Increased the income of the online store Sibereon by 10 times
Sibereon – an online store with products of its own brand Nisus for camping, fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation. Market – the USA.
The client had good sales on Amazon and eBay before. During the next business development stage, they launched their own online store on the Shopify platform. For the first months, the store team was managing Google Ads on their own, but the sales volume was not satisfying. Then Sibereon contacted us.
Key task: increase online store sales and increase ROAS (Return on Ad Spend).
In 4 months, sales increased by 10 times, while the advertising investment return increased by 2.8 times.
1. Set up conversion tracking
One of the most damaging and common technical mistakes is incorrectly set up conversion tracking or its full ignorance.
In our case, the settings were made, but incorrectly – the conversions were duplicated. If, for example, 1 sale was made, then Google Ads counted it as 2 sales. Firstly, it led to inaccurate reports and the fake impression of good results. Most importantly, auto-strategy advertising campaigns were optimized on distorted data, which badly affected the real result as well.
So first of all, we set up the correct events- and user data-tracking by integrating the site, Google Ads and Google Analytics.
This allowed us to evaluate the effectiveness of each advertising campaign – whether the desired indicators and goals are being achieved. We also began to see the correct return on investment (ROAS) and cost per conversion (CPA) to find out if we were making a profitable investment.
But most importantly, by setting up the correct conversion tracking, we were able to launch ad campaigns using machine learning algorithms bringing the best results in online sales today.
2. Changed the feed transfer method
The next step is to check the feed – a file with full products’ data, which is sent to the advertising systems. The advertising effectiveness directly depends on the method of its creation, completeness of information and frequency of updates.
The client had the standard Shopify integration with the Merchant Center installed, which was good. But Shopify has many other feed creation and submission solutions with more advanced features.
We switched to the Feed For Google Shopping app. This is an inexpensive but functional solution. Here are some benefits we have received:
- We got the opportunity to integrate several systems at once: Merchant Center, Facebook ads, Microsoft ads (Bing)
- The feed is transmitted automatically via API, you do not need to manually update it every time
- Well suited for a wide range of products
- You can set product categories for transfer to Google
- You can edit product titles and descriptions right in the app (no more feed conversion rules). You can always roll back to the original value from Shopify by one click
3. Fixed bugs in the Merchant Center and made a number of improvements
At the time of launch, 12% of all products were rejected. We eliminated all comments and went through moderation.
We have connected the Free product listings, recently released from beta testing. As a result, this source began to bring up to 5% of campaign revenue.
We connected the beta-version of the “Buy on Google” sales system. We added an autonomous sales channel – the sale of goods is carried out on Google platforms without going to the website.
Configured additional attributes in ads: product rating, seller rating, special offers (promotional code for a discount), displaying discounted prices (old price / new price). This increased the credibility of the products and the attractiveness of the ads among competitors and increased the CTR.
4. Restarted advertising campaigns
Before the campaigns were relaunched, there were many attempts to get better results. We have tried such types of channels as Google Search, Google Display, DSA, Standard Shopping campaign, Smart Shopping campaign – all in different combinations and targeting settings.
At best all attempts led to expensive conversions, at worst – there were no conversions at all, just a waste of the budget.
Preparing for the new launch, we focused on the Google Smart Shopping campaign. This time we changed the strategy – we created all the conditions for transferring high-quality data in the required volume to advertising machine learning algorithms. We calculated the average cost per conversion (CPA) and set a daily budget that allowed us to get 10 conversions per day. If translated into a formula, then it looks like this:
Daily budget = 10 x CPA
We also set ROAS based on the actual average and business goals. After the launch, it was important to track the results and gradually make adjustments to the settings, or eliminate errors. For example, at some point the conversion tracking tag went off. Therefore, it is always important to keep your finger on the pulse.
As a result, this campaign began to bring the highest sales volume among all advertising campaigns – 60-70%.
In addition to the Google Smart Shopping campaign, we have set up other campaigns, including Facebook ads and Microsoft ads (Bing).
In total, advertising sources of traffic began to bring up to 80% of the campaign revenue.
Meet the team:
Aleksandr Akhmadyrshin, project manager
Xenia Volokitina, lead engineer
Elena Romanova, engineer
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