Google’s attempt to keep up with the online shopping giant Amazon has led to a number of upgrades to its Shopping services over the past few weeks:

  • Showcase shopping ads
  • Local inventory (through Google Assistant)
  • Automated pricing/product availability
  • Store visits measurements

1. Showcase Shopping Ads

This brand new swipe-able advertising format offered by Google gives brands a whole lot more space to highlight products and to introduce users to their benefits.  It is expected for this ad format to be integrated with AdWords, Marin, DoubleClick Search and Kenshoo in the near future.

2. Local Inventory

Google has synced its digital assistant software up with local store inventories.  Users can ask Google Assistant where they can purchase a particular product, and Google will display the most relevant search and inventory results on Google Maps.

3. Automated Pricing & Product Availability

Prior to this recent upgrade, users would see a price for a product on a Google listing only to then discover a completely different price on a merchant’s website (or, in some unfortunate circumstances, users would even discover that the product is sold out!).

Automated pricing and product availability strives to solve this problem by ensuring that there is consistency between the Google ad and the brand’s website.  As an added bonus, this also means that advertisers will not longer need to include the mark-up to try to keep Google and their website in alignment.

4. Store Visits Measurements

Advertisers will now have three new reports available through AdWords to try and determine how their online advertising affects offline behaviors (and vice versa):

  • Demographic reporting
  • Time lag reporting
  • New/returning customer report

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