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Froogle coming to the UK

New Froogle search for UK oriented sites.

   
1:41 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Froogle is going to hit the UK soon - G are requesting datafeeds from their adwords customers.

[google.com...]

8:46 pm on Sep 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great - we're all DYING to give money to Google in the UK.

How do you say - 'Yeeh Hah' - or something like that?

Good God - we'll be following you into a commercially led, disastrous war next...

11:58 pm on Sep 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Give money to Google? What do you mean? Froogle is free to merchants and to shoppers.
1:43 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That was an odd replay "metatarsal". Do you even know what Froogle is? Believe it or not, I have had some good results from Froogle. Nothing huge but I had about 9 conversions so far this month. I know that does not sound like a lot, but for 3 initial hours of my time to setup a feed, 10 conversions a month is nothing to poke a stick at. Froogle has reciently seemed to update the product layout. Not too bad from the people at G. Good luck with the UK.
8:55 am on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have just had a quick look at Froogle and as someone who has spent thousands on Adwords I really don't like the look of it!

Surely Froogle will initate a price war? Price wars are something our business, like many others who advertise on Adwords simply cannot afford to get into.

Correct me if I am wrong, will the companies with the lowest prices appear at the top of Froogle without any inclusion fee? If this is the case, what incentive is there for the paying Adwords advertiser with the higher priced product to remain with Google Adwords?

9:21 am on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Froogle order is best match (nothing to do with price). The customer can sort by price - low to high or high to low if they wish.
9:32 am on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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And surely 9 out 10 Froogle visitors will sort prices from low to high? As the name 'Froogle' (wordplay on frugal) suggests, the whole point of the engine is to find the cheapest products.

Our only saviour will be that our suppliers strictly enforce a ban on discounting of their product lines (as some already do.)

11:01 am on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Our only saviour will be that our suppliers strictly enforce a ban on discounting of their product lines (as some already do.)

That's illegal in the UK. Suppliers are not allowed to fix prices these days. There are very severe fines that can be imposed if the Office of Fair Trading get interested.

12:13 pm on Sep 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> There are very severe fines that can be imposed if the Office of Fair Trading get interested.

...meddling prats that they are.

But, yes, you are correct. So now there are a million different, "inventive" ways suppliers are forming cartels.

1:46 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Like being out of stock when a discounter trys to reorder... Simple really.
1:48 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The trick seems to be how to get the lowest possible price shown, while still actually selling at the highest price you can. :)
Oh the games we have to play. I am looking forward to froogle, I think it might be quite fun!
1:56 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We're UK based and those of our merchants who have used Froogle have received good results even before the UK based version has appeared.

I couldn't see, in the link, when the UK launch is due...does anybody know?

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3:47 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> Like being out of stock when a discounter trys to reorder... Simple really

That's the easy one and only works when retailers don't speak among themselves.

There are loads more, and many of them very subtle :)

But the OFT is a pumped up, bloated, meddling, clueless bunch of tax payer funded, semi-literate, pompous bureaucratic no-goods. (And, I'd tell them so... if I wasn't running a business myself ;))

6:13 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)
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Signed up on Monday for a UK online store I manage, but I havn't heard back from Google. How long do they take to respond?
1:18 pm on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Anyone with an affiliate scheme that Pangora has signed up to gets in automatically.

Worth making sure you drop the revenue share to zero though, as they sign up as a new affiliate.

10:03 am on Oct 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I quote Pangora:
Froogle will launch in beta mode and because it's completely new we don't think it's fair to ask merchants to pay for something they can do themselves for free. We do believe however, that we will be able to demonstrate that there are clear benefits associated with submitting to Froogle via Pangora (no extra feed, time savings, deep categorisation of your products into our categories, quality control and our direct relationship with Google in the US). If this proves to be the case, we will introduce a pricing model at some point that still reflects the fact that it's possible to integrate yourself for free. This would most likely be a low CPC but may also be a revenue share.
12:07 pm on Oct 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hey,

Nice to see u all on Froogle Discussion, just wanted to know how does, Froogle delivers the search results. Is there any criteria like google, or there are some other factors that effect Sites' ranking in froogle.

looking forward for your replies, thanks in advance!

8:19 am on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Finally!

[froogle.google.co.uk...]

9:38 am on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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About time too, although it's still in beta.
11:03 am on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just had a good play with the UK version of Froogle. I imagine this is going to be really popular over here.

One question - how popular is it in the USA - has anyone got any stats, and could we expect the same popularity over here?

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11:33 am on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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also www.froogle.co.uk
12:29 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Adwords on Froogle won't work - the main listings are more eye-catching, informative and useful. So how will Google fund Froogle?
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I signed up on 27th September. I still havn't had a response from Froogle! Do these guys respond?
1:36 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They only took a couple of days to get back to me :)
1:07 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What do people mean about Google/Froogle getting back to them.

Are we talking about the datafeed here, or if someone has emailed them suggesting a site.

Please advise.

1:45 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You have to contact them and apply to send a feed to their site.
9:42 am on Oct 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a customer that's site went live on Froogle UK in the early hours of Thursday morning. All 216 products were listed and in 2 full days it has provided roughly 60 visits, roughly 30 a day. Compared to 200 a day on Kelkoo.

Considering that froogle has been released fairly quietly and has only been available for 3 days I think that is very very impressive.

I wouldn't be surprised if at google added sponsored products into the listing that work similarly to the adwords which I think would be a good thing as it would help provide them with revenue and sites a chance to promote their products where they may not normally rank highly.

Froogle in the UK can only be a good thing... It will introduce more competition to sites that charge way to much on a PPC basis. Causing them to reduce their charges.

I think that companies such as kelkoo, price runner and dealtime have a lot to worry about with the arrival of froogle. With the results I've seen so far, I think froogle will knock Kelkoo to where they belong provide 30-40% of leads.

10:00 am on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I signed up on 27th September. I still havn't had a response from Froogle! Do these guys respond?
I received a reply today.
Site rejected because vat cost not included on product pages.

The site shows vat (and delivery costs etc) for every item as soon as you add it to the cart. But Froogle want the vat on each product page.

11:18 am on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Does the feed include VAT?
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