About Smart Shopping campaigns

Simplify your campaign management, maximize your conversion value, and expand your reach with Smart Shopping campaigns. This campaign subtype combines Standard Shopping and display remarketing campaigns, and uses automated bidding and ad placement to promote your products and business across networks.

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Benefits

With Smart Shopping campaigns, Google’s machine learning uses your product feed to create and show a variety of ads across different networks, including the Google Search Network, Google Display Network, YouTube, and Gmail. Our systems test different combinations of the image and text assets you provide, then select and show the most relevant ads, automatically.

  • Effortless optimization: Smart Shopping campaigns combine your existing product feed and assets into ads across a variety of networks. Google’s powerful systems test them and show the ones that perform best.
  • Automatic bidding: Google automates ad placement and bidding for each ad in your Smart Shopping campaigns, bidding for maximum conversion value at your given budget.
  • Easy integration: Create and manage Smart Shopping Campaigns through an integrated third-party platform (for example, Shopify or WooCommerce) for seamless marketing and tracking.

Eligibility and requirements

Any customer with just a merchant center feed can create a Smart Shopping campaign.

You can create up to 100 enabled or paused Smart Shopping campaigns in your Google Ads account. For the best performance, Google recommends consolidating your Smart Shopping campaigns where possible.

In Europe, Smart Shopping campaigns can be used with any Comparison Shopping Service (CSS) you work with. The ads show on general search results pages and on any other surfaces the CSS has opted into.

Get the most out of your Smart Shopping campaigns

Use remarketing lists

It’s a best practice to use remarketing lists with your Smart Shopping campaigns, and to continually add new people to those lists. To ensure the best coverage for your ads, it’s important to have more than 100 active users or visitors within the last 30 days and a new user in the last 2 days.

Track conversions

Smart Shopping campaigns use conversion tracking of events such as online purchases (preferred source of conversion events), signups, purchases from phone calls, and store visits. They automatically maximize conversion value for the daily budget you set. Learn more about optimizing Smart Shopping campaigns

Tip:

  • You can create Smart Shopping campaigns without conversion tracking, but your campaigns may be limited in spend.
  • You can run existing Smart Shopping campaigns without meeting conversion tracking or remarketing requirements, but their ability to spend may be limited.

Explore new types of ads

Smart Shopping campaigns use Shopping ads, Local inventory ads, and Display ads (including dynamic remarketing and dynamic prospecting), which are eligible to appear on the Google Search Network, Display Network, YouTube, and Gmail. Learn more about ad types and format requirements

Analyze your performance

Conversion value and ROAS (return on ad spend) reporting help you to evaluate your campaign’s performance. You can also find predefined reports segmented by specific product attributes, such as category, product type, and custom label by clicking the reporting icon at the top of the page and selecting "Predefined reports (Dimensions)", then "Shopping". Click the report you’d like to review from the “Shopping” drop-down menu.

Typical reporting, like clicks, conversions, and impressions, are also available.

For Smart Shopping campaigns, reporting metrics can be different for the “Product Groups” tab when compared to the “Campaign”, “Ad Group”, or “Ads” tabs. This is because the “Product Groups” tab can only report on product-level data.

  • For example, when a Shopping ad shows many products in an individual ad slot, each product collects an impression. However, the campaign, ad group, and ad recognize that only a single ad was showing and counts it as one impression.
Note: While Smart Shopping campaigns appear on the Display Network, view-through conversion reporting isn't available for Shopping campaigns.

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