Sales country targeting has changed in Google Ads. See Country targeting in Shopping Ads campaigns is changing in August 2022 for more information.

Creating a Shopping Campaign

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The first step in implementing Shopping ads is to create a Shopping campaign. Shopping campaigns enable users to see ads that show an image of the product including title, price, store name and more. When creating a Shopping campaign, you need to set its budget, bidding strategy, and the shopping settings.

Before you can create a Shopping campaign, you need to link your Google Ads account to your Google Merchant Center account. Once you've linked accounts, you can use the Google Merchant Center account ID when specifying the shopping settings.

Standard Shopping campaigns

This is the campaign required to create Product Shopping ads. Product Shopping ads let you include an image, title, price, and your store or business name inside your ads, without the need for you to create unique ads for each product you sell.

Here are the steps for setting up a standard Shopping campaign:

  1. Set the campaign's advertising_channel_type to SHOPPING.
  2. Create a ShoppingSetting, set the fields, then add it to the campaign.
  3. Create a portfolio bid strategy or set a campaign-level bid strategy.
  4. Create a new campaign budget or set an existing shared budget.

For standard Shopping campaigns, ShoppingSetting supports the following fields:

Required

merchant_id
The Merchant Center ID of the account that contains the products to advertise.
feed_label

A string used for feed label as defined in your Merchant Center. If used instead of the legacy sales_country, the feed_label field accepts country codes in the same format.

sales_country is the target sales country of the products to include in this campaign as a two-letter country code (XX). This field can never be modified, but can be cleared if you set the feed_label in the same operation.

Only one of feed_label or sales_country can be set.

Note that submitting a country code in a feed_label doesn't automatically enable ads to serve in that country; you must first set up geographic location targeting.

campaign_priority

The priority of the Shopping campaign. Campaigns with numerically higher priorities take precedence over those with lower priorities. Allowed values are between 0 and 2, inclusive.

Optional

enable_local
The option to enable ads for products sold in local stores for this campaign.

A bid strategy can be set up as a:

Portfolio bid strategy
An automated bid strategy that can be shared across campaigns, ad groups, and keywords. Created using the BiddingStrategyService.
Campaign bid strategy
A bid strategy set directly on the campaign. This can include automated bidding strategies compatible with Shopping campaigns.

For standard Shopping campaigns, the following bid strategies are supported:

Portfolio bid strategy

Campaign bid strategy

Network settings

Starting the week of Feb. 28, 2022, standard Shopping campaigns no longer support the network_settings.target_content_network field.

For v10 and later, setting this field to true on a standard Shopping campaign in a mutate request generates a CANNOT_TARGET_CONTENT_NETWORK error.

For more details, see Changes in Network Settings for the Google Ads Standard Shopping Campaigns.

This code example demonstrates how to create a standard Shopping campaign.

Java

private String addStandardShoppingCampaign(
    GoogleAdsClient googleAdsClient,
    long customerId,
    String budgetResourceName,
    long merchantCenterAccountId) {

  // Configures the shopping settings.
  ShoppingSetting shoppingSetting =
      ShoppingSetting.newBuilder()
          // Sets the sales country of products to include in the campaign.
          .setSalesCountry("US")
          // Sets the priority of the campaign. Higher numbers take priority over lower numbers.
          // For Shopping product ad campaigns, allowed values are between 0 and 2, inclusive.
          .setCampaignPriority(0)
          .setMerchantId(merchantCenterAccountId)
          // Enables local inventory ads for this campaign.
          .setEnableLocal(true)
          .build();

  // Create the standard shopping campaign.
  Campaign campaign =
      Campaign.newBuilder()
          .setName("Interplanetary Cruise #" + getPrintableDateTime())
          // Configures settings related to shopping campaigns including advertising channel type
          // and shopping setting.
          .setAdvertisingChannelType(AdvertisingChannelType.SHOPPING)
          .setShoppingSetting(shoppingSetting)
          // Recommendation: Sets the campaign to PAUSED when creating it to prevent
          // the ads from immediately serving. Set to ENABLED once you've added
          // targeting and the ads are ready to serve.
          .setStatus(CampaignStatus.PAUSED)
          // Sets the bidding strategy to Manual CPC (with eCPC enabled)
          // Recommendation: Use one of the automated bidding strategies for Shopping campaigns
          // to help you optimize your advertising spend. More information can be found here:
          // https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/6309029.
          .setManualCpc(ManualCpc.newBuilder().setEnhancedCpcEnabled(true).build())
          // Sets the budget.
          .setCampaignBudget(budgetResourceName)
          .build();

  // Creates a campaign operation.
  CampaignOperation operation = CampaignOperation.newBuilder().setCreate(campaign).build();

  // Issues a mutate request to add the campaign.
  try (CampaignServiceClient campaignServiceClient =
      googleAdsClient.getLatestVersion().createCampaignServiceClient()) {
    MutateCampaignsResponse response =
        campaignServiceClient.mutateCampaigns(
            Long.toString(customerId), Collections.singletonList(operation));
    MutateCampaignResult result = response.getResults(0);
    System.out.printf(
        "Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name: '%s'%n",
        result.getResourceName());
    return result.getResourceName();
  }
}
      

