This article provides answers to common questions about creating, submitting, and updating your promotions feed.
Your promotions feed contains the details about the promotions you want to show on Google.
What fields of the promotions feed (feed attributes) are required?
- Promotion ID
- Products eligible for promotion
- Coupon code required
- Promotion title
- Promotion start date
- Online eligibility for promotion
Visit our promotions feed specification article for more details and guidelines.
Why am I getting a "server error" message when I'm uploading my promotions feed?
There are 2 main reasons for “server error” messages:
How do I create a promotion?
Create a promotion with the promotion builder in the Promotions dashboard of your Merchant Center or with a promotions feed. For more information, see how to create and submit promotions. Your promotions feed must follow the promotions feed specification, editorial requirements, and program policies.
Promotions that have not yet been approved can be edited in promotion builder or by uploading an updated promotions feed. Once a promotion has been approved, it is still possible to edit certain information using promotion builder. This article explains how to edit a promotion or change promotion status.
How do I add a budget and/or order limit to a promotion?
How does Google use the attributes in the feed?
Some attributes, like generic redemption code
[generic_redemption_code], are directly reflected in the display of your promotion. Other attributes work in the background to determine where your promotion should be displayed, like the promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates] and products eligible for promotion
[product_applicability] attributes. When you create and submit a feed, include the required attributes, plus any conditional attributes that apply to your promotions.
The optional coupon value type
[coupon_value_type] attribute signals the type of promotion you’re running, allowing Google to perform a more automated review process, which can expedite promotion approval.
See Promotions feed specification for the specific functions of each attribute.
Can I include multiple promotions for the same product in my products feed?
Yes, you may submit multiple promotions for each product in your products feed. Submit the values separated by commas in a tab-delimited file or as unique rows within your XML file. See examples in the table below:
|.txt||To add multiple promotion ID
|XML||To add multiple promotion ID
|API||To add multiple promotion ID
How many promotions are displayed at one time?
[promotion_id]attributes can be mapped to one item in the products feed.
[product_applicability]attribute. Promotions with the "Specific_products" value for the products available for promotion
[product_applicability]attribute are prioritized before promotions with the "All_products" value for the products available for promotion
Can I reuse a promotion ID?
[promotion_id]. If the promotion is already approved for policy or is stopped, you can’t reuse the promotion ID.
When do I need to add a promotion ID to the products feed?
- Display dates for promotion
[promotion_display_dates]: when the promotion is available to the public
- Promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates]: when the promotion can be tested on your website
Use both attributes to allow your promotion to go through validation review in advance of its public display date.
Note: This is only possible when uploading your promotion using a promotions feed. The promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates] attribute is not available when using Promotion Builder.
To use this method, specify a start time for the promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates] attribute that’s earlier than the display dates for promotion
[promotion_display_dates] attribute. Google will start the test process on the date you specify in your promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates]. The end date of promotion start date
[promotion_effective_dates] should match the end date of the display dates for promotion
[promotion_display_dates]. If your promotion is approved, it will go live when the display dates for promotion
[promotion_display_dates] start time begins.
Make sure your promotion can be tested and works on your website as described.