Amazon Product Ads and SFTP Requirements

Recently Amazon Product Ads changed it’s feed submission process to require feeds be submitted via SFTP.

FeedPerfect has been modified to support the change by Amazon and can now submit to Amazon using the SFTP file type.

To update your Amazon Product Ad feeds:

  1. Log into Feed perfect and go to Settings page.
  2. Click the edit button for the Amazon Product Ads feed.
  3. Go to delivery tab and enter proper credentials, select proper SFtp as your file Type.
  4. You will need to insert a new username and password from Amazon.
  5. To verify that the connection is working, click the “Check FTP Info” button.
  6. Click save to save settings.

Google FTP Update – 9/16 No Action Required

Google recently posted an update that on September 16th, IP addresses will be changing for their FTP server. FeedPerfect is not reliant on individual IP addresses to post to Google. The changes will not require any action on your part and there are no service interruptions anticipated.

As always, we appreciate your business.

Scheduled Maintenance for Saturday, June 23rd

On Saturday, June 23rd, Solid Cactus will be performing server maintenance which will affect your Feed Perfect account. Maintenance is scheduled between 2AM and 5AM EST.

During this time, you will not be able to access your FeedPerfect account.

Please plan ahead to make any feed changes relevant for the weekend by Friday. Scheduled publishing will proceed Friday night and resume on Sunday night.

These upgrades are routine, and are necessary to ensure the highest standard of performance for your account.

We appreciate your business and support.

The FeedPerfect Team

PriceGrabber Updates Effective June 15th

If you are using PriceGrabber, please be advised of the following changes. On June 15th, PriceGrabber will be applying a cost per click increase on select categories.

PriceGrabber users should log into their PriceGrabber accounts to view the changes. The increases will only effect fixed CPC Rate Cards, but you must update your active bids to the new pricing. The active bids will not be adjusted by PriceGrabber automatically. If the new rate exceeds your current bid, your products will appear lower in the rankings if at all.

If you are currently advertising on PriceGrabber, be sure to log into your account and view the changes before June 15th!

Below is the notification from PriceGrabber to merchants in case you may have missed it.

The Feed Perfect Team

At PriceGrabber, we strive to create the most trusted, innovative, and effective comparison shopping service. An important aspect of our pricing is a model based on superior client performance and satisfaction. In order to continue to offer the best performance in qualified leads, effective June 15th, 2012, PriceGrabber will apply a cost per click increase adjustment across select categories.

***IMPORTANT*** Only your fixed CPC Rate Card rates will be increased. If you are participating in our bidding program, please note that your active bid amounts will not be automatically adjusted. If you do not take action and adjust your bids to account for these increases, you will lose visibility and traffic in these given categories. The CPC rates of competing product offers will increase. If you do not increase your bids accordingly, your product offers will appear lower in search results or may not appear at all.

You will be able to view these changes in your merchant login on Tuesday, June 5th. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to continued success together! Please do not hesitate to contact your PriceGrabber representative.

Scheduled Maintenance for Saturday, April 21st

On Saturday, April 21st Solid Cactus will be performing server maintenance which will affect your Feed Perfect account. Maintenance is scheduled between 2AM and 5AM EST.

During this time, you will not be able to access your FeedPerfect account.

Please plan ahead to make any feed changes relevant for the weekend by Friday. Scheduled publishing will proceed Friday night and resume on Sunday night.

These upgrades are routine, and are necessary to ensure the highest standard of performance for your account.

We appreciate your business and support.

The FeedPerfect Team

Google Categories (GPC) Required – Important Update

Officially, Google Product Search has not made the new GPC required on all categories. The Feed Perfect Team has seen numerous warnings and errors this week in Google Product Search despite the “optional” condition.

At this time, the Feed Perfect Team has made the GPC required on all categories. This has been done to prevent further warnings and errors within your Google Product Search account. While we realize that your feed may temporarily fail to submit, it has become necessary to fail products from Google feeds missing the GPC at this time.

In addition, the Google categories have been updated.

Products that do not have a GPC will now fail validation in FeedPerfect in order to offset any potential Data Quality issues for our merchants.

There are multiple ways to assign a Google Product Category to your products within FeedPerfect.

The first way would be to set a default Google product category for all of your products. You can do this via the category tree located within the channel settings for “Google shopping – us”. Simply click edit on the feed and select a Google product category for ALL of your products. Don’t forget to save your changes!

If you sell a variety of different products and one default Google Product Category is not sufficient, you can assign separate Google Product Categories using the tools located within the Product catalog tab.

Once you click on the product catalog tab you will see categorization / cpc on the left nav. Underneath this header you are presented with two options for categorizing your products. You can select to either map your store categories to Google product categories or map your individual products to Google product categories.

Once you have successfully added a Google product category to all of you products we recommend validating the feed from the Channel Settings. As always, you can manually publish or wait for your next scheduled publish to push the changes to Google.

The FeedPerfect Team

New Google Product Variant Mapping

Google Product Variant Support

FeedPerfect has been updated with some easy to use mapping tools to facilitate the automated creation and submission of Product Variants from the options within your Yahoo, Solid Cactus eCommerce, or 1SC store!

Google Product Search supports Variants when a product is sold on your store with options on the product page. Google strongly encourages submitting Variants whenever possible and requires that you submit Variants when submitting to Apparel & Accessories.

The new Product Variant Mapping tools will greatly simplify the efforts needed to submit Variants to most Google Product Categories.

Google Unique Image Requirements Per Variation

Currently, Apparel & Accessories has stricter requirements than other Google Product Categories when submitting Product Variants. For Apparel merchants, Google requires unique images for each valid Product Variation when submitting Product Variants. Google encourages unique images for Product Variants in other Google Product Categories, but they are still recommended.

