COMMON MARKETING MISTAKES THAT BLOCK CONVERSION

COMMON MARKETING MISTAKES THAT BLOCK CONVERSION

Since its inception, social media has changed the face of communication altogether. Nowadays almost every person has an account on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc, and if the stats are to be believed, then an average internet user spends 2 hours daily on social media. These figures show how important social media marketing can be for a business. If done correctly, it is bound to improve your company’s outreach and sales figures. However, many businesses fail to understand its importance and make common mistakes that mostly result in the loss of conversions. Let’s take a brief look at what these mistakes are and what steps should be taken to prevent them.

1) Spamming the audience: The worst thing that a business can do is continually spam the audience with emails or automatic links. The increase in social media platforms has led to a bombardment of promotions on the audience by almost every organization. Everyone tries to promote their products or services by sending repetitive offers with the same content. As a result, possible leads tend to lose interest in you which often leads to ignoring your emails and marking them as spam. This can heavily affect your business and even generate bad reviews. This can be avoided by not sending repetitive messages and using a subtle approach for promoting your business.

Spamming the audience

2) Not having CTA: Call to action (CTA) is one of the most vital elements that can lead to better conversion rate and profit. Businesses often forget that the CTA lays a foundation of the organization’s success. If CTA is not attractive, it fails to generate curiosity about the business in the audience’s mind and they may choose to just skip it. You need to develop a CTA that has actionable words like “register”, “get your free trial” etc. For example, Netflix intelligently takes you to the option where they offer a one-month free trial to the audience. By doing this, the audience can get a brief idea about Netflix’s services, which would in turn boost conversion rates.

Call to Action

3) Unattractive Landing Page: Once the audience answers to your CTA, the first thing they will be directed to is going to be your landing page. Thus it is very important to properly design a landing page as it becomes an important factor in generating leads and converting them into your customers. An unattractive landing page is enough to affect your conversions as people get frustrated if they find the page difficult to navigate or unresponsive in some cases. To avoid this, businesses must efficiently design and optimize the landing pages and focus on providing clarity.

Landing Page

4) Absence of professional methods: This is another way which can make your audience think twice about your business. Creating informative content, flashy advertisements and enticing emails are one thing but creating them error free is a different thing altogether. If the emails that you send to your audience have plenty of grammatical errors, then you are bound to lose your brand image. Apart from this, unprofessional content can also lead to loss of conversions. To avoid such scenarios, you should always cross check the content that you send over social media for any grammatical or punctuation errors and even unprofessional language.

5) Absence of Social Media Marketing team: Social media marketing is a huge domain and needs a lot of workforces to execute it. Many businesses dedicate the task of social media marketing to a single person which results in catastrophic damage. This can be avoided by having a dedicated team that can effectively plan and develop the content and design required for the promotions. Having a team also ensures that every individual from that team will be working on a specific task and timely completion will be guaranteed. For example, one person from the team works on LinkedIn, the other works on Twitter or Facebook and so on. With a dedicated social media marketing team, your business can connect with multiple platforms and boost conversions.

6) Ignoring the importance of analytics:  Social media marketing is not only limited to developing engaging content for the audience but also involves tracking and analyzing that content. Analytics play a very important role in any business. Tracking your posts gives you an idea about which posts are getting more attention and which posts can be discarded without having much effect on the sales. For example, if you are selling female clothing then it might prove beneficial to promote on Pinterest as a majority of the users are females. Google Analytics is a very important tool that can be used to analyze the traffic on your website. It will give you an insight into your audience’s minds and their interaction patterns and will help you develop better content as well as a marketing strategy.

Social media marketing is something which should not be taken lightly as it can affect your business and lead to a decrease in overall conversions. To have an upward moving graph when it comes to sales, businesses must devise an effective social media marketing strategy and execute it wisely.

For any further information on Social Media Marketing, please contact us on info@bmconsulting.in. You may also visit our website www.bmconsulting.in to get further insights.

FUNDAMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR AMAZON HSA

HSA is one example out of the many types of ads that you can run on Amazon in order to boost up your sales. With highlights on your brand, HSA provides other value added benefits such as brand visibility and customer trust.

Headline search ads, abbreviated as HAS, play a vital role in building your brand on Amazon. Have you ever pondered over the Search results page on Amazon and found banner ads specific to a brand featuring products in the same category? Chances are that you have already clicked on it but not heeded on its details. So, let’s look at an example of HSA for better clarity. Below is a portion of the search results page for the search term “microwave oven”.

The section that has been encircled in red is a headline search ad. These types of ads may appear on the top of search results, on the bottom of search results or on the left hand side of the search results.

HSA are used to create brand awareness among Amazon shoppers. Each HSA features only a selected category of products. This process of advertising on Amazon is an easy method to drive repeated purchases from your online store as it maximized visibility and gives a plpatform to shoppers to develop a trust in your brand.

We shall dive in to the essentials of HSA by going through each component:

1.Landing page or Products Listing page:

This is the page to which shoppers are directed to once they click (anywhere except the products displayed) on the HSA. It contains all products in a single category. The first step to HSA campaigns is to create the products listing page. Once you login into seller central, you should access campaign manager and click on headline search ads followed by create campaign. At this point, you may select all your products from a selected category to display on the landing page.

2. Display banner:

The banner is exactly the HSA (shown in the figure above) which is displayed upon triggering of ads through search terms. After creating the landing page, the next step of campaign creation is to create the banner. You have to enter your brand name and a headline. Enter the image of your logo or a specific product to be displayed on the banner. Next you can add three products which will be shown on the banner. Here is a labeled image of a HSA banner creative to help you identify each component.

3. Keyword bid

Once you have added all the components of the banner creative, you have to set a default keyword bid. There are two options for this step – automated bidding or manual bidding. In the manual bidding options, you may select the percentage offset from the default bid for displaying your ads in all other placements other than top of the search results page.

4. Keyword:

The next step will be adding the keywords. You may choose the suggested keywords or add your own keywords manually for all match types (broad, phrase and exact). Amazon suggests that you add at least 50 – 100 keywords.

5. Campaign details:

Finally, you will be required to add the campaign details such as name, duration and budget. After this, your campaign will be reviewed. The review process happens within 72 hours.

A low sales volume on Amazon can be frustrating scenario for online sellers. Together with many other methods, HSA campaigns can be used in collaboration with sponsored product ads to give exceptional results for your products. Embedding your sponsored ads with new product targeting gives added benefit to your campaign as a whole. It assists in maximizing visibility of your brand to the widest range of relevant customers. Once customers are satisfied with products from your brand, it is highly likely that you will receive repeated purchases and/or referred purchases. Simple steps mentioned above can help you to set up a HAS campaign to give a significant boost to your sales.

Overview of Amazon Marketing Services

You should never miss out on Amazon marketing services if you want to sell your stuff online. This is because Amazon is the biggest e-commerce space that you can get for your product. Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) is Amazon’s pay-per-click (PPC) platform where people get their products on the basis of keywords, products, and interests.

Overview of Amazon Marketing Services

AMS offers Amazon Pages, Product Display Ads, Headline Search Ads and Sponsored Products Ads.

How to enter Amazon Marketing Services:

If you want to get into Amazon Marketing Services, you must have one of these –

• A Vendor Central or Vendor Express login
• An invitation to represent a vendor
• An Advantage Central login
• A Kindle Direct Publishing account

Types of AMS Ads

1. Sponsored Products Ads

These ads give sellers more control over how they want to merchandise their product on Amazon. You can increase your product visibility when people look up the keywords you have bid on along with targeted ads. You only have to pay when someone clicks on your ad and reaches your page.

With Sponsored Products, you put out the maximum cost that you are willing to pay when a shopper clicks on your ad. If your bid is more competitive, you will have better chances of getting your ad displayed when someone looks up your keywords.

You must have a regular budget for every ad campaign and keep an amount that you are willing to pay. That way, at the end of a month, your ad expenditure won’t exceed your desired daily spend. Keyword research is an important part of is also very important, so make sure you do it well.

