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    PRICE fields in datafeed
    Question for the datafeeders here. Working with a merchant to tune-up their datafeed in CJ. We are going to upload a static file as their products and prices don't change often. For the fields SALEPRICE, RETAILPRICE FROMPRICE we are going to copy the PRICE field. Is there any value in doing that or should SALEPRICE be left blank unless there is a discount offered?

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    We pull in two fields: Sales Price and Price. If there is a price in the Sales Price field our software pulls that in, if it's blank or zero it gets skipped and we use the Price field.

    However, before we pulled in two fields we preferred that all price fields be filled in, this way we would pull in the Sales Price field. Then if the merchant put something on sale, we were sure to get that update...
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    So would you rather the Sales Price field be empty if no sales price or be populated with the Price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    So would you rather the Sales Price field be empty if no sales price or be populated with the Price?
    Fill in all fields...

    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    However, before we pulled in two fields we preferred that all price fields be filled in, this way we would pull in the Sales Price field. Then if the merchant put something on sale, we were sure to get that update...
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    Next question: existing datafeed doesn't have product images. Would it be better to add a 300x250 banner that represents the segment, rather than nothing. We are producing product images but that may take a while.

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    I skip the product if there is no product image or (for some feeds) with a bad image url that does't exist. If a product image is substituted with a banner, my sites will look pretty spammy, the same image everywhere.


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    +1

    No unique image is worthless...
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    Thanks, working on the images. Its a hosting merchant so there are no unique product images on the site. We'll create something. What size is preferred?

    Another question. For the product landing page, there are generally three types on the landing page without a unique landing page per product. Would it be better to use the cart link for that product rather than a product type landing page? Problem is it misses some of the features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Thanks, working on the images. Its a hosting merchant so there are no unique product images on the site. We'll create something. What size is preferred?
    Hmmm, never promoted hosting via a feed before - always text and banners.

    Personally prefer images to be between 120x120 and 150x150. QUALITY is far more important than size.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Another question. For the product landing page, there are generally three types on the landing page without a unique landing page per product. Would it be better to use the cart link for that product rather than a product type landing page? Problem is it misses some of the features.
    Common product page is fine providing each url is different (specifying a unique product on that page).

    Example: Shoe merchants may offer 6 sizes and 3 colors for a shoe via dropdowns, but each buy url is unique as well as product name/images/descriptions.

    Note to fashion merchants: STOP building feeds for the Google Shopping and build them for your affiliates. Make sure one of the "option" fields is used for product names WITHOUT color or size; then offer additional fields that contain the product's color and another for size. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post

    Note to fashion merchants: STOP building feeds for the Google Shopping and build them for your affiliates. Make sure one of the "option" fields is used for product names WITHOUT color or size; then offer additional fields that contain the product's color and another for size. Thank you.
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    Many merchants have started with a Google Shopping feed and build other feeds from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by convergence View Post
    fill in all fields...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Many merchants have started with a Google Shopping feed and build other feeds from there.
    More need to. Trend as of late is the reverse...
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    OK for the CJ datafeed I am going to include all available fields, many of which aren't applicable to this merchant. Should they be left blank or populated with something?

    AVAILABLE
    CURRENCY
    UPC
    PROMOTIONALTEXT
    SPECIAL
    GIFT
    THIRDPARTYID
    OFFLINE
    ONLINE
    INSTOCK
    CONDITION
    WARRANTY
    STANDARDSHIPPINGCOST
    MERCHANDISETYPE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    OK for the CJ datafeed I am going to include all available fields, many of which aren't applicable to this merchant. Should they be left blank or populated with something?

    AVAILABLE
    CURRENCY
    UPC
    PROMOTIONALTEXT
    SPECIAL
    GIFT
    THIRDPARTYID
    OFFLINE
    ONLINE
    INSTOCK
    CONDITION
    WARRANTY
    STANDARDSHIPPINGCOST
    MERCHANDISETYPE
    Blank in this case but Currency should be set to USD (in my option that is)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    OK for the CJ datafeed I am going to include all available fields, many of which aren't applicable to this merchant. Should they be left blank or populated with something?

    AVAILABLE
    CURRENCY
    UPC
    PROMOTIONALTEXT
    SPECIAL
    GIFT
    THIRDPARTYID
    OFFLINE
    ONLINE
    INSTOCK
    CONDITION
    WARRANTY
    STANDARDSHIPPINGCOST
    MERCHANDISETYPE
    Some affiliates' software may normally use these fields, only ones I think that could be relevant in your feed are:

    AVAILABLE (Yes/No)
    CURRENCY (USD)
    OFFLINE (Yes/No)
    ONLINE (Yes/No)
    INSTOCK (Yes/No)

    EDIT: What Kevin said, lol...
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    Excellent and thank you both. We are working on a UK feed next and will insure that the proper currency is there.

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    UPC is great if available. We use that partially for product comparisons. For images, something high quality. We resize and serve images from our own CDN, so as long as they are larger than 250X250, we are good. We remove any merchants products that don't have an image in the image field, and we typically filter anyone that has a generic "no image" image. For price, we compare the price and sale price field and don't include the sale price if it is empty, OR if it isn't less than the price field.

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    I knew UPC and SKU were differentiators for affiliates.

    Getting schooled on images!!

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    We've found images to be a good quality signal.

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