The ultimate guide for using product attributes in Dynamic Product Ads

May 18, 2023

Not all products are made the same.

It doesn't necessarily make one better, or worse, but it does make them different.

Why should people buy your product - and which one should they buy? The attributes of your products are typically the deciding factors, together with price, for which product to buy.

Chances are, some of this relevant and under-utilised information is already present in your feed, or can be easily added.

Specifying product attributes, and perhaps different features, in your Dynamic Product Ads highlights what makes your product different, unique from the rest, and a perfect fit for your audience's needs.

For example, clarifying that your products are "100% natural" helps you position yourself as the better alternative for users who are conscious about the origin of their purchases. In their eyes, it makes you stand above the competition, being the best fit for them.

Showing attributes in Dynamic Product Ads

All the different features and attributes have two functions in advertising:

First , they can help a user decide WHETHER they should buy. For example, people who are vegan will only buy 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic products.

And second, they can help a user decide WHAT they should buy. For example, consumers might choose between "dry skin" and "oily skin" cosmetic products to fit their needs and problems.

One way or another, attributes help users with decision making. But the objective is not to cram as much product information into the design - that would just confuse people, instead RELEVANCE is key.

When Refurb advertises their second-hand electronics for sale, they first of all show the condition of the product ranged from grade A to grade C - and afterward show the most important specifications of the products (processor, ram, and alike). All extremely relevant information.

You need to reflect on what type of information your audience needs and wants. To help you do that, we've put some key consideration for you at the end of this article.

On average we see that Dynamic Product Ads that show standard product fields (i.e. description, category, name) perform 44% better than ads that don't use any product fields.

And to take it a step further, DPAs that use custom-made product fields (i.e. skin type for cosmetics, or the country of origin for wine) reach 93% higher results. That comparison just goes to show you that being relevant really is key.

Different ways to show product attributes

Dynamic product attributes

In this first method, the text changes from product to product and displays relevant information and attributes focused on helping users decide "WHAT they should buy".

In the example of wine, different people have different preferences for the country of origin or type of grape used to produce it. A wine connoisseur, the target group for this ad, will recognise his favourite and know which bottle to buy.

To do this, each attribute needs to have a separate field, or property, in the feed. In this ad for example, each product has a type, origin, year, and so on, assigned.

Another example is how shops selling electronics can show how their expensive products have a 4-year warranty - removing the risk of buying expensive products.

This can be done in Confect by creating a dynamic product asset to show the guarantee badge only on certain items, or by creating feed design rules.

With this method, you're showing information specific to the product being shown.

Manually written text

The second, very common, way of adding attributes and unique selling points is by using manually written text. This works great if you want to highlight attributes that apply across multiple, or all, of your products (i.e. Sustainably sourced, 100% natural, etc.).

Since in this case, since the text does not change from product to product, it also makes sense to use it to talk about your overall web shop propositions (i.e. Fast delivery, Personal support, etc.).

This way of showing the attributes falls into the "WHETHER they should buy" category, as it either represents something that applies to all your products, or your web shop altogether.

It helps consumers perceive you as the right choice for their lifestyle and needs, but doesn't help them differentiate one product from another and pick the right one.

Dynamic description

In comparison to the first example using multiple attributes, this last option relies on just a single property of the product - the description.

Changing from product to product, it sums up the main ingredients, and more importantly - it tells the customer what to expect after taking a bite.

This ad takes a bit from both categories of attributes. It helps consumers decide "WHETHER and WHAT they should buy"!

The icons in the top right communicate the sustainability of the products, reinforcing the entire brand as the right choice, while the description of the ingredients helps users find the perfect chocolate bar for their taste buds.

Different considerations

Need-shopping vs. pleasure-shopping

Research shows that when you are shopping based on a need, less information is recommended - consumers are not that interested in the products, they just need to find the "right" product fast. Here, the product might just need to be "good enough" for the right price. Too many attributes can easily confuse consumers, and send them into choice overload.

But if your customer is motivated by pleasure when shopping - like happily shopping for entertainment, or searching for the perfect product for their favourite hobby - more attributes are recommended.

If we take the example of wine, if the target group were full of pleasure-shopping wine connoisseurs, specific information such as the country of origin and year could help users find the perfect bottle for their preferences.

On the other hand, regular users who are need-shopping want a "good enough" wine. One way to give them this information is by including ratings from other customers. This gives them a straight-forward answer to their need, instead of overwhelming them with details.

Generally, when we have a need, we want to find a sufficient solution - to get something that will work. And when we are excited, we like to in-depth research all the different details and take the nerdy approach.

Another example of this is how Closely shows 3 unique selling propositions and the Co2 emission of each product. This makes it possible for their customers to compare and deeply dive into each product - from which it would be safe to assume that their customers take pride and pleasure in their fashion choices, instead of just filling a need.

Though, it would be an oversimplification to say it can just be one or the other. There is definitely a bit of both (need and pleasure) in each purchase. That means you have to reflect on whether your shoppers are driven more by desire and wants, or needs and problems, to settle on the appropriate number of attributes and features.

Product attributes vs. value

Just like Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a model has been developed for product attributes, or features.

At the bottom, there are the tangible attributes: How much horsepower a car has, the colour of a shirt, or a new patented zipper feature.

These attributes are there for a reason - to give the consumers benefits. A large RAM on a computer makes apps run faster, specific colours of a shirt lead to specific styles, and a new patented zipper feature makes the product kid-friendly.

But it's important to realise that people don't shop for features and attributes, they shop for benefits - but how well these benefits are handled is typically described by the product information.

In some cases, climate and energy usage can be an important factor. You can help people decide on the product by showing the energy efficiency (a product attribute) for people to understand the benefit (climate-friendly and low electricity bills).

As another example, it can be tough to compare one fast car to another fast car - but it's easy to compare 200 horsepower to 230 horsepower.

Even though people shop for the benefits, it can be on the verge of impossible to structure the data and product information around benefits - as benefits are subjective and differ from person to person.

Though, it's good practice to think about the feature, or attribute, you want to highlight, and its connection to customer benefits and value.

If the attribute you're showcasing doesn't clearly link to a specific benefit, it probably shouldn't be included.

How to insert attributes in your Dynamic Product Ads

Here at Confect, it's our mission to make it as simple as possible to reach higher performance through improved designs for Dynamic Product Ads.

What if we told you that you could make your ads 44% more effective on average (or 93% if you get really nerdy), in just 5 simple steps?

1. Create a new design in Confect

2. Add a text layer

3. Add a product text field (i.e. category, description, or custom properties)

4. Voila!

Read the  full how-to guide here - or learn how to customize your Dynamic Product Ads designs with Confect here.