Fashion and interiors retailer heine launched its e-commerce platform in 1996, and today the brand’s website offers more than 36,000 fashion and lifestyle products. Heine teamed up with Shoparade, a comparison shopping service (CSS) that drives qualified traffic from search engines to their clients’ shops. By using Shopping ads placed through Shoparade, heine aimed to achieve top ad rankings for its products and generate new sales on its website.
Fashion and interiors retailer
Subsidiary of the Otto Group
Headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany
Comparison shopping service
Operated by infiniteFox GmbH and Native Shopping Media UG
Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany
Achieve top ad rankings
Advertised products to appear on Google Search results pages
Adapted heine’s Shopping campaigns to Shopping ads via Comparison Shopping Services Shoparade
15% improvement in return on ad spend
5X increase in ad visibility of heine.de
2X increase in conversions with similar investment level
33% increase in the absolute top impressions share
4% increase in conversion rate
“As a fashion brand, our top priority in using shopping ads is to attract new and relevant customers to our online stores. The use of a CSS has enabled us to significantly broaden the presence of our unique products and thus drive more traffic to our stores without increasing our spending.”
– Holger Stripf, Head of Online Marketing, heine
At first they focused only on women’s fashion products. After one month, the new campaigns were outperforming the old approach, prompting heine and Shoparade to include more product groups, such as underwear, beachwear, shoes, and living.
“We saw incredible performance uplifts with Shopping ads via CSS within all product segments, but the uplift within fashion stood out most.”
– Christin Reske, Performance Shopping Specialist, infiniteFox/Shoparade
Upon launching Shopping ads via Shoparade, heine not only began to see improved ad visibility but also a higher return on ad spend. To capitalise on the channel’s early success, the team decided to allocate more budget to it. By the end of the test period, the percentage increase in traffic and sales oustripped the percentage increase in cost, proving the channel’s superior profitability compared to the previous approach.
Shoparade describes the results as “incredible” – new Shopping ads via CSS posted a 15% improvement in return on ad spend and a 4% increase in conversion rate over heine’s previous Shopping campaigns. The new approach also raised the visibility of heine.de by fivefold, with Shoparade’s ads contributing 90% of clicks and impressions from all of heine’s Shopping ads.
“Running Shopping ads via CSS helped us drive cost efficiency and save advertising budget. By reinvesting the savings, we’ve managed to significantly exceed our monthly sales and acquisition targets”
– Peter Quadt, Senior SEA Manager, heine