9 Expert Data Feed Optimization Tactics to Increase your Profits

The data feed is the foundation on which your campaigns on Google or other Shopping channels are built. Data feed management and campaign management should go hand in hand. The better the feed, the better the campaign performance.


We analyzed the data feed optimizations that our customers did over the past years. These are the 10 that they like best! 



10 Profitable Data Feed Optimization Tactics

1. Remove Unprofitable Products


Many products get a lot of clicks but never get sold. Removing these unprofitables from your campaign saves you a lot of money. Only spend your budget on Winners.


DataFeedWatch-Analytics enables you to identify all unprofitables and removing those products from your shopping feeds with a single click:

DataFeedWatch-Analytics with Cost Data and Remove Unprofitables Filter




2. Set Availability


When the Availability of each product is in your data feed, you will no longer waste your advertising budget on products that are not in stock:2019-04-05_1439

3. Add Product Type


Bidding on your own product types is way more effective than bidding on a channels's generic categories:


If you sell rings, you probably have 3 product types: silver, gold and diamond. But e.g. Google has only 1 category: Apparel & Accessories > Jewelry > Rings.


So if you bid by (Google’s) Category, you will have 1 bid for all rings. If you add product type to your data feed, you will be able to set separate bids for each ring type.





4. Use Custom Labels


If you want to bid on something other than category or brand, you need to create a Custom Label for e.g. price or margin or season or special offer.


It enables you to bid more on higher priced products or on the products that are on sale this week. Bidding on specific attributes can improve your RoI drastically.


5. Optimize your Product Titles


Include important attributes like brand, color and size and the most important keywords in your Title:






6. Add the Channel's Categories


Including the most specific sub-sub-sub-category from any channel's taxonomy will improve your conversion rate.


Volusion Google Categories with Suggestions

7. Promotions


Adding promotions to your product ads is one of the best ways to stand out and increase traffic and conversions.


Google Shopping Promotions Feed Map Fields in DataFeedWatch

8. Add the Item group id or parent id


If you are able to identify the parent products, you can


  •  send only parent products to certain channels (instead of all variants)
  • aggregate performance data for all variants and review the performance on parent level.


9. Add Mobile link


If your site has a Mobile version, it is important that you let the shopping channels know. Then they can link your product ads to the mobile version of your product pages.




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Written by Jacques van der Wilt

Founder & CEO at DataFeedWatch

Jacques is a shopping feeds industry leader, start-up mentor, and entrepreneur. He's the founder and CEO of DataFeedWatch (acquired by Cart.com in 2022): a leading global feed management and optimization company that helps online merchants optimize their product listings on more than 2000 shopping channels in over 60 countries. Before founding DataFeedWatch, Jacques held leadership positions in the US and Europe. He is also a seasoned guest speaker at industry events and a mentor at Startup Bootcamp.


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