C#

private string AddStandardShoppingCampaign(GoogleAdsClient client, long customerId,
    string budgetResourceName, long merchantCenterAccountId)
{
    // Get the CampaignService.
    CampaignServiceClient campaignService =
        client.GetService(Services.V12.CampaignService);

    // Configures the shopping settings.
    ShoppingSetting shoppingSetting = new ShoppingSetting()
    {
        // Sets the sales country of products to include in the campaign.
        SalesCountry = "US",

        // Sets the priority of the campaign. Higher numbers take priority over lower
        // numbers. For Shopping Product Ad campaigns, allowed values are between 0 and 2,
        // inclusive.
        CampaignPriority = 0,

        MerchantId = merchantCenterAccountId,

        // Enables local inventory ads for this campaign.
        EnableLocal = true
    };

    // Create the standard shopping campaign.
    Campaign campaign = new Campaign()
    {
        Name = "Interplanetary Cruise #" + ExampleUtilities.GetRandomString(),

        // Configures settings related to shopping campaigns including advertising channel
        // type and shopping setting.
        AdvertisingChannelType = AdvertisingChannelType.Shopping,

        ShoppingSetting = shoppingSetting,

        // Recommendation: Set the campaign to PAUSED when creating it to prevent
        // the ads from immediately serving. Set to ENABLED once you've added
        // targeting and the ads are ready to serve
        Status = CampaignStatus.Paused,

        // Sets the bidding strategy to Manual CPC (with eCPC enabled)
        // Recommendation: Use one of the automated bidding strategies for Shopping
        // campaigns to help you optimize your advertising spend. More information can be
        // found here: https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/6309029
        ManualCpc = new ManualCpc()
        {
            EnhancedCpcEnabled = true
        },

        // Sets the budget.
        CampaignBudget = budgetResourceName
    };

    // Creates a campaign operation.
    CampaignOperation operation = new CampaignOperation()
    {
        Create = campaign
    };

    // Issues a mutate request to add the campaign.
    MutateCampaignsResponse response =
        campaignService.MutateCampaigns(customerId.ToString(),
            new CampaignOperation[] { operation });
    MutateCampaignResult result = response.Results[0];
    Console.WriteLine("Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name: '{0}'.",
        result.ResourceName);
    return result.ResourceName;
}
      

PHP

private static function addStandardShoppingCampaign(
    GoogleAdsClient $googleAdsClient,
    int $customerId,
    string $budgetResourceName,
    int $merchantCenterAccountId
) {
    // Creates a standard shopping campaign.
    $campaign = new Campaign([
        'name' => 'Interplanetary Cruise Campaign #' . Helper::getPrintableDatetime(),
        // Configures settings related to shopping campaigns including advertising channel type
        // and shopping setting.
        'advertising_channel_type' => AdvertisingChannelType::SHOPPING,
        // Configures the shopping settings.
        'shopping_setting' => new ShoppingSetting([
            // Sets the sales country of products to include in the campaign.
            'sales_country' => 'US',
            // Sets the priority of the campaign. Higher numbers take priority over lower
            // numbers. For Shopping product ad campaigns, allowed values are between 0 and 2,
            // inclusive.
            'campaign_priority' => 0,
            'merchant_id' => $merchantCenterAccountId,
            // Enables local inventory ads for this campaign
            'enable_local' => true
        ]),
        // Recommendation: Set the campaign to PAUSED when creating it to prevent
        // the ads from immediately serving. Set to ENABLED once you've added
        // targeting and the ads are ready to serve.
        'status' => CampaignStatus::PAUSED,
        // Sets the bidding strategy to Manual CPC (with eCPC enabled)
        // Recommendation: Use one of the automated bidding strategies for Shopping campaigns
        // to help you optimize your advertising spend. More information can be found here:
        // https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/6309029.
        'manual_cpc' => new ManualCpc(['enhanced_cpc_enabled' => true]),
        // Sets the budget.
        'campaign_budget' => $budgetResourceName
    ]);

    // Creates a campaign operation.
    $campaignOperation = new CampaignOperation();
    $campaignOperation->setCreate($campaign);

    // Issues a mutate request to add campaigns.
    $campaignServiceClient = $googleAdsClient->getCampaignServiceClient();
    $response = $campaignServiceClient->mutateCampaigns($customerId, [$campaignOperation]);

    /** @var Campaign $addedCampaign */
    $addedCampaign = $response->getResults()[0];
    printf(
        "Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name '%s'.%s",
        $addedCampaign->getResourceName(),
        PHP_EOL
    );

    return $addedCampaign->getResourceName();
}
      

Python

def add_standard_shopping_campaign(
    client, customer_id, budget_resource_name, merchant_center_account_id
):
    """Creates a new standard shopping campaign in the specified client account."""
    campaign_service = client.get_service("CampaignService")

