SilverDisc Blog

19th July 2013

What are Google Product Listing Ads?

As Lorna reported in December last year, the Google shopping experience in the UK is now driven entirely through paid results known as “Product Listing Ads”.  You are likely to spot Google’s Product Listing Ads when you search for products on or


Product Listing Ads appear in a separate box in the search results (highlighted below) and feature attention-grabbing product images as well as the product’s price and retailer’s name.

What are the Benefits of Product Listing Ads?


  • Increased Ad Space: As you will see from the “Bosch dishwasher” search results below, Google permits advertisers (Currys in this case) to appear in the Product Listing Ads in addition to the standard text ad results. This means that you ad “real estate” for a single search could potentially double with the implementation of Product Listing Ads.


  •  More traffic: Product Listing Ads are often highly relevant to the user’s search query, which combined with the eye-catching nature of image-based ads means advertisers tend to report higher click-through-rates for this ad format.


  • Attract relevant searchers: The design of the Product Listing Ads, which feature the product’s price as well as the retailer’s name, are very sales driven and are arguably less likely to attract searchers in the “research” phase of the sales cycle. Conversely, users ready to commit to purchase will be attracted to the Product Listing Ads, which are reminiscent of the way products are often displayed on ecommerce websites. This means that advertisers are likely to attract more qualified potential customers to their website.


  • Lower CPC s and higher conversion rates: Our personal experience in using Product Listing Ads, as well as those reported by other advertisers, is that cost-per-clicks (CPCs) on Product Listing Ads are lower and conversion rates are higher than those on Google’s standard text ads.


How do I set up Product Listing Ads?


Setting up Product Listing Ads requires a Google Merchant Centre account and Merchant feed which adheres to Google’s specifications and requirements. Unlike the standard text ads displayed on Google’s search network, Product Listing Ads don't use keywords; advertisers use attributes in their Merchant feed to tell Google which products they would like to target. Like the standard text ads that display on the Google search network, Product Listing Ads operate on an auction-based cost-per-click basis.


If you are a competitively priced e-commerce retailer then there is no reason to ignore Product Listing Ads as part of your online marketing mix. Get in touch if you would like to know how we can help you set up a Product Listing Ads campaign.

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