2. Headline Search Ads

Headline Search ads build the most brand awareness as they are displayed on the top, bottom and left rail of Amazon search results. They also feature a customized design along with your logo and headline. It also consists of three products that are click bait.
Keywords help in deciding if your ad will be displayed or not. If a shopper looks for something ideal to what your keyword is, that will lead to him finding your product.
Your creatives are auto-generated and all you have to do is add a headline and image before you submit your ad for review.

Amazon displays your ad to those shoppers who use the keywords from your campaign.
With these ads, you put out the maximum cost that you are willing to pay when a shopper clicks on your ad. If your bid is more competitive, you will have better chances of getting your ad displayed when someone looks up your keywords.

The only limitation is that Amazon will not accept ads that contain or relate to certain content. Headline Search ads can be made by all approved Amazon Marketing Services accounts.

3. Product Display Ads

Product Displayed ads are on the right side of an Amazon product page. It pays more attention to the brand than the product itself. In order to display your ads, there are two targeting methods: Product and Interest. Product targeting lets you choose which pages your ad will be shown on. You can also choose your campaign settings by naming your campaign, setting a CPC bid, a campaign budget, and the time.

Your ads will appear on the product detail page, around search results, customer reviews page, on top of the offer listing page and in Amazon-generated emails. When your items go out of stock, the ads are stopped until the item is back in stock.

With Product Display Ads, you put out the maximum cost that you are willing to pay when a shopper clicks on your ad. If your bid is more competitive, you will have better chances of getting your ad displayed when someone looks up your keywords.

Using AMS also has a lot of challenges –

• Making a good impression
• You can’t bid for more than what you can afford
• Getting good conversion rates
• Getting a decent return on investment (ROI).
• Not every seller uses AMS
• Impatiently raising the bid
• Not being creative enough with targeting

When you advertise with AMS, it is an opportunity. You should use it efficiently and it also depends on the products you are getting. But, you must also remember that it won’t get you instant success. Amazon focuses on how your ad performs, good targeting and product page appeal. You should improve your targeting and your product page for better ad performance metrics.

Why sales have gone down

Why sales have gone down

Sometimes, sellers are doing just fine when all of a sudden, the sales start varying and dropping day by day.

Here are a few reasons why this happens. 

1. Losing the Buy Box

Most of the sales happen through the Buy Box, which is the best place for generating sales for all third-party sellers who want to be successful on Amazon. They must always aim to win the Buy Box on Amazon, which gets rotated between sellers that are deemed good enough to have it.
If you are the only person who sells the product on Amazon, then you will be fin, but if there are multiple sellers, you will be facing serious competition for the same Buy Box.
So, if you have lost the Buy Box, or it is being shared with different sellers, this can explain the reason as to why your sales have dropped all of a sudden.
If you want the Buy Box back, you must make sure that you have good software, and that you are competitively priced. Your feedback should always be positive and as engaging as possible.

2. Experiencing negative feedback

There are two ways for a person to leave their feedback on Amazon, one is for the seller (seller feedback) and the other is for the product they’ve purchased (product review).
If you are a private label seller then getting a 1-star product review can hinder your sales dramatically. Any bad seller feedback review is bad for your product. The moment you get negative feedback, you should examine the problem and find out where it is within Amazon’s feedback guidelines. If there is a problem with the shipping, then Amazon will remove this feedback, so that it doesn’t affect the product.
The other feedback can be removed by the customer if you work with them on the problem and solve any misunderstandings they had with the product/service. But, never force a seller into removing feedback.
Find out where you went wrong, and do whatever you can to regenerate sales.

3. Look up your product the way a customer does

You should always put yourself in the customer’s shoes and think the way they would. Check your product’s visibility, if your product is on page one or not, how your product is being displayed on the mobile. Check if you have listed your products with the correct keywords and that your images are updated and of the best quality.

