Rakuten PopShops Newsletter
-AUGUST 2017 EDITION-
It’s mid-Summer and time sure flies when you’re enjoying time with your family, friends and running your business. Back-To-School is in full swing and we have a 2-Part series to help you create your best showcases. Through our tools, you have the ability to give your web visitors the product comparison experience they are looking for. Based on your sites subject matter, you’ll want to provide an unlimited variety of relevant products for your audience to browse. We have two features available on our product showcase tool, Curate for PopShops, that can help you accomplish this – 1. Dynamic Gallery & 2. Auto Fill. Let’s discuss best practices for using the Dynamic Gallery feature to create an unlimited product showcase.
I really love many genres of music including R&B Soul, Hip-Hop, Grunge, Alternative & Rock. And, like vinyl lovers, I have a love for buying the physical CD of artists that I enjoy. I want to read the liner notes and hold the visual art in my hands. I know there’s others out there who agree, so let’s build a showcase that features CDs for music lovers with a wide variety of tastes.
1. Manage Advertiser Catalog
Before building your showcase, be sure you’ve created direct relationships with targeted brands. Then you’ll need to Manage your advertiser Catalog so their products will be viewable in your showcase. Check out our last newsletter, ‘Grow Your Advertiser Portfolio & Increase your Earning Potential’ if you need tips on how to increase your advertiser partnerships.
Figure 1: Manage Catalog
2. Build Gallery
Click on Build a Gallery
Figure 2: Build a Gallery
Since we’re creating a showcase with mixed music genres, let’s do a keyword search. This will pull relevant products from ALL Advertisers in your catalog. Let’s search for RB Soul, Rock, Alternative & Music CD. NOTE: Leave punctuation out to improve results.
Figure 3: Keyword Search
We have several advertisers that match & return results. Make note of 3 or more advertisers that yield results. This is a best practice to ensure your showcase has a wide variety of products for your visitors to browse. Let’s select a variety of CDs from each genre, at least 3 different Advertisers & build a 4 Row x 4 Column Static Gallery. We can name it ‘For Music CD Lovers RBSoulRockAlt.’
DEFINITION: Static (Handpicked) Gallery - A collection of products you put together. Any products you save will go into a new gallery or into an existing gallery you specify.
Figure 4: Save & Name Static Gallery
Figure 5: Select Products - 3 or more Advertisers
If you want to be sure that a specific Advertiser is represented in your product mix, you can select the Advertiser Name from the Advertiser menu on the left. Select the products you wish, then De-Select the advertiser to return to the original search results that included ALL relevant advertisers.
Figure 6: Select Products from Single Advertisers
View your selected products in the Gallery section to ensure you have 16 selected for this example.
Figure 7: View Selected Products in Static Gallery
3. Create Dynamic Gallery
Now you have 16 music CDs from 3 or more Advertisers that will be viewed through your showcase. But you want more than just these specific CDs to show. If you want your audience to see CDs that are similar to the ones you've selected, that match your keyword search, you’ll need to make your gallery Dynamic. Once it’s Dynamic, you won’t have to worry about products going away because they are dynamically updated.
DEFINITION: Dynamic Gallery - A gallery of products where you choose what search filters to use and you simply can save and publish ALL products returned by that filter.
Figure 8: Save Dynamic Gallery
Press the Save as Dynamic Gallery button, enter the name and Press the Checkmark. Let’s name it ‘For Music CD Lovers RBSoulRockAlt Dynamic.’
Once you set your multiple advertiser gallery as Dynamic, you’ll have an unlimited number of products for your visitors to browse. You can tell your gallery is Dynamic by the circular red arrows.
Figure 9: Red, Circle Arrows indicate Dynamic Gallery
Design the Gallery & Publish your Showcase
Your last steps include designing your gallery for your site style & placing the showcase code on your web property.
Under Configuration, we’ll adjust our columns & rows to 4 x 4. Then we’ll set the Product Name, Brand, Advertiser, Price & Sale Price to Always On. I’ve also Enabled Search and Action Button so visitors can search for products and easily make a purchase when they view something they like. Finally, I’ve added a Showcase Title in the Showcase Additional Text field to highlight what products will be in the showcase. I’ll leave all default settings for Style.
Figure 10: Select Design Configuration & Style Settings
And finally, I’ll grab the code to be placed on my website.
Figure 11: Grab Showcase Code
And we're done!
Login now and start building product galleries that will interest all your web visitors. You’ll improve their experience with your company and increase your sale conversion rate. You can also, check out our support page for a Step By Step Guide to Curate for PopShops, if you want to learn more.
In our September Edition, we’ll continue to show you how to ensure that your showcase is always full of products with the Auto Fill feature.
We appreciate your partnership and remain committed to providing tools and services that will help your business grow. If you have any additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author:
Dannielle Cumberbatch is Senior Director, Operations for Rakuten Marketing. With over 15 years of internet and marketing experience, Dannielle is responsible for the strategic growth and business development of both affiliate advertiser service support & publisher product & deals feed management. Joining the Rakuten family in 2006, Dannielle helped increase sales opportunities for both retail and B2B partnerships, through Online Desktop & Pay-Per-Call distribution. Prior to that time, she worked for Own Your Power Communications as National Promotions Manager.