A number of channels, including Google Shopping (PLAs) require that you map your products to specific categories. ShoppingFeeder makes this process very easy through our Category Mapping function and helps ensure that your feed will be submitted without any errors and helps increase product discoverability.

While you may already have the products categorised in your store, they may not conform to the categories specified by Google or other channels that require specific categories in their feed specifications.

ShoppingFeeder makes it very easy to map your existing categories to those which are required by such channels. When you map your categories in ShoppingFeeder a link will be created between the category that is in your store and the category that you have specified in ShoppingFeeder. Once a category has been mapped, ShoppingFeeder will push the correct categories for the specific channel into your XML Product Data feed. When you add a new product to a category that has already been mapped, the product will be automatically assigned to the required category

This tutorial will show you how to map your categories with ShoppingFeeder.

Navigate to Map Categories

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From the left-hand menu in ShoppingFeeder select Feed Management and then Map Categories

Map Categories

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The Map Categories page displays all the categories that ShoppingFeeder has imported from your store. To being the mapping process click on the Not Mapped text and an input text box will appear

Map Categories

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Start typing the name of the category or a keyword that defines your category and ShoppingFeeder will show you a list of possible categories that are related to your search term. Once you’ve found a result that best defines your category, click on the result and ShoppingFeeder will map that category to your store’s category.

Confirm Category Mapped Correctly

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A green tick next to the ShoppingFeeder category confirms that the mapping was successful. If you wish to edit the category simply click on the category name and the search box will appear.

Rebuild XML Feeds

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Once you have mapped all your categories, you can rebuild your XML data feed by clicking the Rebuild Feeds button located in the top right-hand corner of the ShoppingFeeder App.