4. Seasonal trend

Sometimes, based on what you sell, you may experience some months when your sales are slower than usual. Like sunglasses are bought more during summer instead of winters. It is good to keep track of when your figures escalate or fall so that you can identify any seasonal trends.

5. Ending a sales promotion

Sometimes, Amazon sellers decide to run promotions for the entire year in order to boost sales and product visibility. If your promotion has recently ended, then it might be the reason why your sales have gone down all of a sudden. This is why you should keep track of any campaign dates that you have in order to know when it ends and how it affects sales.

6. Check your campaigns

Many Amazon sellers use Amazon PPC ads in order to drive traffic to their product listings. Using an Amazon PPC campaign can directly affect your sales if your payment method gets denied or if your Amazon Sponsored Ad campaign comes to an end.

Conclusion
There will always come a time where your product will experience a drop in sales. However, you should ask yourself some questions, like what your competitors are doing, what your buyers are doing, how your prices are as compared to your competitors, and your reviews.
However, this slump is always temporary and along the year, this will even itself out.

Understanding Amazon PPC ads

Today’s online portal for e-business and sales is very competitive and vast. Amazon pay-per-click (PPC) ads are an efficient method for brands to create awareness, improve visibility, and increase sales.

AMAZON PPC

Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) is Amazon’s advertising style provided to its sellers. It offers three kinds of PPC ads. They are headline search ads, sponsored product ads, and product display ads. These ads are all suitable for attracting customers and getting conversions done.

1.    Headline Search Ads

Headline Search ads get the most clicks among all the three types of PPC ads on Amazon. They build the most brand awareness as they are displayed on the top, bottom and left rail of Amazon search results. They also feature a customized design along with your logo and headline. It also consists of three products that are click bait.

How to create a headline search campaign

If you want to create a headline search campaign, you should start by choosing the most clickbait page of your ad. Shoppers click on this when they click on your ad. You can choose whichever Amazon Store page you want and you can also customize your own Amazon URL.

Then, you must choose your keywords which are used to target your customers. That way, if a customer clicks on your ad, he will be taken to your page and be given details about your products.

2. Sponsored Product Ads

Sponsored product ads are the most popular ones on Amazon as they bring in the highest amount of sales per click. They increase a product’s search visibility and bring more than usual people to your product details’ page. If you want to create a sponsored product campaign, you must choose the product you want to promote and add all the keywords which will help increase your product’s visibility. You can either do manual targeting, which includes selecting certain keywords for your ad or uses automatic targeting, where all your relevant keywords are targeted according to the product information. So, when a shopper looks for your keywords, your ad will pop up in the display if you win the Buy Box for that product.

3. Product Display Ads

Product display ads are becoming quite popular. These ads help to target shoppers who aren’t sure if they want to buy a product or not. They help in cross-selling and work extremely well for competition and give you a head start. These ads appear on product detail pages, customer review pages, the bottom of search results pages, and many other places. If you want to make a product display ad campaign, choose the product you want to promote and how you want to target customers. When someone clicks on your ad, they are taken to the product detail page.

4. Coupon Ads

If you have active Vendor Powered Coupons, then you can use the Product display ads to promote your products. These ads work just the way a regular product display and do, but the only difference is that they offer a coupon-specific creative. Amazon says that when you choose a product, there will be a notification about the availability of coupons. You can make a choice of advertising the coupon and view the ad before making the entire campaign live.

5. Deal Ads

Product display ads are also helpful when it comes to advertising deals with a limited amount of time. You will be presented the entire campaign process step by step. IT shows you the deals that can be used for promotion. They can be any Lightning or Savings and Sales deals which are under your vendor code. They should be approved and not to end within the next 72 hours.

The designs and logos for deal ads are auto-generated. They don’t have any custom headline or logo images. They show the type of deal, promotional price, and offer expiry date.

Conclusion

Amazon PPC ads help brands promote their pages in each stage. You can’t just set your campaign and forget about it. You need to change your ways, optimize things and target good keywords and products. Only that way, you will get good sales, convert shoppers to buyers and get good profits.

