Google Affiliate Network Adds 'Manage Inquiries'; Google Drive SDK Exposes Image Metadata; Ads Developers Site Adds Selectors and More Reports

Google Affiliate Network's new Manage Inquiries tab streamline the order lookup and resolution process so advertisers can quickly review and take action on inquiries."The Manage Inquiries tab shows all pending order inquiries, and publishers are able to supply the loyalty member ID as well as add any notes to help you review and take action […]

Google Affiliate Network's new Manage Inquiries tab streamline the order lookup and resolution process so advertisers can quickly review and take action on inquiries.

"The Manage Inquiries tab shows all pending order inquiries, and publishers are able to supply the loyalty member ID as well as add any notes to help you review and take action on the inquiry. You'll also receive a weekly notification email if a publisher has added an inquiry to your account," informs Google.

To start reviewing inquiries, use the following steps:

  • "Click on the Orders tab, then the Manage Inquiries sub-tab
  • Review the list of Pending inquiries
  • Review your own reporting to decide whether or not the inquiry is already associated with a valid order
  • Click on the Action drop-down and take the appropriate action on the inquiry. You can select the order and approve it as-is, or edit the order amount and approve, or decline the inquiry. You can also use the "select all" function to take action on multiple inquiries at once
  • If you have a large number of inquiries, you can save time by exporting them to .csv, specifying the actions in the file and uploading it to the interface," google explains.

To learn more about Managing Pending order inquiries, visit this Help Center article.

Google Affiliate Network new Manage Inquiries tab

Google Ads Developers enhanced documentation for selectors and reports available on the site.

First off, updated Selector Fields page now provides information about the fields that can be used in generic selectors.

Next, new columns added to the Report Types page now include a field's type, its behavior, and its XML and display names. "The behavior of a field in the generated report describes its effect on zero impression rows as well as whether the field represents historical data or the latest object state," informs Google.

Finally, new tips added to Best Practices Guide on topics such as grouping batch job operations by ad groups and campaigns and using the partial failure feature.

Check out the developers site.

Google Ads Developers Site adds Selector Fields

Google Ads Developers Site adds more report columns

Photographs are one of the most common file types stored in Google Drive. The Google Drive API now exposes Exif data for photos, so that Google Drive Apps can use it. The Exif data contains information about camera settings and photo attributes.

"For example, a photo organizing application will be able to create thumbnail and information views for photos without ever having to download them," google explains.

For more information, visit this documentation.

10 Google Plus Tips for Buisnesses

Finally, Google shared 10 tips on using Google+ for your business.

  1. Use circles to segment your audience and reach the right people. For example, if you sell sporting equipment, you might have different circles for bicyclists, swimmers, and runners.
  2. Add photos, videos, or links to your posts by dragging them directly to the share box. To add a link, drag the icon next to the URL from the address bar to the share box.
  3. Share behind-the-scenes photos. You can can edit your photos directly in Google+ and share animated GIF photos--a great way to draw attention to your page.
  4. Check out the drop-down arrow at the top of Google+ posts. You can manage the way people interact with your own posts, like disabling comments or editing your post. You can link to, report abuse, or mute other people's posts.
  5. Want to add style to your posts and make them more visually appealing? To add italics, use underscores around your words: _ italics_ → italics. Asterisks make words bold (* bold* → bold), and hyphens will add a strikethrough (- strikethrough - → strikethrough).
  6. Create a posting schedule to post at least once a day. Engage your community with questions and +Mention your community so they feel the love and share your post with more people. Try posting at different times of the day to see what best engages your audience.
  7. Create an Event to drive foot-traffic to a sale or new product launch, and to drive attendance for your Hangouts. With Events on mobile, guests can RSVP, get directions, and even have their photos and videos uploaded to the Event page if Party Mode is enabled.
  8. Host regular Hangouts or Hangouts on Air to have real face-to-face conversations with your followers. Consider behind-the-scenes tours, launch new products in person or simply say thank you to your supporters.
  9. Get creative and stay current with your Google+ banner. We've seen some delightful use of animation and fun seasonal banners, too, that keep a page fresh and fun.
  10. Have your whole team help with the page--add managers by navigating to Pages on the navigation ribbon on the left, hovering over the page, clicking on Managers, and adding more people there.

Get even more tips on how your business can use Google+ by checking out the help center.