Set up a Shopping campaign

Shopping campaigns help you promote your products by giving users detailed information about what you're selling before they even click on your ad. Using retail-centric reporting tools, you'll then be able to track the performance of your products over time. 

In this article, we'll take you through how to set up a Shopping campaign in AdWords. 

Before you begin

Before you set up your Shopping campaign, make sure that you meet the requirements to use Shopping campaigns. 


Guided tour: Create a Shopping campaign

Click the "Guide me" button below to go to your account and be guided through each step.

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Here are step-by-step instructions for creating a Shopping campaign:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account.
  2. Click on the Campaigns tab. Then click on + Campaign and select Shopping.
  3. On the “Select campaign settings” page, give your campaign a name. If you want to use the same campaign settings as another Shopping campaign, go to “or load settings from” and select the campaign from the “Existing campaigns” drop-down menu.
  4. Provide a merchant identifier by clicking on the Select account drop-down menu and choosing the Merchant ID. The ID should be the Google Merchant Center account associated with the products being advertised in this Shopping campaign.
  5. From the drop-down menu next to “Country of Sale”, select the country where the products in this campaign are sold. This setting defines which products from your Merchant Center inventory are advertised in this campaign. It filters products based on the target country associated with the products.
  6. If you want to use the optional “campaign priority” and “inventory filter” settings or advertise local products, click on Shopping settings (advanced).
  7. Use the optional “campaign priority” setting when you have multiple Shopping campaigns advertising the same product and you want to determine which campaign (and its associated bid) will be used when ads for these products show. By default, all Shopping campaigns are set to “Low” campaign priority. To change it, select “Medium” or “High”, depending on how you choose to prioritise this campaign over other Shopping campaigns with the same products. Find out more about the campaign priority setting.
  8. Use the optional “inventory filter” to limit the products that you want to advertise in your Shopping campaign, based on the Merchant Center product attributes that you select. By default, the inventory filter is set to “None - Use all products in country of sale (recommended)”. To change it, select Create custom filter.
    • In the two drop-down menus under “Matches all of the following”, select the attribute and corresponding value of the products that you want to include in your Shopping campaign.
    • To add an additional filter, click on + and make your selections as above. You are limited to seven attribute filters.
  9. By default, Shopping campaigns show products sold on an online website. If you want your Shopping campaign to include products sold in local shops, you should consider participating in Local Inventory Ads. Once you have submitted a verified Local Products feed to Google Merchant Center, you can promote products from your local shops in your Shopping campaign by checking "Enable local inventory ads" box. With the tick box selected, you'll be able to filter or subdivide your inventory by channel and channel exclusivity. Learn more about using Local Inventory Ads.
  10. Next to “Locations”, choose the geographical areas where you want the Product Listing Ads in this campaign to appear. You can choose to include or exclude specific locations.
  11. By default, Shopping campaigns show ads on the Google Search Network and on Google search partner websites. The Google Search Network includes and Search partners include third-party websites that display and link to products for sale. Including search partners can help you to reach more shoppers, increase your visibility and improve traffic to your products. You can untick the “Include search partners” tick box if you don’t want to include them in your campaign.
  12. Your “bid strategy” defaults to “I’ll manually set my bids for clicks” which means that you’ll set your own maximum cost-per-click bid (max. CPC). You’ll do this in the next step.

    If you use conversion tracking and want to improve your potential for sales, consider using enhanced cost per click (ECPC) bidding for your campaign or ad group. Once you have finished creating your campaign, you’ll need to create an ECPC flexible bid strategy (if you don’t have one already) and apply it to the campaign or ad group. Find out more about using ECPC bidding with your Shopping campaign.
  13. Enter your max. CPC bid next to “Default bid”. This bid will apply to the first ad group and product group that you create in your campaign. You can adjust your bids later from the "Product groups” tab.
  14. Next to “Budget”, choose whether you would like to use an “individual budget” for this campaign or apply a budget from a shared library. For an individual budget, enter the amount that you would like to spend per day for this campaign (bear in mind that the actual amount may vary). Find out more about shared budgets.
  15. Select any additional advanced options for your campaign, including delivery method, ad scheduling and dynamic tracking URL.
  16. Click on Save and continue.
  17. You'll arrive at the Create ad groups page. In the “Ad group creation” section you'll need to make some decisions about how to organise your campaign. How you organise your settings depends on your goals for your campaign. Remember that you can always change the organisation of your campaign later if you need to. Learn how to use ad groups in your Shopping campaign.
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