Know the tips to increase sales and get optimum ROI on Amazon

If people want to open their own store online, there are various sites that can help with the same. It is a great way of starting something new. But, if you want to generate sales, you will have to do more than just setting up a store. You must know the best marketing tactics and how to make sales happen. Here are 6 ways you can increase sales and get optimum ROI on Amazon.


Know the tips to increase sales and get optimum ROI on Amazon

1. Get Paid Traffic

One of the best ways to generate better sales is through paid traffic. People have several misconceptions about the same; they think it is expensive. Some stories circulate around saying that people who spend a lot of money on such stuff, get nothing in return and have an inevitable loss. But, none of these is true. If you know the way to get the best deals, you will find that paid traffic is affordable and can take your business to the higher levels.

Those who fail with paid traffic seem to experience common mistakes. When you are running paid traffic campaigns, you should not put all your money on a single ad. Run multiple campaigns and have variations for them. You then drive traffic to each and check which ads bring you the best crowd.

2. Get people to trust you

Another way to increase sales is by getting people to trust you. People have to follow a process in order to buy a product before the actual transaction is made. When you increase the trust people have at every step of this process, conversions from shoppers to buyers will be more. You can add reviews of the products that are on display. This acts as proof regarding the product. You can also install a live chat option on your site, which acts as the best customer service. Testimonials and trust badges also gain the trust of the people in your product. They are for the last minute concerns people have before buying your product, and this might help in to eradicate them.

3. Have a simple Checkout process

There’s also the option of making your checkout process simpler. Instead of getting people to sign up, there should be an option to check out as a guest. This is less tiresome and easier as compared to other methods. You can also reduce the number of form fields that need to be filled. With some features like buttons, you can make their process simpler.

4. Use emails

In order to get more publicity and grow your e-commerce store, you can take up email marketing. If you want to do that, there are two ways of approaching the same.
You can have a list and market according to that. Or, you can make a completely new list. If you have the emails of all your customers, you can start without any hassle. However, if you don’t have a list, you must first create one, get people through paid traffic and conduct a giveaway. But, if you want to generate sales, you will have to follow some methods. You can resort to cross-selling, which is when you sell products that are complementary to what they have already bought. You must send your emails a week or two after someone has bought your product and then you can send them the complementary products’ promotion.

5. Show off your product as much as you can

The best way to improve sales is by showing off your product in a much better manner. People buy a product for its benefits, and you have to keep that in mind while you are marketing it. You can start by taking pictures of your products against a good background, preferably white. You can outsource the photography work to someone else if you can’t do it on your own. You can also take videos. Improve your product descriptions and align them in a proper manner. Highlight certain features of the product and emphasize them well enough to attract your customers.

There is also the process of upselling. You can also include an expensive product and add the ratings and reviews to it. Encourage and convince your customers to go for the expensive option and do it by providing discounts and deals on the same.

CONCLUSION

There are many ways you can market your product and gain plenty of sales. Whether you do it through paid traffic or email marketing, the options aren’t limited. The most important part is knowing your customer well, that helps in getting the most success out of a product. All we know is that at the end of the day, the customer should be happy and you must make good profits out of your products. That is what matters most.

Do Amazon Sponsored Listing Ads Work?

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.

Do Amazon Sponsored Listing Ads Work

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.

Reporting

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.

Money Matters

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.

INTEGRATE YOUR AMAZON SALES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media needs no explanation in today’s world. With almost 2.8 billion of humans present on social networks, it is rather hard to imagine that this outlook can be ignored when it comes to business outreach. Business success stories on social media are no more limited to simple paid campaigns. Numerous tactics and innovations have taken storms on various social media platforms giving rise to corporate accomplishments even beyond expectations.

If you are selling on Amazon, you will be aware that it is a tricky task to attract customers to YOUR particular product, especially if you are selling a common product which is readily available from other sellers too. There is no overstatement in saying that you need to apply every possible marketing strategy (like sponsored ads, product page detailing, winning the buy box, price optimization and many others) on Amazon itself. But, no business exists without innovation and execution of tasks which are out of the box.

