The categorization of your products within Channable is one of the most important steps you need to do in order to setup an export feed or API. The categorization step in Channable is necessary for most export channels in order to match your category tree with the one from the platform. Each export channel has different categories, so you will need to categorize the products for each different export channel you add in Channable. For example, on Amazon, you’ll place the girls’ trousers you are selling into the category path “Clothing > Girls > Trousers” whereas for Google Shopping, the category path would be the following: “Apparel & Accessories > Clothing > Pants”.
When you get to the category step when setting up a feed or an API, you have the option of the following four choices:
1. Add category
Create categories manually with 'if field', 'filter', 'value' and 'set to category' settings. Read this article how you manually add categories.
2. Generate categories
If your own category information is imported in Channable (often through in a field called 'category', 'categories' or 'category_path'), generate categories is a good option. Auto-generating categories uses the field that you select and generate new categories from the top 150 values of this field. You still need to connect these values to the export platform's category, but you don't need to setup the filter rules like in the first option. Read this article for more information about the generate categories function.
3. Copy categories
If you already configured categories in Channable for the same export channel in another feed or API, you can copy those categories. For example if you want to add a second Google Shopping feed for a different country. Read this article how to do this.
4. Skip this step
Some channels don't use categories, see this article how to decide if you need to set categories.
Thanks to a powerful machine learning algorithm, we made it possible for your items to be automatically matched to the most likely product category. The smart categorization feature is now available for Google Shopping, Admarkt, Adroll, Affilinet, Criteo, Daisycon, Facebook, Miinto (tsv), VidaXL, Blokker Connect! and Bol.com. Read this article for more information about our smart categorization.