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Why do brands need an Amazon strategy?    

Amazon Brand Strategy

Listing products on Amazon is just the start. You are then required to create a strategy and compete with other sellers to be visible.

We are here to help. Having worked on the Amazon platform since 2009, we have a very deep understanding of how Amazon works. We have worked with numerous brands in the UK and abroad including Men Rock, Arena Flowers and Mustard to name just a few.

We provide the training & consulting to maximise sales and ensure your brand is represented well to customers. We have three training modules to suit your needs – Amazon Professional for sellers just starting up, Amazon Advanced for faster growing Amazon sellers and Amazon Vendor for brand owners and manufacturers.

We are leaders in creating successful Amazon strategies that help Amazon sellers take advantage of both the Amazon Vendor channel as well as Amazon’s Marketplace. Get in touch to discuss your Amazon requirements today.

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Buy Box and Product Differentiation on Amazon

Amazon is now a very crowded marketplace compared to 10 years ago when I first started selling. Sellers are now finding it tough to rank on best match search result and it is the same with winning the buy box. The Buy box is simply a top prominent “buy now” button. Losing this position may mean no sales at all. This post will talk about how to win a buy box and how product differentiation is a good way forward.

Amazon has set out many criteria to win the buy box position and out of many – Fulfilment By Amazon, Price and Feedback percentage are the main ones in my experience.

Fulfilment By Amazon (FBA)   

How to win Buy box - Daytodayebay

 

  • In this example, the product sold by Amazon wins the buy box even if there are other cheaper products.
  • Tip: Trial FBA if you are competing with other Amazon sellers

 

Price

Buy Box Winning Strategies - Daytodayebay

  • Lowest price seller wins buy box in this example
  • Tip: Monitor your price and amend as necessary. It is always good to generate sales volume with less profit than no sales at all

 

Manual price update is possible with less SKU but if you have a high number of items automated solutions like eprice can help.  It connects with all your Amazon accounts, follows your pricing rules and automatically changes prices keeping you competitive all the time.

Feedback Percentage  

 

  • Seller with high feedback % wins the buy box
  • Tip: Ensure your performance level is up to standard. It is always best to avoid bad feedback even if this means a loss. This is simply because bad feedback impacts on your overall account.

So how to avoid Buy Box Competition

Private Labels

We have seen the rise of “Amazon Private Labels”.  They are simply a copy of original products the “Aldi” way and production is now possible in smaller batches by reaching out to Chinese manufacturers via Alibaba or Global sources. Private labels now play a very significant role in creating sustainable businesses with Amazon.

What we are seeing here is successful three-way relationships between Amazon, brand owners and factories and this is only going to get stronger.

Product Bundles 

 

Another way to avoid buy box competition is grouping products. If you are selling brands readily available to anyone else, it is good practice to include one of your brands in a bundle. This prevents any one else to list on your ASIN.

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  • Tip: Include your own brand to prevent others from selling

With the rise of Amazon sellers everyone is doing their best to win the buy box and differentiate their products. The above examples hopefully act as reminder. If you have any more questions, please do get in touch.

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Subscribe & Save for FBA sellers

Amazon Subscribe and Save Store

Amazon Subscribe & Save option is now available to FBA sellers in the UK who meet the requirements. This program was introduced in 2007 in the US allowing consumers to get their favourite consumables delivered regularly in exchange of at least 5% discount each order. * Beware Amazon price changes regularly and subscribe and save may no start saving you pounds.

What sellers need to know?

  • Subscribe & Save automatically gets Buy Box so, it is absolutely critical to win the buy box.

Amazon Subscribe and Save Buyers View

  • This is generally very successful marketing strategy which encourages repeat buys
  • You products are visible in Subscribe and Save page increasing visibility

Amazon Subscribe and Save Store

  • To be eligible your store needs to have good performance level with feedback rating of 4.7 or higher

Amazon Subscribe and Save Feedback Eligibility

Find out more about this programme and enrol, take a look at this Amazon help page >>

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A/B Testing with Amazon Sponsored Products

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We have been managing Amazon Sponsored Products for some of our clients and we are seeing really good progress in sales. If you have not looked into this, it is very easy system to learn with lot less complications compared to that of Google Adwords. So, give it a go!


Update

Amazon Sponsored Ads

You will find above question as a part of Official Amazon Sponsored Ads guide. We checked with Amazon whether this was true they came back to us with the answer below.

I would like to confirm that you are bidding against yourself in that the computer would need to decide which of the two campaigns to select so in that regard it does place both of the campaigns against each other to decide which one to display.

It also factors in a buyer’s previous searches, Browse Nodes, Bids, Seller and Browse Node Ratings and click-through-rates to make the decision but in these cases, your product will still display so you are not being penalised.


We were recently asked few questions by one of our clients regarding testing return on ads involving same ASIN in different ad types and also using same keywords on different ASINs. This is popularly known as A/B testing. Here’s specific question and answers:

  1. Does two ads compete if same ASIN is on manual ads and automatic ads?

>  Yes the two ads will compete for the system to show one of them. This means that the system will chose one, which will be done randomly, therefore you will only be generating Impressions once and any click will be only charged once.

  1. Does two ads compete if same keyword is on different ASIN?

>  Yes the two ads will compete for the system to show one of them. This means that the system will chose one advert based on a number of factors. Some of these factors are feedback on the item, price, availability, buyer previous searches and a few more. The system will decide which advert to show which is a higher probability of resulting in a purchase.

