Get your image ads in shape with the Feed Image Editor guide
The e‑commerce quote that a picture is worth a thousand words repeats every day. With image marketing, for images to attract customers, they must be in perfect condition in terms of content and technology. Therefore, the Feed Image Editor application has prepared a guide that shows you everything you need to look after in the image feed so that your campaigns bring the desired effect.
Start with the image audit
If your images load slowly, are of poor quality, or are missing, you may discourage customers. Comparison engines also have their own rules regarding the display of watermarks, the size limit of images, or require a specific format.
The Feed Image Editor includes tools to help you determine if your product images are in order and comply with all the rules of comparison engines and other advertising systems. FIE audit is a feature that every new user should use to detect problematic images. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg — Feed Image Editor will help you eliminate all image errors and set image advertising to work as efficiently as possible.
Follow the instructions in The way to ideal image feed series
To know everything you need to look for in product images, Feed Image Editor has written a series of tutorials for you. They will teach you how to detect errors in image advertising, temporarily hide problematic images, or where to find a replacement.
Missing images are one of the most common mistakes. Check your product feed for the missing IMGURL element. Products also do not have to be paired, or image files may be missing. As a result, they will not appear in comparison engines.
Solve problems with missing images using the instructions: The way to the ideal image feed #1 Missing pictures.
In several cases, customers may receive error messages that discourage them from purchasing in your store. It happens if you do not have access to the web page where the images are stored, it has not been found or has another technical problem.
All questions on this topic are in this article: The way to the ideal image feed #2 Error 403/404/500.
It often happens that the file format to which the URL refers is not supported by one of the comparison engines, or it is not one of the standard image formats. In the first case, this means that your product images will be rejected by the shopping engine. In the second case, they will not even appear in your online store.
Information on how to correct image formats can be found here: The way to the ideal image feed #3 Unsupported format.
Product images may be rejected by the comparison engine if their URL is too long or contains characters that are not allowed by the criteria. A common problem is diacritics or spaces in the image name.
This article will tell you more about the detection of illegal characters: The way to the ideal image feed #4 Forbidden characters in URL.
If the image is too small, product details will not be recognized. And if it does not meet the minimum dimensions set by the comparison engine, it will not be displayed on it.
More in the manual: The way to the ideal image feed #5 Dimensions of the image.
If the size of the image exceeds the criteria of the comparison engine, it will be rejected. Also, it may harm your online store by loading pictures for too long.
Read more on how to treat the data size of images: The way to the ideal image feed #6 Image data size.
If your ad uses identical images, it doesn’t make a good impression. There are only a few exceptions as products that have the same images, e.g. for size variants of clothing, for illustration images or intangible products.
You can find out why you pay attention to identical pictures here: The way to the ideal image feed #7 Identical pictures.
The white background of product images is a standard for most advertising systems and comparison engines. If some of your images have transparent backgrounds, they will be rejected, or they will be filled in automatically and will look rough.
How to eliminate errors in the use of a transparent background, read in this article: The way to the ideal image feed #8 Transparent background.
If you protect your product images with watermarks, keep in mind that ad systems like GLAMI or Google Shopping won’t show you those products. With the Feed Image Editor, you reveal which images are in your feed.
Instructions on how to use FIE on the web to find images with watermarks, read here: The way to the ideal image feed #9 Watermarks.
Ideally, the products in the image should fill as much space as possible and be centered. Otherwise, they lose information value and act inconsistently.
Get these parts in order with the article: The way to ideal image feed #10: Position, alignment, and size of the product in the image.
If product images are not sharp enough, contain glitch, or are otherwise blurred, they may discourage customers due to their poor quality.
Add the quality you need to your images with instructions: The way to ideal image feed #11: Image quality.
Feed Image Editor includes many filters and tools to detect other imperfections. Use them to bring your product images closer to perfection and increase interest in your products.
Complete the way to the ideal image feed and read the last article in this series: The way to ideal image feed #12: Other minor tweaks.
Mergado Store offers not only Feed Image Editor but many other useful apps. Try them. Using them will speed up a lot of your work.
Mergado is the perfect foundation for setting up the advertisement, and its applications expand its functions even further. Use them to the fullest — they will bring you many new customers.
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