So here is your best option away from the Amazon platform – social media.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room so that you are majorly covered. Facebook is unarguably the most vastly exploited social media network and has an astounding user base of over 2.3 billion people. And here is the chance for you to reach out to targeted customers for your Amazon marketplace store.

There are two major approaches to raising your business on Facebook.

  1. Run paid campaigns – Facebook provides a very comfortable interface to target your customers. You can run campaigns of your Amazon store page or products by selecting your customers based on location, age, gender, their interests and dislikes. For example, if you are selling stationary, you can target a person in your country (as this customer is most likely to order from you) of age between 10 and 35 who has interests in craftwork. Such a direct targeting option allows you to reach out to relevant audiences and increases chances of sales very highly.
  2. Create your Facebook page – This idea also works well for a seller who is willing to be consistent on social media. Create your page and regularly post your products with new ideas. Add your product page links to your posts so that customers get an easy ordering experience. There can be high levels of success if you manage to create a good base on your page.

Some examples of social media business strategies are as follows:

A clothing and lifestyle brand Ugmonk, posted an image of its product using an inspirational quote from Steve Jobs on Twitter. Quotes are more likely to be shared and this is why this strategy worked out for Ugmonk.

You can use this strategy on your page as well as for paid campaigns for your Amazon selling products. It is a catchy approach to grabbing consumer attraction.

Nike uses images with motivational messages on Pinterest. So, people share the image with the idea of the message and the product penetrates through customers in a subtle way.

Aerie, a women’s clothing company, encourages its viewers to share un-edited pictures of themselves with the hashtag  #AerieReal promising to donate to a needy organization. This is a very unique way of making your brand viral – indirect but deep.

This method will work out well if you have your own Facbook page and manage to get an appropriate amount of attention in terms of followers. Once your page is set, ideas like this or something similar can be laid out. You may ask your customers to use a hashtag and post photos as a contest and give your product as a gift for the best photo selected. Such ideas, that have something return, generally catch the eyes of social media users easily.

Engaging customers with questions grabs a huge audience and the same can be done for your products on your Facebook page. Have a look.

Bottom line is that businesses have to be customer centric in order to sustain. So cultivate your brand in such a way that your customers comfortably showcase and spread your products on social media. Your customers should actually desire to interact with your brand on social networks and that is what gives you the real success.

For any further information or assistance related to social media marketing, please contact us on info@bmconsulting.in or visit us at www.bmconsulting.in.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION: THE TECHNICAL FACET

Search engine optimization is a gradual process, a process that seamlessly shows results. It is almost like gym training. One cannot fix a timeline for the results of this process. There is nothing like “your website will be on the first page for related keywords by two months”. You may say that it can test your perseverance as a business. But keep calm; it eventually gives you results that are strong, worthy and profitable.

When you begin optimising your website, the technical aspects practically play the most important roles. Technical SEO is basically everything done in optimisation apart from content and link building. It can be called the foundation of the whole process and therefore it is obvious that it has to be strong. Look into the following list to assist your process:

  1. Speed counts

A fast website leads to high rankings. This is one of the main aspects and you cannot overlook this one. Google’s ranking factors takes into account the TTFB – time to first byte, i.e. the time taken to load the first byte on your website. Your website should load the first byte at high speeds in order to compete in the Google ranking race. The story does not end with the first byte. Google only considers the first byte, but your customers consider the speed taken for the whole page or site to load. If it is delayed, they will simply go back and opt for other search results. So keep up with the website speed.

  1. User friendly

Simple sitemap – make your site simple. Be to the point in your content and use compressed images. Your menus and sub-menus should be distinctive and clear in terms of strategy.

Mobile friendly – A site that is not mobile friendly is likely to rank lower on mobile searches according to Google. So test your site for mobile friendliness

Easy navigation – The design of your site should have the minimal number of actions and/or steps taken in order to reach any desired location on your website.

  1. Site architecture

Https – Use the SEO friendly architecture – https. This has been on the Google ranking factors list since 2014.

