How to import my products into a catalog I created?
To create ads in different languages or for different currencies, you first have to create your own catalogs (one catalog per different "Country/Language/Currency" group) in the Facebook Business Manager. Click here to know how to do.
Then, you have to import the product data that match with each different "Country/Language/Currency" group in the matching created catalog.
Important note: please note that to be able to add products to a catalog, you have to be "admin" of the catalog. In "Your access" column in Business Manager catalogs section, you must have the "Manage catalog" access. If it's not the case, ask the company who has created the catalog to give you the necessary rights.
To import your products, follow the following procedure:
- On your Facebook Business Manager interface, click on the three horizontal bars of the menu, hover over the "All Tools" words and click on "Catalogs":
- Click on the name of the first catalog in which you want to import your products (you will have to repeat the same steps for all your feeds, since each feed has to be imported in a different catalog):
- In the menu on the left, click on the "Products" tab:
- Click on "Add products":
- You are then asked how you want to add products. Select "Use Data Feeds" and click on "Next":
- Step 1 "Add File Settings": give a name to your feed and select the appropriate currency. If you manage several "Country/Language/Currency" feeds, we recommend that you mention into the feed name, the country, language and currency that correspond to the data you are going to import. For example: US en USD.
- Step 2 "Select Upload Method": check "Set Automatic File Upload Schedule":
- Step 3 "Add Data Feed URL": depending on the method you have chosen for Facebook product data recovery (see our corresponding FAQ), copy either the on the fly output URL (typically if your catalog contains less than 1000 products), or the URL of the XML file regularly updated by a CRON task (typically if your catalog contains more than 1000 products):
- On the fly data recovery method (catalog < 1000 products):
- OR XML data file recovery method (catalog > 1000 products):
If your data feed URL is password protected, enter your login details and then go to step 4.
- Step 4 "Set Automatic File Upload Schedule": select a frequency and time to update the feed. For example, once a day at 06:00 am, in the time zone GMT+02:00. It all depends on the frequency of your product modifications on your shop. Then, know that if you leave the "Automatically upload of new versions" option checked, each time Facebook detects a change in your feed, it will update it, regardless of the automatic recovery schedule set.
Important note: if you have created a CRON task to update an XML file that will be retrieved by Facebook, be careful to set this CRON task so that it updates the XML file before Facebook retrieves it. Also try to space the schedules of both tasks because depending on the size of your catalog, updating the XML file may take more or less time. For example, if you have set your CRON task so that the XML file is updated every day at 3:00 am, set the file recovery by Facebook at 6:00 am. Also, be careful that the time zone selected is the same for the CRON task and for Facebook recovery.
- Finally, click on "Start Upload". In "Product Data Sources" -> "Overview" you can follow the import progress.
- At any time, to see the products imported, you can either click on the "Product Data sources" tab and then on the name of your feed and go to the "Products" subtab; or go to the "Products" tab of the left menu:
Repeat the previous steps for all your product catalogs (as a reminder, a catalog corresponds to a feed, i. e. a single group "Country/Language/Currency").
If for any reason you want to import your products without waiting for the next automatic update, you can do so by going to the "Product Data Sources" tab, clicking on the name of your feed and going to the "Settings" subtab. Then click on "Request Update Now" in the "Schedules" section:
Finally, don't forget that to track the activity of your customers and vistors on your shop and be able to set dynamic remarketing ads, you have to install a Facebook pixel on your shop. To know how to create and install it, click here. To test the pixel working, click here.
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