Amazon is such a big deal now that people actually skip Google and start their online shopping searches directly on Amazon. Although Google still is the best search tool for inter-business purchases and services, Amazon is slowly overtaking the business and consumer market.
How this works for the advertiser
If you want to start an online company, the best way to meet your buyers are through Amazon. It is on the fast track for growth in the up and coming years, people get a wider opportunity for showcasing their product to everyone around the world.
Using Amazon Ads
Amazon is divided into several different advertising programs to chose from. But, the best is Amazon Sponsored Products. These ads are basically just image ads, which have only a major difference of appearing on search results right next to the searched products. Sponsored products can come on top of the rest of the results. The only difference between them and the non-sponsored results is the grey “Sponsored” tag which appears above the product title.
In order to create Amazon Sponsored Products ad, you need to select keywords. Whenever someone will search for those keywords, your ad will show up. You have to pay only for the clicks you receive on your ad. Whenever someone clicks on your Sponsored Product Ad, they will be directly sent to your page, which would be that of your Amazon product detail page.
It is noted that when people look up something on Google, they are just browsing for solutions and products. But, when they begin the search on Amazon, it means that the person is more prepared to make a purchase.
How to Build Your Amazon Ad
1. You must have an active seller account on Amazon.
2. You must have active product listings in any of Amazon’s product categories.
3. You must have the Buy Box. It is a box on Amazon product detail page where customers can start making purchases by adding items to their shopping carts.
Adding Keywords and Bidding
Amazon sponsored products use keywords to bring the crowd to your ads. You can choose automatic targeting where Amazon chooses the keywords for you, or you can choose manual targeting where you get to choose your own keywords. There are 3 types of keyword matching, which are broad, phrase and exact.
Amazon will also provide advertisers with data that need to have regarding searches for keywords. It includes which kinds of search terms are popular with the customers and are giving the best performance, and it also tells you which keywords you should otherwise add in order to refine the performance of your campaigns.
The search terms report for every keyword will include data regarding Campaign, Ad group, Impressions, Clicks, Click thru rate, Cost per click, Conversions/number of orders placed, SKU for the sale and many more.
Although Amazon is just becoming a part of the advertising game and hasn’t been around for more than five years, the number of advertisers seeking space on that platform is increasing day by day. If compared to Google, there is a lower cost-per-click for advertisers of products on Amazon. Amazon uses past performance and sales on Amazon in order to determine the position, sponsored content and gain consumer attention. You can use sponsored content to help push your listing to the top of the search results.
When to start
If you have a product that you need to sell, you can consider using Amazon as a platform and using Amazon sponsored products ads. If you get in the business early, at a lower cost-per-click, you will have a chance to promote new products on top of the Amazon search.