Channel Management | Connect to Google Things to Do

Created by Richard Lin, Modified on Fri, 16 Sep 2022 at 04:34 PM by Richard Lin

Overview

This guide will show you how to integrate with Google Things to Do through rezio admin in the Channel - My Booking Site - Google TTD. After the product is published and reviewed by Google, it can be displayed in the search results of Things to Do.



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Introduction to Google Things to Do 

  • What is Google Things to Do

Google Things to Do (also called Google TTD) is a service provided by Google for travel information. Suppliers integrated with Google can display their own products (including attraction tickets, tour itineraries and activities) to travelers through Google search.


With the integration of rezio and Google TTD, when a traveler searches for an attraction on Google, your products can appear in the information block of that attraction. For example, when a user searches for an attraction on a computer or mobile phone, and clicks the "Tickets" tab under the attraction, the link and price of the attraction ticket will be listed. When the user clicks the link in the list, according to the settings you have made, the customer can be directed to "MySite" or the booking screen of the Widget to complete the online booking, saving the trouble of searching.





  • What Kind of Products are Suitable for Releasing to Google Things to Do

Release Specification:
You can first search for the Point of Interest (POI) of your product on Google Search. If the POI can be found on Google Search and there is an 
Admission below the product information, you can upload and publish your product to Google TTD through rezio. 

Examples of product categories to publish:

  • Ticket: Taipei 101 Observation Deck Ticket

  • Activity: Taipei 101 Observation Deck Guided Tour

  • Ticket + Activity: Taipei 101 Observation Deck Ticket + Guided Tour


    Point of Interest, also called POI, refers to various landmarks displayed on Google Maps.




Note: For more information, please refer to Google Official Guide.


Channel Manager > Channel > MySite 

  • Channel List

In the Channel Manager, you can see the connection status of your store and each channel. Click Mysite - Channel Info to view the Google TTD setting page.



  • Channel Info > Setting Google Things To Do (TTD)



In this setting, you can:

  1. Publish MySite as official website: If you select Yes, the product published to Google TTD can be marked as the official website in the future, so that the product will be marked as from Official Site on the Google search page.

    • If you are the owner or operators of an attraction (such as an amusement park or a farm, etc.), it is recommended to select Yes to mark products such as tickets and experience activities as the official website. 

    • If you are not the owner of the attraction/scenic spot (for example you have the right to sell amusement park tickets from the park), or you provide tours in the natural environment, such as: Taiwan 101 ticket or Kenting surfing course, then such products are not suitable for publishing as the official website.

  2. Publish MySite or Widget URL: This will affect the pages that regular Google users go to. If you select MySite, the customer will be directed to your MySite product page after clicking the price link in the Google search page. If you select Widget,  the customer will be directed to the Widget booking screen after clicking the price link in the Google search page.

  3. Enable Google TTD: The default setting is No. Once enabled, you can start publishing your products to Google TTD. 

Note: It is not a must to publish rezio MySite as the official website to enable Google TTD, but if it is published as the official website, it can make the product be placed higher on the search page!    



Example 1:


  • Publish MySite as official website: Yes 

  • Enable Google TTD: Yes 


Scenario: If you're an attraction owner, then publishing your products to Google via rezio and marking it as an official site will place your products higher on the search page over other unofficial products. 

Note: When you select Yes to both Publish MySite as official website and Enable Google TTD, the official website certification statement window will pop up. After agreeing to the consent statement, MySite will be marked as the official website and published to Google.


Example 2:


  • Publish MySite as official website: No 

  • Enable Google TTD: Yes


Scenario: If you are not the attraction’s owner, you can still publish the product to Google TTD for users to search without publishing MySite as the official website. 

Note: when you select No for the Publish MySite as official website, a notification of Are you sure not to use MySite as the official website will pop up. Please confirm again, agree to the statement and save the settings to enable Google TTD. However, MySite will not be marked as the official website.


  • Google Things To Do (TTD) Release Specification

If you decide to enable Google TTD, it is recommended to browse and familiarize yourself with the relevant specifications to ensure that the product can be published smoothly. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the Google Things To Do Policies.


  • Histories

Changes in related settings will record the admin’s name and changes.


  • Product Info > Google TTD Settings

Go to Channel Manager > Channel > Product Info > select one of your product’s Google TTD Settings

Publish settings for each product can be set once Google TTD is enabled.


After entering the Google TTD settings, the system will automatically check each product’s setting. The products that do not conform to the Google TTD release specification will be listed. You can refer to the error message and click the relevant link below to modify it. 


  • Google TTD Settings > TTD setting

Go to Channel Manager > Channel > Product Info > select one of your product’s Google TTD Settings > TTD setting.


  • Publish as official website: If you select Yes to Publish MySite as official website on the Channel Info page, then you can individually set whether to publish your products as the products from the official website. If you select No, then this option will not appear in the Google TTD Settings in your Product Info page (which means you can’t set your products to be from the official website).


  • Type of connection between product and attraction: 


  • Sales Options - Sales Option Type (can choose more than one): Similar to Tags in Products, Sales Option Type gives more information about the product characteristics to Google TTD. For example: One-day Safari Tour, for the Sales Option Type you can select Animals, Day Trips, Self Guided, to name a few. 

Note: If the Sales Option includes admission tickets, it is recommended to choose Self Guided. Self Guided tour is one of the important bases for Google to classify your product as an admission ticket. 



  • Product image: It must follow Google's specifications and meet the specified format to be uploaded successfully.




  • Google Place ID: Place ID can identify the location of POI in the Google places database and on Google maps. The system will automatically convert the Address you entered previously into a Place ID and send it to Google. If you adjust the latitude or longitude, the location information will be sent to Google. 

Note: It takes time for the system to obtain a Place ID from Google so it may not appear in the field immediately. The system will automatically save the ID after obtaining it.


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