What is Google requiring of Google Shopping merchants, beginning May 16, 2016?
In 2015, Google began requiring Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) for products from a specific list of 50 brands. They are expanding this requirement – and beginning May 16, 2016 all products that already have been assigned a GTIN by the manufacturer must have the GTIN included for Google Shopping ads or risk being rejected by Google.
Are GTINs now required for all products on Google Shopping ads?
No. Only if a GTIN has already been assigned by the manufacturer and/or a GTIN already exists. If a company sells new (unused), brand-name products that are being sold by multiple merchants, they probably already have GTINs and brands/merchants who sell them would therefore need to include them as part of their Google Shopping product information feed.
This change most probably won’t impact manufacturers whose products are only sold by themselves. It also won't impacted merchants who sell used, custom, handmade, or vintage products.
What are they key benefits of having GTINs on products in Google Shopping ads?
• Better product data leads to better user experiences & more engagement
The more information brand owners provide in their advertisement feeds, the better the opportunity brand owners will have to show the right ads to the right users on the right searches (better consumer targeting).
• Increased number of conversions
According to Google, providing them with the correct GTIN for a product in a Google Shopping ad can increase the conversion rate for that product by up to 20 percent (based on their internal analysis of advertisers who have already added GTINs).
• Brand owners already have this information available
Many brand owners are already using GS1 standards, so they would simply be leveraging their existing investment in a new way.
• GTINs have global reach
As GS1 standards are global, using GTINs in Google Shopping ads will open the door for some brand owners to begin engaging with merchants from around the world.