding and reviewing you. Help them, help you.

Track Goals In Google AdWords With Google Analytics Tracking Pixel

As you probably know, you can link your Google Analytics account to your Google AdWords account. Doing this allows you to better track your campaign performance in Analytics with a whole slew of options that are not available in AdWords.

What I did not know, until now, was that you can link your Google Analytics Goals to Google AdWords. What this means is that you don’t need to have two tracking pixels on your order confirmation page. Just install the Google Analytics tracking pixel and it will feed Google AdWords the ecommerce and conversion data from Analytics.

Link Google Analytics & Google AdWords Goal Conversions

Link Google Analytics & Google AdWords Goal Conversions

Did you know you can do this?

Using Google AdWords Cost Per Acquisition Campaigns

Save Money

There are a few requirements to be eligible to use the Google AdWords Cost Per Acquisition model. First, you need to have the AdWords conversion tracking pixel installed on your site and you’ll need 15 conversions tracked through the conversion tracking over the previous 30 days. If you are serious about marketing your site and products, this should be very easy for you to accomplish.

Once you fulfil all the requirements, you can edit your campaign by changing the settings under Bidding and budget > Bidding option from Manual bidding for clicks to Automatic bidding to try to maximize clicks for your target budget.

You will be asked to set a value to the conversions, in other words, how much you’re will to pay per sale. When you enable the Conversion Optimizer for a campaign, you set a maximum CPA bid for each ad group.

Ready, set, go. You’re pretty much done, make sure to check back on it.

Maximize Trust Level By Displaying Affiliated Third Party Logos

Trust Me: Google, Shopzilla, NexTag, PriceGrabber, BillMeLater

Help your customers trust you by displaying logos and badges of third part services that you work with.
If your site is relatively new, chances are people are not familiar with your brand and have no reason to trust you. If you deal with or are certified by brands that people know and trust, display their logo prominently on your site.

Most shopping engines offer their logo for use on retail sites. Anyone who uses these sites regularly will feel slightly more comfortable with placing an order on your site when they see it. If you accept PayPal, Google Checkout, BillMeLater or accept payments through any other trusted channel, display that logo too.

Consumers need to feel like they can trust you. Tell them why they can trust you.

Affiliate Marketing & Use Of Brand Name Keywords

Arbitrage Ad Google AdWords

Some affiliate publishers only advertise your brand name to drive traffic to their/your site. This is generally traffic that you would get anyway, because if someone if searching for you, they’ll find you. In most cases, it’s best to create clear guidelines for the affiliates to follow that will excluded this.

Think of it in terms of what this affiliate brings to the table, what are they bringing you that you couldn’t get yourself? If they are just doing click arbitrage where they buy the click for x and sell it for and keep all the money in between, then it’s not worth it. If it is an established website with tons of their own traffic and they promote you on their own site, then they bring something that you can’t create on your own.

Bottom Line

Clearly analyze the bottom line of your affiliate network guidelines and clearly communicate and enforce them.

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Grow Your Email Newletter By Offering A Promo On Signup

Email Newsletter Samples

It’s hard to build your email list properly, but it’s the only way to go. Email Marketing results vary with the size of the list.

A good way to get people to sign up for your newsletter is to offer a discount right after signup. Place a banner ad on your site, above the fold, with a call to action to enter their email address and get $10 off their next purchase.

You will have people sign up just to get the coupon, but you would probably get more out it in the long term. I just used $10 off as an example, you can try anything else that you think may work better in your industry.

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Pay More & Go With A Better Hosting Provider

Hosting Provider Data Center

Your hosting provider is a crucial partner in the success of your business. Make sure to do your due diligence when deciding which host to use.

You will find a lot of fly by night companies offering the best prices possible. It will make you think “look how much I can save”. Think again. The amount you’ll save by using a cheap host instead of a reputable one such as RackSpace is negligible.

With a proper host, you will get a very high level of support. They would go above and beyond what is contractually required of them. When and if there is downtime, how your host handles it defines the quality of their commitment to you. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with some hosting companies. One host had an outage that lasted for 13 hours, during which you couldn’t get through to anyone at their company. Is that worth saving $100 a month? How much business was lost?

Bottom Line

Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for.

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