    # Create standard shopping campaign.
    campaign_operation = client.get_type("CampaignOperation")
    campaign = campaign_operation.create
    campaign.name = f"Interplanetary Cruise Campaign {uuid.uuid4()}"

    # Configures settings related to shopping campaigns including advertising
    # channel type and shopping setting.
    campaign.advertising_channel_type = (
        client.enums.AdvertisingChannelTypeEnum.SHOPPING
    )
    campaign.shopping_setting.merchant_id = merchant_center_account_id

    # Sets the sales country of products to include in the campaign.
    campaign.shopping_setting.sales_country = "US"

    # Sets the priority of the campaign. Higher numbers take priority over lower
    # numbers. For standard shopping campaigns, allowed values are between 0 and
    # 2, inclusive.
    campaign.shopping_setting.campaign_priority = 0

    # Enables local inventory ads for this campaign.
    campaign.shopping_setting.enable_local = True

    # Recommendation: Set the campaign to PAUSED when creating it to prevent the
    # ads from immediately serving. Set to ENABLED once you've added targeting
    # and the ads are ready to serve.
    campaign.status = client.enums.CampaignStatusEnum.PAUSED

    # Sets the bidding strategy to Manual CPC (with eCPC enabled)
    # Recommendation: Use one of the automated bidding strategies for Shopping
    # campaigns to help you optimize your advertising spend. More information
    # can be found here: https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/6309029
    campaign.manual_cpc.enhanced_cpc_enabled = True

    # Sets the budget.
    campaign.campaign_budget = budget_resource_name

    # Add the campaign.
    campaign_response = campaign_service.mutate_campaigns(
        customer_id=customer_id, operations=[campaign_operation]
    )

    campaign_resource_name = campaign_response.results[0].resource_name

    print(
        "Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name "
        f"'{campaign_resource_name}'."
    )

    return campaign_resource_name
      

Ruby

def add_standard_shopping_campaign(
    client, customer_id, budget_name, merchant_center_id)

  operation = client.operation.create_resource.campaign do |campaign|
    campaign.name = "Interplanetary Cruise Campaign ##{(Time.new.to_f * 1000).to_i}"

    # Shopping campaign specific settings
    campaign.advertising_channel_type = :SHOPPING

    campaign.shopping_setting = client.resource.shopping_setting do |shopping_setting|
      shopping_setting.merchant_id = merchant_center_id
      shopping_setting.sales_country = "US"
      shopping_setting.campaign_priority = 0
      shopping_setting.enable_local = true
    end

    campaign.status = :PAUSED

    campaign.manual_cpc = client.resource.manual_cpc do |manual_cpc|
      manual_cpc.enhanced_cpc_enabled = true
    end

    campaign.campaign_budget = budget_name
  end

  service = client.service.campaign
  response = service.mutate_campaigns(
    customer_id: customer_id,
    operations: [operation],
  )

  campaign_name = response.results.first.resource_name

  puts "Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name #{campaign_name}."

  campaign_name
end
      

Perl

sub add_standard_shopping_campaign {
  my ($api_client, $customer_id, $budget_resource_name,
    $merchant_center_account_id)
    = @_;

  # Create a standard shopping campaign.
  my $campaign = Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V12::Resources::Campaign->new({
      name => "Interplanetary Cruise Campaign #" . uniqid(),
      # Configure settings related to shopping campaigns including advertising
      # channel type and shopping setting.
      advertisingChannelType => SHOPPING,
      shoppingSetting        =>
        Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V12::Resources::ShoppingSetting->new({
          merchantId => $merchant_center_account_id,
          # Set the sales country of products to include in the campaign.
          salesCountry => "US",
          # Set the priority of the campaign. Higher numbers take priority over
          # lower numbers. For standard shopping campaigns, allowed values are
          # between 0 and 2, inclusive.
          campaignPriority => 0,
          # Enable local inventory ads for this campaign.
          enableLocal => "true"
        }
        ),
      # Recommendation: Set the campaign to PAUSED when creating it to prevent
      # the ads from immediately serving. Set to ENABLED once you've added
      # targeting and the ads are ready to serve.
      status => Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V12::Enums::CampaignStatusEnum::PAUSED,
      # Set the bidding strategy to Manual CPC (with eCPC enabled).
      # Recommendation: Use one of the automated bidding strategies for shopping
      # campaigns to help you optimize your advertising spend. More information
      # can be found here: https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/6309029.
      manualCpc => Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V12::Common::ManualCpc->new(
        {enhancedCpcEnabled => "true"}
      ),
      # Set the budget.
      campaignBudget => $budget_resource_name
    });

  # Create a campaign operation.
  my $campaign_operation =
    Google::Ads::GoogleAds::V12::Services::CampaignService::CampaignOperation->
    new({create => $campaign});

  # Add the campaign.
  my $campaign_resource_name = $api_client->CampaignService()->mutate({
      customerId => $customer_id,
      operations => [$campaign_operation]})->{results}[0]{resourceName};

  printf "Added a standard shopping campaign with resource name: '%s'.\n",
    $campaign_resource_name;

  return $campaign_resource_name;
}
      

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