Easy URL – Easy URL structures also contribute significantly to your rankings. Incorporate your descriptions but make it brief.

  1. Consider adding structured data

Structured data is a specific set of code that can be added to your website to assist in increasing visibility of your site to search engine crawlers. Structured data can be used to describe your content through blogs, headlines, events and articles.

  1. Choose your preferred domain

There can be many domain structures that point towards your website. When setting up your website, select your preferred domain. Search engines might get confused with two domains if this is not done. Although your human users may not find much difference, remember that search engines are not human, so it is better not to get them confused.

You can use the above points to improve your technical SEO. Your optimization process needs to be well-built to give you noteworthy results. Invest in making it sturdy so that you have a good online presence supported by high rankings, thus solving the entire purpose of having a website.

Know How to Win the Amazon Buy Box

Amazon is the biggest marketplace on the digital platform, one may call it ‘the marketplace’ which rules the e-commerce world on the internet. Sellers and buyers flock the website, alike and if you are a seller on the Amazon, you must be aware you are not the only seller for the particular product type; there are about hundreds of sellers of similar product type. So, imagine the competition.

Amazon BUY BOX race

 

What can one do to beat the competition and move ahead in the number game? Well, Amazon comes ahead to solve this universal problem so that the sellers do not have to face problems on the website. Amazon gives its sellers many opportunities to have a better reach and visibility(provided, they are paid) and sell their wares and products at competitive pricing and profits.

One such sponsored ad facility that Amazon provides its sellers is the ‘Buy Box’. For all those unaware what a Buy Box is, it is the section that appears on the right-hand side of the product information page that allows the buyers to either move the chosen product to their cart or make a purchase instantly.

Why Buy Box?

Buy Box is, invariably, a pivotal tool for the sellers who are looking to sell their products and get higher profits using the Amazon marketplace. When a buyer moves the products from the product information page to his or her cart, they are planning to buy from a single seller, thereby, turning this into buy box winning for the seller.  And the seller is the buy box winner if the buyer makes an instant purchase by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button.

Since every seller has to comply with Amazon’s rules and policies, getting a place in the Buy Box is a clear indication that the seller is associated with Amazon’s policies. Buy Box, in simpler words, can either make or break the sales of the seller.

Who is eligible to get the Buy Box?

Anyone who has subscribed to the professional sponsored tools provided by the Amazon and is in compliance with Amazon’s policies is eligible to get the Buy Box on Amazon.

How to win the Buy Box?

Everyone speculates about the theory behind the Buy Box when, in reality, no one is really sure about the behind-the-scenes of the tool. Everyone wants to win the Buy Box but not everyone can do so. We have listed a few ways using which you can win the coveted Buy Box.

  • Pricing is the key factor 

Price of a product is what pulls the buyers more than the quality, or the features(granted they are important, but not so much as the price). Having competitive pricing on Amazon will help you in moving one step closer to winning the Buy Box. Keep up with the competitive pricing and also, keeping a check on the rivals’ pricing will help in keeping your pricing in control.

  • Maintain the sellers’ rating

Sellers’ rating on Amazon is of critical importance which has a great impact on your winning the Buy Box. Speedy and efficient delivery, pricing, customer feedback and response, customer care, redressal to the grievances and most importantly, building a good reputation in the minds of the customers is what will help you in increasing the sellers’ ratings and in turn, increase your chances of winning the Buy Box. 

  • Keep the Order Defect Rate at the minimum

More the complaints and negative feedback from your buyers, lesser is the chance of you winning the Buy Box. Forget winning, you might lose the eligibility of the Buy Box on the whole if the ODR reaches 1%. This requires minimum to nil mistakes on your part and better customer satisfaction ratio.

However, one important factor to keep in mind is that nothing is stable and secure in the field of e-commerce platform and one mantra cannot work for everyone alike. Similarly, with the Buy Box, there are many uncertainties surrounding it. Simply keep up your good work, product quality, pricing, customer rapport, and fewer mistakes and you will have better chances of winning the Buy Box.