The new Product Variant Mapping section of FeedPerfect will automatically generate unique images URLs for Apparel & Accessories based on settings that you provide. If you do have unique images for products in non-Apparel categories FeedPerfect will allow you the option to use them, or bypass and submit the main product image for each variation.

For details on how to begin taking advantage of this powerful new tool visit help.feedperfect.com.

Product Variant Mapping is available on FeedPerfect Lite, Professional and Enterprise packages.

*To upgrade your Starter account and get access to this great new tool, as well as 2 more feeds follow the instructions here.

New Apparel & Accessories Validation for Google

The FeedPerfect Team has made several changes to ensure better pre-validation before your feeds are submitted to Google Product Search in the US.

The Team has added category required fields to the following Categories.

These changes will prevent products with missing information from being submitted to Google if they are mapped to these categories. This has been done to provide better Data Quality before your feed reaches Google. If your products are not mapped to these categories, the respective fields are still optional. If your products are missing these field values when submitting to Apparel, you should set default values as soon as possible.

Google Product Search US would likely reject your feed without these values. The new validation will simply mirror Google’s more strict Apparel requirements.

Should you be missing the value for the field, FeedPerfect will display the product within your Channel Validation Results with the message “Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“size”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″.

Google Product Category

Required for the following Categories:

Apparel & Accessories and all sub-categories

brand

Required for Apparel & Accessories and all sub-categories

If you have products mapped to Apparel & Accessories (or any other child category of Apparel & Accessories) and the product does not have a value for brand the product will fail to submit and return the error “Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“brand”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″

gender

Required for Apparel & Accessories and all sub-categories

If you have products mapped to Apparel & Accessories (or any other child category of Apparel & Accessories) and the product does not have a value for gender the product will fail to submit and return the error “”Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“gender”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″

age group

Required for Apparel & Accessories and all sub-categories

If you have products mapped to Apparel & Accessories (or any other child category of Apparel & Accessories) and the product does not have a value for age group the product will fail to submit and return the error “Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“age group”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″

color

Required for Apparel & Accessories and all sub-categories

If you have products mapped to Apparel & Accessories  (or any other child category of Apparel & Accessories) and the product does not have a value for color the product will fail to submit and return the error “Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“color”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″

size

Required for Apparel & Accessories > Clothing and all sub-categories

Required for Apparel & Accessories > Shoes and all sub-categories

If you have products mapped to Apparel & Accessories > Clothing and the product does not have a value for size or a default value for size in your feed mappings the product will fail to submit and return the error “Field is empty the value of the Feed Column (“size”) should not be empty. Product ID is 2″

If size is empty on products mapped to Apparel & Accessories > Handbags, the product will still submit as size is not required on that category.

Important Updates to FeedPerfect

On February 20th, the FeedPerfect Team will release powerful new functionality to better support recent changes to Google Product Search.

As you know, Google introduced a new Google Product Category (aka GPC) late last year. There were several major changes at the Google end which have provided FeedPerfect with opportunities for improving our service.

Download Feed Files

In order to facilitate better testing, FeedPerfect will now allow you to download your actual Feed file after a successful validation.

Category Required Attributes

Depending on how you categorize your product catalog, some attributes may or may not be required. For example, if submitting products to the Apparel & Accessories GPC and it’s sub-categories, gender, age group, size and color are required in the US. At this time Apparel & Accessories is the only category which requires the fields to be populated. In anticipation of more category level requirements, FeedPerfect has been updated to reject/and report back validation failures at the category level.

This means that beginning on February 20th, if you are submitting products to Apparel and Accessories, FeedPerfect will show you the errors when gender, age group, size or color are missing on a product. These changes were made to help provide you with the best tool possible to meet the Data Quality requirements outlined by Google Product Search.

In addition, our validation system has been updated to allow for easier changes within the FeedPerfect product in the future. The new flexibility behind the scenes will allow the FeedPerfect Team to match validation as required by more Shopping Engines more quickly. As you know, these can change frequently and vary across each Shopping Engine.

Google Product Variant Support*

FeedPerfect has also been updated with some easy to use mapping tools to facilitate the automated creation and submission of Product Variants from the options within your Yahoo or Solid Cactus eCommerce stores!

Google Product Search supports Variants when a product is sold on your store with options on the product page. Google strongly encourages submitting Variants whenever possible and requires that you submit Variants when submitting to Apparel & Accessories.

The new Product Variant Mapping tools will greatly simplify the efforts needed to submit Variants to most Google Product Categories.

Google Unique Image Requirements Per Variation

Currently, Apparel & Accessories has stricter requirements than other Google Product Categories when submitting Product Variants. For Apparel merchants, Google requires unique images for each valid Product Variation when submitting Product Variants. Google encourages unique images for Product Variants in other Google Product Categories, but they are still recommended.

The new Product Variant Mapping section of FeedPerfect will automatically generate unique images URLs for Apparel & Accessories based on settings that you provide. If you do have unique images for products in non-Apparel categories FeedPerfect will allow you the option to use them, or bypass and submit the main product image for each variation.

For details on how to begin taking advantage of this powerful new tool visit help.feedperfect.com.

The FeedPerfect Team

*Not available on Starter plan accounts.

Important Action Needed for Shopping.com

Shopping.com recently made a change that will have Rejected all of your products, resulting in your products getting removed from the Live Listings. In addition to making sure you are using the correct version and the correct fields in FeedPerfect (see Shopping.com Feed Spec Changes), you will need to login to your Shopping.com account and relist your products. To do this, simply login to your Shopping.com account. Click “List Products” under Product Listings. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button labeled “Almost there! Map datafeed columns”. Lastly scroll to the bottom of the page again and click “continue”. This will update your listings within Shopping and get your products live again.