In this session we'll cover creating a basic Shopping Campaign in Microsoft Ads.

Now let’s get started.

  1. Go to Microsoft Ads  and login to your account.
  2. Select Campaigns
  3. Select Create Campaign
  4. Select Sell products from your catalog
  5. Name Your campaign. 
  6. Set an initial budget that protects against overspending until you get a feel for costs and traffic during the first weeks of campaign activity. We'd suggest $10 per day (~$310 per month)
  7. To make sure the campaign starts generating traffic immediately we recommend an accelerated budget to start.
  8. You can leave the default bid strategy to manual, as other bid strategies only have the chance of performing well when there are already consistent  conversions and sales in the campaign to use as a data set for decision making.
  9. For Location, select the countries you would like to advertise in. I suggest if you plan to target multiple countries to setup a specific campaign for each country.
  10. For Priority, I suggest Medium to allow you to create additional campaigns of different priorities, but we’ll cover advance campaign structure in other sessions.
  11. For Store, select your store. You’ll usually only have one store to choose from, unless you are running campaigns for multiple stores via the same Microsoft Ads account.
  12. Select your Country/region of sale. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SETTING when creating a Shopping campaign for 2 reasons. First, if it does not match the country you selected when setting up your catalog, your products will not be available for the campaign.Secondly, once selected it cannot be changed once you save the campaign. If you make a mistake you’ll need to pause the campaign and create a new one from scratch.
  13. Leave your default bid at $1 until you start receiving traffic and you know how much you would like to increase or decrease the bids.
  14. We’ll skip ad schedules, device modifications, and ad distribution for later advanced sessions on optimizing campaigns after they have started generating traffic.
  15. Finally, select Save

Now, if you have recently created your product catalog and your products have not been approved yet, you’ll see the warning “Product offers not found”. This will disappear once the products are approved. 

You should start seeing traffic in your 1st shopping campaign within a few days of your products approval in your catalog.

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