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    Suggestion / Feature Request
    Please add more fields to data feeds AND encourage merchants to use them if applicable

    • UPC
    • Color


    To name a few.

    Here's your chance to create a standard...
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    Thanks for posting!

    We actually used the contributions/discussions from this 2005 thread to create standard minimum requirements (7 fields) for merchant feeds. You can take a look at our datafeed specifications here if you want to check out the specs.

    As you might imagine, it's quite the challenge to get even our minimum required fields from some merchants. We push them to provide as many fields from the specs as they can. With obviously more the better...

    Would really appreciate ANY publisher assistance pushing merchants to improve their feeds.

    Also for folks reading this who may not know, we do provide Datafeed Quality Scores for merchant feeds. Click for more info on that..

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    Some of them are so bad that they are un-usable Gary.

    You need to jack their butts up some more.

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    Things change from 2005 Need mo' data! LOL...

    If you can add additional fields (not XML variants) we have no problem telling merchants to add mo' data - do it nearly every day...
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    From the specs are there any other fields you would like to see us request?

    I don't think we're going to be able to require any additional fields, but we can certainly list/recommend more.

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    • UPC
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    Per the specs, UPC is already recommended.

    The other two can be provided to us via extended attributes. (product version or variant).. see this info below the "datafeed fields" table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary-AvantLink View Post
    Per the specs, UPC is already recommended.

    The other two can be provided to us via extended attributes. (product version or variant).. see this info below the "datafeed fields" table.
    Are they actual fields available in a csv/text file download, NOT XML?
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    I really wish the report can be more generic ( as it is now with the new CJ reports ), where you can choose what columns to show up and at what order.

    For each sale I make with Avantlink, i have to make ton of modification, or upload them one transaction at a time ( they would take forever ).

    I can't either see the merchant ID on the transaction itself ( I need to go and look it up ).

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    More generic reporting?? That's a first for a request.

    OneGoodMan, I am sorry I am not following any of that post as it relates to datafeed quality. Could you clarify?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary-AvantLink View Post
    Per the specs, UPC is already recommended.

    The other two can be provided to us via extended attributes. (product version or variant).. see this info below the "datafeed fields" table.
    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Are they actual fields available in a csv/text file download, NOT XML?
    Also needed:

    • Gender
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    Hi Gary,

    Another suggestion related to feeds is the need for a feed preview. This way we can see just how bad a feed is (and most of them are) without having to create a feed subscription, download the feed, open the feed, cuss out the merchant for a crap feed, delete the feed from our hard drive, delete the subscription from AL, check to see if they have any worthwhile banners/text links and if not: terminate our relationship with the merchant.
    <pant, pant>

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    You don't have to go through all that

    When you go to configure a raw datafeed subscription, you'll notice a "Datafeed Quality Score:" for each merchant. If you click on the actual score (for example, Backcountry shows the following as a hyperlink for datafeed quality score: *** Excellent overall feed quality).

    If you click on that quality score you'll see a summary of what the feed consists of: product count, available columns, feed sample, etc.

    Hope that helps, GM

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    <clap><clap><clap>

    The "product sample" is exactly what was needed. Thank you.

    Now - time for AL to add additional columns to the feed choices (NOT XML silliness).

    If the fields are there, affiliates can pester the merchants to get them filled.

    If the fields are there, the network sales team can show the merchants that merchants with GOOD datafeeds seem to have higher sales. See this over and over again on ALL the networks. Crappier the feed, lower the merchant's sales...



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