  1. Does two ads compete if same keywords on same ASIN?

>  Yes the two ads will compete for the system to show one of them. This means that the system will chose one advert based on a number of factors. Some of these factors are feedback on the item, price, availability, buyer previous searches and a few more. The system will decide which advert to show which is a higher probability of resulting in a purchase.

Please do try this out and let the system help you decide which one is the best. If you have further questions please feel free to get in touch.

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Getting the most out of Amazon Product Search Terms

Amazon’s Search term tab gives unique opportunity for every Amazon seller. The opportunity here is rank for the search terms that are not presented on any part of the product listings page because any part of listing page is currently ranked. And repeating any search terms here is waste of time. Here are few general best practices:

  • You do not need to enter common misspelling
  • It isn’t necessary to duplicate title keywords; it is better to use additional terms to generate a wider range of customer search hits.
  • Use single words terms for Gifts for the Bride Bridesmaid Gifts Candle Wedding Day Gift White Gorgeous Jar, then that is what customers must type. However, by listing these terms separately, you allow for more combinations, such as bridesmaid gift, wedding candle, and wedding day gift. It is best to experiment these in a list of products to see the difference in sales.
  • We don’t need commas in between as we are using one set of keyword/ phrase per line

We recently experimented to check if it helps to put important words at the onset of the field compared to the end of the field. And, we found no difference. We also found that we were driving customers to the product page rather than our page when we are not winning the buy box. So, our time will be better spent on product pages where we are wining the buy box. The images below shows what we did and the result.

Getting the best out of Amazon Search terms - daytodayebay

Getting the best out of Amazon Search terms - daytodayebay

Getting the best out of Amazon Search terms - daytodayebay

 

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Amazon Automatic PPC is a great way to increase sales

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Amazon PPC Ads or Amazon sponsored Ads are great way to increase visibility and add new sales. We handle handful of UK Amazon accounts and we thought you’d like to find out how to set one up for yourself. So, we have sent a written a guest blog post for our very good friends at Tamebay. You can read more there >

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eBay and Amazon Consultancy in London

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Today we had a really interesting day with a Toy Online Seller in London. The business, a manufacturer of hand-made toys, is selling successfully on Marketplaces ( eBay, Amazon) and Website.  We were booked to help the business grow across all channels and find new channels to grow the existing business. So, we spent the day discussing:

   #1  How business could effectively use Amazon FBA?

   FBA is a good option for many businesses but not for all. With our experience of helping sellers across many        categories, we were able to help business decide the right way forward.

#2  How to expand sustainably across Europe ?

   Whilst Amazon is relatively easy platform to expand into Europe and so is the eBay, we focussed our discussion    most profitable products to sell in Europe.

   Additionally, we found out Amazon US as a very lucrative market which could be true for many retailers. We   used Amazon research tools to help out estimated sales for our product category which helped to make a right decision.

   #3  eBay and Amazon SEO.

eBay and Amazon are relatively easy platforms to use and can be mastered in a day but experience always helps. We discussed proven strategies to get on the top of eBay and Amazon search results.

   #4  How to leverage Amazon Marketing options ?

   Amazon is an innovative retail channel and most fail to take full advantage as there are very less information out   there. During this discussion we were able to include best practices of using Amazon PPC.

  Additionally, we discussed how Amazon Vendor account could benefit the business with increased sales.

   #5  Choosing the correct Multichannel platform.

   This was an interesting discussion as there are so many out doing similar stuff. We took “business & user centric”    approach which enabled us to finalise the right channel to consider.

Further more, we discussed how we can grow website sales with Google Shopping and Social Channels.  It was a really enjoyable day and we ended the day with a strategic plan for the business. We are increasingly seeing businesses demanding for one to one session to develop the business are we are getting better at this. Free resources like webinars and blogs does help to understand so called “expert” opinion but personalised session like today aims to help business grow.

We can help your business grow too on Marketplaces and through your own website. So, get in touch today to find out how we can help.

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How to Optimise Amazon Product Listings ?

We have been working recently with a Cartridge Manufacture based in Ireland. Though our ultimate aim was to improve sales we went through some key elements of listings to get there. Here’s what we did

#1 We found out that the listing lacked image that actually depict what product is in search so we created new product with actual cartridge, branded box and colour on the top right. Here’s how it looks in search

Amazon Product Listing Optimisation

Amazon Product Listing Optimisation

This has positive impact on increasing conversion.Amazon Product Listing Optimisation

#2 We worked on titles and added popular search terms “Replacement Cartridge”. This increased product impressions and ultimately sales.

#3 We worked on product description to make it more readable. We made Model number bold as customers look for
the replacement cartridge for the model of the printer. We also made rest of the description reader friendly with bullet points.

Description becomes critical as there were detailed information about the product. Also, on mobile devices description is seen first then key features. Amazon Product Listing Optimisation

#4 After working content we rolled out Automatic PPC ads which generated additional sales.

Amazon PPC Ads Amazon Sponsored Ads

#5 Product reviews are important doubtless and we created a template and started communicating actively with previous customer to write product reviews. We saw result within 24hour and we will continue to do so.

Actively Encourage Product Reviews to improve Amazon product ranking

These are very easy to use methods that every businesses should consider following. Content is definitely the key, if you don’t have rich content it will be very difficult to get the conversion. We are here to help so, just give us a call on 029 02236 2596 or 0751 88 39629 or email us if you have any questions.

 

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