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How To Get Ready For A Google Shopping Ads Campaign

Ready, Set, Go.

Ah, if only preparing your E-commerce business for a Shopping Ads Campaign was ‘that’ simple.

But hey, it’s not that bad either.

And definitely not tidy-the-spare-room bad!

If you work through this guide, your ad campaign can be up and running in no time at all.

It’s specifically written for brands hiring a professional marketing agency to manage their Google PPC campaigns.

In this article, I’ll take you step-by-step through the process of getting your E-commerce business ready for a Shopping ads campaign.

Unfortunately, your agency can’t do all the setup work — you’ve got to do a little.

Useful: If you’re going to be running a Shopping campaign, I suggest you also read our Complete Guide to Google Shopping Ads and our Walk-through of the Google Auction.

Your Shopping Ads to do list

I’ve compiled a list of everything you need to do, in order to successfully prepare for a Shopping Ads campaign

Let’s start with something simple…

Step 1. Get A Google Account

If you don’t have a Google account, or you’d rather set up a new one for your business — this is the time to do that! You can create a new account Google Account here. You’ll use your chosen Google Account to sign up for other Google services…

Step 2. open a Google my business account

This will enable you to: collect customer ratings (improve click-through-rates), get free advertising vouchers, and other helpful stuff.

Set up your Google My Business Account here.

This video walks you through the steps of adding your business…

Aside: Don’t worry, you can hide your business address from the public.

Step 3. Set up a Google Ads Account

You can do this here.

Side note: You have to set up an Adwords Express account before you can access the full version of Adwords, annoying, but true!

Adwords Express will ask you to create a campaign and add your payment details.

You have to do it — it’s unavoidable!

So, set up your Adwords campaign, but don’t worry about the details, like the ad copy(you won’t be using it).

This should take you 5 minutes, tops!

As soon as you’ve made your campaign and your first advert — deactivate it.

Deactive your campaign in Adwords Express

That will stop any of your money being wasted.

Next, you must contact Google Ads customer support (contact detail are on the page) and ask them to switch your account to the full and professional version of Adwords.

Can’t find their details?

Click the three-bar-burger in the top left corner and you’ll see the contact details in the fold out menu .

Deactive your campaign in Adwords Express

After the Google team make the necessary changes, you’ll have access to the full version of Google Ads.

Next, it’s time to…

Step 4. Add The Agency To Your Google Ads Account

Want your campaign to be professionally managed?

You’re going to having to give the agency access to your Google Ads account. 

Log in to the full version of your Google Ads account here.

At the top of Google Ads, you’ll see a tools icon(with a spanner), click that.

Next locate the Account Access menu option, click that.

Tools spanner icon in Google Ads
Locate the tools icons and the Account Access button

On the following screen:

Hit the plus icon and enter the agencies provided email address — if you’re one of my agency clients, it will be my email address.

You’ll also need to set the Access level — the level of permissions you give your agency — learn about the various levels here.

For my agency, I request Administrative access.

Finally, hit the send invitation button.

Step 5. Add Conversion tracking to your site

Set up Google ads conversion tracking, so the advertising team can learn which ads are leading to valuable customer goals: like purchases, sign-ups, and time on site.

This knowledge, will help the agency team optimise your campaign — focusing energy, budget, and resources on winning ads.

Either yourself or the agency can generate the tracking code. Read Google’s guide here.

You will however need someone (you/website developer/agency) to add the code to your website.

Step 6. Setup a google analytics account

I also recommend that you setup a Google Analytics account.

Are you using it yet?

I bet you’re not!

Google Analytics is an essential tool for every online business. It will help you learn where things are going right and wrong in your marketing funnel — including paid advertising and other channels such as social media.

Go here and sign up to Google Analytics.

For Google Analytics to work, you must add another piece of tracking code to your website.

You’ll find instructions for installing these here.

Again, someone in your team will need to add this code to your site.

Step 7. Open a Google Merchant Center acccount

Google populates all Shopping Ads with product data from the Merchant Center. 

So, it’s essential that you setup an account for that too.

This process breaks down into a couple of steps:

  1. Create your Merchant account here
  2. Verify and claim your website
  3. Add your products feed to Google Merchant Center

There’s a couple of options for adding your Product data. Including: a spreadsheet or XML.

The spreadsheet options is normally easier for small retailers. They even provide a template for Google Sheets.

Would you prefer not to manage your shopping feed? Ask your agency for help.

Congratulations — You’re Shopping Ads Ready!

Kudos to you for making it this far.

The good news?

You’re now ready for a marketing agency to take over and start managing your Shopping Ad campaigns.

And as a special bonus, you’re not only ready to run Shopping Ads, you’re also ready for Display Ads and good-old-fashioned Adwords Ads.

Did I miss anything out? Need more details? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.


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