Ever had your Google Product Listing Ads not shown up in search or your campaigns suspended because your titles didn’t meet Google’s requirements?

There are many areas of your Google Shopping feed you can spend time optimizing. The best place to start is with your product titles. Not that other parts of the feed like description, category, and images aren’t important, but for improved CTR and compliance with Google Shopping’s matching algorithm, titles are where it’s at.
Learn how you can get your Product Titles optimized in Google Shopping

Google Shopping Product Title Optimization: Requirements

The first step to optimizing your Google Shopping titles is to become familiar with Google Shopping title requirements. Google evaluates your product title to determine whether or not your listing will be relevant to what users are searching for so it’s important for you to:

  • Be specific. Include the brand, gender, designer, color, and name of the product that is displayed on your website.
    Google will match the title from the website landing page to the product Ad title.
  • Ask yourself, how would someone search for a product like yours?
    The more information you can provide the easier it is for Google Shopping to match your products with their search results.

Google Merchant Center – Best Practices

As stated by Google, here are the requirements for title structure for all products:

Required: Your products name
Example: Men’s Pique Polo Shirt
Syntax: Max 150 Characters
Schema.org property: Product. name

More requirements

  • Accurately describe your product and match the title from your landing page
  • Don’t include promotional text like free shipping, all capital letters, or gimmicky foreign characters
  • For variants
    • Include a distinguishing feature like color or size
  • For mobile devices
    • Include “with contract” if sold with a contract
    • For the United States include “with payment plan” if sold in installments
  • For Russia
    • For books and other information products, including the age rating at the beginning of the title

Google Shopping Product Title Optimization: Structure

Always go from left to right in order of importance. The most relevant information should be on the left as Google weighs the first few terms more heavily as CPC Strategy concluded based on their research.
In this search result, brand, name, and color are the most important variables in the product listing results.

For products that aren’t filtered in Google Shopping by brand, you might want to focus on other important descriptors like gender, the product itself, color, and size. Even including the type of fabric can help narrow down a search or give you an edge against a competitor who included less information in the title of a competing product.

Simple is best when naming your products. Note that in the above example, the advertiser used practical names like “jackets” and “blazer” to include in the title of the product and “red” as the color name.
For instance, most searchers are not looking for colors like “crimson” when looking for a “red” blazer. Need more details? Check out Google Shopping Color Tips in your Title

Optimize Your Product Feeds for Better Google Shopping Listing

Fine-tuning and testing your titles can make a difference in your product listing visibility.

A simple way to get title keyword ideas is to click on AdWords Dimensions and choose “Search Terms” to pull up your campaign’s search query report. This report can provide useful keyword ideas to include in your title or it can tell you something simple such as adding an “s” to a product name like “Party dresses” instead of “Party dress”.

Google Shopping Product Title Optimization is not an exact science but when in doubt always refer to Google’s product data specifications.

Here are some other helpful resources for Google Shopping Ads Requirements:

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