Since September 2017, comparison sites are visible in the Google Shopping results. These results are only visible on Google’s search results page (and not when users click in Google on the “Shopping” tab). Google has implemented this adjustment in connection with a fine (imposed by the European Union). Advertising through a CSS (for example via AdResults’ own CSS) has considerable financial benefits.
In June 2017 it was announced that the European Union would impose a high fine on Google (of 2.4 billion euros) if Google Shopping would not be changed. According to the EU, there is an improper abuse of power by Google because it makes Google’s own Google Shopping comparison site more prominent than other price comparisons. Meanwhile, Google has changed its Google Shopping service to prevent more fines from the EU: price comparison sites (such as Bigshopper.com) are now also visible at the Shopping results within Google Search (within the “Shopping” tab in Google these comparison sites are not visible). That looks like this:
There are 2 results visible from Google and one from a CSS (in this case the CSS Bigshopper). This change increases competition in Google Shopping.
It is possible to transfer an existing Google Merchant Center from Google to a CSS (Comparison Shopping Partner). In terms of look and feel nothing changes: it is possible to keep an existing merchant center (including all history). The only thing that changes is that under each product advertisement there is no longer “By Google” visible, but the name of the CSS. AdResults has developed its own price comparison tool for its customers, Bigshopper.nl (and also Bigshopper.com for other countries in Europe). If we connect a customer, there will be “By Bigshopper” under the product advertisements (see also the example in the image above).
Google CSS disadvantages
One of the disadvantages of transferring an existing merchant center, is that there will be no longer a contactperson from Google for the AdWords account. Any contacts that are there will lose the visibility of the account. If this is an issue, it is possible to set up Google Shopping campaigns in a new AdWords account (but this is disadvantageous in terms of history). Another disadvantage is that other CSS partners (possibly other comparison sites) are no longer visible in the Merchant Center. You can solve this by creating a new AdWords account. However, there are also many advantages to CSS.
Google CSS benefits
The biggest advantage is that there is a financial discount that can go up to 44%! First of all, Google calculates a margin of 20% according to various sources. It normally goes with the auction. This means that a bid via non-CSS (the standard situation in which Google Shopping is advertised) is 20% lower than that actually required: 80% of the bid goes into the auction, 20% goes directly to Google. If a merchant center is connected through a CSS, the full bid will go into the auction. This means higher bids / positions with constant CPCs or a cost reduction.
That is not the only advantage. If more than 500 euros is spent in Google Shopping*, Google offers a temporary incentive that can reach up to 30% of Shopping expenses*
This cashback looks like this (and is returned by Google as an ad credit):
Each merchant center account that spends between € 500 and € 2,500 on Shopping * in a period of 30 days gets 20% cash back.
Every merchant center account that spends € 2,500 – € 10,000 on Shopping * in a period of 30 days gets 25% cash back.
Each merchant center account that spends more than € 10,000 on Shopping * in a 30-day period will receive 30% cash back. **
* This concerns the expenses on Google’s search results page (not clicks from the Google Shopping tab or via Google Shopping partners).
** The maximum cashback has Google limited to € 32,000 per 30 days and the cashback may change at any time at Google’s sole discretion.
Google sees CSS Partners as competitors of Google. This has shown Google schematically in this way:
This means in practice that there is nothing different: the current AdWords account and the current Google Merchant center can remain, the only thing that Google adapts is a change in the background that the Merchant account runs through the CSS and not through Google itself. The change ensures that there is a link to the CSS under each product, instead of a link to the Google Shopping tab. The transfer and direct benefit of the financial benefits can therefore be done easily and quickly. Our experience is that the transfer does not have a negative impact on the Shopping campaigns and even after the transfer, it shows a better result (given the margin advantage).
As previously indicated, AdResults has a partnership with Google. Given the size of the partnership this is a Premium partnership. AdResults has Bigshopper as a comparison shopping partner (this is the comparison site). It is possible to use these benefits as a client of AdResults, but also as a non-client of AdResults or as an agency or reseller. AdResults charges a one-off fee for inclusion on Bigshopper and transferring the current Merchant account to CSS Bigshopper. In addition, there is a monthly fee for the admission to Bigshopper. There are no extra costs for traffic from Bigshopper to your site! AdResults also returns the full margin and the full kickback. You therefore benefit optimally from the (temporary kickback) benefits that Google offers.
AdResults is a premium CSS partner and has a lot of experience with correctly linking your account. Note that when switching, only the Google Shopping ads are automatically transferred to the Google search results page. However, you also want to remain visible on the Google Shopping tab, with Google Shopping partners and of course also continue to use (dynamic) remarketing. We ensure that you are transferred successfully (possibly without having to access your AdWords account). Another advantage is that we do not advertise for your products. Other price comparison sites, with a CPC or CPS model can do this (for example, buying traffic through your own AdWords account and reselling it to you at a higher CPC). AdResults therefore works with a transparent model in which you retain control yourself.