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About the Competitive Visibility report

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The Competitive Visibility report helps you to understand your competitive landscape on a product category level and take action to improve your visibility – based on displayed impressions from your Shopping ads and free listings.

Watch this introductory video to learn more about your Competitive Visibility report and how it can help you to make data-driven decisions to improve your performance.

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The Competitive Visibility report will help you to compare your visibility across Shopping ads and free listings based on displayed impressions on product-category level performance, as well as allowing you to understand:

  • Your consumer reach for Shopping ads and free listings — specifically and combined
  • Who your competitors are
  • How you compare to top merchants
  • How you stack-rank against competitors and top merchants over time

Bear in mind

The report will only provide a visibility ranking if there is a sufficient number of products displayed for a selected product category and time range.

Descriptions of the metrics

Relative visibility

Relative visibility shows how often your competitors' offers are shown compared to your offers. In other words, this is the number of displayed impressions of a competitor retailer, divided by the number of your displayed impressions during a selected time range, for a selected product category and country.

Page overlap rate

Page overlap rate describes how frequently competing retailers' offers are shown together with your offers on the same page. In other words, this shows the number of times in which you and a competing merchant received an impression for at least one displayed offer, divided by the number of times in which you received an impression for at least one offer.

Higher position rate

Higher position rate shows how often a competitor's offer was placed in a higher position on the page than your offer. In other words, the number of times in which the competing merchant received an impression for at least one product in a higher position on the page than you, divided by the number of times in which you and a merchant appeared together on the same page.

Ads/free ratio

Ads/free ratio shows how often a merchant receives impressions from Shopping ads compared to free listings. In other words, the number of times that a merchant's offer receives an Ads impression, divided by the number of times that this merchant's offer receives a free impression, aggregated in a selected category and time frame.

How to improve your visibility

There are three ways in which you might improve your visibility in a selected product category:

  • Promote your visibility by setting up a dedicated Shopping ads campaign
  • Change your assortment using the best sellers report
  • Adjust product pricing using the price competitiveness report
Note: You need to have Market Insights enabled to view the best sellers and price competitiveness reports.

How to find the report

  1. Sign in to your Merchant Center account.
  2. From the page menu, click Performance, then Competitive visibility.
  3. There are two tabs that you may want to review:
    1. Tab 1 displays the competitive visibility of your pre-selected competitors.
    2. Tab 2 displays the aggregated competitive visibility of top performing merchants.

Both reports can be filtered by product category, listing type and time range.

  1. Click the filter icon above the table.
  2. Select one of the filters that appears to see a list of conditions for new filters.
  3. Enter the condition then click Apply. Both the table and the chart will update automatically based on your selection.
Note: If you're interested in comparing the performance of your campaigns with other advertisers participating in the same auctions, consider visiting the auction insights report.
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